Marrakech is renowned for its riad accommodation - a handful of rooms fanning out from a central courtyard and often featuring traditional architectural details. Some of them are now boutique hotels, and many of them are opulent, grand affairs, but cheaper options are also available. Marrakech boasts larger, well-known hotel brands too.
The Marrakech hotels have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over Dh1,200)
Moderate (Dh500 to Dh1,200)
Cheap (under Dh500)
These prices are for a double room per night and include all taxes and breakfast unless otherwise stated.
La Maison Arabe Marrakech
Opened in the 1940s, La Maison Arabe was a popular dining place for the rich and famous (Winston Churchill was a patron). It closed in the 1980s but reopened in 1998 as a hotel with Italian blueblood and African antiques collector Frederic Ruspoli at the helm. His collection is now the centrepiece of the hotel's luxuriously restored suites and rooms.Address: Bab Doukkala, 1 Derb Assehbé, Medina,
Telephone: +212 524 387 010.
Set within lush gardens (once the royal grounds of the Saadians) and with fine views of the Atlas Mountains, this art deco luxury hotel has been the place to stay in Marrakech since it opened in the 1920s. Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor and has a bar named in his honour. Expect beautiful rooms, succulent on-site dining and world-class spa facilities.Address: Medina, Avenue Bab Jedid, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 388 600.
Les Jardins de la Koutoubia
Tucked behind the Jemaa el Fna, this lovely hotel has 100 rooms and suites, clustered around a palm-filled courtyard with a large pool, decked out in a modern Moroccan style. Other major draws include the serene spa, offering traditional hammam treatments, and the piano bar and rooftop terrace, perfect for that evening sundowner.Address: Medina, 26 Rue de la Koutoubia, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 388 800.
Riad Al Massarah
This riad is the definition of Marrakech cool, with its blend of traditional lofty architecture, handsome custom-made furnishings and ultramodern bathroom fittings by Philippe Starck. Proprietors Michael and Michel are blazing the trail for responsible tourism with clever use of natural light and solar energy, contributions to local charities, and standard-setting wages for staff.Address: Bab Doukkala, 26 Derb Djedid, Medina,
Telephone: +212 524 383 206.
Riad L'Etoile D'Orient
Restored in 2010, this tastefully appointed riad mixes the modern with the traditional, meaning guests can upload snaps of the refined Moroccan decor using the speedy free Wi-Fi service. Just minutes from Jemaa el Fna, rooms here include flatscreen TVs and gorgeous bathrooms. There's also a rooftop terrace to enjoy.Address: Derb Moulay Abdelkader n°52, Derb Dabachi, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 391 796.
Riyad El Cadi
This elegant guesthouse is a maze of historic riads set around five courtyards and faceted with private balconies, terraces, staircases and light wells. Each of the rooms has its own décor scheme (stay in the cupola-capped Ottoman suite with Turkish tile and latticework harem balcony). It also has a pool with Jacuzzi, subterranean hammam and well-stocked wine cellar.Address: Dabachi, 87 Derb Moulay Abdelkader, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 378 655.
Expect friendly staff, a warm welcome, simple breakfasts and clean rooms at this good value hotel located close to the city's main train station. Rooms offer TV and free Wi-Fi, while on-site amenities include a concierge, a safe-deposit box and a 24-hour reception. Guests can also sit and relax in the hotel's tranquil grounds.Address: , 33 Rue De La Liberte, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 431 327.
Notable for its vibrant rooftop garden where tortoises laze in sun, the well-priced Riad Chrihane is situated near the northern edge of the Medina, roughly a 15-minute walk from Jemaa el Fna. Though it can be tough to track down, due to its location down a quiet side alley, complimentary Moroccan tea and biscuits greet wearisome guests.Address: Medina, 42 derb j'did Bab Doukkala, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 384 302.
Riad Dar Aby
Situated just outside the Medina, Riad Dar Aby houses a number of en-suite rooms circled around a bright, tiled courtyard. The daily breakfast of Moroccan pancakes with lashings of jam provides a homely touch, while free Wi-Fi access, optional specialised tours and friendly staff complete the package.Address: Rmila, 33 Derb Raouia, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 606 519 036.
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