Vacationing as a family is one of the best ways to bond with your kids and create truly unforgettable memories. So when you feel like you’re ready to let your little ones dip their toes into the huge continent that is Africa, Morocco is the perfect destination. But, finding family friendly hotels when you travel to Marrakech isn’t always easy. Many of the cities riads are adult only. While there are many hotels as well it can seem like you’re missing out having come all the way to Morocco and then walking into a hotel that could be anywhere in the world.
If you’re planning a family trip to Marrakech, here are a few suggestions of family-friendly places to help get you started. Before booking make sure to double check with the property about the age of your children. Some riads do not accept guests under 12 years old.
When traveling as a family, it’s important to make everything as simple and easy as possible. At Riad Zolah, that’s exactly what families can expect. Located inside the Marrakech medina, this riad is perfect for families who want to explore the city on foot. But if you want someone to do the planning for you, the staff at Riad Zolah can organize fun activities (like golf, cooking classes or hot air ballooning), day trips to places like the High Atlas or even excursions to the Sahara Desert.
Riad Reves D’Orient
Located right in the heart of the Marrakech medina, Riad Reves D’Orient somehow manages to be an oasis of tranquility away from the hectic city life. That’s probably because it offers some of the best spa treatments in the city and features a jacuzzi on its rooftop terrace (which, has some gorgeous panoramic views of the city too). For families, the best part of it all is that the lux riad has just about everything you need from large connecting suites to fun activities and even a round-the-clock service at the front desk.
You know what they say: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So if that’s your travel style, then Riad Zehar is as authentically Moroccan as it gets. Located in a former 18th century mansion, the Riad has everything you need to live and breathe Moroccan culture. Taste some delicious traditional Moroccan dishes in the riad’s restaurant or learn to make your own with a cooking class.
Riad Ghemza Marrakech
So often, it’s the people you meet along the journey that make your travel memories that much more special. That will definitely be the case if you choose to stay at Riad Ghemza Marrakech. Fabien and Laurence (the French owners of this traditional Moroccan boutique hotel) will go the extra mile to make Riad Ghemza Marrakech your true home away from home.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood near the Majorelle Gardens, Riad Laila is perfect for families looking for a quiet getaway in Marrakech. Plus, the riad’s outdoor swimming pool and rooftop terrace will really come in handy on those hot summer days. This riad is not in the central medina making it a good choice for families who would rather to have a bit of distance from the hustle and bustle.
Riad Maison Belbaraka
For a slice of real Morocco away from the hectic Djemaa el Fna Square, there isn’t a better place to stay than at Riad Maison Belbaraka. Located inside the Marrakech medina on the Bab Doukkala area, it’s here that you’ll find Moroccan women chatting outside public hammams, students going off to class or children playing in the streets.
Located in the heart of the medina, Riad Zineb is perfect for families that want to be in the middle of the action. You’ll reach Djemaa el Fna Square in a few short minutes and from there you’ll have easy access to Marrakech’s museums, monuments and souks. If you want to get out of town, the guesthouse also organizes guided tours of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco’s Atlantic Coast and the Sahara dunes.
Riad La Casa
This simple and elegant Moroccan bed and breakfast is as family-friendly as it gets. Located near all the major attractions in Marrakech, Riad La Casa offers super handy child services like babysitting and packed lunches for guests with organized day trips.
Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel Marrakech
Families looking for a little luxury and a lot of privacy will love the suites at Dar Aynywen Villa. Located in lush gardens in Marrakech’s Palm Grove, the villa features 5 private air-conditioned suites beautifully decorated in traditional Moroccan style. It also offers a number of handy services like an airport pickup and a free shuttle bus to the city center. Make note, this hotel is not in central Marrakech, budget 20-30 minute to arrive in the center.
“Itrane” literally translates to “Star” from the Berber language, and that’s exactly what this riad will make you feel like. With rooms offering stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, a swimming pool, several sun terraces with sun beds and even a massage room and hammam available onsite, there’s nothing you’ll need in Marrakech that you won’t find at Riad Itrane.
Watch for more posts coming with family friendly places to stay in Fez, Tangier, and Essaouira!
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