3 Affordable Luxury Riads in Marrakech
When I was planning my second ever trip to Marrakech, I had a very clear idea of what type of vacation I wanted. My first trip there a gazillion years ago, was about seeing as much as I could in a short amount of time, and this second trip was to be more about soaking up the luxury of the amazing riads in Marrakech, dining at beautiful restaurants and of course shopping.
As I started researching and planning the trip, I was intent on finding affordable luxury riads to enjoy my time in this magical city. What quickly became apparent was that Instagram has made Marrakech so popular, meaning each time I found somewhere I liked, it would be booked out months in advance. I was starting to lose hope, but I persevered and struck gold. I may have had to change our flight dates by one day to make it all work, but needs must ;o)
We stayed in three very different, equally luxurious riads during our five night trip. I know that sounds OTT but A. it was the only way I could make the trip work, as nothing on my wish list was available for the full five nights, and B. the riads were no more than a 15 minute walk apart so it made moving accommodation pretty easy. I recommend staying in a couple of different places, I’d definitely do the same again, as you can explore a new part of the medina in each location you stay in.
So let’s get to it, and check out these 3 affordable luxury riads in Marrakech …
Riad Les Yeux Bleus is located in the Bab Doukkala district of the medina, and a ten minute walk from Jemaa el Fna square (very touristy and full of snake charmers and monkeys on leashes which makes me sad!).
Inside the riad you’ll find two pools. A large one on the ground floor, and a smaller one on the roof top terrace. Breakfast is served around either pool each morning at a time of your choosing. We dined on the rooftop both mornings, and enjoyed the warm sun as we drank coffee, and planned our day.
Les Yeux Bleus has eight beautiful rooms, all individually decorated. Our room, located next to the ground floor pool was very large, along with a big en suite bathroom.
The interior decoration is beautiful, and you’ll find plenty of cosy little spots around the riad to relax, a library to read a book in, there’s also a full spa service including massage and hammam.
I loved this riad, it is extremely large and spacious, and oozes peace and tranquility.
Address: 7 Derb El Ferrane, Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Located in Mouassine, just minutes from Jemaa El Fna Square, Snan13 is tucked away in a quiet, but very central spot in the medina.
From the moment we stepped inside the doors of Snan13, we were smitten. This riad is breathtakingly beautiful. White walls with the most gorgeous pink and orange Bouganvilliers spilling out over the top of the courtyard. The service at Snan13 is impeccable, we felt like we were being greeted by old friends. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and all the recommendations given by the staff were spot on.
This is a riad where you’ll be surrounded by calm and beauty. Despite being in the medina, it was quiet, and so peaceful!
Snan13 has one grand suite and five double bedrooms, all individually decorated to an extremely high standard. Our room was facing the patio where there is a swimming pool and a dining area. I could literally climb out the bedroom window into the pool! Around the riad you’ll find different lounge areas to relax in, and a large roof terrace where we were served a lovely breakfast.
I’m almost tempted to keep this place a secret as it’s so special! If you want to feel like you’ve found a jewel amongst Marrakech’s riads, I truly recommend this amazing place.
Phone: +212 524 38 19 97
Address: Mouassine, Derb Snan 13. (Medina) 40030, Marrakech, Morocco
Numa is located in Rahba Lakdima, very close to Jemaa El Fna Square and in a really great, central location, also close to Place des Épices, a lovely square selling everything from woven baskets to hats, and surrounded by some great cafes.
If you love design, you’ll fall in love with Numa. This place is so incredibly chic, my mouth dropped open as I walked into the courtyard.
In the courtyard, you’ll be served the most amazing breakfast each morning. I’m not a breakfast consumer but I made sure I got up each morning to enjoy this spread! On the first floor you can relax on sun loungers and take a dip in the very elegant looking pool. Further up on the roof terrace, you’ll find more loungers and sofas to relax and soak up the sun on. There is also a traditional hammam and a massage room.
Numa has six rooms, of which some are suites, and their interior design is an amazing sight to see. Our bedroom was on the ground floor, opening up to the patio. The room itself was minimalist chic, and I really didn’t want to leave on the day of our departure!
The staff, dressed in the coolest outfits, are down to earth, super helpful and always with a smile on their face.
If you want chic, designer and cool, this is the riad for you.
Phone: +212(0) 614-563683 +212(0) 524384664
Address: 37 Derba Aarjan, Rahaba Lakdima, Marrakech, Morocco