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T+L's Definitive Guide to Marrakesh

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The five-star arrivals, the perennials, and our picks of the chicest (and best-value) riads.

Four Seasons Resort: Those who claim it lacks authenticity miss the point: this clean-lined resort offers discrete adults’ and kids’ pools; a boutique curated by top local stylist Laetitia Trouillet, who stages pop-up “souks” at the hotel; and flawless service. Hivernage. $$$$

La Mamounia: The grande dame’s Jacques Garcia–designed renovation ushered in ornate, haute marocain décor—plus three private riads, a subterranean spa, and a buzzy restaurant. Medina. $$$$

Palais Namaskar: Whimsical best describes this 12-acre fantasyland, where Indian and Moorish architecture collide and enormous suites and villas have contemporary Italian furnishings. Palmeraie. $$$

Riad Abracadabra: Don’t be deterred by the name; inside, you’ll find an inviting indoor-outdoor lounge, rooms lined with novels and vintage design magazines, and a charming roof terrace. Medina. $

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Riad Joya: A stone’s throw from the city’s main square, Djemaa el-Fna, Joya’s seven-room house is all about sleek neutrals (not a gold-leather pouf in sight) and a warm, supremely capable staff. Mouassine. $$

Riad Vanessa: This intimate, simply stylish gem has four en suite bedrooms and a courtyard strewn with deep sofas and kilims. There’s also a sitting room with a fireplace. Medina. $

The Selman: Another Jacques Garcia chef d’oeuvre, the Selman’s modest two-story dimensions belie generous rooms in rich purple and yellow silk velvets. The owner’s Arabian stallions graze in immaculate paddocks next to the open-air Le Pavillon restaurant. Agdal. $$

Taj Palace: From the mammoth scale to the extravagant interiors, the Taj seems destined to divide opinion. Rooms have rosy tadelakt walls hung with beveled Indian mirrors and balconies overlooking what is surely Africa’s biggest pool. Palmeraie. $$$

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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