Morocco

Hotels in Morocco

Morocco hotels offer many different kinds of travel experiences from intimate, boutique riads to sprawling golf resorts with luxury spas. Beach hotels in Morocco don’t get better than Villa Maroc, the best known of Essaouira's riad hotels. With 20 rooms and suites in four restored 18th-century medina mansions, you will be loath to leave your room even though the beach is right outside. Hotels in Morocco tend to emphasize the exotic, but if you’re looking for a little Bel Air in your desert oasis, look no further than Jardin d’Inès. Nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Range, Ines is part of La Palmeraie Golf Palace. The large space and big swimming pool makes it the perfect destination for families with children. All suites have fireplaces and terraces, so kick back and relax after you’ve hit a few rounds of golf.

For an unforgettable experience at one of the best hotels in Morocco, try the desert oasis of Dar Ahlam in Ouarzazate. Dar Ahlam means “House of Dreams,” in Arabic, and guests will immediately see why. Thierry Teyssier restored this luxurious retreat in 2002. Guests are treated like royalty and lulled into a utopian relaxation, dozing in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree or wandering the silk-curtained corridors admiring the desert’s beauty. For a romantic getaway, try Dar Roumana, a beautifully restored century-old mansion in the medina in Fez. Treat yourself to their sumptuous cooking lessons for an experience that you can take home to impress your friends.

Housed in a 17th-century palace, Riad Laaroussa has seven suites with mosaic floors and antique Fassi furniture, all looking out on an orange-tree–shaded courtyard.

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.

Closed for three years between 2006 and 2009, the hotel glows again thanks to Jacques Garcia, known for gems like Paris’s Hôtel Costes.  The 1923 property has been completely restored and modernized, a three-year project that included cleaning and repairing countless mosaics, moldings, and painti

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.