Riad Dar One
With North African temperatures but a short-haul flight time (less than four hours and no jet lag), Morocco’s fashionista-favorite city is the perfect destination any time of the year, especially when you can stay in one of the best hotels in Marrakech.
BEST HOTELS IN MARRAKECH
Morocco’s red city is one of the most stylish places to visit this year, along with Lisbon, Mykonos and Copenhagen, of course. Home to Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic blue Majorelle Garden, the UNESCO-protected medina teeming with hammams and spice souks, and the Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech is one of the most photogenic cities in the world.
Whether you want to check into a traditional Marrakech riad in the maze of the medina or stay a bit outside the city in a paradise in the Palmeraie, there is a boutique retreat for you.
The dark square Djemaa el Fna is the main center of Marrakech, and it sits right at the entrance to the medina and its labyrinthine streets lined with shops. The city is also the gateway to the Atlas Mountains, ideal when urban days get a little hectic. Or just hang out by your palm-fringed pool in the Palmeraie with a cocktail (no one is judging).
For an unabashedly opulent all-terracotta palace, book Selman and act like sultans – or take inspiration from the interiors of Sakkan, who make a literal art form out of eye-catching wall hangings.
There are also plenty of traditional Marrakech riads in the medina – you’ll probably get lost trying to get there, but that’s part of the charm. We like 72 Riad Living for its high roof (with a particularly nice view) and Riad Dar One for its modern upholstery and striking lighting.
Read on to discover our selection of the best hotels in Marrakech…
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You’ll have some serious wall hanging cravings the moment you step into this super stylish riad in the medina, which has some of the chicest interiors in town. Depending on what you want to store, from clothes to rugs, the staff can put together your dream shopping itinerary.
They will also organize sun beds out of town for pool days away from the hustle and bustle, trips to the best hammams in the area and reservations at all the most popular restaurants. That’s if you can bear to walk away from the hotel’s rooftop bar, that is…
Formed on the foundations of an old Saadian residence, this riad is in the heart of the medina and near the Bahia Palace. Colorful suites feature oversized artwork above the beds, high ceilings, and fireplaces, and some lead to the main garden and patio.
Plus, you won’t have to venture far for a classic Moroccan hammam, since there’s one in the riad – which is good, because you won’t want to leave your deckchair on the roof terrace for long. terracotta.
For those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Palmeraie is the part of Marrakech for you. The palm tree paradise is only 20 minutes drive from the city center, but with all the peace and space you need for activities like mountain biking and horse riding. The peach private house has two wings, with a living room with silk sofas to stay cozy in the cooler winter months, and a summer version as well.
In rooms, expect traditional Moroccan touches such as tadelakt plaster, tile, and marble, and there’s a hammam in a pavilion next to the vegetable garden. Days are spent playing croquet or pétanque, horseback riding or hot air ballooning.
72 Riad Life
Anyone coming to Marrakech for shopping will enjoy staying at this riad in the medina, with minimal walking distance to drop off their luggage. After getting lost in the maze during the day, the rooftop will be calling your name – it’s one of the tallest in the medina, which means some of the best views (for sunsets and stargazing).
And if you prefer your own private space on the roof, book one of the junior suites with not only a terrace, but also a hot tub.
This guesthouse was once a palace, and we’re sure its esteemed residents appreciated its location in the city (as well as its contrasting calm, evident as soon as you cross the threshold – and nowhere more than at the pool in the patio) .
The finds at flea markets, from Berber rugs to Tuareg rugs, guarantee the authenticity of the decoration and you will have a hard time finding a television in the house. Groups of up to 26 people can cater for the entire riad, which includes a terrace for beautiful sunsets overlooking the medina and the Atlas Mountains.
The Five Djellabas Hotel
Named after North Africa’s most beloved flowing dress, Les Cinqs Djellabas may feature none (not five, anyway) – but what it lacks in clothes it makes up for with a terrace overlooking the Atlas Mountains in the distance, a heated outdoor swimming pool and shaded gardens.
The Palmeraie hotel has 10 luxurious lodges spread over its domain. Unsurprisingly, since it was created by the owner of the best rooftop restaurant in town, Le Foundouk, the food is as good as you’d expect – and you can listen to music on the waterfront first. of the swimming pool with a sunset.
Riad Dar One
The exterior may be a traditional Marrakchi riad, but inside it’s a much more modern affair, thanks to sleek striped furnishings, smooth plaster walls, and striking lighting. You will find the riad at the end of an alley in the Jewish quarter of the medina, a few steps from the Djemaa el Fna square.
If you’ve come to Marrakech for the hammams, you’ll be delighted to hear that the riad staff have partnered with the best local spas to send you on your way to a great scrub. The patio has a swimming pool to refresh you during the sweltering summers and, in winter, you can enjoy the still sunny terrace (plus its view of the medina and the mountains).
Terra cotta fans will adore Selman, a princely palace designed almost exclusively in everyone’s favorite dark color (even down to the terrace around the pool). Designed by superstar architect Jacques Garcia, the hotel is home to a Henri Chenot spa, an expansive palm-fringed pool, and an ornately tiled indoor pool.
The restaurant is almost absurdly opulent (the ceiling is literally dripping with chandeliers) — and the regal lobby has purple chairs, decorative columns, huge vases of flowers, and even more chandeliers. There is even a stud farm, ready for regular equestrian events.
The Two Towers
Iconic for all the right reasons (four-poster beds in the gardens, anyone?), Les Deux Tours in the Palmeraie is one of the city’s original hotel heroes. The aforementioned gardens span three acres — it’ll take you a while to take in everything this hotel has to offer (two restaurants, a steam room, and various drinking spots, for starters).
The traditional villas all have original features, from antique Moroccan furniture to fireplaces, tartari ceilings, and bejmat tiles; some even have hand-carved wooden murals above the bed. The city may be calling us, but we know where we’d rather be (on one of those outdoor iron beds, of course).
This boutique retreat is a bit small even for a riad (there are only five bedrooms), but that just means you’re more likely to have the plunge pool and traditional Moroccan lounge (officially a bhou) to yourself. The former has useful shade provided by palm and banana trees. Suites include a split-level one with its own patio and fountain — and you can thank the Italian owners for the Carrara marble sinks in the bathrooms.
The riad area is officially one of the most desirable in the city – the king’s second palace is here for a reason. You can reach Djemaa el Fna in less than five minutes on foot.
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