Are you looking for the best riads in Morocco? Good, because you’ve come to the right place! I asked global travelers to tell us about their favorite riad in Morocco and the following post lists their best 14 riads in the beautiful North African country. Plus, some of these riads are an experience to remember for the rest of your life.
For those who don’t know what a Riad is, it is a unique living experience to accommodate visitors that exists only in Morocco. Wanna know more? keep reading!
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1. Riad Jemaa El Fna Boutique, Marrakech
Recommended by Summer of Standbyforsummer
The Riad Jemaa El Fna Boutique Hotel & Spa is a stylish riad in the heart of Marrakech. It is located near the famous Jemaa El-Fna square, which is part of the biggest medina in town. Watch the square come alive at night with street performers and snake charmers.
Riad Jemaa El Fna is newly renovated and the staff always greet you with Moroccan mint tea and cookies. There is a beautifully decorated pool near the lobby, and the turquoise tilework is perfect for photos. The hotel arranges airport transportation, so you do not get lost wandering through the Moroccan alleyways.
Watch the sunrise from the rooftop and enjoy the free breakfast. After a full day of sightseeing in Marrakech, relax in the spa or enjoy shisha and music at the hotel restaurant. You will not regret booking this gorgeous riad and immersing yourself in a unique Moroccan culturural experience.
2. Riad Dar El Ghalia, Fez
Recommended by Raluca of Whisperwanderlust
Riad Dar El Ghalia in Fez is one of the most beautiful riads in Morocco. The interior decoration is authentic and original, full of color and different textures.
The riad has two floors and a panoramic roof terrace. You can see from here a big part of the city of Fez since it’s located close to the main attractions of the medina. Each room in Dar el Ghalia has a different decor, with great attention to detail.
Some are larger, some smaller, some are on the first floor, while others on the second. The inner courtyard has a small artesian fountain, a piano, several sofas, and a vintage radio from which Arabic rhythms resound every morning. The atmosphere is a fairytale, and the staff extremely friendly.
Riad Dar El Ghalia is also unique since it closely resembles the riad in the famous Brazilian soap opera O Clone, which gave Morocco an even greater exposure in recent years since the launch date.
3. Riad Rihani, Marrakech
Recommended by Haley of Haley Blackall Travel
Located in the heart of Marrakech’s old Medina is one of the most dreamy riads in Morocco, Le Rihani. Nestled into the safe back streets of the Azbedz region, this three-story accommodation comes with 4 rooms and 4 suites, all offering unique, comfortable, and traditional Moroccan designs.
The showstopper here is the courtyard pool surrounded by lush hanging greenery, where you can take a relaxing dip or get your morning workout in. After, head up to the expansive sunroof patio to read a book and catch rays in one of the large day beds.
Watch the sun go down over the rooftops of the old Medina and listen to the call to prayer for a quintessential Moroccan experience. Don’t forget to book a spa treatment in their cave-like hammam, for total tranquility.
4. Riad 53, Fez
Recommended by Agnes of Voiceofguides
Riad 53 is in the historical district of Fez, which means that everything is within walking distance. As usual, you cannot have an idea about the beauty hidden behind the high walls from the outside.
Riad 53 is not one of the high-class luxury Riads in Morocco, but it is charming with an open central courtyard, salon, and rooftop terrace. All the rooms are of different styles, so you can choose what you like the most.
You can have your breakfast and dinner on the rooftop or relax after a tiring day spent in the historic center of Fez. And this is what you need in Fez. After being lost countless times in the noisy, chaotic-labyrinth-like old town that affects all your senses.
The staff make you feel comfortable and treat you like a family member from the moment you arrive. You can even choose what you would like to eat. It is a perfect choice when you are on a lower budget and still want to enjoy the wonderful ambiance of Riads in Morocco.
5. Riad Irene, Marrakech
Recommended by Martina & Jürgen of PlacesofJuma
Riad Irena is a true oasis of calm and peace in Marrakech. This lovely, family-run riad is located right in the old town and is a great option if you’re looking for a budget, yet beautiful place to stay in the center.
Riad Irene is certainly one of the loveliest riads in Morocco. It’s very tastefully decorated, and thanks to the nice owners Irene & Pascale you immediately feel very comfortable and welcome.
My favorite part of the riad is the rooms. They are very clean and nicely decorated. The courtyard is also awesome with a huge banana tree, which invites you to linger and enjoy.
Another highlight of this riad is the inviting roof terrace, where you can end an exciting day of sightseeing with a cool drink.
6. Riad Marrakech Rouge, Marrakech
Recommended by Dave of Silverbackpacker
Perfectly situated just a few minutes walk from Jemaâ El Fna, Riad Marrakech Rouge is an easy to reach oasis in the middle of the busy Medina.
Marrakech Rouge is one of the most budget-friendly riads in Morocco. It’s ideal for families, couples and solo travelers. There is a choice of rooms including dorms, private and rooftop beds.
With a hearty breakfast and unlimited pots of tea and spiced Moroccan coffee during the day included in the price you just cannot go wrong. There are several resting areas scattered on each floor where you can chill and the roof terrace is a great place to hang out to escape the chaos of Marrakech.
The hostel-riad is decorated beautifully inside with a good vibe. When you return from wandering the busy Medina, it’s a nice place to chill and share experiences with other travelers. Riad Marrakech Rouge is exactly what it says it is – a traveler’s home.
7. Riad Souika, Rabat
Recommended by Anne-Charlotte of Carlotaswebblog
Located within the Medina of Rabat on a dark alley just off the Main Street (Souika) lies the tiny Riad Souika. Riad Souika is located about 15 minutes away on foot from the train station Rabat Ville. Don’t confuse it with the other station though. There is no need to pay for a taxi to get to your Riad.
It’s not the standard size of riads we are accustomed to but comfortable, nonetheless, and quiet. One of the bedrooms has a mezzanine, which makes it perfect if you’re traveling with kids, and comes with its own private bathroom. The bed is extremely comfortable and the linens are soft and snuggly.
This is an important fact to note as when you travel to Morocco in January it can get cold inside the homes. Central heating doesn’t exist and you’ll have to rely on a portable heater. The good news is that you won’t need one to keep you warm at Riad Souika.
One night (off-season) costs about $83 (2018) for 2 adults and 1 child. A delicious breakfast is included which you’ll take up on the rooftop terrace. The rooftop terrace, all white and blue will give you a breathable view of Rabat’s Medina.
This Riad is conveniently located close to all the main attractions Rabat has to offer. Also, if you’re in the mood for a little drink, walk over from your Riad to The Dhow. There is no better view.
8. Riad Haraka, Marrakech
Recommended by Utkarsh of Journeysfromheart
Riad Haraka is one of the great riads to have your stay at. It’s located in Marrakech Medina. The location is wise. It is only a 15-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square or from Marrakech Museum and Madrasat Ben it is a 5-minute walk.
The riad is nicely decorated. All the rooms are spacious with air conditioning, a private bathroom, and free wifi access also. There is a beautiful terrace area with seating arrangements from where you can easily get great views of Medina.
Another thing to highlight is the great hospitality of the staff who are very kind and make a great effort to personalize your experience during your stay. You can request the staff to serve you snacks while enjoying yourself at the terrace or near the fireplace or the fountain in the compound.
There is also an option for massages to relieve your body’s stress. Riad Haraka Darmoda is one of the most recommended and highly rated in Marrakech.
9. Riad Eden, Marrakech
Recommended by Emily of Wander-Lush
Perfectly positioned in Marrakech’s medina, footsteps from the Bahia Palace, Riad Eden is a boutique oasis hidden down a quiet alley. Family-run and with just six guest rooms, the property has an extremely intimate feel and is perfect for first-time visitors to Morocco who want to draw on local knowledge to enrich their stay.
Suites are lavishly decorated with Berber textiles and paintings by local artists, while the luxurious bathrooms are finished in marble and copper. Nicknamed ‘the riad of gourmands’, the French-Moroccan onsite restaurant is a must-try, and the complimentary breakfast is also outstanding.
As well as a typical tiled central courtyard, Riad Eden has a huge rooftop garden complete with a tented four-poster daybed – the perfect retreat from the fray of Jemaa el-Fna square, just a 5-minute walk away.
10. Riad Jouhara in Fes
Recommended by Mayuri of 2 Day Itinerary
Riad Jouhara in Fez is one of the nicest and affordable riads in Morocco that I have stayed in. It is located inside the world’s oldest medina in Fes.
The rooms at the riad were spacious and came equipped with a TV, desk and an attached bathroom, and clean towels and bathing essentials. The bathroom was actually the highlight of the stay – it was just so pretty, and beautifully done with stained glass windows and 4 mirrors!
There was a large courtyard inside Riad Jouhara, where breakfast was served each morning (included in the room stay). A swimming pool, water fountains, and beautiful cacti adorned the complex.
The reception was located on the ground floor of the Riad, and from here I was able to book tours, cab, or get restaurant recommendations from the host.
11. Riad Miski, Marrakech
Recommended by James of Travel Collecting
Riad Miski is one of the most delightful riads in Morocco. It’s in the old town of Marrakech, so when you arrive, a staff member meets your car/ taxi with a hand cart and walks you a short distance down a narrow street to the riad.
Like most riads, Riad Miski is centered around a lovely open-air courtyard. On arrival, guests are welcomed there by the (English -speaking) French hosts with a glass of sweet Moroccan tea and given personalized information about Marrakech, with detailed directions on how to get back there.
The rooms are all different but are all beautifully and tastefully decorated with local handicrafts. There is a delightful rooftop terrace where breakfast is served (weather permitting).
They also have a lovely dining area just off the courtyard on the first floor for rainy days. Evening meals are also served there, on request. There is even a private hammam in the riad, and massages can be arranged.
12. Riad Les Clos Des Arts, Marrakech
Recommended by Nina of Nina Out and About
If you’re looking for a dreamy riad, look no further than Riad Les Clos Des Arts in the Marrakech Medina. It’s one of the most convenient places to stay in the city and one of the most unique.
The Riad features reading books around every corner, with peaceful bird songs and the trickling of the courtyard fountain to help you relax after a long day of shopping at the markets.
Sip on fresh Moroccan mint tea that’s always available as you lounge on the long couches on the main floor or recline in the sun by the rooftop pool.
Don’t forget to sign up for Moroccan meals in the Riad’s small dining area. They are homemade every day with delightful dinners like lamb tajine and fresh chickpea couscous. In the morning, be sure to sample their homemade rose yogurt to help you start your day.
13. Riad Yasmine, Marrakech
Recommended by Ruma of The Holiday Story
Riad Yasmine is a private boutique hotel with eight rooms. The Riad is in the center of Medina of Marrakech. Each room is designed beautifully and named after areas of Morocco. They decorated the place in traditional style, tiled floors with views of the central courtyard and pool.
The Riad is 20 minutes from Jemaa El Fna and 5 minutes from the entrance of the souks. It’s in the Bab Taghazout area and is accessible by car and taxi.
Amenities provided by them are: free WiFi and breakfast, pool, airport transportation, rooftop terrace, concierge, dry cleaning and laundry service. All the rooms have air conditioning and room service facilities. They offer non-smoking rooms, suites and family rooms.
The rate for a standard room is $95, junior suite $112, and super suite is $130 for two people per night, including breakfast. The guesthouse offers traditional Morrocan breakfast and dinner, to be booked in advance. From here, you can visit the Museum of Living Art, the Museum of Marrakech, and the Medersa Ben Youssef mosque.
14. Angsana Riads Collection, Marrakech
Recommended by Claire of Stokedtotravel
Angsana Riads Collection in Marrakech, a part of the global Banyan Tree group, is an exceptional stay in Morocco. Having extensively traveled around Morocco, I think that it is definitely one of the best places to stay in the country.
The Angsana is actually a collection of houses or riads, located nearby each other along little passageways, right by Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, the heart of Marrakech.
We opted for a Heritage Suite Room set within Riad Si Said, which was spacious, opulent, and the perfect experience of a restored traditional home dating back to the 1880s.
This is also where the main restaurant is located, as well as one of three plunge pools. Riad Si Said’s plunge pool was on the rooftop – the perfect place to cool off after a long day exploring the Medina.