Firstly when talking about Marrakech you can have two very different experiences according to the region in which you choose to stay.
The city of Marrakech is divided into two parts: the new part surrounded by nightlife, hotels, and restaurants of a high standard. And the Medina, which is the historic area of the city with small streets, not signposted and frequented by very simple people.
In most of the Medina you can not have access by car or taxi, so to get to the place where you are staying is necessary to walk through these streets that seem more labyrinths, without any kind of signage and poorly lit, since there is no light in the streets at night, which can be a very unpleasant experience especially if you are a woman returning from dinner alone or partying.
So I recommend staying in the traditional Ryads of the Medina, only for one night so you explore the historic area and have the experience of being in a typical Moroccan Ryad.
In Medina, the hotels I visited and liked the most were:
- Riad Rafaele
The Riad Rafaele is very well located in the Medina, just a few minutes away from several tourist attractions. Besides the good location, the traditional Moroccan house offers large rooms with private bathrooms, meals, hammam, swimming pool and library.
- Riad Be Marrakech
Located 800 meters from Djemaa El Fna Square and a 10-minute drive from the Carré Eden Shopping Center, this Riad features a terrace with views of the Medina, 24-hour reception, a restaurant, a tour desk and large rooms with a private bathroom.
- La Sultana Marrakech
The hotel features a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, SPA, on-site restaurant and stylishly decorated accommodation overlooking the Atlantic mountain ranges.
- El Fenn
This boutique riad is in the heart of Marrakech, just five minutes from La Koutoubia. El Fenn has a terrace with city views, three swimming pools, a restaurant and SPA, and elegant accommodations.
- Riad Palais Sebban
This Riad is a few minutes’ walks from important sites in the Medina, such as the Koutoubia Mosque. It offers spacious accommodation, relaxing services, a swimming pool and a terrace with panoramic views.
- La Villa des Orangers
This luxurious palace is five minutes from the Jemaa el Fna square. The hotel offers outdoor pools, a restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes, a 24-hour bar, a beauty salon, and a wellness center, as well as large, comfortable rooms.
- L’Hôtel Marrakech
This beautiful riad offers spacious and cozy rooms, a lounge where you can make typical local and international meals and a terrace with outdoor pool and sun loungers scattered around for you to relax.
- Indian Palace
At the Indian Palace, you can enjoy an outdoor pool and accommodation with balconies, as well as the lounge where Mediterranean cuisine is served.
- Riad Jena El Fna & Spa
If your intention is to stay in the new, more modern part of the city, I indicate the hotels:
- Royal Mansour marrakech
This stunning hotel offers an indoor and heated pool as well as an outdoor swimming pool, including a fully equipped kitchen, full spa, and wellness center. When it comes to restaurants, the place has four and three more bars.
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
The Four Seasons is world famous for its flawless infrastructure. The Hotel / Resort offers in Marrakech an incredible stay, entitled to three restaurants, each focused on a type of cuisine and a wellness center with sauna and hot tub.
Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech
The luxury hotel is a little further from the other hotels but still close to several sights in Marrakech. The hotel offers a golf course, Spa, four restaurants and two bars for its guests.
Also further away from other hotels in the modern area, the palace-like hotel offers luxurious and spacious accommodation for its guests. The area also has bars and restaurants where American breakfast and local and international food is served throughout the day with an incredible selection of drinks.
- Sofitel Marrakech and SPA
The Sofitel is a contemporary hotel with modern décor and accommodation with a balcony overlooking the Atlas mountains or the hotel’s garden. The place has a swimming pool, spa, three restaurants, and three bars, plus a full gym.
- Les Jardins de La Koutobia
This luxury hotel allows you to enjoy a Spa, an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as the Hamman’s facilities and an indoor heated pool. Les Jardins offers a restaurant serving Indian cuisine and luxurious accommodation.
If your intention is to spend time in the desert, I recommend the Scarabeo and Agafay Luxury Camp campgrounds, for a two-night stay. You can read more about it by clicking here.
And then, after this list, you no longer have to lose when choosing where to stay during your trip, make your reservation now!