Top 10 Riads in Marrakech
If you are looking for the best Riads in Marrakech, you probably already know that these are the traditional Moroccan dwellings found within the Medina, the historic district of the city.
By staying here you will not only be able to fully immerse yourself in the culture of Marrakech, but you will also be able to enjoy the convenience of walking through the intricate alleys of the center, among the souks overflowing with handicrafts.
In this article I will help you find the best accommodation for you, I will give you some interesting trivia about it, I will suggest you how to find the best Riads in Marrakech with great prices for your dates and last but not least I will provide you with my selection of typical places to stay to start your search immediately.
Well yes, we have a lot to talk about: let’s get started!
The 10 Riads of Marrakech (most beautiful)
The door that will lead you inside the Riad is a “normal” wooden door of what appears to be a modest house, with a reddish facade, the symbolic color of Marrakech (it is no coincidence that it is also called “The Red City”).
Once you cross the threshold you will find a welcoming bright building full of decorations, in the center of which is a garden with fountains or a courtyard with a swimming pool.
The rooms of the Riad often overlook the internal courtyard.
The good news is that within the Medina, the historic district of Marrakech, you will find plenty of accommodation of this type, suitable for all types of budgets.
Soon I will list the best Riads in Marrakech according to my experience, but know that if you are looking for a Riad to stay with an eye to the budget, you can connect to this page of offers to find accommodations with discounted prices for your at your place.
Skip to the next paragraph to discover the most beautiful Riads in Marrakech in my opinion.
1: Riad Dar Saad: Hammam & Spa
This Riad is located about 6 minutes walk from the Jamaâ El Fna square, but given its location at the beginning of the souk you will be able to stay in a peaceful environment.
In the courtyard is a swimming pool, around which breakfast is served every morning.
On site you can book massages and hammam, have lunch or dinner in an intimate setting.
From the rooftop terrace you will be able to enjoy the view of the Medina.
Here you can stay in rooms furnished in Moroccan style, in classic double rooms or more spacious suites.
Check prices and availability for your dates on the dedicated page (from €82).
2: Riad the Bird of Paradise
This Riad is located inside the Medina and Jamaâ El Fna Square can be reached in about ten minutes on foot, strolling through the souks.
Once you have crossed the entrance you will notice the typical furnishings and the green plants in the courtyard, while from the top floor terrace you can enjoy the surrounding view.
The property offers double, triple and family rooms.
The Riad is also equipped with a heated swimming pool, offers massage and hammam services, as well as an on-site restaurant.
Check prices and availability on the accommodation page (from €64).
3: Nelia De Marrakech Boutique Hotel & Spa
Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to relax on the panoramic terrace of a Riad, while Moroccan breakfast is served.
If you choose to stay in this Riad, this is exactly how every awakening will be.
The location is good, only 5 minutes walk from the main square.
The property offers double rooms with bathtubs, an on-site restaurant, two swimming pools, hammam service and, of course, a rooftop terrace.
Look at the photos and discover the updated prices on the dedicated page (from €87).
Curiosity: if you go to Marrakech in winter, your stay in a riad could be accompanied by the smell of smoke and the crackling of wood in the fireplace.
It is precisely in this way that these buildings are heated on the coldest days of the year.
4: Riad Anya & SPA
This Riad is located on the edge of the Medina, behind the Koutoubia Mosque symbol of Marrakech and about 10 minutes walk from the main square.
The location is excellent for reaching the El Badii palace and the Saadian Tombs, but far enough away from the frenzy of the souks.
The property features a swimming pool on the patio and a Jacuzzi on the rooftop terrace, from which you can enjoy good views of the High Atlas mountain range.
In the morning a typical Moroccan breakfast is served and on site you can taste the dishes of the restaurant or relax by taking advantage of the massage service.
Take a look at the photos and check availability on this page (from €125).
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5: Riad Of The Yema
Located in the souk and less than a ten minute walk from the main square, it is in a perfect location for visiting the Medina and soaking up the atmosphere of the city.
This riad offers double or twin rooms with typical furnishings.
Breakfast is served around the pool, under the greenery of the plants and varies every day.
It is possible to eat in the structure and use the hammam, or spend time on the roof terrace listening to the typical noises of the Medina, while sipping a mint tea.
Check prices and availability on the Riad page (from €99).
6: Amber Spices Medina Riad
Housed in the former home of a spice merchant, this Riad is located in the Medina, but in a rather quiet area.
This accommodation is ideal for a romantic getaway or a stay of total relaxation, also given the possibility of being able to opt for half board or all meals included.
The only 6 rooms allow guests to fully enjoy the attention of the staff, who will be able to answer any doubts or questions.
The property offers double rooms and suites with bathtubs, a massage area, a swimming pool and a rooftop terrace.
Find out the availability for your dates on the dedicated page (from €122).
It will be because I travel’s advice : choosing a riad in the center of the Medina can be a gamble if what you are looking for is accommodation in which to relax after experiencing the confusion of the souks.
For this reason, it is better to choose accommodation slightly further from the centre, but where you can completely relax once you cross the threshold.
7: Riad Tahyra
In the heart of the Medina, this is a Riad with a typical internal garden with four flowerbeds and a central fountain.
There are several variations of Riads, but the one that holds this structure is the more traditional version.
The location is really good for visiting the center of Marrakech, and the main square Jemaa El Fna can be reached in just 7 minutes on foot.
On site you will find a restaurant and a bar, a common area and a terrace.
The property offers suites and double rooms.
Check availability and prices on the Riad page (from €57).
8: Zoraida’s Secret Riad & Spa
This establishment offers double and family suites in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech.
From here, Jemaâ El Fna Square can be reached in about ten minutes on foot, crossing the souks.
Palazzo della Bahia is just 100 meters away.
On site you will find a restaurant and a rooftop terrace with a hot tub.
Among the wellness services offered are the hammam and massages.
This property also offers multi-night vacation packages with dinners and excursions included.
Find out more by taking a look at the dedicated page (from €71).
9: Al Riyadh
A riad located in the heart of the Medina, just 200 meters from the intricate streets of the souks where every day sellers, locals and tourists walk around looking for some piece of handicraft to buy.
The property boasts family rooms and large suites, able to accommodate up to 4 adults.
There is a bar on site and you can enjoy Moroccan dinner, but the area is good for walking to the restaurants in the area.
The breakfast served is plentiful and typical Moroccan.
A few steps from here are the Jardin Secret and the Hammam Mouassine, one of the oldest in the city.
The square can be reached in 5 minutes on foot.
Look at the structure and check availability comfortably here (from € 95).
10: Adika Riad & Spa
This Riad offers double, triple and family rooms suitable for all types of travellers.
It is conveniently located for visiting the main attractions of the Marrakech Medina.
There is a restaurant on site that offers the possibility to dine on the candlelit terrace.
Here you will see the classic courtyard with a swimming pool and a traditional hammam.
Check availability at updated rates comfortably here (from € 74).
Tips: if you need to organize a transfer from or to the airport, ask your Riad if they offer this service, so as to avoid having to bargain or fall into unpleasant situations if you take a taxi outside the airport.
The correct fare to reach the gates of the center is approximately 150 dh (about €15).
FAQ: Questions with Answers
1: What are Riads and what is the difference with Dars?
Riads are traditional Moroccan houses.
These houses are developed around an internal garden through which the sunlight filters, overlooked by the windows of the rooms (this is why “riad” in Arabic translates into “garden”).
Generally, the garden has 4 flowerbeds where plants and trees grow, and there is a fountain in the center.
The Dar, on the other hand, has a courtyard, often tiled and with a swimming pool.
The concept of the two houses is almost similar, which is why it is customary to call Riads even the structures that are actually Dars.
2: Where are the Riads in Marrakech?
Riads in Marrakech are located within the Medina, i.e. within the red walls that mark the boundaries of the historic district of the city.
To choose an establishment in an excellent location to reach the souks and main attractions on foot, opt for accommodation that is no more than 10 minutes from Jemaa el Fna Square.
However, remember that if you prefer absolute silence, it is better to opt for accommodation further from the center and the square (but always keep in mind the 10-minute “rule”).
3: How much does it cost to sleep in a Riad in Marrakech?
There are so many Riads in Marrakech that can fit any budget.
A night in a Riad in a double room costs an average of €80, but you will also find accommodation at lower and higher prices.
As in all destinations in the world, prices in Marrakech also vary according to the season.
What you can do to get an idea of how much a Riad costs for your dates, is log on to this offers page and do a quick search for your dates.
4: What services do Riads offer?
In a typical Riad you will have to expect to enjoy a Moroccan breakfast in the inner courtyard or on the rooftop terrace.
You will often find the on-site restaurant, a wellness area where you can take a hammam and a common area where you can relax while sipping mint tea.
You will hardly find televisions in the rooms of traditional Riads, as this is not part of the Moroccan custom.
With this article I hope I have been able to help you find the best Riad in Marrakech for your stay.
Remember that it will be important to choose a good structure to be able to find calm again after an intense day in the frenzy of the souks of the Medina.
If you have any doubts or questions and you think I can help you, leave a comment at the end of the article and I will be happy to help you.
Thank you for relying on the advice of Will Why Travel, see you soon and enjoy the Red City of Morocco!
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