The Best Locally Owned Riads In Morocco In Pictures

Dar Bensouda
Dar Bensouda | © Marrakech Riads
Mandy Sinclair

Morocco is known for its renovated riads, that can be found far and wide across the Kingdom. Some of these former homes, each with a story, comprised several buildings and have now been renovated to create large boutique hotels. Whatever their function today, the riads all feature the finest Moroccan craftsmanship – zellige tile work, intricately carved stucco and cedar work, fine tadelakt finishings and luxurious embroidered textiles. While many riads are foreign owned, we went in search of the most beautiful, locally owned riads across Morocco.

1. Riad Kniza, Marrakech

1. Riad Kniza, Marrakech
© Riad Kniza

Riad Kniza, Marrakech

Traditional yet with a modern twist, Riad Kniza is a luxury riad that ticks all the boxes when it comes to architecture, style and comfort. Its location in the Bab Doukkala area of the Marrakech medina provides travelers with a truly local experience.

Riad Kniza Marrakech, 34 Derb l’Hotel, Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 5243 76942

Riad Kniza Marrakech | © Riad Kniza

2. Riad Fès, Fès

Riad Fès, Fès

A true architectural gem, Riad Fès may be the finest riad in the region, and its accreditation with Relais & Châteaux is attestation to this fine boutique hotel’s quality. Located in the heart of the medina, this hotel upholds the highest of standards when it comes to service and comfort, and offers an overall amazing experience.
Riad Fès, 5 Derb Ben Slimane, Zerbtana, Fès, Morocco, +00212 535 74 12 06.

Riad Fes | © Riad Fès

3. Dar Bensouda, Fès

3. Dar Bensouda, Fès
© Marrakech Riads

Dar Bensouda, Fès

Demonstrating some of the finest Fassi architecture, with carved stucco, beautiful cedar work and stunning zellige, a stay at Dar Bensouda enhances the Fès experience. Not to mention, the views from the rooftop terrace are quite simply stunning.

Riad Dar Bensouda, 14 Zkak El Bghel, Elquettanine, Fès, Morocco, +212 5243 91609

Dar Bensouda | © Marrakech Riads

4. The Repose Riad, Rabat

4. The Repose Riad, Rabat
© The Repose Riad

The Repose Riad, Rabat

A small riad in Salé, just near Rabat, The Repose is a little oasis when visiting the capital city. Grab dinner on the terrace after a day of exploring the many sites in the surrounding area, or enjoy a drink while relaxing on one of the large couches underneath the stars.

The Repose, 17 Zankat Talaa, Ras Chejra, Salé, Rabat, Morocco, +212 5378 82958

The Repose Riad | © The Repose Riad

5. Riad Kafila, Essaouira

5. Riad Kafila, Essaouira
© Riad Kafila

Riad Kafila, Essaouira

While the rooms at this cute little riad are quite basic, the common spaces and views from the terrace make it worth a stay. The Riad Kafila is owned by two Moroccans whose shared love of traditional Moroccan decor is evident throughout. Kick back with a mint tea and enjoy the stunning sea views Essaouira has to offer.

Riad Kafila Essaouira, Rue Yemen, Essaouira, Morocco, +212 5247-83275

Riad Kafila in Essaouira | © Riad Kafila

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