From Home-Spun Comfort to Luxurious Resorts

With more than 1,200 riads located in the Marrakech medina, picking the perfect place to stay is a difficult decision. But each riad is designed differently.  Each riad has its own unique style and personality, accommodating travellers’ unique needs and expectations for a perfect stay in magical Marrakech.

For a luxurious stay overlooking stunning gardens and with some of the best western-style accommodations in Marrakech, book your stay at La Mamounia.  Pamper yourself with a traditional hammam experience at the on-site hammam, winner of the 2011 Conde Nast Best Hotel Spa in the World award.  And the selection of international and Moroccan wines is the perfect complement to your meal at one of the three on-site restaurants, with the Moroccan restaurant receiving rave reviews.

If you want a cozy, but chic riad in the medina, stay at Dar Hanane.  Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the Marrakech medina, guests are constantly amazed by the traditional way of life surrounding the riad – women walking to the local bread oven where the daily bread is baked, donkeys transporting cartload of goods through the medina, and children running freely through the derb. With one of the highest terraces in the medina, the views (day or night) of the magical Marrakech medina are absolutely spectacular.

If you want luxury combined with unbeatable views, stay at Dar Les Cigognes.  Head up to the rooftop terrace and watch the storks fly overhead, and admire the ramparts of the Royal Palace.   The luxurious rooms, authentically decorated with the finest examples of Moroccan craftsmanship, are complete with the comforts guests expect from a boutique hotel.

If supporting ethical tourism is important, stay at Riad Magellan, a riad dedicated to assisting the needs of children in a local hospital.  Tastefully decorated rooms blended with warm hospitality provide an oasis in the Marrakech medina.

If you enjoy eclectic decor, a home filled with objects acquired from trips around the world, creating a chic museum-like atmosphere, Riad Camilia is the ideal riad. Hidden behind the main entrance, guests step into a riad filled with secret corners, courtyards and private galleries, adding to the enchanting ambiance throughout.  The decor is authentic and extends from the rooms to the common areas and the wonderful on-site dining room.

For a stay in a riad steeped in history in the former Jewish quarter known as Mellah, Riad Azoulay is the place to be.  Formerly the home of a wealthy landlord, this riad is now an elegant guesthouse respecting traditional architectural styles.  For a majestic stay, book a stay in the Sultane suite.

For the active and cultured traveller, book your stay Riad El Fenn.  A regular host of cultural events including the Marrakech Biennele and TedX Marrakesh, El Fenn is filled with artwork at every turn.  For the more active guests, head up to the rooftop terrace where a one-hole golf course faces the landmark Koutoubia mosque.  Or enjoy a dip in one of the plunge pools.  Then when it’s time to relax, the bohemian-chic rooms are the perfect retreat from the souks as are the cozy nooks throughout the riad.

For honeymooners or couples looking a chic and stylish romantic getaway, book your stay at Riad Adore.  Whether up on the terrace, in the gallery overlooking the central courtyard or relaxing by the plunge pool in the central courtyard, a feeling of romance is all around.  Dinner on the rooftop terrace, next to the fireplace, as the call to prayer sounds out is just one of the comforts provided to guest. Yet step out the door, and you’re just minutes from some of the finest antique shops in Marrakech.

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