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Boutique hotels in Marrakech (27)

BEST RIADS IN MARRAKECH - WHICH RIAD IN MARRAKECH TO CHOOSE?


When it’s cold in England, Marrakech is an obvious, easy sunshine fix with plenty of luxury riads and boutique hotels to choose from. You don’t have to travel too far, you’ll find fabulous shops in the souks and there are plenty of gorgeous boutique hotels and riads; we have some of the best riads in Marrakech to choose from - whatever your budget, including Villa des Orangers one of Marrakech's finest places to stay. 

Some of the best riads in Marrakech

Within the Marrakech medina, Lulu has hand-picked her favourite and some of the best riads in Marrakech, plus she has found a selection of Marrakech boutique hotels away from the crowds in the Palmeraie. Lulu's latest addition to her collection of luxury riads in Marrakech is Riad Farnatchi rated by many as the best riad in the Marrakech, famous for its luxurious hammam. Riad El Mezouar is a wonderful base for exploration, painstakingly restored and located within the royal palace complex. Owner, Romaine, is always on hand to offer insider tips to make your stay in Marrakech even more enjoyable. Finally, in the Medina, Riad de Tarabel is a chic, stylish retreat housed in a colonial mansion, featuring a distinct French influence.

In the Palmeraie, Jnane Allia, ideal for the budget conscious, has eight luxury suites surrounding a pool, that face spectacular sunsets over the Atlas Mountains. 
 
Food

Not many luxury riads in Marrakech have a world-class restaurant, but when you do venture out to eat, you certainly won’t go hungry; Marrakech is packed with excellent restaurants and there’s something for everyone, whether you fancy international cuisine or traditional Moroccan dishes. In the Medina, Dar Yacout is as renowned for its bold interior design as much as its food, while Le Tobsil, set in an old house with a courtyard, has musicians playing to entertain diners with a Moroccan version of blues.

Lively Le Comptoir also offers the whole entertainment package: every night after a Franco-Moroccan dinner in an Art Deco villa, belly dancers twist and wind themselves around the tables. For something more casual or a quick bite, you should also try eating at one of the makeshift restaurants which set up every night in Jemaa El Fna Square. Each stall is numbered and touts hard for business but No. 14, where you can eat Moroccan style fish and chips sitting on a bench, is one of the best.

During the day, the square has a completely different feel and is filled with snake charmers, stalls selling freshly squeezed orange juice, henna artists and men with performing monkeys. Its home to one of the most recognised landmarks of the city, the Koutoubia Mosque (the city has over 500 mosques) which has four copper globes on its minaret. The square is also the dividing line between the narrow, winding streets of the souks to the north and the imperial quarter of palaces in the south.

The Souks

The souks are one of the main reasons for a visit to Marrakech and as long as you’re prepared to haggle hard for whatever you want to buy and get lost several times (many of the tiniest streets aren’t even on a map), it’s a really fun shopping experience. The souks are divided into different areas by trade so for example, there’s a lantern alley, a whole street of tan leather goods, a dyer’s market, an iron-work section and carpets. Of course, certain items, such as the distinctive patterned Moroccan ceramic tableware, babouches (slippers) and pashminas, crop up again and again.

The Sights of Marrakech

When you tire of shopping, sights worth seeing include the ruins of the El Badi Palace. The original building, which was commissioned by the Saadian Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur in 1578, was thought to have 360 rooms but today all that’s left are the sunken areas that were the gardens and central pool. Once a year, it comes to life when it becomes an atmospheric venue for part of the annual International Film Festival. There’s also the Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic school founded in the 14th-century which was devoted to teaching Islamic scripture. It has a beautifully tiled courtyard and 100 tiny, windowless rooms which were used as students’ quarters until the 1960s.

No visit to Marrakech is complete without seeing the stunning Majorelle Gardens, known for its glorious cobalt buildings and huge plant pots, on the edge of the New City. Famously created by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1930s to house a villa and his workshop, it was opened up to the public in 1947. Money struggles meant that Majorelle was forced to sell parts of the land during his lifetime. In 1980, it was saved from becoming a hotel development when Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge bought it. The pair lived in the villa and restored the garden, transforming Majorelle’s studio into a museum (YSL’s ashes are scattered in the rose garden of the villa). It’s loveliest towards the end of the day when there are fewer visitors and you can sit and relax on a bench in the afternoon sun.

If you fancy a bite to eat while you’re in the New City (Guelize), La Bagatelle is a French institution with a terrace and a nice atmosphere, while at Le Chat qui Rit (meaning ‘the cat which laughs’) there’s a great Mediterranean menu. For Italian food, try Niagara for tasty pizzas, pasta, and huge salads or Catanzaro, which is one of the most popular spots in town.  Book ahead or you’ll have to wait in line.

Atlas Mountains

If you are staying in Marrakech for more than a couple of days, the city also makes the ideal starting point for a trip to the Atlas Mountains. It’s only an hour and a half’s drive from the city to the Ourika Valley and from there you can walk with a guide to the waterfall in Setti Fatma. Travel a bit further (a 3-hour drive from Marrakech) and you can visit the charming small town of Essaouira where the windy coastline makes it a good surfing spot or Cascade d’Ouzoud, an impressive waterfall near the village of Tanaghmeilt just outside the High Atlas National Park.

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RIAD FARNATCHI

marrakech, morocco

Riad Farnatchi is a luxury riad in Marrakech and one of the best Moroccan boutique hotels you'll find. This is the most spoiling experience to be had in the medina of Marrakech along with the best Hammam to be found anywhere.

FELLAH HOTEL

marrakech, morocco

Vibrant and authentic, Fellah Hotel is a cool & contemporary hotel just outside Marrakech. Escape from it all and help out on the farm or zone out with some yoga; there's something for all ages at this hip hideaway.

RIAD DE TARABEL

marrakech, morocco

For a unique and refined riad experience in Marrakech, head to Riad de Tarabel in the Medina. Filled with light and designed in a French style, this 6 room hideaway is one of our favourite riads.

RIAD EL MEZOUAR

marrakech, morocco

Riad El Mezouar is a luxury riad in Marrakech, hosted by the knowledgable British owner, this is an oasis of calm in the Marrakech medina. 

DAR LAYYINA

marrakech tensift el haouz, morocco

Just 15 minutes from the Red City and 10 minutes from the lush golf courses of Marrakech, Dar Layyina is a very peaceful retreat. This charming boutique hotel has two swimming pools, a spa, tennis court, table tennis and stunning views across the famous Atlas Mountains.
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RIAD SAPPHIRE

marrakech medina, morocco

Riad Sapphire & Spa is a luxury riad in Marrakech close to Place Jemaa el Fna boasting a private hammam, spa room, roof terrace, pool and 8 suites.

JNANE ALLIA

marrakech, morocco

Jnane Allia is a hip hideaway just outside Marrakech with 8 suites, a spa, swimming pool and restaurant. Owned by Italians this luxury riad serves both Italian and Moroccan food and offers incredible value for money.

RIAD 11 ZITOUNE

marrakech, morocco

Shabby chic riad in the heart of the medina with bags of soulfull character and hippie cool, and rooms inspired by the archetypal spices, scents and tastes of Morocco. 

RIAD ABRACADABRA

marrakech, morocco

Just 2 minutes walk from the Jemaa El Fna square, Riad Abracadabra has one of the best locations in Marrakech,  With 8 sophisticated rooms and suites and a charming roof top terrace and pool this small boutique hotel is the perfect hideaway.

VILLA DES ORANGERS

marrakech, morocco

Villa des Orangers is a luxury riad in Marrakech, ideally positioned midway between the Royal Palace and the most famous square in the medina, Jemaa El Fna. Built in the 1930s it was restored and transformed by local craftsmen into a luxury hotel in Marrakech with 27 rooms and suites.

RIAD ANAYELA

marrakech, morocco

Riad AnaYela is a 300 year-old palace and luxury riad in the heart of the Marrakech medina with an extraordinary story behind it. 

KASBAH DU TOUBKAL

imlil, morocco

Kasbah du Toubkal is small charming hotel in the Atlas Mountains with the best rooftop views in North Africa - this is the country's first and foremost mountain retreat.

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