Best Luxury Riads in Marrakech

Within the vibrant labyrinth of Marrakech’s ancient medina, a world of luxury and tranquillity awaits in its best Riad hotels. These traditional Moroccan homes, transformed into boutique accommodations, offer an intimate glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Red City. With their serene courtyards, fragrant with the scent of orange blossom, and rooftop terraces offering panoramic views of the bustling city and distant Atlas Mountains, Marrakech’s riads are the epitome of Moroccan hospitality. Each riad, with its unique blend of Moorish architecture and modern amenities, provides an oasis of calm amidst the lively souks and historic landmarks, promising an unforgettable stay that captures the essence of Moroccan elegance and charm, here are our favourite luxury hotels in the central Medina to stay at.

IZZA

IZZA, the most recent luxury hotel to open in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina. The property is a tribute to the late American socialite designer Bill Willis and presents fourteen exquisitely designed rooms (one with a feature alternate tread/witches’ staircase and kitchenette) which are set across seven interconnecting riads. A labyrinth of corridors leads to serene courtyards and plunge pools, a tranquil tearoom, a relaxing wellness spa, a composed library, and a rooftop terrace and restaurant presenting stunning views across the city. Owned by tech company Neon Adventures, IZZA integrates classic Marrakech aesthetics with contemporary art, thanks to its 300+ artwork collection costing £5 million. The hotel is a splendid fusion of contrasts; offering a blend of solitude and social spaces, vintage and modern furnishings, and a focus on local traditions and digital innovation, IZZA stands as a captivating retreat for those looking to explore the magic of Marrakech while enjoying exclusive events, cultural connections, and rejuvenation of mind, body, and soul – all bookings also include a complimentary 45 spa or hammam treatment. Read our expert review here.

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Riad Botanica Marrakech

Owned by Australian and Moroccan couple Angela and Mohamed Mellak, Riad Botanica is a labour of love and a fusion of cultures. Having undergone meticulous renovations from the ground up, the historic 10th-century Riad is now a space that ignites the senses with traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and Australian style. Complete with a rooftop terrace, courtyard, and pool, and defined by its iconic Moroccan and Australian art deco design, Riad Botanica can be hired exclusively for up to twelve guests, or the five spacious suites can be booked individually, making it the perfect place to retreat from the city buzz of Marrakech and soak up Moroccan hospitality and culture. Having opened in early 2023, Riad Botanica is nestled in the back streets of the historic Medina: Bab Doukkala is a coveted location in this busy city close to all the attractions and nestled behind the walled Medina. Riad Botanica is an oasis away from the bustle for which Marrakech is renowned. Being a car-free space, the Medina is an oasis amongst the bustling city, with Riad Botanica one of its hidden gems.

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Riad Kniza

This luxury retreat has the unmistakable touch of master craftsmen everywhere with ornate patios, gloriously spacious rooms, silk sofas and classy embroidered curtains all working together to create a magical experience. With rooms decked out in the finest Moroccan artwork, gossamer curtains, cedarwood screens and marble bathrooms, you will be left feeling you’re in the lap of luxury while staying at the Riad. The courtyard is a delightful place to dine in true Moroccan style as the evening descends. Try the sumptuous multiple-course evening spread while being serenaded by the haunting music of the desert. Situated in one of the Medina’s main gates, the Riad is ideally located to get the most out of Marrakech.

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Le Farnatchi

The ultimate home from home in Marrakech, the five-star Riad Farnatchi is a lovingly converted collection of private houses located in the heart of the oldest part of the Medina. International hoteliers Jonathan and James Wix have created a characterful, luxurious hideaway where ten exquisitely decorated bedroom suites sit alongside five-star service and facilities. Staff outnumber guests, service is slick and discreet, and the new spa in the hotel is worth booking in for. Riad Farnatchi will feel more like your home for a stay in the city than a hotel.

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