In the past years Marrakech has become a top tourist destination, increasing the number of accommodations in the city. Anywhere in Morocco, the best kinds of accommodation are riads and hotels.
A riad is a traditional Moroccan palace. Thanks to their impressive size and large number of rooms, many have been restored into the perfect accommodation for tourists. We could compare them to the typical bed and breakfast in London, only more exotic and beautiful.
These houses are each built around a central patio surrounded by rooms. Some are two-storey high and they all have a rooftop terrace, decorated with loungers, tables and sofas. It is normal to be served breakfast in this terrace.
Each riad is completely different from the next and even their rooms are all distinct. You will surely want to stay in various of these palaces you come across when you start looking for accommodation, each better than the next.
Some of the larger riads have swimming pools in the courtyard and the most expensive will have jacuzzis in the terraced roofs.
Staying in a riad is a unique and fairy-tale like experience that all travellers should try at least once in Morocco. The riads are all situated in Marrakech’s medina, which will suit some more or less depending on their tastes.
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The four and five-star hotels are mostly located in Queliz, in the new part of the city, on the avenues Mohammed V and Mohammed VI.
These are “western-type” hotels and are not as charming as the riads, but they are a good option for those that prefer not to stay in the medina or prefer a more traditional hotel.
Serviced apartments are a great alternative to hotels and have become extremely popular these past years, especially if you’re travelling with a group of friends or family. To find the best offers, check out our search engine:
This is the cheapest alternative when staying in Marrakech and an option we strongly DO NOT recommend. If you get to the city without any accommodation, there are several private homestays where you can spend the night.