I've been visiting Marrakech and staying in riads and hotels both within the old medina and outside, for around six-seven years now, and have witnessed the city's transition from 'special interest' holiday destination to city break heaven. Here I've picked places I've most enjoyed - sometimes found through trusted friends, sometimes from the pages of the more reliable guide books. There are so many places to stay in Marrakech, I can't promise that my list is definitive - but I can vouch that all of them have something special to offer.
I've focused mainly on the medina, because I think that's where most people want to stay, but I've also included a few hotels outside the city walls. I've recommended some places for their five-star facilities, others for their convenience and most for that indefinable something that we might call 'soul'...and the Moroccans themselves might call 'baraka'.
Rating hotels is an inexact science. What I've tried to do with my ratings is to reflect my sense of how well each aspect of the hotel's 'offer' is put together...judged by its own standards as well as against the competition. So if I think a small riad has lovely, well thought-out bedrooms that suit its size and character, I'll rate the bedrooms highly - even if they don't have the same level of luxury as those in a smarter hotel with all conceivable facilities. I hope that in this way my ratings, combined with my descriptions and the photos, will give you the confidence to know what to expect from each accommodation I've chosen. And from there, it's over to you...
* Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation
recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where
it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels,
the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms
of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.