When it comes to riads, whether home-stays or traditional hotels, Marrakesh has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation options. We’ve picked out 3 of our favorite spots that are sure to make your Moroccan stay unforgettable.
Riad Goloboy is a guest house located in Marrakech’s popular Sidi-mimoun(Medina) quarter. The residence is easily accessible and its exquisite decor is to die for. They offer tailor-made experiences and an impressive view over the Atlas mountains and the Mamounia gardens. Each of the 8 rooms is its own universe (with a price tag of about 80 euros a night). Let yourself be rocked by the music, enjoy a moment of relaxation in the jacuzzi on the terrace or a sunset with a breathtaking view of the Koutoubia.
Bonus: If you love taking pictures, you’ll LOVE this place (special mention for the Majorelle blue walls).
Address: Riad Goloboy, Derb Mbarek, Marrakech, Morocco 40000
Telephone: +212 661 230 305
Price: from €80
“The Source”, a luxury hotel entirely dedicated to music opened its doors in the heart of Adgal, about 10km from Marrakesh on the Ourika road. This little corner of paradise boasts 2 restaurants, a spa and an outdoor swimming pool. A full breakfast, free Wi-Fi in public areas, free self-serve parking as well as a free shuttle to and from the airport are all complimentary. The hotel even has a fitness centre, a poolside bar and a lounge bar. All 12 rooms have a garden, some even small pool. Each room is dedicated to a different band: Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, etc, creating a unique experience for all.
Address: The Source, Ourika Road, km 10, Marrakech
Telephone: +212 529 802107
Price: from €150
The Kasbah du Toubkal
An hour away from Marrakech in the valley of imlil, the Kasbah du Toubkal (or the house on the hill) is more than a hotel, it is a piece of history. You should know that a stay at the Kasbah is worth the 20 minute climb on foot (or the back of mule for the less fit) up a steep trail, an intense trek that arouses some sympathy for the workers who built this establishment and had to lug tones of material up here on foot too.
The feeling of pride you get once you’re finally at the hotel is immediately replaced by wonder at its charm. We absolutely love the terrace where you can enjoy lunch time feasts and admire the Jbel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain. You’ll fall in love with Moroccan cuisine! let these pictures be the proof.
The Kasbah has 14 exquisitely decorated suites with craftwork by local artisans. Instead of your typical bathrobes and towels, you will find djellabahs and slippers in your rooms. Hiking enthusiast will be glad to know that the hotel also offers all-inclusive tour packages.
Bonus: the hotel gives back to the local population and helps to preserve their environment. Since its opening, the Kasbah has received many distinctions for its endeavours including the 2004 Responsible Tourism award for Best in a Mountain Environment and was listed as one of National Geographic Adventure Magazine 2009 Top 50 Eco-Lodges.