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Marrakech's Most Beautiful Riads

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Updated: 9 January 2017
Marrakech is known for its elegant and stylish riads — each with its own story in the heart of the Marrakech medina. Splashing fountain, colorful zellig and even tadelakt bathroom walls, dramatic views from the rooftop terrace and sometimes even soaring palm trees in the central courtyard, make these former homes-turned-boutique-hotels a dreamy place to stay! Culture Trip has selected five riads to be hailed “the most beautiful” in Marrakech.

El Fenn

Bohemian chic are key words to describe this trendy boutique hotel, whose name means art in local Arabic dialect. El Fenn combines the indulgence of a hip hotel with the heritage of seven traditional courtyard houses and one of the finest contemporary art collections in Morocco. A riot of color, the décor is Moroccan with contemporary and retro twists.

© David Loftus Provided by El Fenn

© David Loftus Provided by El Fenn

©David Loftus Provided by El Fenn

©David Loftus Provided by El Fenn

©David Loftus Provided by El Fenn

©Saad Alami Provided by El Fenn

©Saad Alami Provided by El Fenn

©Saad Alami Provided by El Fenn

©Saad Alami Provided by El Fenn

©Saad Alami Provided by El Fenn

©Saad Alami Provided by El Fenn

El Fenn, 2 Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, Marrakesh, Morocco +212 524 44 12 10

Riad Mena

Hip and cool Riad Mena is a creative city outpost. But it’s the unusual design — courtesy Philomena Schurer Merckoll and Romain Michel Meniere — that makes Riad Mena stand out amongst Marrakech’s many riads, with its subtle mix of Moroccan touches combined with mid-century modernist furniture, all found in the local flea markets.

© Copyright Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Copyright Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Copyright Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Copyright Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Copyright Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Copyright Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Copyright Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

© Richard Powers Provided by Riad Mena

Riad Mena, 70 Derb Jdid, Marrakesh, Morocco +212 524 38 18 28

Royal Mansour

Tucked behind some of the most elegant doors in Marrakech, there are no rooms at the upscale Royal Mansour, but rather 53 private riads. Each of the riads has been individually furnished by craftsmen from Marrakech, Essaouira, Fès and Meknès, with wood panelling, zellige tiling, tadlakt and plasterwork demonstrating the infinite variety of Moroccan decorative arts. Every riad is different — owing to the selection of furniture and the way it is arranged, the choice of fabrics and colors, and the lighting design.

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

© Isaac Ichou Provided by Royal Mansour

Rue Abou Abbas el Sebti, Marrakesh, Morocco, +212 529 808 080

Riad Jaaneman

Taken from the Indian word soul of me, Riad Jaaneman is an intimate escape in one of the best areas of the Marrakech medina: five stylish suites that overlook the central courtyard, where a plunge pool is shaded by towering banana and palm trees.

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

© Riad Jaaneman

Riad Jaaneman, 12 Derb Sraghna, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 524 38 21 64

Riad 72

Calling itself your home away from home in Marrakech, this is a trendy retreat with seven rooms: each stylishly and uniquely decorated, and without any details overlooked.

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

© RiadLiving

Riad 72, Arset Azwel, Marrakesh, Morocco, +212 524 38 76 29