One of Morocco’s most vibrant cities, Marrakech’s hotel scene is constantly changing – helped by more than 1,000 riad hotels squeezed in among the narrow alleyways and souks of the Medina neighbourhood. These mini-Edens – all with a central courtyard garden (where the word “riad” comes from) – have been mushrooming in the Medina, veering between simplicity and no-holds-barred luxury. Then there’s the Ville Nouvelle and the lush palm groves of La Palmeraie, north of the city, if you’re looking for something a bit further away from the action.
Whether you’re heading to this North Africa hub for the delicious food, the rich culture or to simply wander through the steets and markets, soaking up the sights, sounds and scents, when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Marrakech.
A touch of France mingles with Morocco in this classy riad near Dar El Bacha palace. Its French owners converted this colonial-style seriems of houses into a place of true serenity, with orange trees keeping things cool in the central courtyard. The 10 rooms are filled with antiques and calming shades of dusty blue, grey and cream, and lead out into Venetian-style salons. There’s a rooftop plunge pool as well as a spa and a larger pool in a separate courtyard.
Price: Doubles from €230 (£199)
Amid the squawking chickens and tiny food shops in the less touristy, eastern part of the Medina known as Issebtinne, Riad El Mezouar offers peace and relaxation within this 17th-century former palace. Its British owner used local materials and craftsmen to renovate the five bedrooms, including traditional hand-cut tiles and Moroccan tadelakt plastering. Cool off in the central swimming pool or chill out on the rooftop terrace. Book in advance if you want lunch or dinner.
Price: Doubles from €170 (£148)
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