The most typical Moroccan riads were built on the foundations of ancient ruined buildings: they are family-run lodgings, usually on two or four floors, with high walls that hide an interior patio usually decorated with plants and flowers.
According to Moroccan laws, new buildings can be built only if they comply with current regulations that want to maintain the most traditional and typical Moroccan buildings. In the city of Marrakech there are today between 1500 and 2000 riads, not always easy to locate: here we offer the 10 most beautiful, with an authentic, welcoming and intimate atmosphere.
A 15th-century riad: the first literary café and cultural center of La Medina, tastefully renovated, following the classic Moroccan tradition. Here are organize art exhibitions and cultural or gastronomic events throughout the year.
One of the essentials of Marrakech, a legendary place like the Kutubiyya mosque. Not far from the Jamaa el Fna square, it opened in 2009, after three years of renovation. Once the decorative elements of the 1980s have been eliminated, the building has regained the traditional Arab elegance. The riad has around 200 rooms and a 2,000 square meters SPA with two swimming pools, various beauty rooms, and three hammams. The original garden has been preserved.
The elegance of this riad is excellent, almost perfect. Royal Mansour is, without doubt, one of the best places in the world to stay. The owner is nothing less than King Mohammed IV. All the details have been designed to make the riad elegant, refined and impeccable. Aristocrats and VIP of all the world are regular guests of the Royal Monsour. Built on 3.5 hectares of land in a private area, the Royal Monsour is actually subdivided into 53 private riads, and has swimming pools, spas and a restaurant with a Michelin star.
The Selman is located at the foot of the Atlas: elegance and relaxation are the keywords here. The riad has horses of pure Arabian race and equestrian center for horse lovers.
A real gem, hidden in the center of La Medina. Seven beautiful rooms, all different but all cozy and elegant, will welcome you. Restructuring and decoration are the work of an Italian studio, which brought a touch of Western modernity to the more classic Moroccan tradition.
La Maison Arabe
Far from the luxuries of La Mamounia, this riad, at first sight, appears almost too simple. However, the boutique hotel is the symbol of Marrakech: quiet and welcoming. An intimate, refined riad, where each room has a terrace overlooking the city center, and the complex is completed with a swimming pool and SPA. Try the Nahar Suite, an attic with a private panoramic terrace. The two restaurants of the riad are among the best in the city.
Riad Noir D’Ivoire
Elegant and discreet, between a wellness center and a luxury hotel: this is the Noir d’Ivoire. A refined but not excessive decor, which blends perfectly with the more traditional Moroccan style and the comfort of European breadth. Perfect to escape the case of the city. SPA and traditional cuisine in the restaurant of the riad complete this cozy and peaceful place.
Riad le Clos des Arts
Located near the Dar Si said Museum and the Bahia Palace, Clos des arts is a true haven of peace and tranquility. It is located in a pedestrian street, and in addition to a suite, it offers rooms with thematic furnishings, bright colors, and oriental tradition.
According to TripAdvisor, this is the best riad in Marrakech since 2014. Quality, service, and staff are its strengths. There are seven rooms available to customers, decorated with taste, tradition, and elegance. Swimming pool, gardens and hammam will not make you forget it very easily.
If you have ever thought about how much you'd like to stay in a building that came out of "The Thousand and One Nights", this is your riad. In the center of La Medina, a few meters from the Jamaa el Fna Square, La Sultana surprises with its splendid architecture. Quiet and relaxing La Sultana is a place with a unique atmosphere.