Marrakech is a fascinating city full of mystery and magic. Many riads in the city’s medina have been artfully restored by international architects to include quiet patios to enjoy morning mint tea, traditional hammams to sooth and heal and rooftops with swimming pools overlooking views of the old city. Riads in Marrakech are the main form of hotel stays and each is so uniquely beautiful that it’s hard to choose just one. We’ve handpicked our favorites to ensure an unforgettable trip to Marrakech.
Riad Les Yeux Bleus
Curator Vanessa Branson carefully restored this riad with art pieces from Batoul S’Himi and Terence Donovan to create a majestic palace… definitely the crème de la crème. Lush gardens, marble swimming pools, organic gardens with songbirds chirping create the perfect environment to unwind and have a glass of wine, or to just sit and do nothing. In you room you will not find telephones or televisions, instead, watch a film though in the riad’s private cinema, which sounds like an alternative we could definitely settle for. In the morning traditional mint tea will be waiting for you outside your bedroom door.
Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2
Riad Jardin Secret
Cyrielle and Julien have harvested a creative refuge with Jardin Secret, where they lived for a few years before turning the space into a hotel for guests. In the early 1900’s, the building belonged to rich man who constructed two identical riads right next to each other, one as a gift to his mistress. Love is still in the air and the Parisian owners have artfully transformed the riad into a traveler’s sanctuary complete with vegan meal options (which are very hard to find in Marrakech). Inspire new thought and conversation with the artists and photographers who frequently pass through the riad to make use of the in-house art studio.
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Elegance and minimalism are the theme at this newly opened riad in the medina. The website is still under contruction and bookings can be made only by email for the time being. We’d love to be the first to stay at this cleanly-designed, calming space.
website in progress
Intimate, elegant and low-key – this is Dar Darma in a nutshell. Located in the heart of the medina with its own patio, swimming pool, hammam and terrace with extensive views, it’s a peaceful retreat. Rest the library with a book before a massage or “gommage.” Dishes prepared by Dar Darma’s cook Maria include: harira soup, meat or vegetable tajines and other typical platters.
11/12 Derb Tarik Sidi Bouharba
Dar Les Cigognes
The sister property of Riad Kaïss, Dar Les Cigognes is part of the Sansoucci Collection, and a splendid option for those who are looking for a romantic space. Situated in the Palace Quarter, it was transformed by a world-known architect Charles Bocarra into an exquisite five-star property. Dar Les Cigones translates to “House of Storks,” named after the birds that perch on the elevation of the Royal Palace of Hassan II, located opposite the riad. At Dar Les Cigones , make use of spa treatments with products developed in-house.
Dar Les Cigognes 108, rue de Berima
+212 524 38 27 40
Riad Les Yeux Bleus
Even though this is just a ten minute walk from the square of Jemaa el Fna, this eight-bedroom sanctuary will not make it easy for you to get to know the city of Marrakesh. It has a lot to offer: two patios – one with a swimming pool, the other one featuring a stylish marble fountain – a library, a hammam, and a roof terrace with a bar. It is not a simple job to combine elements of what constituted ancient Morocco and what is a contemporary vibrant and modern city life of Marrakesh. Riad Les Yeux Bleus did it, and tastefully too!
7 Derb Elferran Bab Doukkala
Riad Noir D’Ivoire
A haven for couples and honeymooners, Riad Noir D’ivoire is hidden in the city center of Marrakesh. Each suite is equipped with a fireplace and bathtub for two. If you wish to sleep under the stars or have an idyllic dinner outside, do not think twice, this is your riad. The friendly staff will help to set the mood with rose petals, candles, you name it. Attention to detail seems to be a trademark defined in tasseled drapes, Moroccan ornaments and wood-carved designs, making each moment exceptional.
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Light, water, and the night sky are three leading symbols central to the design of riad Snan13. Relish in historical sights like Koutoubia’s mosque and Dar el Bacha’s Palace from the patio. This boutique riad hotel is located in Mouassine, the oldest neighborhood of Marrakesh. It is an intimate place with five spacious bedrooms, all arranged in a unique style. One room’s design recreates the feel of an authentic hammam, and the Le Moucharabieh room has a private reading and rest area. At Snan13, traditional Arab dishes are prepared by an in-house chef based on old family recipes.
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Rebuilt by acclaimed French hotel architect Christian Ferre, this luxury boutique hotel is another design treat. Ferre managed to subtly combine Moroccan with modern French style in a wonderful pairing. Each of the nine rooms will engage a different aspect of travel. Book the suite on the roof with its own private terrace.If you are in need of a personal shopper or you feel like a cooking class, do not search further, you can find it here, at the hotel. Riad Kaïss is also situated close to the UNESCO world heritage site Djema el Fna, not to be missed.
65 Derb Jdid, Riad Zitoun Kedim, Medina
Two French brothers restored this riad, which originally belonged to Marrakech’s influential Tigani family. L’Orangeraie is a boutique hotel with seven rooms and suites, all carrying the names of local spices and colors, and two extensive patios. On one of them, guests can relax listening to the sounds of the fountain and enjoying the scent of aromatic plants. The other comprises a mosaic swimming pool and hammam. That leaves us with a tough choice. Of course, you cannot miss vistas from the Riad L’Orangeraie’s terrace sweeping over the Atlas Mountains.