Best hotels in Marrakech 2022: Riad stays and luxury resorts

Marrakech’s hotel scene is constantly changing, aided by more than 1,000 riads crammed into the narrow lanes and souks of the Medina district. These mini-Edens – all with a central courtyard garden (where the word “riad” comes from) – spring up like mushrooms in the Medina, oscillating between simplicity and limitless luxury. Then there’s the Ville Nouvelle and the lush palm groves of La Palmeraie to the north of the city, if you’re looking for something a bit further from the action.

So to make your choice easier, here is a selection of 10 of the best hotels in Marrakech.

The best hotels in Marrakech are:

Best for French flair: Riad de Tarabel

Neighbourhood: Medina

These colonial-style buildings are perfect for cooling off in the heat of the Medina

(Adam Batterbee/Riad De Tarabel)

A touch of France meets Morocco in this chic riad near the Dar El Bacha palace. Its French owners have transformed this series of colonial-style homes into a place of true serenity, with orange trees keeping the central courtyard cool. The 10 bedrooms are filled with antiques and soothing shades of dusty blue, gray, and cream, and lead to Venetian-style living rooms. There’s a rooftop plunge pool as well as a spa and larger pool in a separate courtyard.

Price: Doubles from €230 (£194)

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Neighbourhood: Medina

Follow a day in the medina with a refreshing swim at Riad El Mezaour

(Adam Batterbee/Riad El Mezaour)

Amidst screeching chickens and tiny food shops in the less touristy eastern part of the medina known as Issebtinne, Riad El Mezouar offers peace and relaxation in this former 17th-century palace. Its British owner has used local materials and craftsmen to renovate the five bedrooms, including traditional hand-cut tiles and Moroccan tadelakt coatings. Cool off in the central pool or relax on the rooftop terrace. Book in advance if you want lunch or dinner.

Price: Doubles from €130 (£115)

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Neighborhood: Hivernage

Children young and old will love the collection of lagoons, swimming pools and exotic gardens at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort

(Es Saadi Marrakech Resort)

If Es Saadi’s interior sounds familiar, that’s because it replaced the luxury hotel in Cairo in the BBC’s adaptation of The night manager. This sprawling resort includes the beautifully opulent Le Palace, the more conventional L’Hotel, and a few very luxurious villas and ksars (Berber-style mini-castles). They all cluster around a fantastic land of exotic gardens, lagoons, swimming pools, children’s play areas and Marrakech’s first casino. Then there are the eight restaurants, four bars, spa, nightclub, and shops.

Price: Double from 1,700 dirhams (£136)

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Neighbourhood: Medina

A palette of fresh and soothing colors characterizes Riad UP

(Riad HIGH)

If your eyes need a rest from the riot of colors in the Medina, Riad UP is the place to soothe them. Majorcan designer Elsa Bauza has transformed an old palace into a relaxing riad with six bedrooms, a lounge and dining room, a streamlined courtyard patio and a plunge pool. The style is refreshingly simple without being austere, with simple fireplaces, soft leather furnishings and warm Berber wool blankets. Head up to the rooftop terrace for city views and comfortable sun loungers. Lunch and dinner are available if you order in advance.

Price: Doubles from €98 (£83)

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Neighborhood: The Palmeraie

Relax in the spa of the hotel Les Deux Tours

(The Two Towers)

It’s only five kilometers from the medina, but Les Deux Tours at La Palmeraie is in its own green and very fragrant world. Surrounded by three hectares of gardens, water lily ponds and a large swimming pool, the hotel and its spa plunge you into a state of well-being. The spacious rooms are in a modern Moorish style and open onto these beautiful gardens, and some include private pools. Choose from two on-site restaurants or take the free shuttle into town if you want to get back to reality.

Price: Doubles from €202 (£170)

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Neighbourhood: Medina

Head to Riad 72 for one of the highest rooftop terraces in the Medina

(Riad 72)

Milan meets Marrakech in Riad 72’s 13 rooms and sublime rooftop terrace. Located in an easily accessible location in Bab Doukkala near the Dar El Bacha Palace, the riad features Italian decorative touches to go with its plush Moroccan fabrics and soft and, in some rooms, original cedar wood ceilings. Dinner is served on the beautiful courtyard patio (book in advance) and the rooftop terrace is considered the highest in the medina.

Price: Doubles from €210 (£177)

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Neighbourhood: Medina

The lush central courtyard of the Lamrani Palace

(Lamrani Palace)

Built by the Lamrani family a century ago, this six-room riad-palace is a centerpiece of the family’s fantastic collection of furniture collected from across Europe and the Middle East. Amidst Regency and Victorian splendor is the equally lush central courtyard garden, which becomes even more magical during candlelit dinners. There’s another courtyard with a pool, and the rooftop terrace has a small gym to go along with its lounge chairs and views of the Medina.

Price: Doubles from €135 (£114)

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Neighborhood: The Palmeraie

Escape the crowds at Jnane Tamsna

(Jnane Tamsna)

An American ethnobotanist and his wife, a French-Senegalese interior designer, have joined forces to create the exquisite Jnane Tamsna, set in 22 hectares of lavish gardens in La Palmeraie. Its 24 rooms are spread across five houses, many with their own patios and all designed to harmoniously combine African, North African and Indian designs. Five swimming pools and a tennis court are also tucked away here, and you can also try your hand at a cooking or yoga class.

Price: Doubles from €155 (£135)

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Neighbourhood: Medina

Riad Tizwa: chic and inexpensive

(Riad Tizwa)

British brothers Daniel and Richard Bee run this relaxed riad a stone’s throw from the Dar El Bacha palace. Its six rooms are traditionally Moroccan without being demanding and the balconies overlook the flowery courtyard garden. Savor a hearty breakfast on the charming rooftop terrace, where you can also dine if you book in advance.

Price: Doubles from €65 (£55)

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Neighbourhood: Medina

The story of this 300-year-old riad is pure enchantment: a love letter, written by 16-year-old Yela just before her wedding, was discovered here, and its contents were creatively incorporated into the design of the old palace and its five luxurious rooms. The place has been beautifully restored, and there is also a limestone pool. You can even head to the rooftop terrace and get cozy under the tent tower where young Yela fell in love.

Price: Doubles from €205 (£173)

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