20 of the Best Riads in Marrakech

Marrakech and it's riads have it all: gorgeous gardens, exciting shopping, exotic interiors. The 20 best riads in Marrakech are listed here - there are over 1000 of them. Yes, there are large hotels for sure (famous La Mamounia reopened its doors in 2009 after a two year closure), but for those who want to join in the party the rise of the Marrakech riad is a revelation, and there are some seriously cool hotels here. These converted townhouses (spelt riad or riyad), deep in the heart of the hub of the city, are transforming the hot, dusty, noisy medina into a 21st-century lifestyle destination.

Riad Farnatchi

What is a Riad?

Riad, which can also be spelt Riyad or Ryad, is the Arabic word for a traditional house or palace with an interior garden, designed to provide both cool shade from the heat outside, as well as privacy for the family, especially the women. Consequently the walls of a Marrakech riad are typically very thick, made of mud, brick or clay, with no exterior facing windows, just a grilled entrance and a heavy studded door. Once inside, however, a magical world is revealed, of scented potted plants, lemon trees, birdsong, and often a tinkling fountain.

Dar Les Cigognes

Characterized by plain facades, duck-your-head doorways, and decorative interior courtyards, the best of the riads in Marrakech are in the heart of the action, but at the same time providing a cool oasis from the noise, dust and hubbub. They provide your own utterly authentic oasis. These riads are intimate affairs, and most have fewer than ten beds.

We've categoried them into most romantic, best roof terrace, best riads in the medina, most luxurious, best for foodies, best for families and best value.

20 of the Best Riads in Marrakech

The Most Romantic Riads in Marrakech

  • Dar Zemora 6 rooms from £195

    Marrakech

    Understated luxury in the Palmeraie a short drive from the medina that will appeal to couples and small groups seeking poolside peace in a beautiful garden location. Ideal for completely unwinding.

    Country Escape  -  A totally tranquil property near the bustling city of Marrakesh making it the ideal place to relax after a days exploration
    Romantic Break  -  A romantic haven, with lavish fourposter beds, incredible six-course dinners and lush gardens for strolling hand in hand.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor pools
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Villa des Orangers 6 rooms from £223

    Marrakech (Place Ben Tachfine)

    Smart French-owned hotel with authentic Moroccan decoration. Sophisticated rooms with rich Moroccan-style wooden furnishings, beautiful and luxurious hammam, and inner courtyards for relaxing. A destination for wellbeing and pampering.

    Great walks  -  Wander around the Djemaa el Fna bursting with fire breathers, snake charmers, belly dancers and street vendors.
    Spa breaks  -  The lavish spa treatments are professional and totally spoiling, nevermind the Hamamm and multipile pools.
    City Style  -  An elegant Riad, minutes from the main attractions, with an exclusive feel and first rate amenities.
    Luxury
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Riad Camilia 6 rooms from £230

    Marrakech (derb chemaa (el qadi))

    A luxurious, traditional styled haven in the heart of the city. Tastefully decorated rooms all have their own character offering a good mix of original feautures with contemporary flare. Cuisine is a lovingly prepared Franco-Moroccan fusion and there are many cosy nooks to curl up with a good book!

    Local exploring  -  From here it’s a 5 minute walk to the Rahba Kedima spice souk, the Marrakech Museum and the Medersa Ben Youssef
    Great walks  -  Leave Marrakech on a day trip to Ourika Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation in the foothills of the magnificent Atlas Mountains
    Sights nearby  -  Go on a morning tour of Marrakech which includes the sweet gardens of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Tower and the Saadian Tombs
    Views  -  At the top, a large tree-lined terrace gives exceptional views of the Atlas Mountains and the medina
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The Best Riad Roof Terraces in Marrakech

  • Dar Les Cigognes 11 rooms from £145

    Marrakech Medina

    An understated and elegant Riad, in the heart of Marrakech. The beautifully decorated rooms fuse Moroccan and European styles to create enchanting spaces. Fantastic views from the roof top terrace, while you chow down on award winning delicious food. Simply magical.

    Exclusive offer  -  Free Night Offer
    City Style  -  Magical rooms in a stylish Riad, with award winning restaurant and extensive spa services- all in the center of Marrakech!
    Elegant
    Cooking classes  -  Learn to cook traditional Moroccan food with the school that was voted Best Moroccan Cooking School in the world.
    Local markets  -  Less than a ten minute walk away you'll find Jamaâ El Fna Square, the main market in Marrakech
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • La Sultana 28 rooms from £269

    Marrakech (Kasbah)

    A bijou five star property comprising five co-joined riads in a quiet area of the Kasbah. Cool courtyard and delightful roof terrace for relaxing and evening cocktails. A spoiling spa and hammam will ease away any stress. Highly recommended.

    Sights nearby  -  The famous Jemaa El Fna square, Saadian Tombs, Royal Palaces and Bahia Palace are all within walking distance.
    Cooking classes  -  Spend a morning with the hotel chef and learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine.
    Local markets  -  Explore Marrakesh's enormous souk and hunt for a treasure.
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
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  • Dar Kandi 6 rooms from £180

    Marrakech (Marrakesh 40000)

    An idyllic riad hotel with an airy and leafy central courtyard and a pretty rooftop lounge area with pool. Elegant interiors feature pretty tiling, lattice-work and classic furniture, while sumptuous rooms combine traditional Moroccan elements with stylish modern fittings. A truly tranquil haven.

    City Style  -  An ideal pied-a-terre situated in the heart of the atmospheric medina, close to souks and sights
    Great walks  -  Head to the stunning Jardin Majorelle botanic garden with lovely walks and its stunning indigo blue art deco house
    Local markets  -  Wander around the spice market 'Souk Place des épices', and 'Souk Semmarine', Marrakech's biggest souk
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the famous Bahia Palace and the stunning ruins of El Badi Palace
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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The Best Riads in Marrakech's Medina

  • Riad Kaiss 9 rooms from £140

    Marrakech (Riad Zitoun Kedim)

    Magnificent, traditional riad in the Medina with easy access to the historic sites. Stunning rooms with exquisite touches, sun-drenched roof-tops, peace, calm and beauty.

    Chic
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
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  • El Fenn 28 rooms from £219

    Marrakech

    Unique understated bohemian hipness meets flawless service in this sprawling interlinked 5-riad strong hotel owned by Vanessa Branson, on the edge of the Marrakech medina. Lounge out in one of the vast colourful suites, 7000 ft roof terrace or hip rooftop restaurant with views of the Atlas Mountains

    Honeymoons  -  Stunning suites and spectacular views, spa treatments and belly dancers plus unbeatable food- what more could you want?
    Chic  -  An arty riad filled with British modern art and Moroccan collectables.
    Roof terrace  -  Magical views at night.
    Wellbeing
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
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  • Riad Enija 15 rooms from £202

    Marrakech

    A 280-year old palace right in the middle of the medina now under Swiss/Swedish ownership offers lavish rooms and suites for couples who want something sedately luxurious and central within the medina. Plenty of space indoors and out and excellent food and service. No keys, TVs or minibars.

    Honeymoons  -  Wonderful suites.
    Spa  -  In-room treatments available.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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The Most Luxurious Riads in Marrakech

  • Royal Mansour 53 rooms from £877

    Marrakech (RUE ABOU ABBAS EL SEBTI)

    A collection of 53 opulent riads commissioned by King Mohammed VI. Set in a quiet Moorish garden yet just minutes from the heart of the city. Find no luxury spared in the private villas decorated with geometric mosaic, carved cedar wood, stained glass and silk carpets. Utterly spoiling.

    Total relaxation  -  Be completely spoilt in this uber luxurious property set in lovely Moorish gardens.
    Spa breaks  -  Book one of the spa suites for some pure indulgence.
    Local markets  -  Explore Marrakesh's lively souk and find anything from leather to spices.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Bahia Palace and famed Djemaa El Fna square.
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  • Riad Farnatchi 9 rooms from £225

    Marrakech (Rue Souk el Fassis)

    An elegant luxury riad right in the heart of Marrakech. The chic airy suites feel spoiling and romantic, with private balconies, Egyptian cotton sheets and handmade furnishings. Traditional white marble hammam is an ideal way to unwind after a day in the Souks. A really exquisite and intimate spot.

    Local markets  -  Just ten mins from Jemaâ El Fna Square.
    Cooking classes  -  There are a whole range of classes available from extensive courses to a day in the market followed by learning a dish or two.
    Great walks  -  Guided tours to help you uncover the history of Marrakech, get your bearings in the souks or even find the perfect carpet.
    Sights nearby  -  2 min walk from the souks
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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  • Riad Jaaneman 5 rooms from £175

    Marrakech

    A highly luxurious boutique Riad in the Medina. Romantic chic suites, some with four poster beds, have marble floors, photographs on the walls, delicate Italian bedding, enormous bathrooms, and balconies with views towards the Atlas mountains. Glorious courtyard and roof terrace. A stylish haven.

    City Style
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of the medina, a stone's throw from the souks and the Dar el Bacha Palace
    Views  -  Wonderful views of the Dar el Bacha Palace over to the Atlas Mountains
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  • Maison MK 6 rooms from £408

    Marrakech

    A fabulously relaxing and romantic retreat in a frenetic city. Subtly lit rooms with neutral tones and sensual shapes. Sensational food, fantastic hammam, and wonderful roof top terrace. Truly luxurious.

    Honeymoons  -  Honeymoon heaven, with a bottle of bubbly on arrival, romantic rooftop terrace, pampering spa and private dining options.
    Foodies  -  Spectacular Moroccan-French fusion- the five course tasting menu with rooftop drinks and canape reception, is a MUST!
    Great walks  -  Wander the streets of the old city, watch a snake charmer, bargain for some goods, and most importantly get lost!
    Cooking classes  -  With two courses- one hardcore cooking, the other includes an interesting visit to the local market.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
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The Best Riads in Marrakech for Foodies

  • La Maison Arabe 26 rooms from £182

    Marrakech (Bab Doukkala)

    Iconic restaurant turned luxury hotel, in the Medina of Marrakech. The decor is a sublime combination of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and smart European style. Every detail sings charm, old-school elegance, and history.

    Luxury
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Local markets  -  Ten minutes from Jamaâ El Fna Squarem, with plenty of smaller souks nearby.
    Great walks  -  Head out to Majorelle Gardens for a peaceful stroll.
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  • Riyad Al Moussika 5 rooms from £202

    Marrakech (Kennaria)

    Opulence and gastronomy come together in this impressive restaurant guesthouse, once one of the residences of Lord of the Atlas, with five remarkable rooms. For couples and solo travellers who want to experience a slice of historical splendour in the middle of the medina.

    Great walks  -  Explore The Medina's famously rabbit warren-esq streets, be sure to bring a hotel card as getting lost is all part of it!
    Local markets  -  Just five minutes from Jamâa El Fna Sqaure where you can find killer bargains, or simply observe the hustle and bustle.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the magnificent Bahia Palace and Gardens, orginally built by a slave who rose to be grand vizier.
    Swimming Pool  -  Courtyard pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Riad Siwan 7 rooms from £217

    Marrakech (Riad Zitoun Jdid,)

    A beautiful riad that has aced the combination of traditional beauty and contemporary luxuries. Expect mosaics, exquisitely carved woodwork and grand high ceilings. The restaurant serves particularly good and creative Moroccan fare. Indulgent, intricate and utterly fabulous!

    Local exploring  -  Well-located between the Djemaa el Fna and the Kasbah, a short walk from Bahia Palace, the Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs
    Designer  -  In the dining room an installation of 440 hand-blown droplets falls from the sky like a column of crystal rain, a magical effect
    Great walks  -  Leave Marrakech on a day trip to Ourika Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation in the foothills of the magnificent Atlas Mountains
    Sights nearby  -  Go on a morning tour of Marrakech which includes the sweet gardens of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Tower and the Saadian Tombs
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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The Best Riads in Marrakech for Families

  • Riyad el Cadi 15 rooms from £126

    Marrakech (Dabachi)

    Calm, stylish refuge filled with fine furniture and art. Beautiful white washed patios and roof top sun terrace. A place of tranquility and calm. Its accommodations are well suited for families. A stay in history, amidst history.

    City Style  -  Five stunning 14th-century Riads, with enchanting interiors, cool leafy courtyard and tented roofterrace, right in the Medina.
    Local exploring  -  Just around the corner from the all-singing, all-dancing, fire-eating, snake-charming, food-vending madness of Djemaa el-Fna.
    Artworks  -  Lofty architecture, museum-worthy textiles, historic objects d’art and original frescoed features
    Local markets  -  Explore the wonderful and wild souks haggle over an array of textiles, carpets, leatherwork, spices and jewellery.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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The Best Value Riads in Marrakech

  • Dar Layyina 6 rooms from £61

    Marrakech (Lieu-dit Tabouhanit Commune Sidi Abdellah Ghiat)

    Charming boutique hotel 15 minutes from Marrakech with an authentic Moroccan feel. Spacious rooms and suites, contemporary/traditional style with cool, soothing hues. Outside there are two pools, tennis court and spa. A laid back, intimate spot from where you can experience both city and country

    Exclusive offer  -  Hotel Guru Exclusive
    Value chic  -  With stylish rooms starting from just €70 per night, this is great value.
    Swimming Pool  -  There are two outdoor pools, the larger one has a sound system and the smaller one is heated.
    Sights nearby  -  With Marrakech just 15 minutes away, you're wihin easy reach of all the sights.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a day's trekking in the foothills of the Atlas mountains
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  • Riad Shambala 5 rooms from £49

    Marrakech (Arest Ihiri)

    This boutique, owner managed property is a perfect blend of old and new, East meets West. From the food (there is a continental breakfast and fusion cuisine) to the simple yet stylish rooms: muted palettes, Moroccan accents and natural materials of exposed stone and wood. Plus an inviting pool.

    Sights nearby  -  Koutoubia Mosque, Jemaa El Fna and the Saadian Tombs are just some of the sights within easy reach.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Riad Dar Zaman 4 rooms from £69

    Marrakech (Sidi Ben Slimane)

    Charming four roomed riad situated in the heart of the medina. Traditionally decorated rooms feature berber rugs and original hand-crafted pieces. Delicious Moroccan cuisine and cooking classes available too. Beautiful sun terrace with views to the mountains. An excellent value chic retreat.

    Groups  -  Take over the whole riad for a stay to remember!
    Views  -  Fantastic views over the medina and to the Atlas Mountains in the distance from the roof terrace.
    Cooking classes  -  Scour the souks for ingredients, then return to the Riad to learn how to cook them.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12 unless you take over the whole property
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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Written by James Dunford Wood

posted Tuesday, 18th June 2019