Marrakech with a View: 10 Best Hotel Roof Terraces in Marrakech

Dar Les Cigognes

Marrakech really does have everything a visitor could want. Sun, culture, commerce, adventure and a chance to try something new. It also has every kind of place to stay you can imagine - from basic hostels where you can sleep beside Berber traders fresh off the camel, to resorts as luxurious as anything you can imagine with some of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech. So how to choose? Well, how about by paring back to what's really important? If you want to feel as if you're staying right in amongst the excitement of this frenetic and colourful city you need to choose one a hotel with one of the best roof terraces in Marrakech. Peering out over your city from the comfort of a private terrace is an energising and enlightening experience. This city is fascinating to watch from a bird's eye view, and if it all gets too much for you, cast your eyes towards the mountains for a glimpse of serenity.

A Roof terrace with a view

As well as being a place to unwind after a busy day's foray into the souks, your hotel roof terrace is a wonderful place to explore Marrakech from. Remotely. Many of our favourites offer mouthwatering medina views and from others the vistas stretch beyond the city to the mountains in the distance.

Riad 72 Living

  • Dar Les Cigognes is in one of the oldest parts of the Marrakech Medina, right opposite the Royal Palace and its numerous nesting storks, providing a fabulous view across the Medina from a delightful rooftop garden of orange trees and bourgainvillea.
  • 72 Riad Living has the accolade of having one of the highest roof terraces in the medina, from which you can enjoy spellbinding views both over the city, but also to the Atlas Mountains beyond, and all with a delicious cocktail in hand or from the indulgence of a soak in a hot tub!
  • Another property whose rooftop terrace affords panoramic views of both city and Atlas Mountains, is Dar Hanane. Its loungers are shaded by a Berber Tent, and it's the perfect for spot for drinks, dinner or whiling away the hours with a good book!
  • Riad Tzarra also boasts a roof terrace with wonderful views of both city and mountains. As well as tables and chairs, you'll find sun loungers and a shady pergola. The perfect spot for relaxing with your favourite book or enjoying sundowners.

For a traditional riad

A stunning roof terrace is one of the best features of a traditional riad. Which is technically supposed to have a garden as well. What you can also guarantee from this selection of our recommendations is a palatial courtyard, a plunge pool and a hammam.

Riyad el Cadi

  • Riyad el Cadi is an oasis of clean calm in a cacophonous city. Its whitewashed walls, fine furniture and art are spread through several interconnected mansions, connected by a maze of corridors and sun terraces, culminating in one of the the best roof terraces in the city.

Hotels with a roof terrace pool

It might not be surprising that there are so few pools on roof terraces in Marrakech - these beautiful old buildings were designed with cool interior courtyards for their water features. But if you want to sunbathe there's really no where nicer to do it than by the pool on a roof terrace.

Villa des Oranges

  • The Villa des Orangers has two pools, one on the rooftop sun terrace - maybe it's the influence of the French owners? The decor feels very Moroccan though, with rich decorations and a truly beautifully tiled hammam. As well as the two pools there's plenty of other outdoor space here - orange tree filled patios and inner courtyards and several of the larger rooms also have private terraces.

For a Private Roof Terrace

What could be more romantic than a roof terrace of one's own? Whether for enjoying a cosy diner a deux or simply soaking up the sunset.....

Riad Kaiss

  • Riad Kaiss is romantic and secluded, but it's also quite unique - this building was originally built as a harem. Now, that might not sound too romantic to you, but the elegant conversion has kept some of the wonderful latticework, and arranged, as it is, around a beautiful courtyard and series of sun terraces, it's really very charming and relaxing. Its suites also have some of the loveliest private hotel roof terraces in Marrakech. And if it's a romantic trip you're planning it's worth splashing out - the riad's food is superb, and they'll serve you al fresco meals for two on your terrace.
  • For roof terrace luxury it's hard to beat Riad El Fenn. Owned by Vanessa Branson, the design is a lush fusion of traditional Moroccan opulence with a bit of English comfortable restraint - and modern art. The hammam is a quiet haven - this building was once a fortress and the walls are a metre thick. The food is sourced in the riad's own garden. And upstairs, on the roof terrace, you'l find an ocean of Berber pillows to fall into.
  • If you're travelling with a group, five room Riad al Bushra is the perfect size to book out entirely - thus getting one Marrakech's best roof terraces entirely to yourself! Intimately laid out, the owner/ manager has taken care to retain many of the original features of this beautiful riad. And the atmosphere is geared to make you feel entirely at home, just in gorgeous surrounds.

If you're picturing yourself of an evening, looking out from one of the best hotel roof terraces in Marrakech, chilled glass of wine in hand… Before you get too carried away it's worth mentioning that not all riads have a license to serve alcohol. So check before you book. Or opt for uncovering roof terrace bars like the excellent Kosybar, which overlooks the Place de la Fourt, close to the Badi Palace. It has two roof terraces, the top one is at the top of a narrow spiral staircase right above the city walls.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Marrakech.
  • Refine your search to the best hotels in the Palmeraie, or to Marrakech's Best Medina Hotels.
  • Or you might want to consider our Guru's recommendations for 20 of the Best Riads in Marrakech, or 15 of the Best Boutique Hotels in Marrakech, or 10 of Marrakech's Best Hammams and Spas.
  • Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • Dar Les Cigognes Marrakech Medina 11 rooms from £143

      City Style  -  Magical rooms in a stylish Riad, with award winning restaurant and extensive spa services- all in the center of Marrakech!
      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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    • 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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    • 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.

      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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    • Riad Tzarra Marrakech 4 rooms from £113

      Local exploring  -  Explore the medina or take a day trip to the Atlas Mountains.
      Views  -  Rooftop views across the medina to the Atlas Mountains.
      Local markets  -  The souks are a short walk away.
      Swimming Pool  -  Plunge pool on the patio.

      Small and beautiful Riad Tzarra is a great introduction to the Marrakech medina. There are just four individually designed, air-conditioned rooms, a cosy roof terrace, patio with plunge pool and hammam. Located a little off the beaten track it's the perfect base for a few days exploring. 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 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.
      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 Kaiss Marrakech (Riad Zitoun Kedim) 9 rooms from £139

      City Style
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.

      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. 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.
      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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    • Riad al Bushra Marrakech (Mouassine) 5 rooms from £91

      Sights nearby  -  close to royal palaces, and just three minutes walk from the famous Jemaa el Fna Square.
      Swimming Pool  -  Small plunge pool

      Intimate newly restored riad in the heart of the Medina. All suite accommodation at very reasonable prices, just a stone's throw from Marrakech's major attractions. Roof terrace and plunge pool for relaxing. Book the whole place and throw a party to remember! See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 8th January 2020