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Marrakech Medina

Our holidays in Marrakech Medina give you the opportunity to experience the famous walled medina - a UNESCO World Heritage site and a place popular with tourists, with sprawling souks, a wide range of riads and numerous other sites of interest. In the centre is the Koutoubia Mosque which dominates the skyline and overlooks one of the world's great meeting places the Jemaa el Fna, the old city's "Big Square". Alongside the square is the labrynth of souks that provides some of the best shopping in Morocco.

Overview

The Medina

Marrakech is a fashionable exotic city which has become a magnet for tourists and where the way of life is deeply traditional and a world away from our own, with red ochre of the town walls and buildings set against the backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains. Adopted by the hippies in the 1960s, the city was soon besieged by writers, artists and lovers of fashion and it is now truly a feast for the senses for those in search of sensory inspiration.

Marrakech offers a wide range of things to see and do: there is a wide choice of restaurants, places to shop, sights and places to stay both in the bustling medina where restored riads (courtyard houses) offer a quiet retreat, and the peaceful palmeraie, a residential oasis just 20 minutes' drive from town, which offers more spacious small hotels set in lush surroundings. To stay in a more rural setting, including the Palmeraie area of Marrakech, see Marrakech Palmeraie & Surrounds.

Weather

In July and August, we strongly advise accommodation with air conditioning and access to a pool.

Location

Marrakech is just north of the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of Morocco around 2/3 rds of the way down the country.

It has an international airport, which is the most popular access point to Morocco for overseas visitors, and is well connected to other places of interest by the excellent rail network and (generally) good roads.

Visitors to Marrakech may wish to combine their trip with a visit to:

  • the Atlantic coast, either at Essaouira, the pretty beach, coastal medina and fishing village around 2.5 hours west, or Oualidia, the peaceful coastal village and lagoon around 3.5 hours' drive north west;
  • the cities of the north, including the fascinating Imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fez all accessible by train around 3.5 hours to 9 hours journey;
  • the beautiful High Atlas Mountains less than an hour's drive south; and
  • Skoura, the oasis town en route ti the desert around 5 hours' journey south east (the sand dunes of the Sahara are around 9 hours from Marrakech).

The Palmeraie area of Marrakech is around 20 minute's drive from the Medina, see Marrakech Surrounds.

Accommodation

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Riad Shaden

Riad Shaden

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Riad Shaden is a pretty riad restored with meticulous attention to detail set in an authentic district in the east of the medina. It has well equipped suites and bedrooms, a courtyard with fruit trees and a delightful roof terrace. It offers good food, a comfortable base and skilled staff.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£55 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

2** Classic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Dar Habiba

Dar Habiba

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Dar Habiba is a small, beautifully refurbished boutique riad conveniently located in a quiet and exclusive district a short walk from the main square and Bahia Palace. It has 6 well equipped and beautifully appointed suites and bedrooms and a small roof terrace.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Dar Vedra

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Dar Vedra is a superbly restored riad well located for many of the main sights and restaurants being within easy reach of the main square, the souks and the Ben Youseff Medersa. It also has a small pool, a well equipped roof terrace, a superb suite and offers excellent Moroccan cuisine.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£85 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad 64

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Riad 64 is a high quality riad. Built in the eighteenth century and completely restored, the riad offers an authentic and refined atmosphere in the centre of the city.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£70 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Alwachma

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Riad Alwachma is a well managed riad in an excellent location for the souks, with easy access on foot or by vehicle. It offers a hammam and cosy dining/sitting room with fireplace and a spacious roof terrace with good views.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Cinnamon

Riad Cinnamon

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Riad Cinnamon is a luxurious riad located in the heart of the medina near to the Marrakech Museum. It has a spacious plunge pool in the central courtyard, a roof terrace and individually designed suites each capable of sleeping 3 or 4 people.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£115 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Darhani

Riad Darhani

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Riad Darhani is a small riad with a mix of traditional and modern décor located at the end of a maze of narrow alleyways close to the souks and Ben Youssef Medrasa. It has a pool, spa and hammam.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Courtyard

Riad El Borj

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Riad El Borj is a superb, carefully restored riad in a great location near the main square. It has the highest tower (borj) in the medina, offering breathtaking views over Marrakech to the High Atlas Mountains, a plunge pool, good food and lovely staff.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£75 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Courtyard

Riad El Zohar

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Riad El Zohar is a romantic, carefully restored riad located in the antique dealers’ district in the heart of the medina. It offers modern comforts, including an elongated plunge pool and has a lovely roof terrace with superb views.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£100 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Special Offers Available!

Riad Hayane

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Riad Hayane has been recently renovated and tastefully redecorated by new owners Franck and Emilie. This comfortable, charming and peaceful riad offers a warm atmosphere and is located in the Kasbah district of the medina near the Saadien Tombs. It has a beautiful courtyard with plunge pool and a roof terrace with remarkable views over Marrakech to the High Atlas Mountains

Standard Double Guide Price:

£55 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Magellan

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Riad Magellan is a charming riad located in the antique dealer’s district in the heart of the medina. Contemporary decor combines with original artworks to create a lovely atmosphere. It has a candle-lit salon with a wood fire and 2 rooftop terraces with good views of the medina, a jacuzzi and barbecue.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£55 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Mur Akush

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Riad Mur Akush is an original medina house painstakingly restored sustaining some of its original walls that are over 300 years old. This charming riad has maintained a perfect balance between traditional and contemporary without compromising style, comfort or authenticity

Standard Double Guide Price:

£65 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Papillon

Riad Papillon

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Riad Papillon is a tiny boutique hotel, very conveniently located in a fashionable district and beautifully refurbished. It has 5 well equipped and beautifully appointed bedrooms, a pretty patio with a plunge pool and a really good roof terrace. It is ideal for groups

Standard Double Guide Price:

£80 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Samsara

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Riad Samsara is a beautifully restored small traditional riad located in an authentic part of the medina 20 minutes north of the main square. It has an attractive courtyard, 2 spacious adjoining salons and there is a lovely roof terrace with good views. It is ethically run by its charismatic owner.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£75 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Villa el Arsa

Riad Villa el Arsa

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Riad Villa el Arsa is a delightful, romantic small riad with a peaceful atmosphere (no young children allowed), situated in a desirable district of the medina just south of the main square. The decor is stylish and it has an original plunge pool, two salons (one with an open fire) and a well equipped roof terrace.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£65 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riyad Edward

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Riyad Edward is an unusually spacious, eclectic and atmospheric, larger riad set 20 minutes north of the main square. It has an unspoiled feeling with many paintings and artifacts and offers multilevel terraces with magnificent views and a long pool shaded by a cypress tree.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Les Borjs de la Kasbah

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Les Borjs de la Kasbah is a boutique hotel with 4 pretty patios in the Kasbah district of the medina. It offers exceptional service, high quality cuisine, spa with hammam and massage area, heated pool, jacuzzi.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£115 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Al Massarah

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Riad Al Massarah is an elegant riad located near the souks. It is decorated with a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles and has 6 rooms opening onto a pretty courtyard with a plunge pool, or onto the peaceful roof terrace.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£90 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Elizabeth

Riad Elizabeth

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Riad Elizabeth is an elegant riad ideally located in the oldest quarter of the medina, convenient for many sights. It has easy vehicular access, and offers stylish rooms with striking interiors with black, grey and cream colour schemes and a stunning patio pool.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£90 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Courtyard pool

Riad Hikaya

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Riad Hikaya is a sumptuously restored boutique riad 25 minutes' walk from the main square. In addition to comfortable splendour it has a heated pool and a hammam on site.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£115 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Special Offers Available!

Riad Jona

Riad Jona

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Riad Jona is a stunning riad, situated near the Saadien Tombs and the souks of the Mellah district a few minutes south of the famous Jemaa El Fnaa square. It has a plunge pool on the roof terrace, traditional hammam and offers a range of beauty treatments.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£85 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Le Clos des Arts

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Riad Le Clos des Arts is a very well managed, elegant, sophisticated and colourful riad located 5 minutes south of the main square. It has a choice of rooms and suites, a shady patio, a peaceful roof terrace with plunge pool and high quality food.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£125 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Roof terrace at night

Riad Star

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Riad Star is a classic riad, beautifully converted from a private residence, blending a traditional style with art deco and modern elements.  The Riad has comfortable suites offering versatile sleeping arrangements for couples, groups or families and is located a short walk north of the main souks.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£115 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riyad El Cadi

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Riyad El Cadi is a luxury labyrinthine riad set around 5 interconnected courtyards located near the souks just to the north of the main square. It offers spacious suites and rooms (some suitable for families), extensive terraces, a pool and houses renowned collections of antiques and works of art.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£170 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

View from the terrace

La Maison Arabe

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La Maison Arabe is an exclusive, romantic riad style luxury hotel in a convenient medina location 10 minutes from the main square. It has 2 patios, a swimming pool, renowned restaurants and a luxury spa. It has a premises in the Palmeraie with a garden, large swimming pool and cookery school.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£190 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

5***** Deluxe Information

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Special Offers Available!

Deluxe Suite

La Sultana

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La Sultana Marrakech is an extraordinary luxurious amalgamation of four individually decorated riads located next to the Saadien Tombs. It features a stunning heated pool, a luxury spa, an excellent restaurant and a spacious roof terrace with amazing views of the Atlas Mountains.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£310 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

5***** Deluxe Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Les Jardins de la Medina

Les Jardins de la Medina

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Les Jardins de la Medina is a former Prince's riad in the Kasbah district of the Medina, a deluxe property. It is set in exceptional 200-year old gardens and has a wide range of facilities including an infinity pool; cookery school; renowned restaurant and a luxury spa.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£180 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

5***** Deluxe Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Special Offers Available!

Suite 4

Riad Farnatchi

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Riad Farnatchi is an exceptional boutique hotel in the heart of the medina close to the Ben Youssef Medrasa. Created from 3 riads, it respects the local culture and offers stunning suites, hammam, spa, beauty treatments, a pool and free use of large pools in the Palmery.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£250 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

5***** Deluxe Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Riad Kniza

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Riad Kniza is an exceptional, luxurious riad easily accessible in the west of the medina around 10 minutes from the main square. It has a swimming pool, a luxurious spa and lavishly decorated bedrooms furnished with Moroccan antiques, all set around 3 stunning patios.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£225 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

5***** Deluxe Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Attractions

Things to do or see

  • The old city's “Big Square”, the Djemaa el Fna (Jemma el Fna), has a unique atmosphere especially at night when storytellers, acrobats, musicians and snake charmers perform beneath the magnificent illuminated backdrop of the Koutoubia Mosque and the gas-lit food-stalls
  • The labyrinth of souks in the World Heritage Site of the Medina of Marrakech, in which to practise your bartering skills
  • The Ben Youseff Medersa, an Islamic school in the heart of the Medina
  • The ornately carved Saadien Tombs
  • The Marjorelle Gardens, the beautifully restored botanical gardens once owned by Yves Saint-Laurent, also housing the Majorelle museum of Islamic Art
  • Numerous museums, including Dar Si Said “... a sumptuous palace housing the very quintessence of Moroccan art", and the Bert Flint Nuseum of Saharan and Souss valley art and traditions

Other Activities

  • Cookery courses, to get a hands on understanding of the tasty local specialities
  • Trekking on its southern doorstep in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Day excursions such as to the beautiful Ouzoud waterfalls in the Middle Atlas
  • Hot Air ballooning, for a memorable way to see the local countryside

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