There is no shortage of places to stay in Morocco and you might be left scratching your head with so many choices. Here you’ll find suggestions to help you narrow down that decision or give you new ideas worth considering.
With so many beautiful places to stay in Morocco, a question travelers often have is “where should I stay in Morocco?” You might already have an itinerary or city in mind, (if you don’t be sure to check out this post with a few Morocco itinerary ideas I’ve put together to get you started) and now you’re just starting to fill out the details.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to stay in every riad or hotel in Morocco so I asked some fellow travelers where they stayed and loved to give you some new ideas. So whether you’re looking for where to stay in Marrakech, beautiful riads in Fez, or a great beach hotel in Morocco there’s something on this list for you.
This place is beautiful! Originally built by the Spanish, this art-deco mansion is now a guest house, perfectly suited for those who want a spectacular view of the ocean and easy access to the rest of the city. It sits on the ocean side of a hill and overlooks the Canary Islands in the distance.
The rooms are fantastic! Many have a view of the ocean. They’re clean, modern, and have all the amenities you are used to. Fast wi-fi and included breakfast. The people are very kind and welcoming, the views and sunsets are stunning, and the relaxed atmosphere is not to be missed. This is a must stay if you’re in the south of Morocco.
Looking for a romantic boutique stay in the heart of Marrakech? Then Riad Papillon is the place for you. This luxury boutique Riad offers all of the comforts you need to help you relax and unwind after a day exploring Marrakech. Take a dip in the plunge pool to cool off, or enjoy relaxing and reading a book in a quiet corner of the Riad. Our favourite part was the freshly made breakfast served on the roof terrace. We also recommend tasting an in-house meal one night during your stay. You won’t be disappointed. Amazing service, beautiful surroundings, great location.
Have you read [easyazon_link identifier=”0552772860″ locale=”US” tag=”maro0a-20″]Cinnamon City[/easyazon_link] by Miranda Innes? In it she describes the journey her and partner Dan took when they bought and renovated a disused Riad in one of the oldest parts of the Marrakech Medina.
For a first time visitor to Marrakech this Riad is a home away from home – a mix of friendly familiarity and Moroccan charm. After purchasing, it was brought back to life by craftsmen from the local mosque, using traditional techniques. Maizie is a comfortable budget option with only five rooms. We recommend the air-conditioned Doueria on the first floor with it’s own rooftop entrance. Reading the book before staying adds interest to the experience.
As soon as I started planning our trip to Morocco I knew I wanted to stay in a riad. Riad Gallery 49 in Marrakech turned out to be our favourite place to stay in Morocco. Riad Gallery 49 is located within the Medina and with only 3 rooms it gives a truly authentic riad experience. The cool tiles and water feature of the inner courtyard were like stepping into an oasis after shopping in the bustling, hectic souks. The rooftop day beds and the in-house Hammam invite you to relax and unwind while staying here.
Past visitors rave about the food, some saying it is the best they ate in Morocco, I would agree, the food was amazing. We chose our menu in the morning giving our cook, Fatima, time to source and prepare the fresh local ingredients. Fragrant fig and lamb tagine, freshly baked bread and couscous loaded with roast vegetables and plump olives our first evening’s meal. If you really want to explore Moroccan cuisine the riad runs cooking classes, starting with a trip to the souks to buy the ingredients and ending of course with a delicious meal.
Tucked away in a quiet street within the medina in the old part of Marrakech, Riad 72 is a luxurious property offering a quiet oasis within the Red City. The fresh and local foods, attention to detail and impeccable customer service are what will make you want to extend your stay.
The Riad has quiet courtyards, some rooms with private balconies and a chic terrace to enjoy the rooftop views. The best part of my time there was the attentiveness of the staff to their clients. They are always available to provide directions, suggestions and are helpful in creating an ideal trip to Marrakech.
Riad Malak in Fes was easily our favorite riad among the ones we stayed in while visiting Morocco! Our room was bigger than most of the ones we saw at our price point in Morocco, and had the added bonus of air conditioning–after finishing our 3 day/2 night tour into the Sahara, that was a very welcome change of pace!
The interior of the riad was beautiful, with plenty of tilework and the colorful look that is classic among Moroccan decor.
What sticks out the most in our memory, though, isn’t any of these things,it’s the breakfast. Riad Malak served us the best breakfast we had while in Morocco: several different kinds of pastries, breads, jams, and juice, plus coffee! Some pastries were sweet, others savory, and we left the riad everyday completely stuffed, refreshed, and excited for the day of exploring ahead.
We (MarocMama and MarocBaba) stayed at Karawan Riad shortly after it opened. We were blown away by the careful restoration that had taken place. The rooms were all gorgeous and spending time sunk in the couches of the lounge room was a favorite past time. Karawan serves a great breakfast and we also enjoyed dinner as well. If you want a change from typical Moroccan it’s ideal! Hammams and massages are offered onsite in a very relaxed and clean environment. It is perfect for a relaxing and romantic stay.
We loved exploring the compact and relatively quiet city of Essaouira. But what made it especially wonderful was our Airbnb accommodation – an authentic Moroccan house tucked down a maze of quiet alleyways in the heart of the bustling medina.
With 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 twin) and an open plan kitchen, diner and lounge (with log fireplace for the colder months), all spread over three floors and accessed by a spiral staircase, there is more than enough space for a family or a group of friends to spread out. But the real treat is the rooftop seating area affording the most wonderful views across the medina; a very special place to retreat at sunset to witness the call to prayer drifting across the rooftops. Plus, with so much to explore on your doorstep (beach, camels, souqs, fishing port and ramparts), we cannot recommend this Airbnb enough.
The best place we stayed in Morocco would have to be in the beachside town of Essaouira. We staryed in a small riad in the heart of the medina call Dar Sabon. The riad was traditional Moroccan style – a rectangle house with an interior courtyard for lounging. Decadent ensuite rooms on each side of the rectangle. However, the rooftop of this riad was particularly charming, overlooking beautiful Essaouria and complete with sun loungers.
We enjoyed a delicious Moroccan breakfast up here every morning. The beds were comfortable and clean and the WiFi actually worked well! (a rarity in much of Morocco). Right down the street from this riad was everything you could need – a local market, cafe, and restaurants. Can’t wait to return one day!
Just a few hours drive from Marrakech next to the sea sits Essaouira, a surf town that is the ideal weekend getaway away from the chaos of the city and busy medina. The Villa Maroc is a boutique hotel, fabulously decorated and with a friendly staff to match. Breakfast on the terrace overlooks out towards the harbor and you are in a great location to explore the small city by foot. I’d recommend the spa treatments, ensuring you’ll unwind and relax while in the windy city of Morocco. After being in the busy city Essaouira was a welcomed slower pace and the hammam & spa at the hotel was the best part of my stay.
Dakhla Attitude was the first hotel that got my attention when I was looking for the place to stay in the Sahara. I loved the location, 30 km far from the city center. The hotel is hidden deep in the white dunes of the desert and surrounded with the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon. I loved the view that I woke up to every single day, it was so rewarding to wake up to the melody of the waves accompanied the blissful silence coming from the dunes. The hotel is a great place for those who love water sports, it is like a surf village where surfers can find everything they need; including a bar, a club and a shop. The food there is delicious and the cook never stops to amaze with the variety of dishes served.
I am not a surfer, yet I enjoyed an entire week spent there. It’s a great place for couples, nature lovers and friends.
Tafsut Guesthouse Boumalne Dades – Stay with Berber Family
Tafsut Guesthouse is located 15 kilometers out of Boumalne Dades in Tamlalte village and was a little local gem I discovered on my last trip to Morocco. Owned by Berber family who turned their home into comfortable place for travellers yet keeping the authenticity of traditional Berber home. The guesthouse is nestled near gardens in the valley and the rooftop lounge overlooks directly into iconic Mountain Fingers rock formations. With Berber hospitality comes home cooked Moroccan food from tajines to Moroccan breads. Tafsut guesthouse is great place to stay if you are looking cozy authentic place with personal touch. Location is great, basically in their backyard there are Gorge de Miguirne as well as Monkey Finger Canyon and a with little bit of trekking the owners set you up a night in nomad caves up in the mountains. Perfect stop for hiking and trekking enthusiasts.
Nestled in the high Atlas Mountains in Imlil, the Kasbah du Toubkal is one of the most unique lodges to experience a glimpse of what life is like in a remote Berber mountain village. Many people come to hike to the top of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa while others who are not as adventurous can trek in and around the region. The Kasbah has several terraces that are ideal for viewing the beautiful surroundings, and for those who aren’t avid climbers, you can always relax in nature and experience the best Moroccan hospitality. It’s the ideal stay in the region for a mountain lodge, after my trek I stayed in the tower where my window had a straight on view of Toubkal. In addition, the Kasbah works alongside the local community and supports secondary education for girls in the region with Education for All.
La Petite Chefchaouen
The blue city of Morocco, a quiet haven in the Rif Mountains, this little village is a photographers dream location. La Petite Chefchaouen is a small boutique B&B located in the center of the medina, a perfect location to hop out the front door and meander through the alleyways, exploring the picturesque streets. The rooftop terrace overlooks the city below, providing a perfect spot for breakfast. The artwork in each room is set up much like a mini gallery and is the work of the owner. The staff is happy to help you with whatever you may need and it is truly a modern space within a traditional town.
When we stayed in Tetouan, I discovered this riad thanks to its high ratings. The rooms were comfortable and clean. The best part was the very helpful staff who pointed us in the right direction for things to do and where to eat. The location is really good as it’s close to one of the medina entrances so you don’t have to trudge far and can locate the riad easily. It was a very quick walk to the Spanish section of town. Really perfect location wise. They also have an onsite restaurant that we enjoyed one evening. The food was good and saved us from wandering and getting our first evening.
There are several options you can consider when you choose where to stay in Morocco. Riads, hotels, hostels, homestays, and apartment rentals are some of the options. Wondering which is right for you? This post will help.
The best riads in Marrakech will really vary based on what you want! Here you’ll find a variety of riads at different price ranges to check out and choose from. Whether you want a budget riad in Marrakech or a luxury riad in Marrakech – or something in between, there’s lots of suggestions here.