The 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Marrakech 

Riad-rich Marrakech is filled with lavish places to stay
Riad-rich Marrakech is filled with lavish places to stay | Courtesy of Royal Mansour Marrakech
Heidi Fuller-Love

Seeking stunning architecture, super-chic spas or Michelin-star dining? Morocco’s Red City is teeming with refined riads and luxury retreats where plunge pools sparkle in tiled courtyards, rooms are strewn with silk carpets and you can order tajine dishes straight to your door 24/7.

Year-round balmy weather, haute couture in the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, the muezzin calling from the top of Koutoubia Mosque and the frenetic bustle of spice souks – this former Imperial city north of the majestic (and often snow-capped) Atlas Mountains makes for a magical escape. Stay in a hotel that’s equally awe-inspiring. Apart from Marrakech’s classic hotel La Mamounia, there are plenty of other luxury sleep pads that are as awe-inspiring as the city itself; these are nine of the best.

1. The Oberoi, Marrakech


Oberoi Marrakech

The Oberoi, Marrakech stretches across 28 acres and used to be an old olive farm with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. The resort features 84 spacious and luxurious rooms, suites, and villas; 76 of which have large private pools and private gardens. The resort took 10 years to build by hand and reflects the traditional Moroccan and Andalusian architectural styles used in the grand palaces of the 14th century. At night, a firelight lends an air of mystical beauty to the whole building, with its play of light and shadows upon the carvings. A striking 120m Grand Canal which stretches through the property, drawing the eye to the Atlas Mountains. The Oberoi, Marrakech has three unique restaurants, including the resort’s newest restaurant, Rivayat, Marrakech’s first Indian fine-dining restaurant by Michelin Star Chef, Rohit Ghai.

2. La Maison Arabe

Hotel, Apartment, Riad

A stylish dining room at La Maison Arabe with orange and grey walls, red armchairs, tables, chandeliers and large windows
Courtesy of La Maison Arabe
For a luxury insider’s address you can’t beat this elegant 26-room riad a short stroll from the snake charmers and souks around Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Owned by Italian Prince Ruspoli, this high-end sleep spot in the storied Bab Doukkala neighbourhood was the Red City’s first riad, but its earlier iteration as Marrakech’s first fine-dining Moroccan restaurant saw it attract celebrities including Jackie O and Winston Churchill. Nowadays, well-heeled guests are seduced by this hip hotel’s subterranean hammam, patio pool and state-of-the-art cookery school. Guests also have access to out-of-town country resort the Palmeraie with a larger pool.

4. Royal Mansour Marrakech

Spa Hotel

A stylish lobby at Royal Mansour Marrakech, with low-hanging lights, cushioned chairs, pink flowers and a fountain
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A Red City rendezvous for A-list celebrities and royalty, this iconic hotel in the city’s upmarket Hivernage region was commissioned by style-aware royal Mohammed VI, who wanted it to be ‘a medina within a medina’. Sheltered behind lush gardens studded with mirror-like pools and ponds, 53 exclusive riad-style villas have silk carpets, zellij (mosaic tilework) decor, sweet-scented cedarwood furniture, marble-lined bathrooms, Baccarat chandeliers and roof terraces with heated plunge pools. There are also three restaurants, including the Michelin-star Le Jardin. Book an airport pickup and they’ll even fetch you in the resort’s own gleaming Bentley.

5. Riyad El Cadi


A light room at Riyad El Cadi, with a white floor and walls, a desk and chair, a rustic rug, an armchair and large windows
Courtesy of Riyad El Cadi /

An easy wander from the henna touts and food vendors on Jemaa el-Fnaa and fifteen minutes from the fab new Musée Yves Saint Laurent, this exclusive complex is made of 14th-century riads centred around a pretty little courtyard pool and a garden planted with fruit trees. It once belonged to Morocco’s German ambassador Herwig Bartels, who was a keen collector of Islamic art. Scattered across seven connected riads, sumptuous rooms showcasing Bartel’s antique furnishings are connected by a warren of secret patios and shaded terraces dotted with hammocks – perfect for swaying in after a long day of sightseeing.

6. Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

Swimming Pool

A rooftop pool area at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, with cushioned sun loungers and overlooking beautiful rural views
Courtesy of Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

On a vast country estate in Tameslouht, this elegant resort, with a sober ochre exterior that resembles Morocco’s earth-built fortified villages, is a (free) 20-minute shuttle ride from the Red City’s sights. Surrounded by lofty palm trees that gently wave their fronds and are reflected in the resort’s oasis-like pool, suites the size of small villas have spacious living rooms, marble-lined bathrooms and private gardens or balconies with stunning Atlas Mountain views, while the enormous villas have private pools. The icing on the cake is Morocco’s only in-resort, 18-hole golf course, which was designed by renowned American course architect Cabell Robinson.

7. Riad Al Moussika Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Superb Art Deco interiors, elegant Moroccan craftwork and breathtaking Atlas Mountain views are just some of the super treats on offer at this riad, where six suites are dotted around several courtyards – including one with a tree-lined pool – in the former palace of Marrakech Pasha Thami el’Glaoui. At the heart of the edgy, upscale Douar Graoua district, suits have mosaic zellij floors, vividly coloured Berber rugs, Art Deco seating and feather-soft beds piled with Egyptian satin sheets. Al Moussika is also home to PepeNero, one of the medina’s best restaurants, serving a succulent blend of Moroccan, French and Italian dishes.

8. Les Deux Tours


A room at Les Deux Tours with a tiled-floor, a sofa, table, a fireplace, chandelier and doors opening out to an outdoor pool
© Courtesy of Les Deux Tours

The epitome of old-style sophistication, this chic retreat in Marrakech’s Palmeraie – a camel-friendly, palm-dense oasis just outside of town – is the work of Tunisian-born architect Charles Boccara. Linked by tiny paths winding through lush greenery, perfumed plants, fountains and fish-stocked ponds, the resort’s 40 rooms, suites and villas (with private pools) cluster around a football-pitch-sized swimming pool and a bijou spa. A pretty little cottage garden produces the organic fruit and veg that is used to create countless dishes in the fine-dining restaurant Salammbô and its more laidback partner, La Pergola.

9. L’Hôtel Marrakech


Imagine a 19th-century riad re-looked by style-loving British designer Jasper Conran and you’ll be able to picture the timeless glamour of this hotel, which feels more like a private home. Tucked away along a quiet alley in the gritty, authentic Bab Doukkala district, but within easy reach of central Jemaa el-Fnaa square, there are five suites – including the dramatically beautiful and very instagram-worthy Casablanca suite – with four poster beds, huge tadelakt bathtubs and hand-painted ceilings. Elsewhere, antique-packed interiors combine high, white-painted arches with dramatic black wooden wall panelling and cherry-and-white-striped lounge chairs, all of which surrounds a lush interior garden and heated saltwater pool.

10. Dar Les Cigognes


A bedroom at Dar Les Cigognes with green walls, a cushioned bed and wooden headboard, a mirror, chair, coffee table and lamps
Courtesy of Dar les Cigognes /

Perfectly situated for first-time visitors to Marrakech, this upmarket riad (named for the storks that make their nests on the crumbled walls of the Kings Palace opposite) is surrounded by some of the city’s most fascinating sights, including the 16th-century Saadian Tombs. Once the palace of a local spice merchant, the boutique hotel has retained much of its original character, while adding plenty of modern comforts: a dozen antique-furnished rooms with magnificently painted ceilings have king-size beds and polished tadelakt bathtubs. There’s also a pretty dome-roofed hammam with a plunge pool and a cosy restaurant.

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