The Best Riads in Marrakech, Morocco

The ultimate places to stay in Marrakech
The ultimate places to stay in Marrakech | IZZA Marrakech
Eleanor Cunningham

Private stays, boutique breaks, historic homes – there’s something for every traveller in our round-up of the best riads in Marrakech.

Staying in a riad is, perhaps, the ultimate Morrocan experience. These quintessential, traditional buildings – with their multistorey enclosed courtyards, detailed tiling and sunny rooftop terraces – are full of unique North African atmosphere, and even just one night’s stay gives insight into the local way of life. Marrakech, in particular, is stuffed with beautiful riads that have been converted into luxury hotels, affordable hostels and even private hires. Here’s where to stay in Marrakech.

Riad Botanica

Owned by Australian and Moroccan couple Angela and Mohamed Mellak, Riad Botanica is a labour of love and a fusion of cultures. Having undergone meticulous renovations from the ground up, the historic 10th-century Riad is now a space that ignites the senses with traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and Australian style. Complete with a rooftop terrace, courtyard, and pool, and defined by its iconic Moroccan and Australian art deco design, Riad Botanica can be hired exclusively for up to twelve guests, or the five spacious suites can be booked individually, making it the perfect place to retreat from the city buzz of Marrakech and soak up Moroccan hospitality and culture.

Having opened in early 2023, Riad Botanica is nestled in the back streets of the historic Medina: Bab Doukkala is a coveted location in this busy city close to all the attractions and nestled behind the walled Medina. Riad Botanica is an oasis away from the bustle for which Marrakech is renowned.Being a car-free space, the Medina is an oasis amongst the bustling city, with Riad Botanica one of its hidden gems.


One of the 14 dreamy rooms at IZZA in the heart of Marrakech

IZZA is one of the newest places to stay in Marrakech, but it certainly doesn’t lack for heritage or culture. The 14 rooms are named after the ‘60s and ‘70s creative freedom seekers and connections of renowned socialite and interior designer, Bill Willis. The ‘House of Friends’ mantra you’ll see around the place is genuinely carried through in every aspect of your stay, and you’ll feel welcome from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. The artwork on display is a big part of the property and a fluid riad structure flows from one area to the next. As for location, you’re on the edge of the main Médina de Marrakech, which in turn means blissfuly tranquil evenings away from the crowds if you want to relax or a short walk to the bustling heart of the city.

Prices range from €160 (approx. £140) to €800 (approx. £695) per room per night, including daily breakfast, airport transfer on arrival, and a 45-minute massage in IZZA’s spa and hammam treatment room

Riad 72

Most riad rooftops are squeezed, with just enough space for morning OJs. But at Riad 72, it’s the main attraction. Spend all day here, stretched on loungers or plunging into your hot tub – then all night, dine on refined tagines or sip cocktails on cushy sofas. A main-floor courtyard, lush with greenery, is an appealing getaway when the rays become too intense or nights turn chilly, as are the rooms, among the most sophisticated and stylish to be found in Marrakech.

Le Riad Berbere

With orange trees, towering palms and a mirror-like decorative pool, by which you should take breakfast or read a book, the lush heart of this riad is a tranquil and welcome getaway from the full-on souks and squares in the city. White and sandy colours throughout the hotel – from the rooftop sofas to the simple-but-elegant rooms – reinforce the serenity. It’s only the occasional pop of deep, vibrant scarlet that nods to its location in the Red City of Morocco.

Dar Zemora

Strictly speaking, this is less riad and more resort – with soaring ceilings, rambling gardens and stone fireplaces to warm cool, arid nights. But the sentiment of a riad is here, thanks to real intimacy (just seven bedrooms) and, of course, decor, including traditional Berber-style furniture, embroidered cushions and giant lanterns. As you’re a hop northeast of the city centre, rather than in the crammed heart, there’s even space for a lounger-lined al fresco pool.

Royal Mansour Marrakech

Fancy a riad all to yourself? That’s what you’ll get at this extravagant, immaculate resort, commissioned by the Morrocan king and crafted by more than 1,500 artisans over three years. There are no traditional guest rooms in the orange blossom-scented grounds – just stand-alone, multi-floored riads, sleeping between two and six, with traditional tadelakt plasterwork and, in some cases, rooftop plunge pools. Service is next-level, with staff unpacking your bags on arrival and delivering breakfast via underground passageways and secret doors.

Riad Palais des Princesses

With chandeliers and columns, this place to stay in the thick of the old centre of Marrakech has a certain regality that you don’t necessarily expect in a riad. Basically, it feels suspended somewhere between Morocco and France, with extensive breakfast buffets, a spa with massages and hammam treatments, and a roof terrace with sunbeds lending the vibe of a classic resort. There’s even an indoor plunge pool for dips on hot spring and summer days.

Riad Yasmine Marrakech

From the yoga sessions around a plant-filled courtyard to the eye-catching green and white tiling, this intimate spot is an Instagrammer’s dream. Owned by French couple Alice and Gabriel, who clearly have an eye for detail, it feels fresh and contemporary with cactus frescoes by the plunge pool and traditional Morrocan crafts mixed with modern finds. A cosy reading nook with a fireplace is the perfect spot to curl up and unwind after a day exploring the maze of the medina.

Dar Darma

With high ceilings and colourfully painted interiors, each room at Dar Darma has an alluring and local aesthetic. And although the rooms are photo-worthy, the crowning views are those from the rooftop terrace which stretch over the head of the city to the folded Atlas Mountains beyond. Gawping over, relax at the in-house hammam or library, or explore the souk, which is just a short walk away.

Riad Les Yeux Bleus

This eight-bedroom boutique riad was curated by interior designer Willem Smit, and it now dazzles in a rainbow of colour. The rooms come in vibrant greens, yellows and blues, offset by intimate black-and-white portraits hanging over the bed. You’ll also find a library with a fireplace at one end, a mustard-yellow restaurant and a spa with a hammam. Head to the sun lounger-lined terrace for views over the Marrakech rooftops.

Riad Aguaviva

Taking the bones of an old riad, owners Manel Moncusi and David Minguillon, both from Barcelona, revived and reopened Aguaviva in 2008. Now, six guest rooms look onto a central courtyard, where you’ll also see an inviting pool. It sits near the Bab El Khemis flea market, in a quiet part of town, but you can easily access the traditional markets and Jemaa el-Fna on foot.

La Maison Arabe

La Maison Arabe, as the name hints, is larger than most riads and one of many modern riad hotels to have emerged in recent years. It has 32 rooms and suites filled with rich fabrics, hand-carved furnishings and traditional Morrocan finishes, plus one apartment should you want more space. An on-site cooking school offers a glimpse into traditional Morrocan cooking, but to really get your teeth into it, book the five-day immersive course with daily lessons, market tours and a trip to an argon oil producer.

Maison MK

The 600-year-old Maison MK mixes historical architecture with contemporary design. It’s a spa hotel with full-time beauty staff, a massage room with charcoal-polished tadelakt and a traditional hammam. And in each of the six rooms, beds float above under-lighting, and you can stream music from your smart device to really embrace that holistic wellness vibe.

Riad Noir D’Ivoire

With a library and a log-burning fire, Riad Noir D’Ivoire is dedicated to comfort. On the roof terrace, cushions lie inside a curtained, carved-wood pavilion, while a pool and hammam will keep the chill going. Each room is individually decorated with a mixture of Morrocan handicrafts and Syrian furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl. In addition, the in-house chef creates traditional Morrocan dishes and North African classics.

Ryad El Fenn

Vanessa Branson, sister of Sir Richard, created El Fenn on the edge of the oldest part of the medina. Opened in 2004, this riad mixes Morrocan style with Western vintage design. Each of the 31 rooms and suites has been individually conceived with vivid colours, unique furniture and baths that are either claw foot, moulded or sunken into the floor.

Riad Snan13

This boutique riad hotel is in Mouassine, the oldest and most traditional neighbourhood in Marrakech, and is only a short walk from the souk entrance. It offers five double bedrooms and one grand suite with a patio and a swimming pool. The terrace overlooks the city, with incredible views over the medina, Koutoubia Mosque and Dar el Bacha palace.

Riad Boussa

Just steps from Jemaa el-Fna, Riad Boussa is a four-bed riad in the Debachi area of Marrakech, a 10-minute walk to the souks. The roof terrace – with sun loungers and a shaded sitting area – offers a relaxing communal space. The owner also lives in the riad in a separate apartment and is always nearby to help and share local knowledge. Each of the four bedrooms is ensuite, and one offers family accommodation.

Riad l’Orangeraie

Two French brothers bought a neglected riad from the influential Tigani family in Marrakech and transformed it into Riad l’Orangeraie. In the Mouassine district of the old medina, a five-minute walk from the vibrant Jemaa el-Fna, this place to stay is a seven-room townhouse with two expansive patios – one with fountains and aromatic flowers, the other with a mosaic swimming pool and hammam. The roof terrace offers views of the Atlas Mountains and is a rather scenic dining spot.

Ellie Hurley contributed additional reporting to this article.

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