One of the best parts about planning a trip to Morocco is getting to pick out the picture-perfect riads. A riad is basically a family-run Moroccan guesthouse located in the old medinas, based around an open central courtyard with private rooms on a few floors. It’s a small and intimate experience, and it’s one of the best ways to get in touch with Moroccan culture as a tourist.
Your riad hosts can make a huge difference in your stay – recommending guides, drivers, and off the beaten path spots where you won’t get ripped off as a tourist. In the atmosphere of Marrakech, where scams are rampant and taking advantage of tourists is commonplace, a riad host is almost like a ‘fixer’ – solving problems, negotiating fair deals, and helping you navigate the more difficult aspects of Moroccan culture for outsiders. The personal nature of your relationship with your riad host, who typically only has a handful of guests at one time (as a riad is much, much smaller than your traditional hotel) is one of the biggest reasons why I recommend staying in a riad in Marrakech.
There are many beautiful places to stay in Marrakech, from boutique to luxury hotels, but I think that riads are the best bet. They’re unique to Morocco, help you dive into the culture with the kind guidance of a local, and personalize your experience immensely. That’s why I’ve narrowed down the best riads in Marrakech for all budgets (skipping over bigger luxury hotels) so you can spend more time planning other parts of your Morocco trip, like taking a trip to the desert or deciding what to wear.
I’ve picked 7 gorgeous and stylish Moroccan riads for each budget category for a total of 21 of the top riads in Marrakech. For the purposes of this article, I’ve defined budget as being generally under $100 USD a night, mid-range as $100-200 USD a night, and luxury as $200+ USD per night.
However, keep in mind that prices do fluctuate depending on room type/size available, time of year, and other variables, so use the budget categories as a guide rather than as gospel. You may see some hotels in the luxury category for as little as $100 a night in certain low seasons (mid-summer and the dead of winter, generally), so these are really loose guidelines, but they should be helpful in getting started.
Best Riads in Marrakech: Budget (Under $100/night)
Top Pick for A Marrakech Riad on a Budget: Riad Matham
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For a gorgeous budget riad in Marrakech, I recommend Riad Matham. The building is historic, dating back to the 16th century when it belonged to a rich Berber family. With a plunge pool right in the heart of its quiet courtyard, blooming bougainvilleas and lush olive and palm trees, an in-house hammam, traditional Moroccan home decor and soaring high ceilings (nearly 5 meters high!), and gorgeous architecture, you’ll be surprised by how affordable a touch of luxury can be in Morocco. There’s a shady rooftop terrace for you to enjoy a view of the medina from your own quiet oasis.
Just 8 minutes’ walk away from Djemaa El Fna, and 3 minutes away from museums such as the Photography Museum and Ben Youssef Madrassa, the riad is perfectly positioned in the medina so that everything is easily accessible on foot. The riad is quite intimate, with two rooms and four suites, all attended by kind hosts who make you feel like family. There is a hammam with steam room that you can use, and massages can be booked at the riad for an affordable price.
Simple Beauty on a Budget: Riad la Parenthèse
With a gorgeous inner courtyard with a small plunge pool, Riad la Parenthèse is one of the best riads in Marrakech to stay in on a budget, especially if you don’t want to sacrifice comfort or style.
You get the traditional Marrakech riad vibe with authentic local furniture and design elements. Your stay includes a continental breakfast every morning, and home-cooked local dishes are available in the evening upon request. There’s also a sun deck with loungers on the rooftop
Just 800 meters away from Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh’s main square, Riad la Parenthèse is tucked away from the chaos of the crowds in a quiet side street. The rooms are decorated with modern Moroccan design, inspired by the souks that surround the riad. The rooms are a comfortable size and air-conditioned; each has a small seating area to enjoy and a private bathroom with either a bath or shower. It’s hard to find a better riad in Marrakech for the price (and nearly-perfect ratings).
Color & Culture on a Budget: Color Safrà
For a budget yet gorgeously designed riad in the heart of the medina, Color Safrà is a fabulous choice. It’s located 400 meters from Madrassa Ben Youssef and 600 meters from Djemaa El Fna, so it’s truly in the heart of Marrakech. Despite that, guests praise it for its quiet and calm in the heart of the city, so you can rest assured that you’ll have a peaceful night’s sleep here.
This traditional Marrakech riad is typical of what you’ll see all throughout Morocco: tiled floors, gorgeous details crafted by local artisans, open courtyard, and plenty of greenery to refresh the eyes and give you that oasis of calm feeling. There’s a shaded rooftop terrace for relaxing; however, note that there’s no plunge pool so if you are visiting Marrakech in the summer you may want to opt for a place with a pool as temperatures can soar up to 115 F / 45 C! Rooms have A/C though, as well as a ceiling fan, so you can stay cool despite the scorching temperatures.
Personality & Traditional Charm: Dar Daoud
A mere 300 meters from Djemaa El Fna, Dar Daoud is right in the heart of the Marrakech action and it’s a great choice to stay for your first time in Marrakech. With white walls with blue accents, the colors remind me of Santorini, creating a gorgeous calm aesthetic throughout the whole riad. There’s a rooftop lounge area to relax in though keep in mind that Dar Daoud doesn’t have a pool area so if that is important to you, you may want to find a different riad in Marrakech.
The rooms are compact but have the basics of what you need: seating areas, air conditioning, a wardrobe for your clothing and belongings, private bathrooms (except for the single room). Guests rave about the hospitality of the host, Bader – nearly every review mentions him and how helpful he was!
The Lushest Hostel You’ve Seen: Equity Point
This gorgeous and sumptuous Marrakech accommodation is actually a combination of hostel and riad: Equity Point offers a bit of luxury even for backpackers and solo travelers on a budget. You’ll find a variety of room options here, from private twin and double rooms to beds in 4, 6, and 8 bed dorms.
That said – the decor definitely doesn’t look like your average backpacker hostel. It’d be a great place to stay for solo travelers, especially solo female travelers who may find Marrakech an intimidating place to navigate independently (I sure did!) and want to find people to explore it with.
With a gorgeous pool to enjoy on warm days and a rooftop terrace with a bar, there are plenty of common areas to mingle and meet fellow travelers. The rooms are beautifully decorated, whether private or dorm, and give you that traditional riad feel (with a hostel pricetag!).
Luxe For Less: Riad Laly
This gorgeous, unique boutique riad has serious design vibes and is surprisingly inexpensive given its beauty – Riad Laly is on the cheaper side of this price range! Each room is different, but the interior design is on point everywhere. Some rooms have decorative doors as headboards, gorgeous Moroccan lamps which cast intriguing shadow patterns everywhere, beautiful throw pillows – you get the idea.
There are plenty of common spaces to enjoy, including a rooftop terrace where you can eat their delicious (included) breakfast each morning. It’s 400 meters from Djemaa El Fna and easy walking distance to virtually all that’s of interest in downtown Marrakech. If visiting in summer, note that there is A/C (with additional charge) but no pool.
An Oasis Amongst Orange Trees: Riad Al Nour
With an orange-tree shaded courtyard adorned with traditional Moroccan tiled floor and woven carpets, Riad Al Nour is your picture-perfect, colorful oasis from the chaotic Marrakech medinas. There are plenty of communal lounge areas to sit and enjoy the tranquility of the riad and its beautiful design. The rooftop terrace is a wonderful place to relax, with a gorgeous panorama of the mountains which surround Marrakech.
Rooms have quite a bit of personality, with lots of color livening up the traditional Moroccan decor, and lovely tiled bathrooms that recall a hammam. Air conditioning is available in all of the rooms, but there is no pool on site, so keep that in mind if visiting in the summer!
Best Riads in Marrakech: Mid-Range ($100-200/night)
Top Pick for Understated, Affordable Luxury: Riad Adika
With a gorgeously Insta-worthy plunge pool at the heart of its open courtyard, Riad Adika is a wonderful place to relax and unwind when the souks get to be too much. The riad’s design is minimalist yet beautiful: white walls, intricately detailed wooden doors and details, leather and wood accents, and a turquoise pool at the heart of it all. There is a hammam on site, and massages are available upon request
There’s a chic rooftop area to relax in, with benches with throw pillows and plenty of shade to relax beneath on hot days as well as sun loungers if you fancy tanning a bit. At night, the rooftop turns into a romantic candlelit terrace where you can enjoy tagines and other traditional Moroccan dishes from the riad’s kitchen.
The rooms are unique for a riad, brightly lit with plenty of light streaming in, enhanced by the white walls and high ceilings. Traditional details like woven rugs and Moroccan lanterns add to the romantic atmosphere of the rooms.
A Secret Getaway & Spa: Les Sources Berbères Riad & Spa
For a gorgeous luxury riad in Marrakech without a crazy price tag, I strongly recommend the beautiful Les Sources Berbères Riad & Spa. Welcoming you with the scent of jasmine when you arrive, this quiet Marrakech riad feels like a hidden gem away from the hectic medina.
With a pool to dip in on hot days, and a rooftop terrace with a hot tub for cooler nights, plenty of seating areas in the courtyard, and a communal lounge, it’s a wonderful and spacious feeling riad where you can feel like you’re having your own private moments, or chatting with fellow guests should you feel more social.
Every room at Les Sources Berbères has A/C and traditional yet understated Moroccan decor, with a seating area to spread out and relax in and a private bathroom designed with traditional tiling in each room. There’s a hammam on site with a traditional Turkish steam bath and massages available for an additional charge. A delicious and free breakfast is included in your stay, with homemade jams and bread that guests rave about.
Over-the-Top Moroccan Glamor: Riad & Spa Le Secret de Zoraida
With a gorgeous courtyard centered around a large pool for guests to enjoy, the Riad & Spa Le Secret de Zoraida is a fantastic escape from the noises of Marrakech. With a lovely sunny rooftop where you can unwind (and a hot tub to enjoy on cooler nights) and plenty of cozy nooks to relax in with a book or a cup of Moroccan mint tea, there’s a lot to love about this mid-range Marrakech riad.
The rooms are decorated to the nines – not for people on the minimalist side of the spectrum, but better suited for those who want to live out their Moroccan royalty fantasy. The bathrooms are insanely luxurious with bathtubs adorned with rose petals on request. There’s a hammam on site where you can enjoy a traditional Moroccan scrub and massage for an additional charge.
Beautifully Understated & Tasteful Luxury: Riad Magda & Spa
For a cozy and comfortable riad in Marrakech that offers affordable luxury, take a look at Riad Magda. Extremely spacious, with a beautiful pool (that gets even more beautiful when it’s all lit up at night, with Moroccan lamplight casting beautiful shadows everywhere), there’s plenty of places in Riad Magda to relax and enjoy the break from the medina buzz.
The rooms are large and well-designed, simple yet elegant, with plenty of seating room to spread out your belongings and still relax in a large, comfortable bed away from it all. The rooms are romantically lit, not too bright or dark (as many riads can be due to the lack of outdoor windows, which helps with noise reduction but doesn’t add much in the way of light)
There’s a gorgeous hammam and spa on site where you can relax and get the traditional Moroccan scrub treatment – basically, an hour of intensive scrubbing and rubbing that is equal parts painful and relaxing, but ultimately leaving you feeling baby-soft afterwards. If you want a more traditionally relaxing experience, skip the scrub and head straight for a massage table!
Eco Luxe: Riad Le Rihani
With a lovely aesthetic, the eco-friendly Riad Le Rihani is a great choice for where to stay in Marrakech (also, it’s one of the most stylish and Instagrammable riads in Marrakech on this list!).
From the moment you arrive and are welcomed with traditional Moroccan pastries and mint tea, you’ll feel at home. Centered around an outdoor pool, there’s also a rooftop terrace where you can relax in a canopy bed, a hotel library, a fireplace area, and a hammam offering a handful of different massage treatments.
Each room has its own individual personality, stylishly decorated with a luxe yet relaxed Moroccan aesthetic. In terms of rooms, there are everything from double rooms to suites to larger 4-person family suites if you want or need more space. For couples or for families, it’s a fantastic place to stay in Marrakech.
Modern style & Instagrammability: BCK Art Riad
If you’re looking for one of the more Instagrammable riads in Marrakech – this is it! BCK Art Riad is literally designed to be photographed – from the gorgeous pool to the plush Berber rugs to the colorful floor pillows, it’s an interior design dream.
The in-house hammam is just as beautiful, with Moroccan lanterns lighting the dim spa room in a smattering of shadow and light. There are so many nooks and crannies of this designer riad to relax in, and there’s colorful art on the walls to add vibrancy and a modern touch to the more traditional Moroccan elements.
The rooms are decorated in a more modern style, with quirky wall art, white linens, and exposed wood elements, perfect for someone who prefers a little more of a streamlined look rather than over-the-top glamor. BCK Art Riad is a little more away from Djemaa El Fna than others – about 1 kilometer away – but this means it’s a little extra tucked away from the noise.
The Most Gorgeous Courtyard in Marrakech?: L’Oriental Medina Riad & Spa
With white and turquoise tiles, plenty of greenery, and a gorgeous plunge pool in the courtyard, L’Oriental Medina Riad & Spa is a wonderful relaxing riad in Marrakech away from the crowds of Djemaa El Fna but just a 15-minute walk away. It’s close to other tourist favorites like Ben Youssef Madrasa and several of Morocco’s best museums. Like many riads it can be a bit hard to find, but once you arrive, a sense of calm and isolation envelops you.
The riad also has a rooftop deck to relax on with loungers and shaded areas, where it is also possible to dine at night (or you can eat by the pool). There’s an on-site hammam and spa if you want to relax or get a massage during your stay in Marrakech.
Rooms are affordably priced for the quality and comfort level and very colorful, full of traditional detailing inspired by the souks surrounding the area. Breakfast is included in the price and is a generous Moroccan spread of fresh bread, jams, fruit, juices, and more.
Best Riads in Marrakech: Luxury ($200+ a night)
Top Pick for the Best Luxury Riad: Almaha Marrakech
With an enormous pool surrounded by white stone archways and wispy curtains and a cascade of greenery coming from the second floor, Almaha Marrakech is like something out of a dream. Relax by the pool by day or enjoy the scenic rooftop at night, with carpets on the floor and lit up by lantern light: everything here screams photogenic glamor, making it my top pick for the most Instagrammable riad in Marrakech.
Oh, and if the giant courtyard pool isn’t enough, there’s also a whole ‘nother one tucked away down a quiet set of stairs where you can also relax more privately on some sun chairs. There’s almost perhaps one of the most gorgeous hammams in a riad in Marrakech, with gorgeous Islamic tilework, massage tables for further relaxation, and steam rooms and sauna available.
To speak of the rooms themselves, they are extremely large, bright, and spacious, great for a longer stay in Marrakech. Rooms have seating areas, fireplaces, enormous beds, simple yet elegant wooden Moroccan furnishings with white walls: basically, my dream home. For the price and quality, this is best luxury riad in Marrakech.
A Picture-Perfect Getaway: Riad Melhoun & Spa
With a private pool at the heart of its courtyard, gorgeous white walls with rich wood detailing, plenty of archways, greenery, and nooks to relax in, Riad Melhoun & Spa is a gorgeous and luxurious place to get away from the business of Marrakech and enjoy a traditional riad. It has all the luxury riad spoilings: a lovely sun terrace to relax on, a pool to take a dip in, and a hammam/spa to unwind in.
Each room has a different name and a different vibe or personality – from a traditional four-poster bed with canopy to a more playful flower-print bed with bright pink pillows. Every room has unique photography on the walls that showcases the beauty of Marrakech. It’s located a 3-minute walk away from both Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace, so it’s in one of the best areas to stay in Marrakech.
Understated Luxury & Attention to Detail: Riad Dixneuf-La-Ksour
This traditionally designed Marrakech riad has a gorgeous, restrained beauty to it. Many riads in Marrakech go a bit over the top in terms of the decor but at Riad Dixneuf-La-Ksour, less is more. Detail and quality is the name of the game here and you’ll find both aplenty.
You can relax by the pool in summer or read a book by the fireplace in the lounge in the cooler months. A traditional breakfast can be had at the poolside every day, included in the room price. The rooms have an airy and spacious feel with lots of bright light, and the Moroccan furnishings are well-chosen and artfully crafted. There’s no hammam or spa center on site but the staff can help you book at a nearby one.
A True Garden Oasis: Riad Yamina 52
The courtyard at Riad Yamina 52 is basically a garden which the entire riad is built around: a lovely pool in the middle of everything and a gorgeous canopy of trees above it shielding the pool from the sun. There’s also a rooftop terrace to enjoy a shady mid-day break from exploring Marrakech when you want some peace and quiet.
The rooms are pretty much a Morocco-inspired Pinterest board come to life: beautiful rugs, traditional lanterns, wooden furniture, colorful textiles. There are a variety of rooms at a range of price points, from surprisingly affordable doubles to more luxurious suites.
A Riad Fit for a King: Riad Dar Essalam
Truly looking like a palace more than a hotel, Riad Dar Essalam is an amazing place to stay in Marrakech for travelers who want extra. The only word to properly describe this riad is majestic, even over the top.
Some of the rooms look straight-up fit for a sultan: we’re talking stained glass in the ceilings, fireplaces, intricate canopies adorning four-poster beds, Moroccan rugs and throw pillows everywhere. Others are a little more simply done, so peruse each room when making your booking to ensure you pick something that suits your personal style.
The interior of the riad is beginning to be photographed at nearly every angle, with gorgeous colorful tilework in all the communal areas: it’s almost like staying in a madrassa (Islamic school) turned hotel. However, a few things to note: there is no on-site pool or hammam, so if these are deal-breakers for you, this is not the hotel.
However, if you’re planning on visiting in a cooler month when you won’t need a pool and are happy to check out a hammam elsewhere – this would be a perfect place to stay for some supreme luxury (for a surprisingly good price – many of the rooms are well under the $200 benchmark I established for a luxury hotel).
Unfussy Glamor & Beauty: Ryad Dyor
For luxury for less, check out Ryad Dyor. This gorgeous central Marrakech riad has a plunge pool and hammam on site for the ultimate relaxation. At night, the courtyard gets an even more magical look with lanterns and candles surrounding the pool area, begging you to relax and unwind poolside after a long day exploring Marrakech and its surroundings.
The design of this riad is understated beauty at its finest: white walls broken up with pops of color and intricate detail, whether that be beautifully embroidered pillows on a bench inviting you to relax, traditional leather ‘poufs’ to sit on, wood elements, intricate Moroccan tilework. It screams tasteful luxury, whereas some other riads can be a little over-the-top in their design.
The rooms are large, extremely spacious, and a beautiful mix between modern and traditional Moroccan elements. The rooms are really bright and airy (again, not always easily found in Marrakech riads!) with soaringly high ceilings and tasteful decoration. The en-suite bathrooms are simply beautiful, with either a relaxing bathtub or shower. Basic double rooms are affordably priced; for a little more luxury, opt for a suite which are larger and more comfortable.
There’s a hammam and massage center on site, with both an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, solarium, and steam room available. The riad is slightly larger than others, as it’s a combination of two family-owned riads which have been blended together; the original property dates back centuries and the walls are over 300 years old!
A Perfect Wellness Getaway: Bliss Riad
For a boutique riad in Marrakech where design is king, check out the beautifully-designed Bliss Riad. It’s a great place to go for a wellness getaway. Not only is there the typical plunge pool and steam room that you’d expect from a luxury riad in Marrakech, but you can also take yoga classes, indulge in mani-pedis, get hair treatments or waxes, etc. – it’s basically a riad meets full-service spa all-in-one.
There’s a library on site where you can pick a book and relax in one of the many reading nooks the riad offers, or you can relax on the sun terrace and enjoy the views over the medina rooftops. A lovely staff, delicious dinners, and beautifully-designed rooms all get a special shoutout from guests. One thing to note is that sound carries quite a bit in the riad, so be prepared with some earplugs and to conduct yourself quietly during the evening hours.
More Morocco Travel Resources
I’ve written quite a bit to help you plan the perfect trip to Morocco! First, start with my Morocco travel planning checklist – it walks you through every step of the planning process.
Next, check out my Morocco packing list with specific advice for what women should wear in Morocco.
Since you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you’re visiting Marrakech – so here’s a guide to spending 3 days in Marrakech with recommended tours and outings!
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