The city of Marrakech ranks as one of the World’s Top 10 Travel destinations. It has been coveted for decades by family’s and independent travelers who seek exotic adventure along with modern-day jet setters who come for luxury and limelight. Ideal for R&R, Marrakech’s Riads, and chic boutique hotels have become a key highlight for those who visit.
Travelers can revel in Marrakech’s Riad interiors, lush Moorish gardens blooming with cacti and bougainvillea, and sunbathe on rooftop terraces accompanied by views of the High Atlas. Surrounded by courtyard gardens with trickling fountains, Riads also offers the perfect atmosphere to sip on a signature cocktail poolside.
Marrakech’s Riads and Boutique Hotels serve as the perfect escape while taking in the sites and sounds of the “red city.” Travelers can indulge in a lavish Moroccan meal, discover the bustling souks, and majestic mosques or simply decompress, with a traditional hammam and infused argan oil massage treatment. “This is a wonderful place and it is the most lovely spot in the whole world.” So said Winston S. Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt about Marrakech in 1943.
Marrakech’s Top 10 Riads are charming, well-appointed properties located in the heart of the historic medina. They are sought after by travelers alike yet still remain hidden jewels of the city.
6 Rue Sidi Mimoun، Place Ben Tachfine، Marrakesh
This stylish boutique riad sings urban luxury and is tucked away in the heart of the Marrakech souks. Set around a courtyard with rooms facing inward, it has been elegantly restored and decorated. You can hear the call to prayer from its rooftop terrace while soaking in the sun cocktail in hand. The colorful, chic guest rooms and suites are decorated with Moroccan contemporary furniture and textiles. There is a courtyard with a plunge pool perfect for summer.
Property Amenities: Terrace, panoramic garden, restaurant, balconies, wifi, laundry services
Riad Laarousse، 2 Derb Chentouf, Marrakesh Phone: +212-524378864
Wrapped around a central courtyard brimming with banana trees, Riad 72 is a chic, well-appointed riad in the Marrakech medina. The elegantly decorated salon has an intricately carved ceiling, and gently lit by beautiful copper lanterns. The courtyard is flanked with large banana trees. Featuring classic Moroccan furnishings with contemporary flair, this boutique property also has a cuisine menu with Ottlolenghi inspired recipes.
Property Amenities: Terraces, panoramic garden, traditional hammam/spa, restaurant, balconies, wifi, laundry services
72 Arset Azwel, Bab Doukkala, +05243-87629
Owned by renowned fashion designer Jasper John, L’Hôtel Marrakech is a historic 19th-century Riad set in the heart of the ‘red city’s’ Medina. This luxury property is located close to the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square, the bustling Souks, and is nearby the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This historic property was originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprised of five spacious suites surrounding a uniquely wide courtyard garden and swimming pool. A charming retreat, L’Hotel offers delicious food, great comfort, and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels reminiscent of the 1930s. This boutique property combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of antique furniture, textiles, lighting, and art from his collection, making it feel more like a home than a hotel.
Property Amenities: Swimming pool surrounded by a traditional garden, rooftop terrace, hammam, restaurant, wifi, laundry services
41 Derb Sidi Lahcen ou Ali, Bab Doukkala, Phone: +212-524387880
Les Jardin de la Medina
Set in a grove of bitter orange trees, the charming Les Jardins is located in the heart of the Marrakech’s Kasbah, an artistic and thriving region of the medina. The property defines itself as having the soul of an Andalusian riad and the spirit of a high-end hotel; it has retained its original 19th-century architecture. In addition to having a Green Key Label, the property is distinguished with a 2018 award of excellence by the Hotels de charm & character. Visitors rave about the rooftop views, food, room decor, and garden settings with century-old olive trees and exotic plants.
Property Amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, tented outdoor fitness area, stylish rooftop terrace with city views, hammam, three solariums, and a barbershop, Moroccan cooking classes, wifi and laundry services.
21 Derb Chtouka, Marrakesh, Phone: +212-524381851
Footsteps from the Museum of Marrakech, this intimate riad is part of the Pure Riad Group. Peaceful, beautiful, refined best describe it. This small, elegant house is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Marrakech. Lovingly restored by the renowned architect, Christophe Siméon, Riad Tzarra offers guests a comfortable and serene home in the center of the Medina, close to the Musée de Marrakech, the Medersa Ben Youssef, and only minutes from the entrance to the Souks and the Place Jemaa el Fna.
Property Amenities: Spa/traditional hammam, rooftop terrace, wifi, and laundry services.
22 Derb Lalla Azzouna، Kaat Benahid, Marrakesh, Phone: +2120524377737
Riad Idra is an elegant, contemporary, Moroccan, riad located in the Dar El Bacha region of the Marrakech medina. Riad Idra is a luxurious cocoon shielded from the commotion of the ochre city and a well-hidden jewel. This historic house is full of light and the intimate courtyard offers an outlet to the world of sight for a magical stay.
Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace, restaurant, wifi, and laundry services.
105 Derb Tizougarine, Dar El Bacha, +212-5243-91776