Riad Charai: A romantic Riad in the heart of Marrakech Medina

Located on the northern side of ancient Medina in Marrakesh, next to the famous Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbas, Riad Charai welcomes you into its romantic atmosphere, offering you a variety of amenities to enhance your stay.

Carine Mavroleon, Rocco Forte’s designer, has renovated it in genuine “Nouveaux Moroccan” style utilizing authentic regional materials and craftsmanship, but with a modern, minimalist twist that makes it stand out.

Your “Oasis” experience starts at the entrance corridor, with lanterns, exquisite traditional incense, and the sound of water cascading from a fountain adorned with rose petals.

The Riad exudes a serene beauty, from the courtyard gardens surrounding the pool area and the soothing water fountain to the cosy Moroccan lounge, where you can enjoy reading a book and playing a game of chess by the fireplace. 

An outstanding range of traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine is served in a stunning outdoor eating area bordered by fresh olive trees.

When morning comes, head to one of the two gorgeous terraces and enjoy a Moroccan breakfast while gazing at the panoramic views of Medina and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

Riad Charai
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Mian Muneeb Ud DinMian Muneeb Ud Din
23:48 28 Jun 23
Best place to stay in Marrakech. This place is very peaceful. The staff specially Shaheen and Ibrahim are best. They are very friendly and take care of everything you need. Highly recommended ✌️
Francesca MartorelliFrancesca Martorelli
13:30 20 May 23
Amazing place
Danica GraggDanica Gragg
12:17 08 Nov 19
Love this Riad! Ended up booking multiple extra nights because they were so great. He room was beautiful, comfortable, the pool in the middle is gorgeous and the staff was world class. Great location close to the exit of the Médina, away from the hustle and bustle of the souks. Very private, I only saw other guests for breakfast so it feels like the entire place is yours. Food was also great! Eating everyone else in Marrakech has honestly hurt my stomach a bit. I don’t know why but at least here the food is prepared very well and hasn’t given me a tummy ache.
Lisa TuckerLisa Tucker
13:11 10 Oct 19
Wonderful place for a relaxing chilled break in Marrakech. Staff are lovely and really looked after us well. Would definitely return to the Riad charai
Andy GaitensAndy Gaitens
20:38 25 Jun 19
I would give this more stars if I could. Extremely friendly and accomadating staff. They give us brief introduction and traveler's tips when we were first checking in that proved essential to our stay in Marrakesh. The pool in the center of the road is well taken care of and they stick with towel hats and lounge furniture to cool down on the hit days. Breakfast was included and it wasn't a buffet but a served breakfast. Dinner and lunch are available to purchase but you must reserve them a day in advance, as they prepare everything fresh and per person. We are staying in one of the suites and the room is a delight.
ND BillND Bill
15:33 09 Aug 15
We've had a great stay here though it's not as glamorous as the on line photos might suggest. There is only one local restaurant that we can find so going out on an evening requires a taxi and the Taxis can't get close to the Riad. They either stop in the local square some five minutes walk away or outside the Wall, closer but down a maze of dark alleyways. Either way can be intimidating though we've not had any bad experiences and it's very easy to get lost, though that is common anywhere in the Medina.There is food available here but after a week you will have tried it all.Breakfast is a very sugary affair, cakes, pancakes, patisseries, jams. They will cook you an omelette if you ask.Staff are great. Pool is small and prone to get a bit contested. Only. 4 sun beds can cause tensions when busy.Suggest a few nights stay is sufficient to see most of Marrakech.
8 Rooms
  • Enjoying the freshly made Moroccan breakfast on the hotel's terrace 
  • The inherent tranquillity of the Courtyard enhanced by the sounds of birdsongs
  • Great location in Medina, 15 minutes walk from the main Jamaa El Fna Square
  • Available oriental dance classes and cooking classes
  • Helpful and welcoming hotel staff, always eager to provide recommendations for local activities

Rooms Overview

Riad Charai is home to 7 double suites and one independent two-bedroom apartment perfect for a family of four. The suites are spacious with a unique retro feel.

The Suites and the Master Suite have an open fire in the winter, making them ideal to stay during any month of the year.

Deluxe Double Room

2 guests One-bedroom suite View into the courtyard

Each Deluxe double room has its own theme, colour scheme, and atmosphere.
The sun showers down on the charming sitting area that welcomes you to the room. Wooden doors and windows and rich colours put together an authentic Moroccan atmosphere.


2 guests One-bedroom suite View into the courtyard View into the pool

In its Suites, Riad Charai places a strong emphasis on sumptuous comfort. When you enter the room, the gorgeous fireplace greets you.

The serene sitting area is the ideal location for a moment of complete relaxation, whether in the morning or the evening. You may glance down at the courtyard below while sipping a mint tea and considering how to spend the rest of your day.

Master Suite

4 guests One-bedroom suite View into the pool

Luxurious comfort awaits you in this spacious apartment. The two bedrooms make it the perfect size for a family of four.
The Master Suite also features a private entrance, sound-proof construction, air-conditioning, and a fireplace in each bedroom.

Services and facilities

Pets friendly
Winter sun
Air conditioning
Dining on demand
Family rooms
Laundry Service
Non smoking rooms
Wellness services
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Taste the flavors

Savor a delicious breakfast to begin your day

A rich breakfast featuring delicacies like pancakes and flatbread, seasonal fruits, yoghurt and jams, crepes, omelettes, fruit salads, and freshly squeezed juices is waiting for you when you wake up.
Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant, in the inner courtyard next to the pool, or on the beautiful terrace as you listen to the sounds of the city waking up.

“Les Olivier” Dining Room

A stunning outdoor dining area with a wide selection of traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean meals framed by olive trees.
Expect perfectly seasoned traditional Moroccan dishes slowly cooked in clay pots called Tagines. Chicken Tagine with olives, Tagine of vegetables, and freshly cut salads are some of the delicacies served.
The restaurant caters to lunch and dinner on request.

About sustainability


Like the fig tree roots, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.

  • Riad Charai is a sustainable building. Its traditional architecture was created with the environment in mind. The inner courtyard provides air and light to the surrounding rooms, while the thick walls, modest high windows, and high ceilings shield the inside from the heat.
  • The experience provided to visitors incorporates sustainability. The Riad has been restored using traditional local materials and craftsmanship, while the restaurant serves traditional food made of local ingredients.

Explore the location

Tucked away in the northern part of old Medina, Riad Charai is well away from the tourist crowds yet close to all local attractions. The location is ideal for people who enjoy exploring a city on foot.

Discover eight must-do experiences in Marrakech.

After a few minutes of walking, you will find yourself at Jardin Bab el-Khemis, the gorgeous Jardin Majorelle, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, and numerous other magnificent museums and gardens in Marrakech.

The Riad is just 15 minutes from Jamaa El Fna Square, the main square of Marrakech, which also serves as a marketplace for locals and tourists.

Explore the location like a local!

Riad Charai is located 20 minutes' drive from the airport of Marrakech and 10 minutes from the train station.

Book a trusted local driver for your transfer to and from the hotel, introduce you to the destination, pre-order travel essentials, and get all your questions answered before or during the trip. Choose the stops, visit the attractions, and don't waste any time waiting. We‘ve partnered with Welcome Pickups, the first company to deliver a holistic, in-destination travel experience.

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