My Top 12 Airbnb & Hotel Picks: Marrakech
Morocco has been on my bucket list for years now. I love a good desert aesthetic; spiky green plants against sandburt landcapes, washed clay walls in saturated colors, and in the case of Marrakech, a helping of chaotic gritty street markets mixed with a good dosage of pure luxury. I finally went recently and chose one of the accommodations below, which I will get into in another post. In the meantime, here are my options for the best hotels and Airbnbs in Marrakech!
A little glossary before we get started:
Riad: A traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. Many of these have been transformed into hotel like accommodations (some family owned) and are run by a small but attentive staff.
Medina: A medina quarter is a distinct city section found in many North African cities, in this case it's the area central to old Marrakech. A medina is typically walled, with many narrow and maze-like streets. The word "medina" itself simply means "city" or "town" in modern-day Arabic.
On to finding your future abode!
1. El Fenn: from $200/night
This hotel is a kaldescope of colors, each room having a unique design. The rooftop is perfect for a soak and a mint tea while watching the sun set. Some rooms have gorgeous copper bathtubs!
2. Villa Nejma : from $212/night
Not in the city but only 30 minutes away, the first jaw-dropping villa makes the list. A garden and a pool make it the perfect getaway from the craziness of the medina. Make sure to note the internet is not their strong suit, so plan ahead and try disconnecting for a bit. Yes you get this entire thing. Crazy!
3. Riad Be: from $115/night
This is charming boutique hotel is the winner for the most amazing tilework, both in the stately and colorful suites, and outside. Imagine all the photos you could take in this massive courtyard, which you can rent out at an additional fee for exclusive use.
4. Riad le Clos des Arts: from $160/night
Le Clos Des Arts has the best storyline and a gallery-like feel to match. Once the residence of a wealthy art dealer and his seven daughters, this structure was a place for young women to express their creativity in art form. Each daughter had their own room to paint, draw and whatever else they imagined. Sign me up!
5. medinaRose : from $159/night
For a more modern feel in the medina, this airbnb is open and airy, and the whole rooftop terrace situation is major goals. It would be hard to even leave to explore.
6. Lovely Riad privatisé : from $122/night
As most Riads boast, this one is in the heart of the medina. The calm, earthy palette washes over the entire space, including the 4 bedrooms. And you can rent the entire tricked out yet traditional place for a pretty good price. At 142 reviews, you know it's not going to be lame in the slightest.
7. Villa HANA : from $507/night
This whopping wildest dreams villa says it can house 10 people but I'm thinking it could hold a few more. Even at 10 people, that's only $50 per person. Have a straight up Sex and the City all girls trip in this desert oasis. It's pretty far from the city, but appears they can provide a driver. And being closer to the mountains means way more stars at night!
8. Riad Yasmine : from $120/night
Known mostly for its divine pool in their courtyard, Riad Yasmine is where the social media cool kids tend to go. Search for the hashtag on instagram and you'll see what I mean. The rooms aren't anything to sneeze at either!
9. Riad Jardin D'Abdou : from $66/night
This is where I was initially going to stay if it wasn't sold out! A definite bang for your buck, this riad keeps it light and airy with beautiful colors and lines. It has a great view of the Palmanerie, where you can hang out with berbers while they take you on a camel ride. It also boasts a spa and a culinary experience at their on site restaurant.
10. La Mamounia: from $442/night
The priciest but understandably so option on the list, La Mamounia is no stranger to celebrities, millionaires and socialites. If you're into any or all three of those, Hanna Bronfman and Brendan Fallis had the most amazing 4 day wedding celebration there recently. It's a freaking palace on a huge walled in plot of land. Even their smallest, "cheapest" rooms are super luxe. If it's too rich for your pockets, you're in luck! You can buy a day pass at the spa for $50 a person, and enjoy the pool straight out of Aladdin, get steamy in the sauna, and take instagrams in the stunning courtyard.
11. Riad Due : from $150/night
A small, quiet piece of heaven with super dreamy, colorful rooms. Some of the suites have stone tubs for a good soak after a long day and the Zan suite has an epic copper bath. There's also a dipping pool in the center, and rooftop with an elevator. Note that the property is closed until the end of August 2017 while they do renovations. I'm sure that means it's going to look even better!
12. Hôtel Be Live : From $190/night
Standard tourist hotels and all-inclusive resorts are not usually my thing, except for the unlimted food and drink part. And hey, having everything so convenient is a definite plus. This adults-only option has stylish modern rooms and all the bells and whistles. For a kid friendly option, click here.
One other little nugget to help on your search.! When I began looking I stumbled upon My Dear Morroco's instagram page. They are always sharing pics of the most stylish and instagramable riads so you can start planning those shots early.
Happy travels! -xo