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Riad O2

9.7
Riad O2 is located in the lovely Sidi Ben Slimane quarter of Marrakech, in the heart of the Medina, a 5 minute walk to the Souks and 15 minutes from Djema El Fna Square. This 4 star guesthouse offers luxurious accommodation at affordable rates. Features include a hammam, massage room, Jacuzzi and magnificent roof terrace. Riad O2 has 6 en-suite individually styled bedrooms and also an independent two bedroom house, La Douiria with its own dining room, living area and a large private terrace.  Each room at Riad O2 varies in style and size, decorated to combine traditional architecture and modern design. All rooms have air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. This courtyard or patio is a haven of peace and tranquillity with the bubbling fountain illuminated at night with candles, while the large ornate lamp of the luxurious Jacuzzi casts wonderful shadows. The roof terrace is an amazing space with its sun loungers and distant views of the Atlas Mountains. Breakfast on the roof terrace is an unforgettable way to start the day, sipping freshly squeezed orange juice while awaiting Rachida’s delicious pancakes in the shade of one of the Berber tents. Meals are available on reservation at the riad. Rachida, the chef prepares traditional Moroccan dishes with fresh ingredients purchased daily at the local market. Pampering spa treatments are available, ranging from massage to facials and of course the traditional hammam for guests to enjoy on their own or where Assia, our therapist, will introduce you to this ancient beauty and bathing ritual.  Airport transfers, excursions, day trips, and fun activities like donkey polo or ski trips to the highest ski resort in Africa (2 hours away)...all organised for you on request with experienced and professional guides and drivers Moad, Hassan and the two Rachidas welcome guests with mint tea and Moroccan pastries on arrival and nothing is too much trouble for the professional team at Riad O2.
 

La Terrasse des Oliviers

9.6
***PROMOTION*** Stay 4 nights or more and receive a 20% discount on all suites (including junior suites - based on availability)! You only have to cross the Mediterranean to arrive ... In the middle of Marrakech Medina, Eric and Olivier welcome you in their Riad adorned with all the Traditional Moroccan Artisan handwork (Zouak, zelliges, sculpted plaster, tadelakt) which will enhance your stay and fill you with charm and tradition. The plunge pool in which to relax and the fountain which murmurs softly beside it invite you for a relaxing swim. The riad La terrasse des Oliviers is dedicated to tranquility and service so everything will be done to satisfy you. Relax in one of our 6 junior suites (all air-conditioned) after your journey or after your venture out to the souks or to the famous Djema El Fna Square which is a 15 minute walk away. All our suites are equipped with bathrooms and a separate toilet. In the living room of your suite you can relax, read and we will even serve your breakfast there. Eric and Olivier have named the suites all after tranquility and have called the Riad the terrace of olives because of the olive trees symbolism of peace. * The above prices include VAT (sales tax) for two people with breakfast. * Children 12 years and younger are free if they stay in their parents room. * 20 Euro supplement for a 3rd person in the SALAM, SAFA, HANA, or Halaoui suites. Minimum stay: * 2 nights in low season. Meals/Dinner: * Reservation before noon, 20 Euros, * Included: Morocco starters, main, dessert, water, coffee or Morocco tea.Free dinner on the day of arrival for a 7 nights stay (let us know)
 

Riad De Vinci

9.6
Come and discover the charm of Riad de Vinci which is located in the heart of the historic and cultural city of Marrakech.  Our riad is brief and beautiful 10 minute walk from the famous Jemaa El Fna Plaza.  Riad de Vinci has a mix of traditional oriental and modern decore which creates a traditional but modern experience to heighten your travel experience.   This riad revolves around a patio with a pool to help yourelax. Each room is unique in its decoration, with reversible airconditioner, bathroom, toilet and quality bedding.
 

Dar Rocmarra

9.6
During your stay in Dar Rocmarra you will be transported through small alleys, lively markets, and souks (ancient shopping markets) to one of the most prestigious places in the Medina - a world of historic beauty, tranquility and simplicity. We have recently renovated this over one-hundred year old riad which is located near Dar el Bacha.  It is also close to the restaurant Dar Moha and Dar Marjana, and only a few minutes from the main shopping souks and the famous Jemaa el Fna Square. You will be charmed by the riad's inner courtyard offering shade from the olive trees, by the beautiful view from the terrase, and from the simplicity, elegance and comfort the rooms, suites, and exterior salon offer.   By day, the courtyard, with its plants and waterfalls, provides you with freshness and tranqulity.  During the evening and night, the courtyard offers warmth and intimacy around a traditional fireplace.  From the roof terrase you can enjoy a relaxing, panoramic view of Marrakech and the beautiful Atlas Mountains.  We can provide, per your request, excellent and delicious traditional meals cooked in our own kitchen and an assortment of Moroccan wines.  We are also available to offer travel advice in and arond the city which should make your stay here extra special and more enjoyable.
 

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Riad Spa Esprit du Maroc

9.2
***PROMOTION***  Low Season Special:  Stay 7 nights and pay for 5!!!  Stay 5 nights and pay for 4!!! Mid Season Special:  Stay 7 nights and pay for only 6!   Winner of Trip Advisor's top 25 Most Relaxing Places to Stay in Africa for 2012!  Tranquility surrounds you as soon as you step out of the busy streets of the ancient medina and into the door of Riad Esprit du Maroc as you realize you have just entered a special world of privilege! This is a beautiful 18th century riad, fully restored in the Moroccan tradition. Here, you will discover all the comfort you've dreamed of! Here, you will be served by a team that listens to your every request! This riad reflects the calm, freshness, refinement, and luxury that is typical to the heart of the Medina of Marrakech and it fully justifies the name ' Esprit du Maroc' (ths spirit of Morocco).  The riad has 3 patios: one with a swimming pool and two with fountains. This riad has a garden with a deck, a dining area, a gazebo, a summer dining room overlooking the pool, and a large lounge with a wonderful bar where you can find drinks near the fireplace. This area also doubles as a great spot for candle-light dinners where you can experience a romantic atmosphere with the light of the stars overhead. The Spa is a haven of well-being with two steam rooms, five massage salons which are all available upon request. Also, at your disposal is a fitness room. Parking is conveniently located next to the riad. Our unique location allows you to experience the wonder of the ancient medina but your driver or any taxi can bring you right to our front door! IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION: Please note Riad & Spa Esprit du Maroc's cancellation policy : -Cancellations received before 30 before the of first day of stay: no cancellation fee. -Cancellations received 21-30 days before the first day of stay are subject to a cancellation fee of 30% of total room costs. -Cancellations received 0-20 days before the first day of stay are subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of total projected room costs. It is possible to rent the Riad & Spa Esprit du Maroc exclusively - enough to accomodate about 30 people.  If you reserve the whole riad, we require a 30% deposit upon booking. Taxes (TPT + TC) = 3 euros per night per person. Baby Cot (bed) = 20 euros Private transfers by Riad Esprit du Maroc: 110 dh per person: time of arrival of customers in the morning between 08h00 and 19h55 in the evening 160 dh per person: time of arrival of customers between 20:00 and 7:55  
 

Dar Warda

9.2
***PROMOTION***   Seotember Special:  Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free!!! Lurking deep in a picturesque solace in the heart of the medina, just behind the century old wooden heave door lies an oasis of peace and contemplation.  An authentic Moroccan Riad where elegance is only matched by serenity.  Dar Warda is a beautifully restored traditional Riad.  Local artisans created this riad with a respect for tradition and modernity by using traditional techniques such as zelliges, carved woodwork, and tadelakt beijmat from Fes.  Taste the charm of a cup of tea in the "Bouhou" outdoor living room, or experience dinner by candlelight in the dining room with its endless bench.  Or read a while in the little cozy library complete with a colorful sabra handwoven ottoman.  Relax by the fire in the cool of the evenings.  Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset on the terrace (3 terraces on 3 levels).  From that view the Koutoubia mosque seems to entice you to enter the peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Layout: The riad is composed of five rooms: two doubles and a triple. Around the central patio is a small but beautiful swimming pool for your relaxing pleasure.  The Bhou room, the dining room, and the library/lounge area face the central patio and swimming pool.  The library has free wifi and has a computer with free internet access.  Enjoy two lounge areas on the middle floor and the solarium on the 3rd floor where you can enjoy a mint tea in the shade on the benches.  The remarkable view of the snowy Atlas Mountains from the roof top is breath taking.  ROOMS  (Note: See the pictures under the “Rooms & Rates” tab)  - 5 Air-conditioned suites 1st Room:  ROSE DES SABLES: 2 / 3 persons First floor and breakfast is served on the terrace. A large double bed and a shower room which is done in sand color with an attractive copper bowl sink.   The sitting area is decorated in velvet sabra cushions and plumb colored Berber carpets.  2nd Room:  The OASIS: 2 persons Ground floor, directly overlooking the patio, facing the fountain, this room offers one king size bed or two singles.  A very cheerful room decorated with bright colors, predominantly greens and oranges.  The shower is green tadelakt with a beautiful copper sink.    3rd Room:  The DUNE: 2 Persons The Dune room is a large and elegant room on the first floor completely done with pinkish beige tadelakt.  The large high ceiling gives it a majestic look.  Furnished with a large double bed, this room also has a small Moroccan living room.  The material for the chairs is hand woven to give you a special feel of comfort.  The bathroom has a beautiful copper sink.   4th Room:  The NOMAD: 2 people Nomade is situated at the top floor with direct access to the riad’s terrace with both sun and shade throughout the day.  It has a large double bed, a shower room done in the Marrakech tadelakt red and it also has a beautiful copper sink.   The décor is African-inspired with Berber comfort and elegance.  A lovely little window looks down on the patio. 5th  Room:  The ARGANA: 3 persons Located on the first floor near the DUNE room, it also overlooks the central patio.  Furnished with 1 double and 1 single bed, its walls are also finished with cream colored tadelakt.   Its decor includes Berber carpets and silk hand-woven raspberry color chairs situated by the fireplace. Each room is air conditioned in summer and heated in winter. The reception and hospitality you will experience is a reflection of the Moroccan tradition of friendliness and courtesy.  The staff, composed of Fathia (manager of the Riad), Element (who speaks perfect English and French), and Farida (for maintenance and kitchen) will ensure your well being and will help you if you want to savor the many facets of the authentic Moroccan cuisine. They will also be able to help you in all your other travel needs such as excursions, car rentals (such as 4x4s), spa services, and other restaurants for your dining pleasure. WIFI is free.  We can provide a baby bed and you can park your vehicle in a guarded parking lot close by our property.  Other Services include: Air conditioning and heating Breakfast included. Services available (at additional cost): Snack and lunch (10 € / per person without wine) Diners (20 € / per person without wine) Airport transfer - 30 Euros per taxi round trip (4 people)   The entire riad (max. 10 pers.) : from 500 to 600 € per night according to the season.  Tax 1.5 Euros pre night per person.  For requests to rent the riad entirely, we can arrange at the request of the parties with musicians and dancers to the riad for special occasions, birthdays, etc. ..  (see the room & rates tab for pricing on the entire riad) Children under 4 years of age free IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION: Dar Warda will apply the following cancellation policy :  - Cancellations received  before 30 before the confirmed arrival date: no cancellation fee  -Cancellations received 21-30 days before the confirmed arrival date are subject to a cancellation fee of 30% of total projected room costs. -Cancellations received 11-20 days before the confirmed arrival date are subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of total projected room costs. -Cancellations received 0-10 days before the confirmed arrival date are subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of total projected room costs. If you  wish to pay your room charges with a credit card they will be subject to a 3.5% service fee.  We accept: Carte Bleu, MasterCard, Visa
 

Dar Ma Ward

9.2
Dar Ma Ward is ideally located in one of the quietest neighborhoods in the ancient medina of Marrakech called the district of Sidi Bel Abbes which is mostly residental and enables you to touch, see and connect with the medina's authentic cultural atmosphere.  This riad is easily accessible and it is just outside the bustle of the souks and the Jemaa El Fna Square yet it is only a 20 minute walk to the famous Jemma El Fina Square.  Nadège and Emmanuel's hearts desire is that your stay in this ancient palace will provide you a wonderful and relaxing vacation that will be savored for years to come.   Riad Dar Ma Ward offers a very different approach than most other hotels and riads by offering complimentary and personalized services included in the price of the room for any minimum stay of 2 night including:- airport transfers,- welcome tea,- free minibar (beers, soft drinks, sweets and crisps),- fruit basket and flowers in the room upon arrival.- Don't forget our splash pool is heated year around.  This riad's interior design combines refinement and comfort while authentically reflecting the beauty of traditional Moroccan art and architecture.  In the middle, you will find a traditonal tree-lined patio a heated pool adorned with rose petals and a traditonal fountain.  Relax on our roof-top terrace with its private nooks and enjoy the beautuful and famous Marrakech sunset each evening.  The chef will be honored to introduce you to the delicous and exotic Moroccan cousine which after your first taste, you will not be able to resist exploring more if its delicacies.   From breakfast to dinner, your senses will be excited. The home environment created by only 5 rooms guarantees you the best service and the feel that you are being pampered like royality. Everything is balanced: luxury, calm, pleasure, happiness and the joy of living are all cental to the atmosphere and genre at Dar Ma Ward. * Qerfa and Rolfati can accommodate a child up to age 13 - Supplement of 30 euros per night. * Note that there is a fireplace only in Qerfa.   * All the rooms have a Mini bar. * Therre is a local touristic tax of, on average, 2,50 euros per day per person.                 * Both in low and high season we require a 4 night minimum stay.                 * A required gormet dinner is served for the special celebration on the occasion of 12/24 and 12/31. 
 

La Terrasse des Oliviers

9.6
***PROMOTION*** Stay 4 nights or more and receive a 20% discount on all suites (including junior suites - based on availability)! You only have to cross the Mediterranean to arrive ... In the middle of Marrakech Medina, Eric and Olivier welcome you in their Riad adorned with all the Traditional Moroccan Artisan handwork (Zouak, zelliges, sculpted plaster, tadelakt) which will enhance your stay and fill you with charm and tradition. The plunge pool in which to relax and the fountain which murmurs softly beside it invite you for a relaxing swim. The riad La terrasse des Oliviers is dedicated to tranquility and service so everything will be done to satisfy you. Relax in one of our 6 junior suites (all air-conditioned) after your journey or after your venture out to the souks or to the famous Djema El Fna Square which is a 15 minute walk away. All our suites are equipped with bathrooms and a separate toilet. In the living room of your suite you can relax, read and we will even serve your breakfast there. Eric and Olivier have named the suites all after tranquility and have called the Riad the terrace of olives because of the olive trees symbolism of peace. * The above prices include VAT (sales tax) for two people with breakfast. * Children 12 years and younger are free if they stay in their parents room. * 20 Euro supplement for a 3rd person in the SALAM, SAFA, HANA, or Halaoui suites. Minimum stay: * 2 nights in low season. Meals/Dinner: * Reservation before noon, 20 Euros, * Included: Morocco starters, main, dessert, water, coffee or Morocco tea.Free dinner on the day of arrival for a 7 nights stay (let us know)
 

Normal hotels abound in Marrakech. And honestly there are some great ones to choose from. But, according to the London Times, if you want to really experience Marrakech, the only choice is one of the boutique Marrakech hotels known as riads. In fact, when the Guardian rolled out their Top 20 Places to Stay for a Marrakech Escape in 2006, 18 of the top 20 were riads. We have called in the experts in Morocco tourism to explain why.

A World Away from the Anonymity of Identikit Chain Hotels

Juliet Kinsman, editor-in-chief of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Boutique Travel Specialists, and resident Morocco guru responded with passion to the question of why would someone choose a riad instead of a hotel. "What's the point of travelling if you don't get the flavour of the place you're visiting? At Mr. and Mrs. Smith, we love Marrakech for its wealth of stylish riads that are imbued with unique Arab and African influenced Moroccan exoticism, and furnished with extraordinary Berber handicrafts. They are a world away from the anonymity of indentikit chain hotels."

When asked to elaborate, she continued, "What makes these Marrakchi accommodations so unique are the traditional methods and craftsmanship that have been applied to the décor and are visible in the furnishings. Tadelakt, a smooth polished lime plaster in pale pink or chocolate brown is usually the render. The intricate, colourful mosaics that adorn so many of the city's surfaces are brought to life in the riad with intricate geometric patterns of the zellij tilework. Other hallmarks include the mashrabiyya, the wooden or metal latticework seen in the balcony and window screens. This, when combined with rich fabrics, piles of cushions and the pervasive aroma of almond or orange blossoms, result in an extraordinary boutique-hotel culture of luxury lodgings unlike anywhere else in the world."

If You Are Coming to Morocco, Why Would You Stay in a Hotel?

Jeff Wilson, director of Experience-It! Morocco Tours, a custom travel agency located in Fes, commented that, "for many years, tourists have come to Morocco seeking a cultural experience. These travelers are looking for something unique, something authentic and something with charm. To be very honest, hotel chains rarely offer these types of accommodations. On the other hand, traditional riads give travelers and intimate atmosphere, while combining the charm of the ancient medina with the luxury of a restored guesthouse. These guesthouses are the rage for tourists looking for ‘more than a hotel.' These riads are changing the image of Fes and Marrakech by offering an authentic accommodation with excellent service at a reasonable price. Honestly, if you are coming to Morocco, why would you stay in a hotel?"

An Unparalleled Choice of Experience

Steve Diederich is the managing director of Best of Morocco, a tour operator with nearly 3 decades of experience doing Morocco tours, and has a wealth of experience to pull from. "Since Best of Morocco started, nearly thirty years ago, we have seen the development of Marrakech into a popular destination for those wanting a ‘quick culture fix' with similar flight times to cities in Italy and Greece. For this type of traveler Marrakech offers another world of alternatives. Whilst hotels provide a level of service familiar to most holiday makers, few hotels compare to the authentic Moroccan experience a riad can offer. In the last several years an increasingly discerning and discriminating new generation of customer has emerged who is selecting different genres of riads according to their requirements. This, combined with the proliferation of riads that have emerged in the last decade has given the visitor an unparalleled choice of experience according to the desired location, décor, service level and price. In the coming years, a new generation of international hotels is going to be unleashed on Marrakech which will provide a fantastic level of comfort and service, however they will never be able to deliver the rich holiday experience that a Marrakech visitor could get from a traditional riad."

If you are interested in planning your Marrakech/Morocco trip through a travel agency, we highly recommend the companies listed above. If you are looking to go on your own, please use our search function on the left hand side of the page to search riads by amenity and style as well as read reviews to find the exact kind of riad you are looking for.

Things to do in Marrakech? 

We have created a great resource page, that list various activities in and around Marrakech.  Some include ½ and full day semi-mountain excursions, a one day beach trip, hot air balloon rides, overnight in the desert in a Berber tent, and a newly built outdoor facility in the mountains that offers zip lines, high and low elements ropes courses, and an amazing kids play area!  View the resources here: Things to do in Marrakesh  

During your Marrakech holiday, you will find that the city does have other nightly entertainment options.  There is a wide selection of restaurants located all over the city in just about any variety.

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