To Riad or not to Riad? 15 Best Boutique Hotels in Marrakech

riad El Fenn

Marrakech is a heady blend of colour, spice, sunshine and activity which can leave the fresh-off-the-plane visitor very much in need of a hammam and a mint tea. But if you’re booked in to one of our Guru recommended best boutique hotels in Marrakech then that will definitely be taken care of, plus a lot more. And from the boutique comfort you’ll soon be ready to hit the streets and souks again.

Many of our Gurus’ favourite places to stay in Marrakech are beautiful, traditional Moroccan riads, some of which we feel have similar qualities to what we’d call a "boutique hotel" in other countries. Morocco is known for its beautiful artistic heritage, and some of the tile work, stucco and carved wood design in these properties is up there with the city’s cultural highlights.

But if you’re looking for something a bit more modern then our list of the best boutique hotels in Marrakech has something for you too. As well as some amazing restaurants-turned-hotels and some peaceful Palmeraie retreats if you’re here to relax as well as immerse yourself in the medina.

The Best Riads in Marrakech

Riad 72 Living

  • Quite simply, one of the best and one of the trendiest places to stay in the Medina is 72 Riad Living, where subtle Italian design sits beautifully beside traditional Moroccan features. Its handful of rooms and suites are individually designed, plus there's a fabulous roof terrace, complete with hot tubs, bar and dining area (one of the best restaurants in town), and wonderful hammam.
  • Riad Adore is a beautiful, newly restored property in the heart of the medina, just minutes from the souks. The ten rooms are chic and contemporary, and all boast sumptuous furnishings, luxury bed linens and a balcony too. There's a charming roof terrace, small plunge pool, micro-spa and hammam and delicious dinners on request. A real delight!
  • Dar Kawa is probably one of the best designed luxury riads in the medina. Hidden away down an alley, it's hard to find but worth the hassle! Owner Valérie Barkowski is the genius behind the beautiful interiors. She's owned it for 17 years and Saïda the chef has been here since day one. The best vegetarian food in the city.
  • Romantic, with fairytale French interiors, Riad de Tarabel is one of the most luxurious riads in the medina. With a hidden spa, 1.4m deep heated pool and large luxurious suites (some with two baths) it's a great choice for first timers to the Red City.
  • Riad Jaaneman is a luxurious riad with just five beautifully appointed suites - think four poster beds, marble floors, vast bathrooms and balconies with views to the Atlas Mountains.
  • The Riad El Fenn is a hip yet carefree hangout with beautiful artistic details. Walls are hung with art, tables are covered in silk, courtyards are tree, and tortoise, filled, there are piles of Berber cushions everywhere, and plenty of flowers too. There’s also a rooftop terrace with incredible city views, a hammam, screening room, a library and two pools.

For a romantic stay

Dar Zemora

  • Dar Zemora is a traditional, six room hotel nestled in amongst beautiful gardens of olive, palm and lemon trees. The decor is colourful and Moroccan and there’s a heated pool and romantic dining room. The large garden makes this a private and peaceful place to stay.

Great value boutique hotels

Dar Les Cigognes

  • Understated and elegant, with design that combines Moroccan tradition and European style, Dar Les Cigognes is in a great location, with fantastic views from its roof terrace. There are 11 rooms, each unique, in these two converted riads, joined into one by a bridge over a small alleyway. There’s also a spa, harman and jacuzzi.
  • In an off-the-beaten-track medina location, Dar Hanane represents excellent value for money. Its six rooms and suites are beautifully elegant, plus there's a fabulous roof terrace with epic views, charming courtyard, and delicious traditional cuisine if you want to dine in.
  • Just ten minutes walk from Djemaa el Fna, the Riad Les Yeux Bleus is charming and unpretentious, tucked away down a pink alleyway. Elegant and very Moroccan, there’s a trickling fountain, a rooftop view, bright colours in the decor and in the bougainvillea-filled courtyard and the smell of lemon trees. There’s a small hammam, and very reasonable prices.

Marrakech's Modern Style Boutique Hotels

villa 55

  • Villa 55 is in the Palmeraie, so it offers a bit more space and a bit more peace. There are just ten rooms which are simple and stylish, with mainly white decor and splashes of Moroccan colour. There’s a wonderful garden and a traditional kitchen.
  • Recently restored, the Riad Joya is wonderfully unfussy, with natural materials used in a simpler, more modern way. The rooms and courtyards are bright and light with modern furnishings and the service standards are high.
  • The Villa des Oranges is a smart, six room hotel with a fusion of Moroccan and European decor. Think beautiful mosaic floors and wood panelled walls. There’s a luxurious hammam and a tranquil inner courtyard.

Family friendly boutique hotels

Ryiad el Cadi

  • Ryiad El Cadi is a calm refuge in the heart of town, with 15 peaceful rooms and just the right amount of fine furniture and art so you’re not constantly panicked about it. The white washed walls keep it simple and there’s a lovely roof-top sun terrace.
  • Jnane Tamsna is the perfect boutique option for families, with a good range of accommodation, on site pools (there are five!), tennis court and various other activities which the hotel will happily arrange. Great location too and fabulous food.

The Best Boutique-y Hotels in Marrakech

This category is a bit different, with those hotels our Gurus love, but may not quite fit the boutique bill perfectly.

la maison arabe

  • La Maison Arabe is an iconic restaurant turned luxury hotel with 26 rooms, in the heart of the medina. Does it qualify as a boutique hotel? Maybe? But it’s got that sort of vibe, with a beautiful blend of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and European style, and of course excellent food.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Marrakech.
  • Or consult our Guru’s recommendations for the best Riads in Marrakech, or for 10 of Marrakech's Best Hammams and Spas, or for 10 of the Best Places to Stay in Marrakech for Foodies.
  • Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • 72 Riad Living Marrakech 13 rooms from £142

      Spa  -  There's a traditional hammam with the best therapist in the medina, Aisha, who has been here for 17 years.
      Sights nearby  -  Shops, restaurants, cafés, souks and Place Jemaa El Fna are all within 5 minutes walk.
      Private Hot Tub  -  Book the Junior Suite or Arte Suite for a private terrace with outdoor hot tub.
      Hideaway  -  Great location hidden away down a quiet street in the medina.

      One of the trendiest riads in the Médina, 72 Riad Living attracts a fashionable crowd who appreciate subtle Italian design, good food and great service. One of the best places to stay if it’s your first time visiting Marrakech. Not suitable for children. See More

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    • Riad Adore Dar el Bacha, Marrakech Medina 10 rooms from £130

      Local exploring  -  The souks, medina and main square are all easily accessed from the property
      Sights nearby  -  Go on a morning tour of Marrakech which includes the sweet gardens of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Tower and the Saadian Tombs
      Local markets  -  There is an abundance of buzzing souks and markets to explore
      Spa  -  Massage/Treatment room on the roof terrace.

      A truly elegant riad in a superb central location mere minutes from the Souk Cherifia. Rooms are airy and bright with sumptuous furnishings and balconies. The restaurant offers an exciting menu and there's an honesty bar, a micro-spa and hammam to boot. A real delight! See More

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    • El Fenn Marrakech 28 rooms from £217

      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

      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 See More

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    • Dar Les Cigognes Marrakech Medina 11 rooms from £143

      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

      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. See More

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    • Dar Zemora Marrakech 6 rooms from £195

      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

      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. See More

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    • Dar Kawa Marrakech 4 rooms from £130

      Designer  -  Enjoy the luxury of sleeping in Valérie's creations and patting your face with one of her tasselled towels.
      Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of museums, mosques and the medina.
      Cooking classes  -  Tajine cooking classes can be organised on request.
      Local markets  -  The souks are within 10 minutes walk.

      Dar Kawa is a white-washed four-room hideaway in the authentic area of the medina. Come for amazing organic vegetarian food, wonderful staff and exquisite taste and elegant interiors from owner and designer Valérie Barkowski. A little hidden gem we're reluctant to share! See More

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    • Riad de Tarabel Quartier Dar El Bacha Marrakech Médina 10 rooms from £200

      City Style  -  An elegant colonial-style riad filled with French antiques.
      Local markets  -  Situated amidst the Medina, step out of the hotel and scour the souk for treasures.
      Romantic  -  With stylish French interiors it's hard not find Riad de Taravel utterly romantic.
      Opulent  -  No expense has been spared on the beautiful rooms and suites.

      Spacious and elegant, this colonial style riad in the bustling Marrakech medina is the epitome of luxury. French antiques are scattered throughout the property alongside traditional Moorish architecture. Feast on regional classics, be pampered in the spa. Perfectly placed for city exploring. See More

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    • Dar Hanane Marrakech (Kaat Benahid) 6 rooms from £100

      Local exploring  -  Museums and souks are within 5 minutes walk.
      Sights nearby  -  The souk and the main square are just a short (5 minutes) walk away.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Traditional

      The pared down interiors of Dar Hanane and its six simple yet elegant rooms attract a discerning crowd looking for an authentic Moroccan experience in the medina. There's a small plunge pool, and roof terrace with city views. An ideal spot if you want to be far from the madding crowd. See More

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    • Villa des Orangers Marrakech (Place Ben Tachfine) 6 rooms from £223

      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

      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. See More

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    • Riad Jaaneman Marrakech 5 rooms from £174

      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

      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. See More

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    • Jnane Tamsna Marrakech 24 rooms from £226

      Families  -  With extensive gardens, five pools, tennis courts, and prebooked specialised kids activities this is the perfect family getaway.
      Weddings  -  One of the hotel's main clientele due to the beautiful grounds and flexible accommodation in different buildings.
      Garden  -  A 15-acre walled estate.
      Wellbeing
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

      A fairytale hideaway set in acres of beautiful gardens. Minimalist Moroccan splendour achieves a peaceful contemporary look. Organic produce from the gardens and the hammam spa awaken the senses. The perfect location for a wedding or group holiday. See More

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    • La Maison Arabe Marrakech (Bab Doukkala) 26 rooms from £180

      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.

      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. See More

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    • Riad Les Yeux Bleus Marrakech 8 rooms from £148

      Local exploring  -  Just inside the medina walls in the Bab Doukkala neighbourhood, right in the centre of the action for explorers.
      Cooking classes  -  Ask at the hotel about nearby cooking classes, there are plenty of great ones in the area!
      Local markets  -  Jemaa El Fna square is only a ten minute walk and is the main market of Marrakech.
      Sights nearby  -  Bahia Palace and Conference Palace are both nearby.

      Charming unpretentious riad with 11 individually designed rooms, located in the Bab Doukkala district, 10 minutes walk from Place Jemaa el Fna. Plus there's a large roof terrace and two small plunge pools for cooling off. Ideal for those seeking peace and quiet. See More

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    • Riad Joya Marrakech (Derb El Hammam 26/27) from £179

      Sights nearby  -  Hear call to prayer at Koutoubia Mosque or visit the ancient sight of the Saadian Tombs.
      Great walks  -  Through the 12 acres of the Majorelle Botanical Gardens.
      Local markets  -  Marrakech's souks should be braved and explored.
      Opulent
      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

      This recently restored riad is a breath of fresh air amidst the melange of Marrakech's medina. This property is light and bright with modern furnishings, made of natural materials and maintaining their Moroccan heritage. There is a roof terrance, spa and restaurant serving local and European food. See More

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    • Riyad el Cadi Marrakech (Dabachi) 15 rooms from £125

      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

      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. See More

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    • Villa 55 Marrakech (La Palmeraie Bab Atlas) 10 rooms from £108

      Hideaway  -  15 minute drive to central Marrakech allows you to escape the rush, while the wealth of amenities means you never have to leave!
      Cooking classes  -  Learn how to cook traditional Moroccan food using sustainable and responsible ingredients.
      Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
      Full of character

      Luxury boutique hotel in the Palmeraie of Marrakech. The charming rooms are simple and stylish, think white on white with a splash of Moroccan colour. Sit out under the stars and relish the subtle flavours of home grown chemical free ingredients, prepared in the traditional kitchen. Simply magical. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 18th December 2019