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10 Best Riads In Marrakech, Morocco

10 Best Riads In Marrakech, Morocco
A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. Once you enter the average looking doors you find an oasis in the center of a bustling, traditional and sometimes cramped area of shoppers, tourists and locals. Marrakech offers numerous mind-blowing riads to help you get the best out of your stay, here we list 10 of the most beautiful and unique.
Marrakech’s Riads © Admanchester/Flickr

Dar Hanane

Guests of Dar Hanane are transported from the bustling streets of the medina markets into a house of tranquility and relaxation. Situated near the Musée de Marrakech, as well as the city’s most important Islamic schools Ben Yousseff Madrasa, and only minutes from those bustling souks, Dar Hanane offers the perfect escape from the busy tourism outside. With a choice of their four double bedrooms and two suites, all offering en-suite bathrooms, as well as patios and a spectacular roof terrace, there’s enough space for guests to relax and enjoy. The roof terrace is in fact the highest in the neighborhood, boasting 360 degree views of the Atlas Mountains and rooftops of Marrakech. On top of the tranquil rooms and building, guests can enjoy delicious home cooked meals from the in house chefs, with the possibility of enrolling in a few cooking lessons to learn from the best.

Riad Madani

Once used as a residential palace during the 19th century, the Riad Madani has been described as one of the most beautiful in Marrakech. The patio, as well as the decoration and architecture, makes for a grand and royal feel. With separate courtyards, along with three relaxation salons, terraces which offer panoramic city views, and even a swimming pool, this is the perfect place to wind down after a busy day in the busy souks of Morocco which lie only five minutes away . The 15 room riad still retains its centuries-old mosaics and antique individual decorations, giving it a truly historical and atmospheric feel.

Riad Kniza

Another luxury riad, Riad Kniza dates back to the 18th century. A smaller place, still located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech, it has been beautifully decorated with traditional materials and artisan crafts to recreate an authentic Moroccan atmosphere. With an outdoor pool, as well as bar and lounge, and optional massage and spa services on site, guests can relax and feel at home in his beautiful historical hub. Each room includes a private bathroom, and each guest can enjoy breakfast which is included and served either on the terrace, or in one of the communal lounges.

La Sultana Marrakech

La Sultana Marrakech is a 5 star deluxe riad; a timeless and luxurious palace, unique in its architecture and feel. Located in the old city, and ten minutes from the famous Jemma El Fna square, La Sultana Marrakech offers guests an oasis in the center of a city, with a heated swimming pool and terraces with pananoramic views of Marrakech. Not only this, La Sultana Marrakech features a bar, gazebo, and open air massage rooms, as well as a pool table, boutique, and a gym. It really isn’t missing much. You’ll be certain to enjoy the luxurious yet traditional Moroccan dishes, and you can even learn to cook them yourself.

Riad Bayti

Riad Bayti certainly has a history. Before being a guest house, it belonged to several notable families of the neighbourhood, and was even a post office during the French Protectorate years. Situated in the authentic Mellah (old Jewish district), guests can enjoy the famous Jemma El Fna square and other hidden treasures of the medina by exploring its deepest alleys. With a small pool, massage facilities, and friendly staff, guests can enjoy the very relaxing and cozy atmosphere provided by Riad Bayti.

Riad Enija

Approximately 280 years old and historically belonging to a wealthy Moroccan silk merchant, this now guest-house entertains tourists in a traditionally Arab style. Described as ‘thousand and one nights’ experience, Riad Enija is a big riad, mixing cosmopolitan furnishings with antique Berber carpets to create a unique feel. Guests can enjoy the candles lighting up the garden and numerous roof terraces, and relax in the atmospheric hidden secret that is Riad Enija. Its size makes it stand out for the rest, often being called the mother of all riads; with 4 palace houses connected via corridors, Riad Enjia comprises of approximately 2500 square meters, so offers much for tourists to enjoy.

Riad Enija © Paul/Flickr

Dar Massai

Situated within a 15 minute walk of the Saadian Tombs, as well as being within a mile of the famous Jamma el Fna, Dar Massai offers guests a restaurant, indoor pool, and full breakfast in a modern riad with 5 individually decorated rooms built around an open internal courtyard. Dar Massai is one of the few riads not located in the center of the markets, offering a more open and less congested experience, however still not far from the hustle and bustle of the souks for guests to explore at their leisure.

Riad Mille Et Une Nuits

Situated in one of the most exclusive districts of Marrakech, Dar El Bacha, and in close proximity to Jemma el Fna, the Riad Mille Et Une Nuits offers a traditional modern setting with modern additions. This 4 star riad hosts it’s own restaurant, as well as a BBQ area and 24 hour room service. Offering all guests the chance to use the massage/treatment rooms, Riad Mille Et Une Nuits is a perfect place to relax; not only that, there’s even a Turkish hammam on site, offering guests a truly Moroccan experience. Guests can also enjoy the traditional open patio of the riad whilst unwinding with food or drink, and enjoying the refreshing fountain.

La Mamounia

Set in royal gardens, La Mamounia is a very large riad in comparison to the small traditional riads of the souks. Featuring over 100 rooms and a marble spa, this is definitely a luxury option. Surrounded by ornate ceilings and arched columns, guests can enjoy the hotel grounds, or take a trip to one of their three hamams. If the hamams don’t appeal, there are nine treatment rooms, six outdoor massage cabins, and even an indoor pool. The luxury of this hotel makes it hard to believe that it’s only minutes away from the bustling markets.

Dar Dialkoum

Translating to ‘your home’ in the Moroccan Arabic dialect, the 19th century house Dar Dialkoum is a peaceful haven, located in the Bab Doukkala district, a little further from the medina’s main attractions. With only four rooms and three suites, this hotel has a homely feel, especially as each room is decorated with individual styles. Guests are free to relax outside on the two patios featuring fountains, a heated pool, and terraces offering a berber tent and lounge to complete the Arab experience.