Traditional riad palaces are ubiquitous in Morocco’s capital. The word riad comes from the Arabic for garden and typically these houses have a central courtyard or interior garden. Many old riads have been turned into hotels or tourist residences and there is no more quintessentially Moroccan place to rest your head in Marrakech. Here’s our guide to the best riads in Marrakech.
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A beautiful and petite riad, the Riad Azzar has only six rooms all decorated in luxurious style. The building has been decorated in a rustic and colourful North African design. Each bedroom is individually designed and some beds are tucked away behind intricately carved lattice screens. The central pool is surrounded by traditional archways through which doors are adorned with stained glass.
For more information visit riadazzar.com
Owned by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa Branson, Riad El Fenn is a really stylish hotel. Each of the rooms has been individually styled with typical Moroccan materials and textiles, hanging lanterns, floor cushions and beautiful dusky painted walls. The swimming pools are rustically luxurious and sheltered and the shaded terraces with low benches and cushions provide the perfect crash pad for sight-seeing weary bones.
For more information visit el-fenn.com
This residence dates back to the 18th century and its history is evidenced everywhere. From the intricately carved stone archways and porticos, to the shutters, wooden doors and stone foutains, this is a traditional riad that’s got a real Moroccan flavour. Outside in the courtyard shady gazebos offer respite from the African sun, reclining on floor cushions and sipping sweet mint tea.
For more information visit riadkniza.com
Laid-back yet luxurious the Riad Dar Fakir makes the most of the central courtyard with a pool in the middle and rooms and balconies surrounding it. The rooms are bright, airy and Moroccan in style. The riad’s nooks are strewn with comfy cushions and candles for a few moments quiet repose.
For more information darfakir.co.uk
La Villa des Orangers is a modern and luxurious riad style hotel, with all of the beauty of the riad experience, yet with polished edges and all of the home comforts of a luxury hotel. The rooms are plush, large and comfortably styled. The pool area is surrounded by Arabic archways and thick, heavy wooden doors. There’s also an on-site spa to while away the stresses of a hectic day in the souk.
For more information visit villadesorangers.com