You are spoiled for choice in Marrakesh when it comes to accommodation. Places to stay range from hotels, apartments to guest houses and Riads. In this post I would like to explore the option between a Hotel and Riad and what are the pro’s and con’s for each.
Stay in an Hotel
When I first visited Marrakesh I stayed in a Hotel. The hotel that I stayed at was probably in my eyes around a three star hotel. It was located in the Gueliz area where many hotels and apartments are located.
Off course a hotel offer all the amenities that you would come to expect including a nice breakfast, comfortable rooms, swimming pools…
The hotel that I stayed at was good however one negative were that there was parties every night. Alcohol is not freely found in Marrakesh however the hotels does offer drinks. During the evening many locals go to the hotels to have drinks, additionally in the UK we do not smoke indoors however the hotel bar was a smoking zone therefore as you entered the hotel there was a really bad smell of smoke.
One of my favorite books are all about Moroccan designs is Marrakesh by Design:
Design is embedded throughout the moroccan courtyard houses. I love the idea of a Riad. A riad is simply a courtyard house and is typically erected to offer safety to the household. High walls with no windows at ground floor. Actually when you wonder the streets of the Medina you notice all the high walls which many actually form part of the riads.
Stepping in the riad is like stepping into the calm and surrender of a garden in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the world outside.
Typically the riads offer bed and breakfast and offer a dinner menu in some instances.
The first time I saw a riad was when I did a cooking class which was hosted in the riad. It is such a stunning concept and a dream for me to own a courtyard house like the ones they have in Morocco.
This visit I decided I wanted to stay in a riad. I booked the riad with my flights which was a great choice. I am very pleased with this choice and I will definitely recommend this option to anyone. The riads make you feel like you are stepping into luxury of the rich famous and royalty.
One of the greatest things about the Riads are the rooftop terraces. Throughout the city these wonderful getaways are little oasis overlooking the busy streets and the majestic Atlas mountains on the horizon.