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#7/20
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Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

A hidden gem you'll want to keep to yourself.

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#1/20
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Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

The coolest riad in the medina.

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#12/20
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Zen-like calm and luxury at an affordable price

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#15/20
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A small but perfectly formed home from home

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#9/20
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Best for Escapists -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

An ultra-seek spa hotel in the countryside.

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#17/20
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Best for On a budget -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A lovely little house off the beaten track.

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#6/20
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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

A truly superb riad - perfect for a honeymoon.

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#2/20
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Best for Food -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Every bit as glamorous as its legendary past

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#3/20
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Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

A tour de force of Moroccan design, craftsmanship and luxury.

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#4/20
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

A garden of earthly delights in the Palmeraie.

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#8/20
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

A much-loved haven for chilling out.

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#18/20
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A relaxed riad ideal for a younger crowd.

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#20/20
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Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Good family hotel in central Gueliz.

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#13/20
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Great for a pampering weekend

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#19/20
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

A friendly budget hotel that's great for families

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#14/20
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A house steeped in understated luxury

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#10/20
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A romantic treasure that fuses Italian and Moroccan chic.

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#16/20
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Peace and serenity, far from the madding crowd.

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#11/20
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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A taste of Italian style in the heart of the medina.

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#5/20
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

The definition of chic...and the best views in town.

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When you’re planning a holiday in Marrakech, the first choice you have to make is between staying within the old medina, or in the new town. Either way you’re going to be spoiled for choice.

For many people it’s the style and romance of a traditional riad that sums up the Moroccan experience, and in Marrakech there are estimated to be around 1,000 mainly European-owned riads vying for your well-earned dirhams. The roof terraces, inner courtyard gardens and thick-walled rooms of the Moroccan riad are perfectly suited to the climate, offering outdoor space to enjoy the hot weather and indoor space that provides privacy, protects from the heat and insulates from cold during chilly winter nights.

The best riads offer style and luxury straight off the pages of a fashion magazine, and with special touches that can make a three-day mini break feel like a romantic adventure. The areas immediately to the north, west and east of the Place Jemaa el Fna host some of the best – look out in particular for the ideally located Laksour, Mouassine and Kaat Benahid districts.

Outside the medina, you’ll find an array of contemporary international and boutique hotels with all mod cons in the Gueliz, Hivernage and Palmeraie districts, and further out towards the Atlas Mountains.

Things to consider before booking

  • Think about how you’ll want to spend your time – are you likely to want to immerse yourself totally in the medina atmosphere, or would you value more ‘classic’ holiday experiences like lounging next to a swimming pool?
  • If you want a pool and you’re travelling in the late autumn, winter or early spring, opt for somewhere with a heated pool.
  • Many people find that Marrakech in the summer is too hot - and some accommodation providers shut up shop completely for August and/or July - but if you do want to visit then, look for somewhere with air conditioning.
  • Bear in mind that alcohol is not very available in the medina (nor even in some hotels outside) so if you want to be able to buy drink from your hotel, or consume your own alcohol there, check before you book.
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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.