Marrakech Travel Guide

Sleep

Marrakech has an amazing choice of places to stay ranging from tented camps outside Marrakech to cheap hostels and hotels that can be charming or seedy to luxurious kasbahs in luxurious gardens or the traditional riad (garden courtyard) hotels. Wherever you choose ( or can afford) to stay it really is a must to visit one of the riad hotels to see this amazing style of architecture. Most riad managers will be happy to show you around provided that they are not too busy and in some riads you can even book a lunch or dinner without being a resident provided that the riad is not privately rented. For example see Riad Cinnamon, Riad Laksiba and Riad Papillon.

There are three main zones to sleep: Medina, Guéliz (also known as Ville Nouvelle), and the surroundings of the city. The Medina has the highest concentration of very cheap hotels and riads (small palaces), while Guéliz is much more quiet and most of the hotels are mid price (including showers in the room, breakfast service), but going to the medina from the Guéliz by taxi costs about Dh 10-15 and can take a long time at busy periods (evenings and weekends).

The surroundings have all the huge tourist hotels, the ones that usually come with what the travel agencies offer. They can be further away from the medina and the rest of the city, but have big swimming pools, restaurants, and many services.

Dars

The Medina is packed with Riads and Dars (old grand houses converted into hotels and inns). Traditionally, riads should have gardens; with smaller dars having open courtyards. However the term riad is now used loosely to describe any house with an internal open-air center. These are wonderful places to stay to get a feel for life in Marrakech.

Dar AttajmilMarrakech-Medina, 23 Rue Laksour, Bab LaksourPhone: +212 (0)524 426966Price: from 80 to 110 Eu/night in B&BCentrally located and easy to reach, Dar Attajmil has a sand colored courtyard shaded by a tall banana tree; 4 double rooms with bathroom, 1 family suite with private courtyard, several cozy sitting areas, fireplace and library, a large terrace garden where breakfast and meals are served and a devoted team of 5 lovely persons; hammam, massages, cooking class available. Owner organic farm near Essaouira provides daily fresh products, olive and argan oil and the opportunity to spend one or more days in this old restored property, among the argan trees .
Dar Jaguar7-8 Derb El Mesfioui, Rahba Kedima, MarrakechPhone: +212 (0)5 24 44 56 06Dar Jaguar is an ancient riad that has been lovingly restored as a beautiful private guesthouse. It is situated in the heart of the old medina in Marrakech, neighbouring the exotic Place des Epices (spice market) and less than five minutes walk from the world-renowned Jemaa el Fna Square.
Riads

The Medina is packed with Riads and Dars (old grand houses converted into hotels and inns). Riads should have gardens; with smaller Dars having open courtyards. However the term Riad is used very loosly today to describe a house with an internal open-air centre. These are wonderful places to stay to get a feel for life in Marrakech.

If you arrive by car, ask the hosts to help you find your way from the parking lot, especially if you never experienced orientation in a real medina before. Here are a sample of some of the riads (in alphabetical order) where you can experience Marrakech's unique style of living:

Riad Abaka21 Derb Roukni LaksourPhone: +212 6 6697 8703A spacious riad with seven beautifully furnished bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Located in the heart of the Medina, less than two minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna.
Riad Amazigh80, Derb El Hammam MouassineA former luxury riad now a beautiful hostel. Doubles, singles, and dorms which house up to 6 people. Roof top terrace with nice views. All rooms have full bathrooms and good appointments. Restaurant serving Moroccan food. Open 24 hrs, can book activities and excursions.
Riad BasmaMarrakech-Medina, 22 Derb Jamaa, Riad BasmaPhone: +212 6 5051 72235 double rooms with bathroom.
Riad ChennaouiRiad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Sidi Fares N01Phone: +212 5 2437 6140Price: Dorm beds around 100 drmSimple and basic riad in the Medina. The staff are friendly and happy to discuss Moroccan life and culture over a shisha in the evening. This place can be difficult to find - you may have to pay a local to take you there (10-20 drm should do it, although they will ask for more).
Riad Cinnamon9 Derb El HadjraPhone: 00 44 (0)7584 327625Price: Room prices range from 100-160 depending on the season. But prices per person can be cheaper than a hostel as rooms can be shared by up to 5 people. Ask about special offers and last minute discounts.Designed and rebuilt to a very high standard by Mike and Lucie Wood with amazing attention to detail and lots of unexpected extras such as the loan of a local mobile phone and ipad loan. Perfect for romantic escapes, hen parties, groups of women wanting to experience Marrakech's shopping, hammams and food. Amazing dinners served on roof terrace with incredible views. Dipping pools on patio and roof garden terrace. Most rooms can accommodate up to 4 people in single beds. All rooms can be either twin or doubles/ triples.
Riad Dar Eliane39 Derb Maada,Azbezt,MedinaPhone: +212 5 2437 5710Four spacious double bedrooms and bathrooms with A/C. Accommodation is on two floors of a restored 300 year old riad in an older and authentic quarter of Marrakesh. Ten minute walk to Jamaa el Fna.
Riad ElixirRue Bounouala - Touala Sidi GhanemPhone: +212 (0)6 61 23 88 45Riad Elixir is one of wonderful riad in Marrakech for vacation for short and long time. it is distinguished by its unique style and its spacious and beautiful Riad is a real authentic house of Morocco, restored in a contemporary minimalist style while respecting the traditional Arab-Andalusian Morocco and Marrakech in particular.
Riad iaazanePhone: +212 5 2438 3205Price: Single 20, double 18, dorm 10 per personA restored riad with extensive use of traditional styling and ceramics, includes a roof terrace with views. Shower, internet with wifi access, washing, shisha (hooka), free mint tea, city map. An authentic local style breakfast included (8:30AM-11:30AM). The owners also operate a tour company that offers guided and structured tours of 1 day, 2 days or 3 days duration.
Riad La KoutoubiaPhone: +212 6 6936 9995This (Riad/hostel) was opened as a guest house in 1997 in one of the main streets of the Medina. Good view from the rooftop is. Shower, internet, washing facilities and authentic breakfast available from 8AM-noon.
Riad LakLakMarrakech MedinaPrice: Riad LakLak Marrakech is a private rental home. Prices range from 120-200 per day depending on the season for the entire house (sleeps 12 persons)Riad LakLak is a gorgeous Riad from the 17th century, which you can rent as a private rental home. It is located between the "Palais Bahia" and the "Palais Badii" in one of the most authentic area of the Medina of Marrakesh. The famous Jemaa El Fna Square is only few steps away and a guarded car park is close by, where you can easily get a taxi to discover Marrakesh and its surroundings. Riad LakLak has two suites and three bedrooms and can accommodate 12 persons. On the roof terrace, you can watch at least a dozen majestic storks nesting on the walls of the atmospheric and beautiful ruin of the Badii Palace and groups of storks will glide gently a few meters above your head to there nesting places. Storks are the harbingers of happiness and prosperity and have given Riad LakLak (Riad Stork in Arabic) its name.
Riad Melhoun99 Derb Sidi Moussa, Quartier de la Bahia, 40007 Marrakech Mdina www.riad-melhoun.comPhone: Phone: +212 (0)524 386 252 Mobile: +212 678 734 373Riad Melhoun is located in central Marrakech, a 3-minute walk from the El Badi and El Bahia Palaces. It features an interior courtyard with a swimming pool and a furnished rooftop terrace with views of the medina. Each room has traditional Moroccan decoration and a view of the patio. All rooms have a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Guests also have access to a traditional living room with a fireplace and a lounge area with books. Free Wi-Fi access is provided in common areas. Guests can enjoy the hammam and massages are available on request. Breakfast is served on the terrace, on the patio or in the rooms. Traditional Morrocan cuisine is also available on request for other meals. Riad 8 rooms.
Riad Dar MimounaSidi M'Barek n151, Sidi MimounPhone: +212 4438 4078Fax: +212 4438 4079A few mins walk from the Koutoubia Mosque. Breakfast is included and is served at the terrace. There is also a hammam at the terrace, free for use by guests. You need to tell them in advance when you would like to use it. This riad also sells alcohol. It is kept in the fridge behind the counter.
Riad Dar NajatDouar Graoua, Derb Lalla Chacha, No.18Phone: +212 6 6143 9221Riad in the heart of Marrakech 5 min walk from Jemaa el Fna. Jacuzzi on the roof terrace, wifi throughout the riad, 7 ensuite shower and A/C accommodation with great gastronomy. French owner, friendly team and atmosphere.
Riad Laksiba16 (bis5)Derb Kadi, Kasbah, MedinaPhone: UK +44 7850 39 01 07; Morocco+212 524 38 37 04From 25-30 per person depending on season. A very popular Riad with UK visitors. Five bedrooms all with bespoke hand carved beds designed to be split to make twin bedrooms. From Bab Ksiba, an entrance into the Royal Kasbah quarter of the Medina, 1st right is Derb Kadi and Riad Laksiba is the last house in this little cul-de-sac. Ten minute walk to the Jemaa el Fna main square.
Riad Lotus Perle54, Derb Zemrane,Bab Doukkala.Phone: +212524431537Riad Lotus Perle is located in the Medina, in the heart of an old neighborhood near the lively souks and Jemaa El Fna square, this is a wonderful riad composed of rooms and suites combining authenticity and modernity.
Riad MagellanDerb El Hamman No.62, MouassinePhone: +212 6 6108 2042An elegant six bedroom riad which offers a restful and relaxing atmosphere, located in the heart of the Mouassine district. Traditional Moroccan meals are available as well as complementary wifi internet. Airport transfer service available on request.
Riad NailaMarrakech Medina, Mosque Sidi Ben SlimanePrice: Riad Naila Marrakech is a private rental home. Prices range from 100-140 per day depending on the season for the entire house (sleeps 7 persons)Riad Naila Marrakech is a gorgeous private rental home in the Medina of Marrakech built around a patio with a large roof terrace. It is located in the Medina of Marrakech in a calm area a fifteen-minute walk away from the famous Jemaa El Fna square. It has four bedrooms which sleep seven persons. Each bedroom has its own bath room. Additionally are available a fully equipped kitchen, a Moroccan lounge and a library. Booking a private riad in Marrakech offers the same benefits as renting a holiday home anywhere else in the world except you will be located in one of the worlds most famous ancient cities the Medina of Marrakech. Riad Naila is recommended on Tripadvisor.
Riad Papillon15, Derb Tizougarine, Dar El BashaPhone: +212 6678451893Price: Rooms range from 50-100 according to the season. Ask about any special offers and last minute deals.A riad with five beautiful rooms: Rose, Jasmin, Bougainvillea, Hibiscus and Geranium. located in the heart of the Dar el Basha antique district which is very safe. Cuisine is exceptional, service is warm and attentive but discrete, loan of local phone/ ipad, Iphone charger, bathrobes, complimentary breakfast and wifi internet. Very romantic and wonderful atmosphere with welcoming dipping pool and tent on rooof terrace. Brilliant reviews on trip advisor. Airport pickups available.
Hotel Riad PrimaveraPhone: +212 2433 2570, +212 2433 2572, +212 2433 2573The only kosher hotel in all of Morocco. The kosher certification is in the lobby and is issued by the Beth Din of Marrakech. 22 rooms with personal A/C units, TVs, bathrooms with showers, decorated in typical Moroccan style. Prices tend to rise during major Jewish holidays and festivals.
Riad Dar Zaman29, Derb Bouelilou, Sidi Ben SlimanePhone: +212 611266998Price: Rooms range from 50-100 according to the season. Ask us for special offers and last minute deals.A gorgeous old riad with four delightful en-suite rooms, located in the heart of the historic Sidi Ben Slimane district, very safe and close to popular cafs and restaurants. Cuisine is exquisite, service is warm and attentive, price includes complimentary breakfast, designer toiletries, mint tea and pastries and wifi internet. Fantastic views of Atlas Mountains from roof terrace, deliciously refreshing dipping pool, wonderful dreamy atmosphere. TripAdvisor award winner.
Riad Zara294 Derb Ben SalekPhone: +212 2444 2940; mobile +212 6281 7000Run by the friendly and helpful owner Monique and her assistant Hassan. Features a rooftop terrace with nice views of Medina and cozy cane chairs, and a small pool in the center of the Riad. Traditional meals such as Tajines can be served any time of the day. Breakfast includes an array of jams, amlou, pancakes, and mint tea and can be served at flexible times. In the evening, candles are lit and guests gather around the pool, enjoying wine and if you're lucky Hassan might give a live music performance.
Riad Zolah116 Derb El Hammam, MouassinePhone: +212 2438 7535Chic while cozy and informal riad run by Ismail and his team. The house cook, Fadila, makes fabulous fresh baked breads at breakfast. Gorgeous roof terrace and two candle-lit/petal-strewn courtyard patios (one with plunge pool).
Riad Al Loune77 Derb el Kadi, AzbeztPhone: +212 5243 80225Charming Riad with pool and hammam. The Riad is located in Azbezt's area, Marrakech Medina's heart, a few steps from the Ben Yousseph Madrassa and from the Koubba El Badiyn, still existing from the Almoravids founders of Marrakech (Al Ben Youssef 1107-1143) and a few minutes walking distance from Djemaa el Fna square.
Discount hotels

The budget conscious will have more luck in the streets and alleyways south of Djemaa El-Fna, which are packed with discount hotels offering singles from Dh 50. Derb Sidi Bouloukat is a good place to look, a quiet but safe alleyway packed with traditional-style hotels just a min from Djemaa El-Fna. Its entrance is easy to find, just a few steps away from Djemaa El-Fna. Take Riad Zatoune (unmarked) which starts right of the Moroccan Red Crescent (with your back towards the Koutoubia) and it's the first alley on the right (marked in Arabic only). On your way in Riad Zitoune you will also come across the public hammam (Dh 10, left entrance for women, right entrance for men, the soap, glove and small bucket can be bought at many shops across the street) and a small restaurant serving bissara and mint tea for less than Dh 5.

Popular options with backpackers include:

Hotel AliRue Moulay Ismail. Beds in ensuite, dorms, and rooftop terrace mattresses for Dh 60 per person per night, including cooked breakfasts served with OJ and fresh coffee. Dorm guests can use the internet cafe for Dh 5 per hour. They have all the amenities a backpacker could ask for, including a laundry service and free internet access for private room guests, money exchange, a terrace restaurant with views of Djemaa El-Fna, and even a downstairs hammam. Private rooms are available with a maximum per person price of Dh 250 per night including breakfast, free internet, and a daily traditional Hammam.
Hotel AtlasPhone: +212 5 2439 105150 Derb Sidi Bouloukat, . A 2 min walk to the famous square of Djemaa El-Fna. Clean and friendly with nice rooms with shared bathrooms. Singles from Dh 90, doubles from Dh 170, for 3 people Dh 250, for 4 people Dh 280, for 5 people Dh 320. There are some rooms with AC for an additional Dh 50. The hotel is charming and all arranged in the traditional way.
Hotel Central Palace (59, Sidi Bouloukate) near Djemaa El-Fna. Rooms are around a noisy and echoey central courtyard. Rooms are clean, but the shared toilets can be another story. Indifferent staff and housekeepers. Nice terrace with a great view, and rooms starting at Dh 150 for a double room with shared showers and toilet. You get what you pay for, but all in all it's a good value considering that Marrakech is more expensive that most other places in Morocco. Car rentals can be arranged (around Dh 350 per day for a small but fairly new car).
Hotel el-Ward65 derb Sidi Bouloukat, +212 5 2444 3354 . Clean, quite comfortable, and the owners are very friendly whenever they feel like it. The rooftop terrace isn't lavish, but being one of the highest it does have a great view. 60/120/170/220 for single/double/triple/quadruple.
Hotel EssaouiraPhone: +212 5 2444 38053 Derb Sidi Bouloukat. The hotel has singles with a shared bath from Dh 50 and doubles from Dh 90. It's more or less like the others, but it's all painted in the traditional way, which gives it charm. Toilets and showers are bare-bones, a norm at this price range. Hot water doesn't stay hot for long. Overall a very good value and comfortable place from which to explore the old town.
Hotel ImouzzerPhone: +212 5 2444 533674 Derb Sidi Bouloukate One of the cheapest and best-value hotels with rooms starting at Dh 65 for singles and Dh 120 for doubles (slightly higher in high season), all with shared bathrooms. Rooms are arranged around a traditional courtyard, and both rooms and shared bathrooms are clean with hot water. The hotel also has a comfortable terrace where you can eat breakfast for Dh 20.
Hotel SindiPhone: +212 4444 3337Sud 109, Derb Sidi Bouloukat, Riad Zitoun El Kidim,
Hotel SmaraPhone: +212 5 2444 556877 sidi Bouloukat. Near Djemaa El-Fna. Very clean, friendly people, nice rooms. Dh 50 and doubles Dh 80.
Hotel Cecilat the Djemaa El-Fna, Bouloukate. Offers doorms, rooms with shared bathroom (from $13 per person), and ensuite rooms with AC (from $18 per person). Rooftop breakfast and wifi included.
Palm Plaza Hotel and Spa Located in Agdal, a new residential district, 10 mins from the airport. Luxurious and comfortable providing 230 rooms, including 151 twin, 52 double, 2 rooms for disabled persons, 6 junior suites, 20 senior suites and a royal suite. The hotel has a piano bar, night club and a restaurant. Snacks are available at the pool bar. The spa features a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a hammam and a gym.
Riad LylaIn Laksour district, just two mins from the famous Djemaa El-Fna, Lyla Riad Marrakech opens its doors. Grard is the riad's passionate owner.
Riad RahbaOffers private, en-suite rooms and is located a minute from Djemaa El-Fna, at the entrance to the Souks. The Riad combines the traditional Moroccan atmosphere with the comforts of a modern hostel and hotel. The rates include breakfast and wifi. From 18 per single ensuite room per night.

In the little streets between rue Bab Agnaou and rue Riad Zitoune (where the Smara, the Essaouira, and the Imouzzer are) there are a lot of other small hostels. It is difficult to get lost as they are surrounded by these two big streets and Djemaa El-Fna. It could be a good idea to arrive during the day (best in the morning) and wander around comparing many hostels in a short time.

Hostels
Marrakech Rose13 Derb Laadam, Kenaria, Place Jemaa el FnaPhone: (00212) 618444328Price: Dorm beds from $10 USDCharming little hostel right in the center of town, with small dorms and super-friendly staff. Great place to meet other travelers and socialize - mostly a younger crowd. Not the best choice if you want an early night's sleep.
Massine II107 Derb Snan, MouassinePhone: +212 6 6815 64122nd backpackers in Marrakech located in the old Medina. Originally a 16th century house. Central garden, and rooftop. Shower, internet, washing facilities. Breakfast is available, book early, this is a popular establishment. Some travellers complain the sheets are not changed regularly. Also, travellers aren't always registered properly.
The Heart of the Medina backpackers hostel47 Derb Ben Aissa, Dabachi1st backpackers hostel to be located in the Medina. 1 minute walk from Djemaa Place. Rooftop terrace, hot showers, comfortable surroundings. No more than 6 beds to a room. Breakfast included as are bed linens, towels, and free wifi. You can expect to pay 8 euro/person all year round per night if booked in advance via email or website. No lockouts, no curfews, and is open 24/7, 365 days/ year.
Rue Mohammed el-HansaliPhone: +212 524 447713Price: Dorm beds from Dh 70A clean hostel with an 11:30PM curfew and obligatory wake up call at 8AM. Daily daytime lockout. It is a fair distance from the action in the heart of the Medina. A taxi can cost between Dh 15-20.

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