Riads in Morocco
These are riads (ryads) in Fes / Marrakech / Essaouira, Morocco that the Best of Morocco works with. To see the complete list of the accommodation you can stay at as part of your tailor made holiday with us (i.e. including hotels, kasbah's, maison d'hotes, boutique hotels) look at our Hotels And Riads list.... about_riads...
What is a Riad?
A riad (ryad) is an urban house situated in the medina (old city). Moroccan architecture is more inward looking and given to isolation and intimacy rather than showing off. It is, above all, an enclosure, a place of contemplation and escape for its cloistered inhabitants, an engaging interior away from the outside world. A mysterious enchantment awaits the guest who is invited to cross the threshold. The typical riad is organised around a central square courtyard, often decorated with zelige, painted wood (zouak), sculptured plaster or marble and generally with a fountain and orange or lemon trees giving a profusion of scents and the rippling of running water. The central courtyard or the riad is usually surrounded by an arched colonnade giving access to the living rooms and kitchen. The sleeping areas are constructed on the upper floors, thus creating a covered arcade around the patio with balustrades running around each storey. The riads roof top terrace may have an awning to protect against the sun where guests will have breakfast or dinner.
Riads have thick walls thus protecting the inhabitants from the sun or the cold and most of the outside noise. Being urban dwellings, they are often situated along a narrow alleyway (derb) with no access by car. For those seeking an authentic Moroccan style of accommodation, the riad offers its guests a haven of tranquillity, an architectural treasure, an insight into tradition, culture and craftsmanship and an opportunity to melt into an anonymous location.
Please note that inevitably all riads have several flights of stairs to the upper floors and roof terraces, and often will not have a lift. There are, however, riads where the majority of the facilities and some bedrooms are located on the ground or lower floor.
Dar Anebarin Fes
Traditionally decorated riad with 4 suites and restaurant
Dar Darmain Marrakech
A six suite 18th century riad with hammam and pool
Dar El Ghaliain Fes
A converted C17th riad with all the comforts of modern living
Riad Dar Justoin Marrakech
A 15th century traditional guest house.
Heure Bleue(Relais et Chateau) in Essaouira
A 'Relais et Chateaux' riad in the style of a colonial residence
Jardins De La Koutoubiain Marrakech
Centrally located riad style. 75 rooms/suites. Pool, hammam
La Maison Arabein Marrakech
Chic riad in old city. High quality. 26 rooms/suites. Pool, hammam, cookery school
La Maison Bleuein Fes
An authentic Moorish riad in the centre of Fes
Les Jardins De La Medinain Marrakech
36 Room riad combining comfort and tradition with restaurant
Riad Al Moussikain Marrakech
Superbly managed riad in old city. 5 rooms. Pool. Hammam.
Riad Charaiin Marrakech
A spacious and airy nine-roomed riad with pool and spa
Riad El Zoharin Marrakech
A lovely riad with pool and spa
Riad Fesin Fez
A luxury riad with pool and spa
Riad Fleur D'Orangerin Marrakech
Lovely riad in old city
Riad Laorain Marrakech
Lovely riad in old city. 7 rooms. small pool
Riad Le Califein Fes
Charming riad in the middle of the Medina of Fes
Riad Les Yeux Bleuesin Marrakech
Delightful riad in old city. 8 Rooms. Pool, hammam
Riad Maison Bleuein Fes
Perched on a hill overlooking the medina
Riad Shamain Marrakech
A seven room 18th century house with pool
Riad Souikain Marrakech
A 3-room cosy riad in old city with housekeeper, availabile as an entire property or by the room
Riyad Edwardin Marrakech
Traditionally decorated 9 room riad
Villa Des Orangers(Relais et Chateau) in Marrakech
Relais et Chateaux riad in old city. Very high standards. 27 rooms/suites. 3 pools, hammam
Free nights, upgrades, hammam & massage and honeymoon special offers.
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