Top Riads in Marrakech for an Exotic Stay

September 9, 2022

Morocco welcomes you with a thrust into an unforgettable mix of culture and modernity as the cool breeze kisses your cheek, and the rush of exploring hits you, both in the outdoors and while enjoying top riads in Marrakech. 

You may lay your head in a luxurious hotel or, for a more traditional experience, lead a holiday in the comforts of a local Moroccan home. From the windows facing a courtyard endowed with a cooling fountain to the Moroccan decor that lines every corner of the riad.

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Sunset over old town of Marrakech

These riads in Marrakech offer simplicity and lie as hidden gems in wait to make your trip to Morocco beyond unforgettable. Here are The Boutique Vibe’s top 7 riads that will take your breath away.

1. Zamzam Riad & Spa

The first eye-catching aspect of this riad lies in its origin as a fortune teller’s abode. Zamzam Riad & Spa is situated in the heart of Marrakech, which exudes traditional comfort with a dose of contemporary luxury.

Every piece that lines the floors and walls of this stunning riad in Marrakech is carefully and thoughtfully crafted, strikingly. They transport you to a world of relaxation, finishing it with a well-deserved unwinding at the hammam.

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En-suite hammam at Zamzam Riad & Spa

This stunning path to tradition trails up to the delectable Moroccan delicacies offered at the boutique hotel. Staying true to Morrocan locality, Zamzam riad and spa has most ingredients obtained from their garden on the outskirts of Marrakech.

When your craving to explore Marrakech hits its peak, get on one of the bikes for a memorable experience or hitch a camel ride in the palm grove. Anyway, it’s comforting to know that you have one of the best riads in Marrakech waiting for you at dusk.

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Relaxing interior of Zamzam

2. Riad Zineb

Riad Zineb is one of the riads in Marrakech that transports you to a unique feeling of “Arabian nights.” Riad Zineb lies in a bustling street named ‘Derb Chmaa,’ which translates to a candle in Arabic. The unique surroundings once housed Morrocan merchants; to date, it holds that history in every nook and cranny.

As you locate the riad, you can waltz into the evocative terrace at the top of the building and immerse yourself in the panoramic view of the gorgeous Medina. The surroundings intrigue you as you admire the breathtaking woodwork and observe the stunning woven blankets and magic lamps hovering about.

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Serene patio of Riad Zineb

The riad’s chef amazes you with various Moroccan dishes, from fried almonds to spiced tagine meats. The most special touch is when you are served in an earthen pot, taking you back to a bygone era of sultans. And if you’re up for a trip, 100 meters away lies Chef Seleh to give you a memorable fine dining experience. 

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Traditional yet modern rooms of Riad Zineb

3. Riad Karmela Princesse

When you think of the best riads in Marrakech, you think of traditional homeliness with a touch of Moroccan luxury. Riad Karmela Princessa hits all the right notes, from its cool patterned tiles to show-stopping decor. It takes you to a world of tradition skilfully intertwined with modernity.

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Unique modernity of rooms at Princesse Karmela Riad

Rest your head on the tush bed that lies in your bespoke room and wake up to a thoughtful poem left especially for you. The riad provides sumptuous dishes, each carefully crafted from products in the local market or homemade products. Your meals range from an a la carte menu to international delicacies sure to tingle your taste buds.

Enter Marrakech and feed your eyes till a wave of calmness hits you. Then transition into the riad for a dip in the pool or hammam, after which, enter the beautiful terrace and revel in the breathtaking view of the sun setting on the Moroccan grounds.

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Rooftop chill zone of Princesse Karmela Riad

4. Riad Dar One

Riads in Marrakech are known to cause shivers from a glace at their interior decor. Riad Dar One starts it all with a stunning cool colour scheme of burnt orange, sapphire, and moss green dominating the environs. A finishing dash of gold and grey complements that beauty.

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The elegant and cosy interior of Riad Dar One

Step onto the exquisite courtyard lined with Moorish ironwork and tiles if you’re up for a little fresh air. Revel in the Morrocan sun against your skin to plaster that tingling sensation into your mind. 

The relaxation stretches past the courtyard as you can take a minute or two in the cosy lounge. Perfect for heating up in the cold seasons, the fiery flame brushes past your eyes in breathtaking beauty. And when you’re up for more, transition into the jacuzzi on the rooftop and take in the bustling view of the city and old townhouses.

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Rooftop overlooking town from Riad Dar One

5. P’tit Habibi

As far as luxurious riads in Marrakech go, P’tit Habibi goes all the way. The Morrocan tradition is transformed into a perfect blend of locality and contemporary ambience. The whitewashed walls are paired with a blend of Moroccan decor, from the furnishings to the beautifully crafted fabrics.

When the Moroccan sun lies magnificently in the sky, the chef prepares delectable Moroccan cuisine in the open courtyard and terrace. Tagines, Kofta, Kefta, and couscous are on hand to make your tastebuds tingle as soon as a dish enters your mouth.

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Something for foodies at the courtesy of P’tit Habibi

You can have breakfast in the biblioteque while enjoying free internet access there and across the boutique hotel. And the kids can settle down and have fun while you unwind and dive into relaxation.

Step out into the courtyard, where the rustling palm trees bid you farewell as you progress on a unique exploration of Morroco.

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Photo at the courtesy of Riad Dar One

6. Riad Dar Justo

Riad Dar Justo is one of the riads in Marrakech that transports you to a bygone era, specifically an era in the 14th century. It lies in the vibrant heart of Marrakech, Medina. The artist Justo Almendros dedicates time to creating a stunning yet authentic aura around the hotel while it serves as his home.

Take a peek into the gorgeously decorated room and trace your fingers across the bed’s fine linen. You will be immersed in a world of awe as you grab a chair and sit next to the windows. Moroccan awe. The rooms are skilfully decorated, from the art to the gorgeous wooden doors.

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Gorgeous wooden elements at Riad Dar Justo

Charm traces itself across the whole hotel as the rooftop restaurant promises a magnificent experience. Savour the delectable cuisine while you pay rapt attention and fawn over the gorgeous starlit African sky. Of course, your day cannot end without a due and relaxing visit to the boutique hotel’s hammam.

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Relaxing patio and entrance to riad’s hammam

7. Heure Bleue Palais

Speaking of riads in Marrakech, Heure Bleue Palais is still strong at the top of the list. That’s because it perfectly intertwines remarkable Moroccan tradition with a contemporary feel.

Step into the rooms delicately yet modernly designed with Moroccan-style decor. Admire the bold patterns on the carpet and across the fabrics in the room. And when the weather gets chilly, settle next to the majestic fireplace for tingling warmth.

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One in a kind interior of Heure Bleue Palais

With every new day comes a palatable Moroccan dish from Chef Ahmed Handour. He carefully crafts each dish with the sole aim of mesmerizing you and having you return for more. And when you are in his cooking class, you get a firsthand glimpse of everything food.

When it’s time to step out of one of the most amazing riads in Marrakech, the concierge will book thrilling tours and excursions of the stunning city.

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Dining experience at Heure Bleue Palais

Each of the riads in Marrakech promises its unique dose of comfort, locality, and ease, but when you select one from this list, disappointments are sure to be far away from you and your stunning riad.

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