Hotels in Marrakesh
From boutique riads to luxury resorts, hotels in Marrakesh have something to suit everyone. Visitors should decide whether they want to be in smaller bespoke suits near the historical Medina or outside the town with access to sweeping golf courses and Olympic pools.
The exquisite La Mamounia is the crown jewel of iconic Marrakesh hotels. Nestled in the heart of the city, behind high gates to maintain the meditative atmosphere, acres of beautiful gardens and pools line the grounds. The 1923 property has been completely restored and modernized in a three-year project that included cleaning and repairing countless mosaics, moldings, and paintings and adding new furniture, fabrics, and woodwork, much of it made by local artisans.
Spa lovers should indulge in Angsana Riad Bab Firdaus, one of seven medina riads that compose the Angsana Riads Collection, all converted private houses that are some of the best hotels in Marrakesh. Bab Firdaus has a rooftop restaurant serving Moroccan and Thai food. Don’t miss the excellent hammam, same goes for Riad Lydines, a perfect respite from the nonstop action of the medina. For those looking to feel like a Sultan, try Riad Aida, which occupies a 19th-century frescoed palace.
Daunted by the bustle of the dusty streets downtown? Then book a room at one of the hotels at the Palmeraie Resort. The 27-hole golf course has been voted best in Africa, and offers panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. For accommodations, choose between the Palmeraie Palace, Jardin d’Ines or the Hotel du Golf, all top Marrakesh hotels that feature a well-appointed spa, swimming pool, and restaurants with international fare.
Many medina properties are expanding, including Riad Farnatchi, which was opened in 2004 by British hotelier Jonathan Wix (who launched the Scotsman, in Edinburgh, and Paris’s Hôtel de la Trémoille).
This La Palmeraie 37-room property has a futuristic white-on-white look. Plasma-screen TV’s in the bar display abstract art, and bedside tables lit from below appear to levitate.
The Location: Set inside Marrakesh’s ancient medina (walled city center), this refurbished 18th-century courtyard home is just beyond the north wall of the Bahia Palace compound—whose gorgeous, dramatically tiled buildings and blossoming gardens are among the city’s must-sees.
Privacy and pleasure are paramount at the Secret Garden, which is located within the Palmeraie Hotels & Resorts complex in Marrakech. The 23 villas comprise a secluded, self-contained universe where the focus is on total comfort.
The first African venture of the Angsana hotel group—sister brand to Banyan Tree—is an inspired resort concept: seven converted private houses throughout Marrakesh.
Situated in a desirable palm-lined neighborhood at the foot of the burnt orange Atlas Mountains, Jardin d’Inès fuses the exoticism of Marrakesh with a touch of Bel Air exclusivity. The geometric pastel buildings slyly mimic the pink of the old city.
Riad hotels—traditional Moroccan houses with interior gardens—are popping up at a rapid clip in Marrakesh, so these days a property must truly be distinctive to stand out. Riad Meriem has had no problem turning heads.
Although the chaotic, colorful marketplace atmosphere of Marrakesh is its main attraction, there is no need to actually stay amid the dusty commotion.
One of the medina’s flashiest addresses, co-owner Vanessa Branson (sister of Richard) has tripled the size of the place since it opened in 2003.
This property in changing ownership and will reopen in the near future.