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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.

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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 Anebar

Dar Anebar

in Fes

Traditionally decorated riad with 4 suites and restaurant

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Dar Darma

Dar Darma

in Marrakech

A six suite 18th century riad with hammam and pool

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Dar El Ghalia

Dar El Ghalia

in Fes

A converted C17th riad with all the comforts of modern living

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Riad Dar Justo

Riad Dar Justo

in Marrakech

A 15th century traditional guest house.

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Heure Bleue

Heure Bleue

(Relais et Chateau) in Essaouira

A 'Relais et Chateaux' riad in the style of a colonial residence

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Jardins De La Koutoubia

Jardins De La Koutoubia

in Marrakech

Centrally located riad style. 75 rooms/suites. Pool, hammam

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La Maison Arabe

La Maison Arabe

in Marrakech

Chic riad in old city. High quality. 26 rooms/suites. Pool, hammam, cookery school

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La Maison Bleue

La Maison Bleue

in Fes

An authentic Moorish riad in the centre of Fes

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Les Jardins De La Medina

Les Jardins De La Medina

in Marrakech

36 Room riad combining comfort and tradition with restaurant

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Riad Al Moussika

Riad Al Moussika

in Marrakech

Superbly managed riad in old city. 5 rooms. Pool. Hammam.

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Riad Charai

Riad Charai

in Marrakech

A spacious and airy nine-roomed riad with pool and spa

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Riad El Zohar

Riad El Zohar

in Marrakech

A lovely riad with pool and spa

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Riad Fes

Riad Fes

in Fez

A luxury riad with pool and spa

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Riad Fleur D'Oranger

Riad Fleur D'Oranger

in Marrakech

Lovely riad in old city

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Riad Laora

Riad Laora

in Marrakech

Lovely riad in old city. 7 rooms. small pool

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Riad Le Calife

Riad Le Calife

in Fes

Charming riad in the middle of the Medina of Fes

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Riad Les Yeux Bleues

Riad Les Yeux Bleues

in Marrakech

Delightful riad in old city. 8 Rooms. Pool, hammam

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Riad Maison Bleue

Riad Maison Bleue

in Fes

Perched on a hill overlooking the medina

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Riad Shama

Riad Shama

in Marrakech

A seven room 18th century house with pool

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Riad Souika

Riad Souika

in Marrakech

A 3-room cosy riad in old city with housekeeper, availabile as an entire property or by the room

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Riyad Edward

Riyad Edward

in Marrakech

Traditionally decorated 9 room riad

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Villa Des Orangers

Villa Des Orangers

(Relais et Chateau) in Marrakech

Relais et Chateaux riad in old city. Very high standards. 27 rooms/suites. 3 pools, hammam

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