Finding the best hotels and riads in Marrakech depends on a lot of factors like price, location and style. After running several Travel Girls Getaways trips in Morocco, I’ve become very familiar with the different areas in the city and have found some of the best places to stay in Marrakech. Keep reading this guide to find all my best Marrakech hotel recommendations based on location, budget, and more!
OVERVIEW OF MARRAKECH HOTELS AND RIADS
Like most major cities, the price and quality of hotel in Marrakech can range wildly, from budget friendly hostels to epic luxury resorts. Marrakech is known for its local guest houses, commonly called “riads”. Staying in a riad is a must when visiting Marrakech, as you get an authentic feel of Morocco, quirks and all.
Like the hotels, these riads can range in size, price and quality, but by doing your research (and following this guide) you can find some amazing quality places to stay at budget friendly prices!
TRADITIONAL MARRAKECH AREA: THE MEDINA
The Medina in Marrakech is most likely the first area you picture when you think of Morocco. Located in the city’s center, the Medina is made of a maze of alleyways and side streets. Filled with shop stalls and local restaurants, the Medina is a true authentic Marrakech experience.
The streets and unreliable Google Maps in the area make it easy to get lost, but that is part of the fun! The Medina is close to many of the main tourist attractions in Marrakech, including Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Marrakech Museum, and the Jemaa El Fna.
PROS & CONS OF STAYING IN THE MEDINA
- Centrally located
- Easy access to shopping and many sights
- Authentic and traditional experience
- Beautiful architecture
- Noisy throughout the day and night
- Call to prayer heard throughout the city
- Cobbled streets can be difficult to get around if mobility impaired
- Confusing layout means it’s easy to get lost
LUXURY HOTELS AND RIADS IN THE MEDINA
MID-RANGE HOTELS AND RIADS IN THE MEDINA
BUDGET HOTELS AND RIADS IN THE MEDINA
Hivernage and Gueliz are next to each other, located just outside the Medina. A short walk to the central Medina sights, Hivernage and Gueliz are more modern areas with high end shopping and international brands.
These are also the best areas for nightlife in Marrakech, as many of the popular clubs and bars are in these areas. Hivernage is a short walk to the beautiful Menara Gardens, where Gueliz is close to the famous Jardin Majorelle.
PROS & CONS OF STAYING IN HIVERNAGE AND GUELIZ
- Modern hotels and shopping
- Quieter than the Medina
- Short walk to many of the main sights
- Less chaotic than staying in the Medina
- Good nightlife and bars
- Less local shopping and more Western brands
- Feels more European and less traditional
- Larger chain hotels and less riads
LUXURY HOTELS AND RIADS IN HIVERNAGE AND GUELIZ
- Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
- Hotel Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial
- Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech
- Le Méridien N’Fis
MID-RANGE HOTELS AND RIADS IN HIVERNAGE AND GUELIZ
- Hivernage Secret Suites & Garden Marrakech
- Es Saadi Marrakech Resort – Palace
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carre Eden
- 2Ciels Boutique Hôtel
BUDGET HOTELS AND RIADS IN HIVERNAGE AND GUELIZ
QUIET MARRAKECH AREA: PALMERAIE
The Palmeraie area is the general Northeast area from Marrakech. About a 20 minute drive to the city center, Palmeraie is the place to stay for peace and quiet. Many of the very high end hotels and properties are in the Palmeraie area, and they are much larger than the smaller properties in the city.
However, you will need to arrange for a car from your property to take you to the city center, so keep this in mind. If you are happy laying by a beautiful pool and relaxing, then Palmeraie is for you.
PROS & CONS OF STAYING IN PALMERAIE
- Very quiet
- Many of the best properties
- Easy to arrange day trips
- Hotels tend to be larger with pools and other amenities not always found in the riads
- Some hotels include round trip transfer to the Medina
- 20-30 minutes drive from the Medina center
- Not much walkable so you will likely need to eat at your hotel
- Fixed price taxis from your hotel can be expensive (up to $20-30 each way)
LUXURY HOTELS AND RIADS IN PALMERAIE
- Jnane Tamsna (full review)
- Hotel Les Cinq Djellabas (full review)
- Palais Ronsard
- Le Palais Rhoul and Spa
MID-RANGE HOTELS AND RIADS IN PALMERAIE
BUDGET HOTELS AND RIADS IN PALMERAIE
If you are traveling to Marrakech with your children then take a look at staying in Chrifia and nearby Agdal areas. Located just south of the airport, Chrifia has several golf courses and the Oasiria water park to entertain the kids. It is also quieter than the Medina but still very accessible, only 15-20 minutes drive.
PROS & CONS OF STAYING IN CHRIFIA
- Family friendly
- 2 golf courses
- Large water park and laser tag for kids
- Easily accessible to the Medina by car (15-20 minutes)
- Close to the airport
- Outside of the Medina
- Less dining options than other areas
- Probably not the best choice if you don’t have kids
LUXURY HOTELS AND RIADS IN CHRIFIA AND AGDAL
- Selman Marrakech
- Sirayane Boutique Hotel & Spa Marrakech
- Oasis Lodges
- Kenzi Club Agdal Medina – All Inclusive
MID-RANGE HOTELS AND RIADS IN CHRIFIA AND AGDAL
BUDGET HOTELS AND RIADS IN CHRIFIA AND AGDAL
BEST HOTELS IN MARRAKECH WRAP UP
We hope this guide helps you plan your stay at some of the best hotels in Marrakech next time you visit! It is a beautiful and unique city with an incredible amount of history and experiences to offer. To make the most of your trip, be sure to read our other guides on Morocco:
- 5 Places To Eat In Marrakech You Cannot Miss
- 5 Tips For Female Travelers In Morocco
- 5 Things You Must Do In Marrakech
- 5 Reasons To Visit Chefchaouen, Morocco
- 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Fez
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