Riads & Relaxation: Marrakech’s Best Hotels

Ancient city turned tourist mecca, Marrakech is certainly no stranger to the hotel scene. With over one thousand traditional riad houses having been transformed to accommodate the city’s constant influx of visitors, Marrakech has more than an option or two when it comes to hitting the hay for the night. But with so many options on the table, how can you separate the wheat from the chaff? It’s all a question of digging. When it comes to Marrakech, we’ve done the hard work for you, seeking out the city’s top hotel spots for an unforgettable stay!

Riad Berbere

First erected way back in the seventeeth century, this palatial riad is everything that your dreams are made of and more. Fully equipped with its own private garden, tropical plant selection, and oriental salon, Riad Berbere offers up the perfect respite from the frenetic city outside. If you’re in need of a little extra R&R, the onsite hammam and massage room ought to do the trick, conjuring up your own little slice of paradise. Dinners are home-cooked with love and care and, better yet, served up on the candlelit roof terrace. Eat your heart out under Marrakech’s twinkling stars.

Riad des Arts

Delicate, ornamental, and lovingly kept, the Riad des Arts is a real gem to be uncovered. Featuring its own private spa, individually decorated bedrooms, and an ornamental courtyard pool that doubles as a plunge pool when things get too hot, the Riad des Arts is one of Marrakech’s very best. Looking for an experience even less ordinary? Try reserving the special chambre berbère, which is situated on its own private roof terrace. Boasting panoramic views of the city and its very own hot tub, it’s not likely to disappoint.

Riad Ta’achchaqa

Planted in the middle of the labyrinthine Souk des Teinturiers, the Riad Ta’achchaqa is located right in the thick of it. Don’t let the surrounding hubbub put you off, however; this riad is nothing but tranquility and calm. From its tropically decorated central courtyard right down to its roof terrace, private suites, and hammam, the Riad Ta’achchaqa does things the right way. Get yourself a spot in the restaurant, pile your plate high, and while the starry night away. 

La Mamounia

Want to crank things up a gear or two? La Mamounia is luxury incarnate and just one night’s stay in this sumptuous hotel is bound to set you right for at least the rest of the year. Dotted with cooling fountains, overrun with cocktail bars, and scented with cedar wood, La Mamounia goes above and beyond to create your own personal paradise in one of the busiest cities in the world. Located on seventeen acres of private parkland, the hotel is the ultimate place in which to get away from it all and give yourself a little space. Feeling the heat? Cool off in one of two private pools, each designed to take in the sumptuous surrounding views. 

Villa des Orangers

Opening up onto its very own citrus garden, Villa des Orangers is heaven on earth from the get-go. Natural touches make this place special, and whether you’re drawn to the the olive trees, shading palms, or carefully placed water fountains, you’re bound to get lost in the beauty of the place. Inside, things take a turn for the luxurious, featuring hints from French colonial interior styles. Discreet, perfectly balanced, and oh-so-tasteful, Villa des Orangers is the ultimate hideaway from the bustling city, giving you the chance to recharge your batteries and then some.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.