Hotels in Morocco

Although the chaotic, colorful marketplace atmosphere of Marrakesh is its main attraction, there is no need to actually stay amid the dusty commotion.

At AnaYela, in Marrakesh, Morocco, you do not check in at all. At least not in North Africa. Instead, check-in is handled long-distance, before guests arrive in Marrakesh.

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.

Tucked away in Marrakesh’s ancient medina, this 18th-century riad comprises 11 expansive residences oriented around several open-air courtyards.

The palm-filled oasis town of Skoura—about a five-hour drive from Marrakesh—is surrounded by mud-walled casbahs, most of them in various states of disrepair. Dar Ahlam, which in Arabic means “House of Dreams,” is a notable exception.

Co-owner Jill Fechtmann pulled out all the stops. Opulent rooms here have a mix of Moroccan, Syrian, and Indian furniture.