The Most Stunning Riads in Marrakech
The world riad stands for garden in Arabic. These havens are usually built around a courtyard and offer a tranquil respite from the hustle Marrakech is so well-known for.
Stepping into a riad’s entrance is like entering an entirely different world. Their entrances are usually modest doors that hide the grandeur that awaits inside.
Riads offer guests a taste of tradition, culture, and comfort. Here are our picks for the best ones to stay at while in Marrakech!
La Sultana Marrakech
This 5-star boutique hotel is a few steps away from Jemaa el Fnaa and provides a perfect retreat of calmness in one of Africa’s most bustling cities. La Sultana boasts 28 bedrooms, each with a different design and concept.
From its open-air restaurant on the rooftop, one can gaze at the medina’s most emblematic monuments and the snow-covered Atlas mountains to the opposite side.
Cooking classes are offered every morning at 10 am, where you can learn to make your own tajine. If you want to relax after a day of exploring Marrakech, there is a sparkling pool where you can take a dip after experiencing one of their renowned hammam sessions.
This stunning 5-star Art Deco hotel sits a few steps away from Bab el Djedid and it’s as luxurious as it gets.
With a massive outdoor pool and a riad-style one inside the courtyard, a well-equipped fitness center, and a tennis court, it’ll be hard to actually get out and do some exploring.
Hungry? No probs! Choose from their four restaurants, all of which serve scrumptious Moroccan cuisine that will tweedle your taste buds.
There are stunning hotels around the world, but El Fenn takes the cake. Located just a five-minute walking distance from Jemaa el Fna square, this stunning riad boasts 28 rooms centered around an orange tree-filled courtyard.
El Fenn features two terraces, one that overlooks Koutoubia Mosque, and the other one is filled with sofas and Berber-style tents to cozy up in and enjoy a cocktail from their rooftop bar.
Aside from that, there are three swimming pools to choose from, a restaurant that serves both Moroccan and European dishes, a stunning library, a spa, and an indoor bar with a mirrored ceiling.
A stroll through a garden rose will lead you to the entrance of Peacock Pavilion. This swoon-worthy riad features three bedrooms, an indoor dining room that is also a gallery showcasing a unique photography collection, and a refreshing rooftop pool to relax in while taking in the beauty of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains
For dinner, head upstairs and snug into their Arabian-style tent restaurant where tasty food is served.
As if that weren’t enough, Peacock Pavilion is also home to an outdoor cinema where you can grab a blanket a cozy up by the fire pit during the evenings and enjoy a classic movie.
Le Riad Yasmine
More of an urban jungle than a riad, this charming place was restored and decorated by Gabriel and Alice, a French couple that moved to Marrakech in 2015.
It vaunts a sensational pool in the middle of their plant-filled courtyard, a cozy terrace to curl up in or rock a Moroccan cooking class in.
Riad Jardin Secret
Cyrielle and Julien, a creative duo from France created this stunning oasis of Moroccan decor in the middle of Marrakech’s maze-like medina. This mini riad is conveniently located in the Bab Doukkala area.
If you can’t manage to snatch one of their four rooms, you can still pay a visit to their jungle-like rooftop restaurant: The Pink Roof Top, a picture-perfect place that serves gourmet vegetarian dishes.