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Be enchanted by Meknes's beautiful riads | ©  Jean Ardhita Muis / Flickr
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10 of Meknes' Most Stunning Riads

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Updated: 11 December 2017

Riads are traditional Moroccan homes found in the old medina areas of cities. The old imperial city of Meknes has many such beautiful properties, lots of which have been converted into charming accommodations for travelers. For an authentic stay in a historic building with plenty of character, book a room at one of these charming riads in Meknes.

Riad Meknes

Riad Meknes is centrally located, just a few minutes’ walk from major attractions such as the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Bou Inania Madrasa, and Dar Jamai. There are 12 en-suite rooms in total at the property. Double rooms have either one double bed or two single beds, and triple and quadruple rooms are ideal for families or groups of friends. All guests can enjoy a filling breakfast each morning. Moroccan designs can be found throughout the property, from the bedding and the cushion covers to ornate lamps and colorful tiling. Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool to relax on a hot summer’s day and refresh your senses in the interior courtyard, with is complete with a fountain, leafy plants and cacti, and small stone lamps. Creeping flowers grow up the building’s facades and the walls enclosing the breakfast area are adorned with ceramic plates, a large collection of clocks, and other decorative items.

Riad Lahboul

Run by an English-Moroccan couple who love music, Riad Lahboul has been carefully restored to showcase the finest Andalusian designs. Guests can choose between double or twin rooms, all en-suite, and all with air conditioning and Wi-Fi access. Each room is individually decorated and some have a private terrace. Throughout the building, you’ll notice ornate plasterwork and traditional handmade tile work. Bright colors and bold patterns enhance your experience. Breakfast is included in the room rate and there’s an onsite restaurant that serves tasty Moroccan fare. If you fall in love with the cuisine, you could arrange a cooking class with the riad too. Sometimes the hosts play music as you dine, creating an enchanting ambiance that you’ll be reluctant to leave. Soak up the views and the sunshine from one of the comfortable roof terraces.

Riad Zahraa

Located almost next to the historic Bou Inania Madrasa, Riad Zahraa is a great base from which to explore Meknes’s many striking pieces of architecture. Designed in a Beaux Arts style, the elegant building is tastefully decorated and furnished. The inner courtyard features archways, attractive plasterwork, carved woodwork, detailed colorful floor tiles, and colorful rugs. Rooms are fairly simple with a few splashes of pattern and color to create a homey vibe. Each room and suite has its own name and individual charms. All have a private bathroom and air conditioning. Breakfast is included and there is a restaurant. You can dine in the courtyard or on the panoramic roof terrace, and the comfortable lounge area, complete with traditional seating, is a fantastic place to mingle.

Riad Yacout

The sophisticated Riad Yacout dates back to the 18th century. A fantastic place to recharge your batteries in glorious surroundings, the riad has a swimming pool, a lounge, a rooftop terrace, a spa, and a restaurant. Relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at the end of a busy day of sightseeing before retiring to your chic room. Rooms and suites are available for two or three guests, with all 14 guestrooms arranged over one level. All rooms are en-suite and tastefully furnished. You can expect elegant drapes, patterned textiles, plush carpets, large mirrors, carved wood, soft lighting, and other lovely features.

Riad La Maison d'à Côté

The first thing that will probably strike you as you enter Riad La Maison d’à Côté are the blue zellige floor tiles and the lush greenery from the plants and trees that grow inside the interior courtyard. Zellige tiles also cover the lower sections of some walls. With just five guest rooms in the riad, you can be assured of a peaceful and intimate stay. All rooms have a private bathroom, and the suites for three and five also have a fireplace. Eye-catching patterns and vibrant colors are found in all rooms and common areas, and some rooms have intricately painted ceiling beams. The property has a pretty terrace. Breakfast is provided each morning and you can order your evening meal from the onsite restaurant. If you’re feeling peckish when you return from seeing the sights, how about a pot of tea and a selection of sweet Moroccan pastries?

Riad Hiba

Meknes’s Riad Hiba promises to be a treat for the eyes. There are striking details throughout the property, with almost no uncovered patches of wall and beautiful floor tiles, some with traditional carpets. Even the entrance is inviting, with tiles in various shades of green covering the outer walls on either side of the thick wooden door with carved details. Each double room has its own traditional name and all comfortable en-suite rooms are furnished and decorated in a stunning traditional style. Room facilities include a TV, free Wi-Fi, and ample storage space. The property has an onsite restaurant and a hammam, which is great for relaxing at the end of the day. Just a five-minute walk away from El Hadim Square, the riad’s roof terrace offers great views over Meknes’s old town.

Riad Golf Stinia

Sitting right next to Meknes’s Royal Golf Course, Riad Golf Stinia is in a prime position for anyone who likes the idea of interspersing their sightseeing with a few games of golf. Double rooms, twin rooms, and family rooms (for three guests) are available, each with individual designs. There are just six rooms, making for a quiet stay. All rooms have a private bathroom and air conditioning, as well as free Wi-Fi access and a TV. The décor is stylish and elegant, using neutral and pale colors, appealing to those who like a more upmarket feel to a stay. The riad has a restaurant and the included breakfast will help you to start your days full of energy. There is also a terrace.

Riad D'Or

The glorious Riad D’Or dates back to the early 1790s. It has been restored and renovated to allow visitors to stay in splendor and imagine how the grand home was in times gone by. Modern facilities help today’s guests to have a comfortable experience. In the historic heart of the old medina, the property boasts exquisite aesthetics with a charming sense of the past. Patios with flowers and foliage surround the lovely rooms and suites. Some rooms have a private terrace. All rooms have a private bathroom, complete with smooth tadelakt walls, and air conditioning. Details include elaborately carved headboards, woven rugs, enchanting lamps, plump cushions, flowing curtains, and other traditional touches. Unwind in the hammam or on the terrace, order something tasty from the kitchen, sip a drink while admiring the lounge-cum-bar, and relish a hearty breakfast each morning.

Riad Ritaj

A splendid accommodation in Meknes where glamour and fine traditions reign supreme, guests at Riad Ritaj cannot help but feel at least a little bit fancy. Beauty hits you as soon as you enter the property, with a fountain surrounded by stunning floor tiles, grand columns and intricate plasterwork, wooden chairs with striped upholstery, colorful carpets, chandeliers, and leafy plants. The fabulous designs continue into the rooms, where traditional patterns and materials make each room a joy to spend time in. Rooms all come with a private bathroom, satellite TV, and air conditioning. The riad has a terrace and a restaurant.

Ryad Dar Al Meknassia

A well-appointed riad with lots of homey touches and interesting details, Ryad Dar Al Meknassia is just a short stroll from major attractions like the spectacular Bab Mansour, the city’s main souks, El Hedim Square, and Dar Jamai. Painted woodwork, zellige tiles, metal lanterns, stained glass, woven carpets, and an assortment of traditional ornaments can be found throughout the property. The lobby area is particularly attractive and welcoming. There are double and twin rooms to choose between, as well as a larger suite. Rooms all have a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included in the nightly tariff. There’s a restaurant and a terrace and services include valet parking, laundry, and child-minding.

Meknes certainly has many charming and traditional accommodations to choose between for a comfortable stay to remember.