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Founded around 1062, the trading city of Marrakech, Morocco, is overflowing with palaces, gardens, mosques, markets and other historic attractions. Stunning architecture has carved domes and arches, and the local cuisine is full of spices and flavor. Most of the action takes place around the Medina and there are plenty of lavish hotels and riads (traditional homes with an interior courtyard) for guests to rest at after exploring. Here are the best hotels in Marrakech.
Best Overall: La Maison Arabe
No matter what brings travelers to Marrakech, the elegant, 26-room, La Maison Arabe delivers an unforgettable experience, a central location and elegant accommodations. One of its signature features is the cooking school, where guests can get hands-on with the art of creating Moroccan cuisine. A heated swimming pool is located at the hotel or guests can use the shuttle for access to the nearby Country Club’s swimming pool and amenities. Most rooms and suites have a private terrace, fireplace and spacious baths with Moroccan marble and granite. Breakfast is delivered to the room (or served by the pool), but guests can also dine at the beautiful fine-dining restaurant. No stay would be complete without a visit to the lavish spa.
Best Budget: Dar Soukaina
While Marrakech has plenty of high-end hotels, budget travelers will find a number of reasonably priced options like Dar Soukaina, a three-star property that is clean, comfortable and priced at rock-bottom rates. The adults-only hotel is located within walking distance to Ecomusee Berbere (cultural museum), Souk El Khemis (open air market) and Jardin Majorelle, a 12-acre botanical garden. Standard Rooms are a tad small with 215 square feet, but other options are available. Rooms have a blend of modern and traditional décor, marble baths, sofas and wardrobes. Guests can swim in the indoor pool or plunge pool, relax in the solarium, library or rooftop terrace. The restaurant serves a la carte items and a shuttle service and parking are available for a charge.
Best Business: Four Seasons Resort
If business brings you to Marrakech, the 139-room, Four Seasons Resort makes a great base for business travelers and offers a fantastic location in the city center. The hotel boasts a staggering 22,765 square feet of meeting and event space, with projectors, personal computers, Wi-Fi and other equipment to make meetings run smoothly. Rooms have a minimum or 452 square feet of space, private terraces with views of the Atlas Mountains or gardens, marble baths, down pillows and iPod docking stations. The hotel has two restaurants and an outdoor lounge – perfect for mingling after work. There’s also a full-service spa and dedicated adults pool. The central hotel is steps away from Menara Mall, gardens and a short ride to the airport.
Best Luxury: Royal Mansour Marrakech
Visitors seeking a five-star luxury experience should consider the Royal Mansour Marrakech, a palace-like hotel. Instead of rooms or suites, guests are escorted to their own private residences, traditional Moroccan riads. Underground tunnels are utilized by the hotel’s staff, ensuring as much privacy. Riads consist of three floors for a minimum of 1,500 square feet, with dazzling architecture and regal décor with fine silks, Moroccan tiles, handcrafted furniture and onyx baths, plus private pools. Guests may dine in one of four exquisite options, relax in the tea lounge or sip on a premium beverage in one of four bars. The full-service spa offers authentic hammam experiences and exclusive spa suites are also available. The hotel is located within walking distance of Jemaa el-Fnaa square.
Best for Families: Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa
Families traveling with little ones will love the Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa, with something for everyone and spacious rooms. The hotel offers babysitting services (charge applies) and included kids’ clubs that are divided into two groups (ages 4 to 6, and 6 to 12), plus an outdoor playground and kids’ village with farm animals, go karts, a climbing wall, theater and more. Adults can enjoy a round of golf, massage treatments or an evening drink at the art deco bar or lounges on the property. Several restaurants are available with a range of cuisines and atmospheres, with children’s dining options as well. Superior Rooms have 312 square feet of space with sofa beds, terraces and rainfall showers.
Best Nightlife: Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial
If you’re interested in experiencing the nightlife of Marrakech, the 189-room Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial makes a great base. The hotel is perched within walking distance or a short drive to clubs, bars, and lounges like the Lotus Club, Sky Bar and So Lounge. Rooms feature 323 square feet of space with Moroccan décor, mountain or pool views, marble baths and minibars. After a night on the town, stop by the spa to cleanse the body with a hammam experience or a relaxing massage. There are several restaurants on the property with Asian, French and Moroccan cuisine, as well as lively bars like the piano bar, pool bar and lounge.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Riad Abaca Badra
For a more intimate lodging experience, a charming bed and breakfast is a fantastic option in Marrakech. The Riad Abaca Badra is a welcoming inn on a small quiet street in Medina, and is available at a low price to boot. Run by a French couple that offer impeccable service, the riad has five rooms that each accommodate two to four people with around 270 to 300 square feet of space, sitting areas, private baths and patios. Moroccan meals are made fresh daily, so you need to place an order in the morning so they can purchase the correct ingredients. Guests can relax is the peaceful rooftop terrace, complete with a Jacuzzi. TripAdvisor members raved about the homemade breakfast and looked forward to it each day.
Best Romance: Palais Sebban
Whether you’re in Marrakech on a honeymoon or romantic getaway to rekindle the flame, the Palais Sebban is an excellent choice. The lavish, 25-room hotel has stunning architecture and is located near the historic medina of Marrakech, Jamaa el Fna market, and the Koutoubia mosque. Eco-friendly rooms are scented with jasmine and orange blossom, with high ceilings, regal décor and chandeliers. The hotel grounds are full of peaceful, internal courtyards, as well as a roof terrace with plenty of seating options for a cocktail and views. Couples can unwind in the lovely outdoor infinity pool or enjoy a massage treatment in the spa. A fabulous, elegant restaurant serves Moroccan and international fare.
Best Boutique: Riad Dar Anika
If you prefer a boutique hotel in Marrakech, the Riad Dar Anika is a top choice for a true Moroccan experience and excellent service. The 12-room hotel is located in Medina near the main square and several historical sites. Guests can unwind in the swimming pool, hammam or on the rooftop terrace. The restaurant serves an array of fresh cuisine and local wines. Riad rooms have tall ceilings, spacious baths, mineral waters, minibars and plush bathrobes, while suites feature fireplaces, sitting areas and dome ceilings. Fresh fruit, pastries and mint tea are offered throughout the day. TripAdvisor members loved dining on the terrace and raved about the fantastic staff.