So you’ve booked your flights and you’ve already decided that you are going to go camel riding. The only thing left to do for your epic adventure in Marrakech is to book your accommodation.
Riads are essentially a traditional Moroccan house built around a courtyard, characterised by their intricate decor and welcoming hosts. They are a firm favourite with travellers but with so many riads out there, the choice can be overwhelming. To make selecting your accommodation easier, I’ve teamed up with some other travel bloggers to present you the best riads in Marrakech.
Although you would assume from looking at photos of riads that they are crazy break-the-bank expensive, they really don’t have to be. In fact, I was actually looking for a hostel when I stumbled upon the perfect affordable riad! With options to suit all budgets and even for those of you looking for a royal stay, you are sure to find the perfect riad here!
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Best Riads in Marrakech (Budget: Under $60 per night)
Riad Losra is located in the northern part of the Old Town, tucked just a short distance inside its walls. This immediately sets it apart from other riads, as it’s incredibly easy to get turned around and lost in the Old Town’s labyrinthine streets! The ease of access to the main road is a definite plus, especially as that means there’s a market and a taxi rank effectively on your doorstep.
But you might not end up getting there, as the riad itself is so relaxing you won’t want to leave! Riad Losra is bedecked in traditional Moroccan style, with a large dining area in the main auditorium, complete with fountain, and comfy, casual seating nooks that are perfect for drinking the delicious mint tea that is always available.
Our hosts Farid and Yussuf made sure we had everything we needed, and provided us with a sumptuous breakfast every morning, that also catered to our dietary needs.
In addition to being easily accessible (as it’s in the Old Town), the riad is well within walking distance of many Marrakech museums, historical sites and other attractions.
Contributed by Jeremy of dark tourism niche blog, Cultura Obscura.
As soon as I walked into the fabulous Riad Nathalie (previously Riad Amani), I felt instantly calm, as if welcomed into a friend’s home. Riads in Marrakech are instant refuges from the heat and this one provides the necessary respite (and air conditioning) from the chaos of the city, bringing with it a sense of intimacy, style, and luxury. The beautiful Moroccan décor made me feel like a queen!
Within walking distance to Jamaâ El Fna Square, Majorelle Garden, and the Koutoubia Mosque, the service you receive here is seriously top-notch. Super welcoming and helpful, the staff provide a delicious breakfast every morning consisting of Moroccan bread, fruit, cheese, jam and the best tea in the country! They’re on hand to direct you with tours, transfers, restaurants and places to visit.
I would say this is a great place to stay as a couple, a small group of friends or on your own. I was a solo traveller and don’t regret my choice for a second. It is definitely one of the best riads in Marrakech!
Contributed by Imogen of Intrepid Owl.
Riad Sarah Sabrina
When we arrived in Marrakech, we had very little idea of what to expect. All senses were on standby when we were met with a whirlwind of stimulus and relentless animation. Riad Sarah Sabrina provided us with an atmosphere of peace, comfort and relaxation; a place where we could return after a crazy day exploring Marrakech.
We arrived in the ancient city at 23:00. Tired after a long journey, we were incredibly grateful that our host, Matteo, had sent a guide to meet us at Jemaa El-fna (the main square) to lead us along the snaking paths to the riad. Without this guide, we would have most definitely been lost for hours in the winding maze that is the streets of the medina.
The riad itself is incredibly stunning. It is built in the classic square fashion surrounding a beautifully tiled courtyard. The rooms are spacious and decorated with class. We particularly enjoyed the open-air rooftop lounge where we made a habit of enjoying drinks whilst watching the sun go down over the city’s rooftops.
The riad is nestled in the centre of the medina, surrounded by a bustling market and great restaurants are just a stone’s throw away. Thankfully, the nearby markets close shop shortly after sunset, ensuring a restful (and quiet) night’s sleep.
Special mention must be made to the host, Matteo, who was exceptional in every way. Not only did he provide an incredible place to stay with a true Moroccan flair but he also arranged a 3-day desert tour and even a free tour to Ouzoud Falls when our dates need to be changed. For adventurers like us, having these logistics sorted out made the entire experience really breezy.
Contributed by Ollie from Ollie and the Captain.
Riad des Etoiles
I’ll be honest, when it first came to booking mine and Tim’s trip to Marrakech, I was looking at a hostel. As many of you know, I am a backpacker at heart and despite it being our yearly holiday, I was on a tight budget. To my surprise and delight, I found Riad des Etoiles for such a reasonable price, I couldn’t help but reserve our room right away.
The riad is situated in a traditional Moroccan house with the extravagant decor to match. There is a swimming pool in the central courtyard, as well as a beautiful double rooms with cute shuttered windows. The location of the riad is ideal too. Out of the chaos of Jemaa el Fnr but still close enough to all the big attractions, Riad des Etoiles sits in the middle of the medina, close to the Royal Palace.
As stunning as the place was, it was the staff that made our stay so memorable. Hugely helpful, they were keen to assist with any query. I was eager to do a Zagora desert excursion but also only wanted to embark on an ethical camel trekking experience. The staff at the riad recommended a fabulous company and we had an unforgettable time exploring the desert. I really can’t thank them enough for the perfect place to stay and the unforgettable memories from our trip.
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Best Riads in Marrakech (Mid-Range: $60 -$140 per night)
We booked Riad Slawi based solely on the glowing reviews about the riad’s owner, Adam. Both he and the riad completely lived up to the hype. Adam is warm and friendly, talks fast, is incredibly animated and he knows everyone!
We stayed in the Saba Double Room and cannot recommend it enough. The room has a separate seating area, one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept on and – like all the rooms – comes with a delicious, hearty Moroccan breakfast. All of the rooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan and Berber decor with beautiful woven rugs and intricately carved wooden furniture.
Like most riads, it is not accessible by taxi. However, Adam met us at the taxi stand (Riad Laarousse) and walked us the rest of the way. It is a quick five minute walk from there, but something to be aware of if you have a lot of luggage.
Nevertheless, the riad is pretty centrally located within Marrakech’s historic old town, very near to the popular souk. It was also within easy walking distance of some of our favourite places, such as the Museum of Women, the Saadian Tombs, and the Jewish Cemetery.
Contributed by Dagney of Cultura Obscura.
Riad Dar Ourika
My favorite of the three Marrakech riads we stayed in as a family of four was Riad Dar Ourika. Dar Ourika is in the heart of the Marrakech medina, and only a five minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna. There are orange trees, a leafy sitting area, a small plunge pool, hammam and massage room and a delicious Moroccan breakfast is available.
We splurged on a stay in the luxe Royal Suite, which has a private terrace, lounge area, and plenty of room for our family, with a separate bedroom, and a large living area with a skylight in a 15 foot tiled ceiling. The bathroom was outfitted with intricate tiles, copper fixtures, and a bathtub so deep that it almost swallows you in bubbles!
All rooms at Dar Ourika come with air-conditioning and a fireplace, shower and toilet, and include budget double rooms, a family room, and the four-person Royal Suite.
Contributed by Micki of Barefoot Nomad. Read her guide to choosing a riad in Marrakech here!
Stylish, relaxing and wonderfully floral, Riad Johara is a breath of fresh air among the delightful chaos of the surrounding Marrakech medina.
By definition, riads tend to be old buildings and this one has plenty of traditional touches! Think intricate patterns, handmade furniture, traditional lamps, an embrace of deep colours to help you feel ‘authentically Moroccan’, and decor reportedly inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.
But Riad Johara is also light and airy, its inner courtyard beautifully patterned with blue-and-white tiles. It boasts a romantic rooftop terrace complete with an outdoor swimming pool and sweeping views of the Marrakech skyline, the minaret of the Kutubiyya mosque, and the Atlas Mountains in the distance.
Riad Johara is located in the heart of the Marrakech medina, within walking distance of Marrakech’s main square, Jemaa el Fna, the sensory overload of Souk Semmarine and a whole host of museums.
Above all, I recommend Riad Johara for the friendly staff, not to mention the playful resident cats who made us feel right at home. On our final evening in the country, my partner and I broke our usual travel rule and didn’t even leave the riad for dinner, opting to eat in instead. Following a lovely Moroccan meal served in the courtyard, we wound our way up the steep stairs to the rooftop and watched as night fell on the bustling medina beyond — a scenic way to bid farewell to a magical city.
Contributed by Sarah from World Unlost.
Riad Miski is a great place to stay in Marrakech and one of the highlights of my trip to Morocco. It is just inside the old city, down a narrow alley. No cars can drive there directly but the owners, a lovely French couple who speak English, will meet you at a nearby square with a cart for your luggage.
We were welcomed with mint tea and given a map and detailed directions on how to get around, as well as tips on things to do and not to do. It is a traditional riad centred around a courtyard (covered with a plastic roof that allows the light in, but not the rain). The rooms have been individually and tastefully decorated with local handicrafts which are also available for sale.
Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace or in the downstairs dining room, depending on the weather. It is possible to arrange delicious home-cooked dinners as well. There is also a private Hammam (traditional Moroccan bath) available for hire.
This is a small, relaxed and very tasteful riad run by a friendly, helpful couple. It’s without a doubt, one of the best riads in Marrakech.
Contributed by James of Travel Collecting.
Riad Dar Alfarah
From its stunning rooftop terraces to a glorious never-ending breakfast buffet, a stay at Riad Dar Alfarah in Marrakech does not disappoint. It offers luxury coupled with excellent service and what could be better than that?!
Despite being an old Moroccan building, the rooms at the riad are spacious and the large windows let in ample light. Meanwhile, fine details and decoration complete Riad Dar Alfarah’s charming look and feel.
Whilst it’s located in the heart of Marrakech’s medina, the riad feels removed from the craziness of the city. It’s tucked away in the maze of ancient streets that surround the magnificent and colossal El Badi Palace. Here you can get a real taste for the true Marrakech, as the area has managed to maintain its authentic and relaxing charm.
Therefore, on any visit to Marrakech, Riad Dar Alfarah is the perfect place to stay. I’d give it 5* for facilities, location and service. Quite frankly, I couldn’t recommend it enough!
Contributed by Rachel from Earth’s Magical Places. Read her 1-week Morocco itinerary!
Riad Les Hibiscus
Riads in Marrakech don’t often allow children under the age of 12 to stay. They are peaceful enclaves from the hustle and bustle of the medina, and young kids rarely fit this ambience. Some riads waive this rule, but many parents would feel uncomfortable about being the exception.
However, hidden down a quiet alleyway just a stone’s throw from the clamour and chaos of Jemaa el-Fna, lies Riad Les Hibiscus; a stylish and peaceful oasis, where the soft olive and white décor of the open courtyard, complemented with palm trees and red hibiscus, instantly invites you to relax.
On first impressions, Riad Les Hibiscus seemed like any other riad in the medina. Except the big difference is that it welcomes kids with open arms. I would go as far as to say that it is perhaps one of the best riads for families in Marrakech. Staff were more than happy for my boys to splash around the central courtyard pool that I initially thought was ornamental, and they offer specific family rooms.
Contributed by Jenny from TraveLynn Family.
In the heart of Marrakech, hidden away down the maze of alleyways that make up the medina, lies Riad Papillon in the trendy antique district.
With only five rooms, each with their own unique Moroccan character, overlooking a central pool perfect for a dip during the midday Moroccan sun, Riad Papillon is the ultimate boutique haven. Duck inside and enjoy unlimited glasses of mint tea beside the pool or up on the rooftop terrace, from which you can see all the way to the Atlas Mountains on a clear day.
Breakfast, a feast of champions, is included in the very reasonable room rates, and is also prepared fresh to order for you to enjoy on the shaded sofas lining the courtyard. Whilst adventuring out into Marrakech, guests are provided with a cell phone to keep in touch with friendly staff back at the riad who are on hand at all times of day to assist with any queries. Venture out to explore the gorgeous mosaic tiling and architecture at Ben Youssef Madrasa or visit nearby Heritage Spa for a traditional Moroccan hammam experience.
Contributed by Laura of The Travelling Stomach.
Best Riads in Marrakech (Luxury: $140+ per night)
Riad Talaa12 is an oasis of calm and luxury in the heart of Marrakech, that I visited during my 10 day road trip last year.
Overlooking a beautiful central courtyard, all 8 rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with earthy colours and natural material, giving it a minimalist and modern feel.
There are several lounging areas in the riad, including a beautiful European style living room complete with a fireplace. The best part of the riad is its vast rooftop terrace with sun loungers, offering a 360-degree view over the roofs of Marrakech and all the way to the Atlas Mountains.
Riad Talaa12 also has a massage room and a traditional hammam: a great way to unwind after a busy day exploring the city! The staff are discreet yet friendly and very helpful.
Riad Talaa12 is located right in the heart of Marrakech medina, only a few minutes walk from the Maison de la Photography and the souk, making it the ideal base from which to explore the traditional attractions. In my opinion, it is one of the best riads in Marrakech.
Contributed by Emma from Bonjour Sunset.
Riad Star is a fantastic riad in the heart of Marrakech where you can live like a princess. You enter from one of the narrow, gritty streets which doesn’t look anything special from the outside. Once you open that front door however, you step into a palace-like setting.
The room was comfortable, the pool was refreshing after a long day adventuring, the endless supply of mint tea was delicious and the sunset dinners on the rooftop were heavenly. Another highlight was the spa at the riad. Experiencing a hammam and massage at the end of a long day shopping in the souk was a real treat!
What I appreciated most though, was the fact that the riad offered an app that you can download and use to navigate the maze-like streets of the medina. It was tricky to get around because the high walls made Google Maps unreliable. The app made it easier for me to walk around and explore whilst always being able to keep track of where I was. Since I am a solo female traveller, this was incredibly helpful.
Contributed by Katie from The Katie Show Blog. Read her full review of Riad Star here!
If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Marrakech, look no further than the Royal Mansour. Located 15 minutes from the airport and a 5 minute walk from Djemaa El F’na Square, it is the epitome of luxury and elegance. Commissioned and owned by King Mohammed VI, the property is comprised of 53 standalone riads. Yes, that’s right…you will have your own three-story riad with a rooftop terrace and pool!
The riad whisks you away, giving you the feeling of a tropical oasis even though bustling Marrakech is not far outside its walls. The impeccable service is topnotch and the staff even have their own secret entrances to each story of the riad so as not to disturb you. How is that for luxurious?
Enjoy dining at one of several restaurants, including in the garden near the gigantic pool. Take advantage of breakfast served in your riad or the lobby restaurant. Grab a pastry at the bakery or a drink at the bar.
Continue the relaxation in the gorgeous spa and don’t miss peeping in on the house parakeets! They have their own room near the lobby. For even more convenience, the house Range Rover can pick you up from or take you to the airport or train station.
As you can see, it is truly a royal experience at the Royal Mansour!
Contributed by Heather of Trimm Travels.
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