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Where to Stay in Marrakesh

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Marrakesh is Morocco’s third largest city and welcomes a stunning number of visitors each year. It is situated close to the sprawling foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the vast Sahara Desert, as well as the rugged Atlantic coast with its excellent surf and pristine beaches. There are two distinct parts to the city; the historic Medina with its winding narrow streets and countless souks, and the newer European area that is studded with upscale eateries and meticulously crafted goods. Marrakesh has a great choice of holiday accommodation, because as well as excellent hotels, you can opt to stay in a riad – and these are unique to Marrakesh!

Best Traditional Riads

Riads are traditionally styled Moroccan mansion houses- usually two stories high and built around an airy central courtyard. There are many in the old part of city that have been successfully converted into attractive accommodation with plenty of character and updated living spaces. Many of the larger ones feature plunge pools or spas within the central courtyard and these are perfect after a day’s sightseeing!

The Royal Mansour

One of the riads at the Royal Mansour

This collection of riads tops the rest when it comes to luxury: rather than staying in a private room or suite, guests are given their choice of one of fifty-three private riads across the grounds. The king often hosts his guests here, for the opulent stays and the finest cuisine in the city. Of all the stunning restaurants, be sure to check out the bar on the palace grounds; it’s gilded in gold from top to bottom. A pool surrounded by over a hectare of carefully tended gardens offers guests a tranquil oasis to relax, while the spa is a sanctuary within the city offering top of the line treatments to all the guests. If you’re looking to elevate your trip to Marrakesh, look no further.

Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, Medina, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

The Dar Assiya

The crystalline plunge pool at Dar Assiya

Situated in the Medina and just ten minute’s walk from Djemaa el Fna,  Dar Assiya is a luxury riad. The central courtyard is opulently decorated in the traditional Moroccan style, while sleek lines dominate the rest of this beautifully restored hotel. It also features traditional Moroccan snacks, and has a central plunge pool for leisurely moments. Many of the guest rooms have a comfortable private sitting areas for a moment’s peace before plunging back into this bustling city.

20, Derb Ouali,Kaat Bennahid, Medina, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Ksar Kasbah & Spa

The sleek bathrooms at Ksar Kasbah & Spa

Ksar Kasbah & Spa is situated close to the Medina, and is one of the larger riads in the area, with a pool right in the center of the monochrome courtyard. The two terraces, extensive spa, and intentional lack of tech encourage guests to truly unwind and connect with their fellow travelers. It too, has a pool in the courtyard and also has its own restaurant and two The staff goes above and beyond to make guests feel welcome and like a part of the family at this home away from home.

Ksibat Nhass derb sbaia 2, Kasbah, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Best for Romantic Escapes

The city of Marrakesh is steeped in romance, from the winding alleyways and rose-hued walls to lavishly decorated stays and secluded gardens. Hop into a hammam together, splurge on a matching set of massages, or tour the Majourelle Jardins for a verdant escape within the city.

72 Riad Living

The lush terrace at 72 Riad Living

72  Riad Living is a stunning 16th century riad, situated in the Medina, that has been owned by the same family since it was built. It has been beautifully converted into a luxury boutique hotel in traditional Moroccan style with a patio area and hammam offering a variety of treatments. Moroccan and Italian cuisine can be enjoyed in 72 Riad Living’s own restaurant.

Ksibat Nhass derb sbaia 2, Kasbah, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Riad Meriem

The moonlit terrace at Riad Meriem

This art-centric riad is situated just ten minutes from the colourful bustle of Djemaa el Fna, offering a restful oasis for design lovers. It is traditionally styled and the guest rooms are decorated in shades of grey and violet, with carefully curated art in each room and the common areas. It has an attractive terrace and plunge pool and friendly owners who are very happy to prepare lunch or dinner for you to enjoy on the terrace.

147 rue Mohamed El Baqual Gueliz, Gueliz, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Best for Culture Lovers

Villa des Orangers

The tranquil pool area at La Villa des Orangers with their famous oranges

This luxurious hotel is run by Relais & Chateaux and is situated in a magnificent old palace surrounded by three orange groves. It has a swimming pool and sumptuous wellness facilities where massages can be enjoyed. It has its own restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine and meals can be enjoyed al fresco by the pool, and offers complimentary lunches for guests. This is an oasis within the city, and the peak of excellence that Marrakesh has to offer.

6 Rue Sidi Mimoune, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

La Sultana

One of the outdoor terraces at La Sultana

Situated just ten minutes walk from the Medina, La Sultana offers its guests, world class service in a beautiful Moorish setting. There is traditional carved Moroccan furniture and a marble bathroom in each guest room. Evening meals of delicious tasting tagines can be enjoyed on the terrace while enjoying panoramic views of the awe-inspiring Atlas Mountains. Check out the luxe spa or sapphire pool to relax.

147 rue Mohamed El Baqual Gueliz, Gueliz, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Best to Shop and Play

Gueliez is considered the new trendy neighborhood of Marrakesh and is the perfect choice for those who enjoy luxury shopping as it has European style malls and top end shops run by local artisans, producing items you will not find in the souks.  There are fining dining opportunities in this district, as well as a wonderful selection of intimate bars, and the best nightlife.

Hotel Oudaya

The central garden at Oudaya Hotel and Spa

This charming hotel has spacious and vibrantly decorated guest rooms that have either a balcony or terrace that connects to a central garden. This cute hotel is only minutes from the Medina, with a full-service spa and poolside decks to lounge or enjoy a quick bite. There’s even a poolside bar, and a Moroccan lounge for guests to enjoy.

147 rue Mohamed El Baqual Gueliz, Gueliz, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Es Saadi Palace

One of the outdoor pools at the Es Saadi Palace Resort

This stunning hotel is warm, atmospheric and orientally styled, drawing inspiration from Persia and Andalusia as well as Moroccan family traditions. It’s a true jewel of the city, and a luxuriant haven nestled in unspoiled nature close to the Medina. Each elegant guest room is decorated with a zouake. The hotel offers the ultimate in relaxation as it has one of the largest pools in Marrakech, and a massive spa and wellness center. The resort also features numerous gourmet restaurants, lively clubs, and a full casino.

Rue Ibrahim El Mazini Hivernage, Hivernage, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Best on the Outskirts

La Palmeraie isa suburb just north of Marrakech. This is an absolutely stunning area as it has more than 100,000 date palms in an area covering 86 square kilometres – as well as olives and fruit trees. Local legend tells how the dates grew from the numerous date seeds that were discarded by Arab warriors when they camped in the vicinity. Les Palmeraie is situated about seven kilometres from the Medina and hotels in this area offer their guests spectacular views of the Atlas mountains.

Palais Namaskar

One of the peaceful outdoor pools at Palais Namaskar

This luxury hotel and spa is a tranquil oasis situated between the fringes of the desert and the foothills of the towering Atlas Mountain. The hotel has five acres of land with lakes and waterways. It is a haven in the desert that embraces the Feng Shui concept and has luxury suites, villas, and palaces – ideal for couples and families. The rooftop terraces offer panoramic views of the fiery desert, and the gourmet restaurants serve upscale international fare with a Moroccan twist.

C/O Route de Bab Atlas, No.88/69, Province Syba, Marrakech, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Les Cinq Djellabas

A spacious suite at Les Cinq Djellabas

This luxury boutique hotel is contemporary in design and has sizable terraces that overlook verdant palm groves with the rolling Atlas Mountains beyond. As well as a beautiful, crystalline pool and a traditional hammam, the hotel can provide transport to the golf course. There are both Moroccan and international dishes on the restaurant’s menu. Rooms are airy and elegant, with a twist on traditional luxury for guests to enjoy.

Les Lodges de Jnanat, Douar Al Gribate, 40000 Douar Caïd Layadi, Morocco

Best for Families

Hotel & Ryads Naoura Barriere

The gilded bar at Hotel & Ryads Naoura Barriere

Situated within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions, the expansive Hotel & Ryads Naoura Barriere is ideal for families. The large grounds encompass a number of activities for both adults and children, while suites are spacious and modern and there is a pool, spa, and fitness center. For children there is a fun club offering activities and meals. There are also numerous eateries and bars on-site, offering a mix of nouvelle cuisine and traditional Moroccan fare.

Djebel Alakhdar – Bab Doukkala, Medina, 40 000 Marrakech, Morocco

Le Palais Paysan

The stunning views from the Le Palais Paysan poolside

Le Palais Paysan is situated outside the city center, nestled in a stark and sprawling property with spacious grounds and a number of outdoor activities. Dive into the sparkling pool, or lounge on the brick-paved terrace on one of the many spa beds. If you’re looking to get out and explore, the hotel offers horseback riding, trekking, and mountain biking. If you’re looking to enjoy the impressive hotel grounds, we recommend the well-furnished spa. Beyond all the physical amenities, enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the amazing views of the Atlas Mountains.

Km 20 Route d’Amizmiz, Douar Akrich, Marrakech, 40000 Oumnas, Morocco

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