One of the best known type of accommodation in Morocco is called the riad. This is a small hotel renovated from an old house found in Marrakech, Essaouira and Fes or anywhere there is a medina in Morocco.
Riads are usually small with about 6 rooms or less, often with a walled garden where breakfast is served on an inner patio or up on a roof terrace.
Riads are usually too small to have a swimming pool, but may have what is called a tiny plunge pool to cool off in during summer months.
Some riads can be bigger as they are in former merchant houses or palaces. Otherwise there are the usual more modern luxury hotels found anywhere in the big cities and larger towns around Morocco.
This list presents the best luxury hotels in Morocco, as rated by visitors.
1. Riad Kniza Hotel
Located within the very heart of the Medina of Marrakech, the Riad Kniza Hotel is a fully restored luxury building outfitted with many fine antiques and elegant furnishings.
The hotel is outfitted with open air patios, fountains, lounges, restaurant and an indoor swimming pool.
The Riad Kniza Hotel offers 11 individual suites, each supplied with many luxurious amenities including satellite television, and internet access among others.
2. Riad Laaroussa
The Riad Laaroussa is a beautiful hotel located in the town of Fes, in northern Morocco. Housed within a former 17th century palace that has been renovated.
This luxury hotel features high ceilings, arched doorways, lovely traditional decor, and beautifully detailed tile work.
After a long day of travel, guests can unwind to the sounds of water fountains on the patio beneath the shade of orange trees. The hotel restaurant offers delicious Fassi cuisine on the patio or the terrace.
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3. Terra Mia Marrakech
Ideally located in front of Atlas Mountains, Terra Mia Marrakech Hotel is close to three Golf courses and near an equestrian club.
In addition, the hotel’s guests can enjoy the leisure and sports facilities provided on the premises such as a massage, outdoor pool and garden.
4. Riad Dar One
The Riad Dar One hotel is located in the old Jewish neighborhood of Marrakech and is just a short walk from the famous Djema-el-Fna square.
This charming boutique hotel has been beautifully renovated, maintaining the original old wooden structure while adding modern comforts and design.
It is now one of the top Morocco luxury hotels. The hotel contains only 6 rooms, an internal patio with swimming pool, an air-conditioned lounge and a roof terrace with wonderful views over Marrakech.
5. Dar Ayniwen Hotel
The Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel is located near Marrakech, and is renowned for its luxury and comfort. The hotel offers a golf course, a day spa and an outdoor pool as well as a steam room and a sauna.
Wellness facilities include a solarium, a hammam and a jacuzzi. All rooms are air conditioned and equipped with a mini bar and satellite TV.
6. Riad Farnatchi
You’d never imagine that the nameless wooden door and barely visible bell next to it make up the entrance to a first-class hotel.
Every detail of Riad Farnatchi has been considered with guests’ comfort in mind, making it one the most luxurious riad in Marrakech.
The polished-marble hammam, handmade beds, glass dining table are the essence of modern style in ancient surroundings.
7. Hotel Kasbah Dar Ilham
Built in 2007, the charming Kasbah Dar Ilham guesthouse is situated just a few kilometers outside Marrakech. There are just 8 rooms, all equipped with cable TV, WIFI and air conditioning and heating.
The hotel has a hammam which offers spa and massage treatments and a steam room. There is an outdoor swimming pool with children’s swimming area.
Guests may also explore the surrounding area by bike or on horseback. In the restaurant guests can enjoy a menu of Moroccan tajines and couscous.
8. Palais Amani
Located within the walls of the ancient medina, Palais Amani is one of the largest authentic palaces in the city of Fez. Much of the old palace was rebuilt in the 1930’s hence the art deco influences found throughout.
This theme has been respected in the choice of decor, creating an atmosphere of purity and opulence. The rooms are equipped with a private sound system and wifi connection and the majority have televisions.
9. Le Riad Villa Blanche
The Riad Villa Blanche is an intimate, luxury boutique hotel offering 28 elegantly furnished rooms and suites.
Situated a few meters from Agadir’s magnificent sandy beach the hotel provides the perfect holiday location.
Facilities include an indoor pool, jacuzzi, golf course, gym, and sauna.
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10. Al Fassia Aguedal
The Al Fassia Aguedal is located at the border of the tourist area of Aguedal in Marrakech, with views of the Atlas Mountains. The luxury hotel is composed of 3 riads; 2 for accommodation and 1 fully dedicated to cuisine.
Of a sober and elegant architecture, the hotel combines comfort with a charming, calm feel and discrete service. Built around a beautiful courtyard, the Al Fassia Aguedal offers 30 completely different rooms and suites.
All rooms and suites come with air-conditioning, wifi and a wide screen satellite TV.