- The Quintessential Moroccan Guesthouses
- What Are the Morrocan Riads?
- 18 More Riads for Your Marrakech Trip
- Riad Palais Sebban, Marrakech
- Riad Rafaele, Marrakech
- Riad Alwachma, Marrakech
- Riad Villa Wenge Spa, Marrakech
- Riad Adika, Marrakech
- Riad R.K, Marrakech
- Riad Abracadabra, Marrakech
- Riad Olema et Spa, Marrakech
- Riad Carina, Marrakech
- Riad Le Rihani, Marrakech
- Riad D’or, Meknes
- Riad Ritaj, Meknes
- Riad Hiba, Meknes
- Riad Hamdani, Casablanca
- Riad Haj Palace et Spa, Fes
- Riad Al Makan, Fes
- Riad Cherifa, Chefchaouene
- Riad Zaitouna Chaouen, Chefchaouene
One of the best things about Morocco is its beautiful and one-of-their-kind guest houses. With their detailed decoration, inner yards (often with fountains), rooftop terraces to catch the last sun rays, they are like a long and very seductive hug. The Moroccan riads are a centuries-old traditional accommodation that can transport you to another time.
During my trip to Morocco several years ago, I stayed in two riads. One was in Marrakech, and the other one in Meknes. The two had the same concept, but in fact, were so different. The first one, Riad Zayane, was a business, with its friendly, helpful and almost invisible staff. The second, Riad Lola Halima, indeed quirkier, was managed like a guest house – the owners were living in and serving the breakfast. The riad in Marrakech had better rooms and facilities. But the one in Meknes, although a bit outdated, offered more authenticity. Both featured outstanding Moroccan hospitality.
The Quintessential Moroccan Guesthouses
If you are looking for a place to visit as a couple and what to have quality time with your love, go to Morocco. And while discovering the country, try staying in riads as often as you can. The riads are indeed the quintessentially Moroccan experience. They offer a peaceful environment that brings inner peace to the hyperactive modern mind. In a riad, it is easy to relax and focus on what is important – the connection with your husband or partner. Morocco is without a doubt, one of the best destinations for romantic travel.
Riad Palais Sebban
What Are the Morrocan Riads?
But first, what are the riads? Riad is a traditional house, usually in the medina, which most characteristic feature is its courtyard. The courtyard is a necessity in Morocco. With the summer heat and the Muslim lifestyle, it is crucial for a family to have a courtyard. It is where the family members can gather together and the women can feel comfortable far from strangers’ eyes.
Often these courtyards are transformed in gardens and it’s unbelievable how refreshing they can be. You can hear the water trickling from the fountain in the middle, the birds singing between the branches and just can’t believe what your eyes are seeing. And what you are seeing is a little jungle in the heart of a house.
My Stay in Riad Lola Halima in Meknes
As travellers, we constantly seek unique experiences. Riad Lola Halima in Meknes is one of those places that gives you access to the local community and offers a more personal connection.
The house was like a colourful maze. Shadowy corners hiding Moroccan lanterns, old wooden furniture, staircases, corridors and inner garden make the place feel cosy and mysterious. It looks like the silence rules here.
Breakfast time in Riad Lola Halima was the best time of the day! Served in the courtyard, table facing the amazing jungle-like garden, the food was homemade and hearty. Freshly baked beghrir (pancakes), strong coffee, juicy dates, homemade butter and aromatic jam were a pleasure to taste with every bite.
My Stay in Riad Zayane in Marrakech
Riad Zayane is located in the old medina of Marrakech. The place is difficult to find, so ask for details from the guest house prior to your arrival. The house can be reached only on foot, so you have to carry your luggage and to leave your car in the nearby parking lot.
The whole place has a feel of an oasis. My room was spacious and it had a seating area in the alcove on the balcony decorated with beautifully carved wooden shutters. The restaurant is in the courtyard, just next to the tropical-blue fountain. The food was good with a different menu each day of the week.
The Riad Zayane offers an airport shuttle. Check with them for recent prices. If you wish to have more freedom with sightseeing, ask the staff for a tour guide-driver with a car. It is often the best option if you don’t join a tour group and don’t want to drive in the hectic traffic of Marrakech.
18 More Riads for Your Marrakech Trip
Riad Palais Sebban, Marrakech
Riad Palais Sebban in Marrakech offers an airport shuttle, comfortable beds, a great location (5 minutes walk from El Fna Square) and a buffet breakfast. The riad also has parking, a swimming pool, a spa centre and free Wi-Fi.
Riad Rafaele, Marrakech
This riad is located along the ancient city wall and features a pool, hammam and a library! The rooms are air-conditioned and you have free Wi-Fi included. The place is highly recommended by couples travelling to Marrakech and it is also the best value for money riad in the city.
Riad Alwachma, Marrakech
This riad is rated as Great for Two Travellers and has a terrace with views to the Atlas Mountains and the Koutoubia Mosque. Continental breakfast is served every morning but you can have traditional Moroccan food upon request. In addition to the massage room and the hammam, the riad also has one of the best locations.
Riad Villa Wenge Spa, Marrakech
This beautiful riad is just 2 minutes walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square. Features contemporary Moroccan setting, bright-coloured rooms and an amazing terrace with spa. Food is made with local fresh produce and there is a wellness centre for your relaxation time.
Riad Adika, Marrakech
Riad Adika has modern yet Moroccan styling, with the traditional fountain in the middle of the courtyard and an indoor pool. Several sunbathing and relaxation spots are arranged around the building and the hammam and spa also available on-premises.
Riad R.K, Marrakech
Some of the rooms of this riad have a patio, others a terrace. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as a wellness and spa centre. Guests say that breakfast is excellent and the rooms are big and clean.
Riad Abracadabra, Marrakech
Can you imagine yourself relaxing in the hammocks and lounges around the rooftop pool? Would you like the enjoy Moroccan and Spanish cuisine? And if the 24-hour front desk is important to you, this is your riad to stay in Marrakech.
Riad Olema et Spa, Marrakech
This riad has all the good features of the traditional Moroccan guest house – beautiful architecture and interiors, many places to sit and enjoy the moment, swimming pool, a bar, airport transfer but also sauna, steam bath and a hot tub.
Riad Carina, Marrakech
This riad is different from the others with its Berber Style interiors. Here you will find less sophistication but more colours with warm red and yellow being the most common. According to the reviews, it has also a very good coffee!
Riad Le Rihani, Marrakech
Guests that stayed here said that this place has amazingly comfortable beds! Now, that’s an important feature if we want to well-rested and have plenty of energy to explore Marrakech! In addition, Riad Le Rihani has parking (something that most of the riads lack) and it is located in the heart of Marrakech.
Riad D’or, Meknes
This is a beautiful riad in the heart of the Medina of Meknes. Its historical building was built in 1791 and restored recently. Here as well you will find a pool, airport shuttle services and a good Continental breakfast. The riad has a good choice of rooms for two, including a studio with a balcony and a superior double room.
Riad Ritaj, Meknes
Situated in the heart of Meknes, this riad has a grandiose feeling with its rich decoration and several levels. Services include entertainment, groceries delivery, even golfing nearby.
Riad Hiba, Meknes
This riad doesn’t hide its traditional Moroccan beauty with an exuberance of vibrant colours, patterns, and traditional materials. It can be overwhelming but so seducing too! Located in a good location for exploring Meknes’ old town, it offers also traditional cuisine in its restaurant and many lounges for relaxation.
Riad Hamdani, Casablanca
This riad is just 5 minutes drive from the airport and service includes pick-up and drop-off if requested. The rooms and bathrooms are large and the breakfast good. In addition, you can enjoy the beautiful garden when it’s time to relax.
Riad Haj Palace et Spa, Fes
People like this riad in Fes for its clean rooms, helpful staff and great location. The free Wi-Fi throughout the property and the airport shuttle services are also important for the guests. The riad is decorated, as many of the riads, in traditional Moroccan style. Breakfast is Continental and there is also a traditional restaurant in.
Riad Al Makan, Fes
Riad Al Makan is located in the of Medina in Fes and offers a wonderful view from its rooftop terrace. According to guests, it is easy to access as it is at the beginning of the Medina. There is parking nearby available at an additional charge.
Riad Cherifa, Chefchaouene
This riad offers one of the best accommodation’s locations in Chefchaouene. The rooms and lounges are beautifully decorated. You can enjoy the sun terrace when you are not exploring the stunning streets of the blue city. There are also a flat TV screen and a private, Moroccan-style, bathroom.
Riad Zaitouna Chaouen, Chefchaouene
Some of the rooms in this riad in Chefchaouene boast amazing mountain views! Offering one of the best value accommodations that you can get for your money here, the riad has comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat tv Screens, private bathrooms and air conditioning.
Travelling as a couple is a great way to bond with your loved one; to spend some quality time and create long-lasting pleasant memories. Morocco is a destination that both men and women enjoy and staying in a riad is the ultimate Moroccan experience. Enjoy the well-renowned Moroccan hospitality by choosing one (or more) of the numerous stunning traditional riads!
Relevant links and further reading:
- 5 Astonishing Places to Visit in Marrakech
- 5 Ways to Convince Your Partner to Travel with You
- Meknes, Morocco: Now Is The Time For A Renaissance
- The Woman’s Kind of Trip – Marrakech Tips and Ideas
- Visit El Bahia Palace in the Heart of Marrakech