The Riad Monceau is a small luxury hotel located at the bottom of the Riad Zitoun neighborhood. It is a very charming place, organized around a central courtyard with a swimming pool. The fine Moorish style of architecture makes it an ideal spot to spend your honeymoon. The building was renovated in 2002, with perfect details. A double room costs 155 euros a night, the superior suites 185 and 255. You can rent the whole riad if you're travelling in a large group of family and friends. They will come to get you at the airport, which is a great service, as there are plenty of illegal taxi touts jostling for business there.
Riad Bayti is a very affordable option if you want to enjoy a traditional riad experience in the Marrakech Medina. It's located in the middle of the spice souk so you're greeted by an explosion of sights, sounds, and scents...seriously, sensory overload! But, when you enter you find a beautiful old mansion with a peaceful interior courtyard and fountain. The riad has a lovely rooftop terrace for breakfast that has nice views of the medina. The owner of the riad Bayti is a very nice Chilean named Diego who recommended a very good restaurant for dinner: Le Tobsil.
If you are going to spend a few days in Marrakech I recommend you try this quiet, centrally located and charming hotel located in heart of the Medina, right next to the Jemma-el-Fna Plaza, the center of the social life of the city, souks and of most of the sights. This is a riad (a traditional Moroccan house arranged around a courtyard with fountain and décor) in the Riad Zitoun the Kedim, one of the winding streets leaving the square and extending towards the Mellah, where the old Jewish neighborhood is located. It has twenty rooms, a small hammam (where you can receive massages for 15-25 euros) and a restaurant on the top floor, from whose terrace you will have a wonderful view of the minarets in the city. Here you can enjoy traditional Moroccan food or breakfast for about 4 euros. In low season (from January 8 to February 19, from 1 June to 31 August and from December 1 to 22) rooms cost around 29 euros for a single, 38 euros for a double, 46 euros for a triple, 52 euros for a quadruple, and 70 euros for a suite. In high season prices rise an average of 10 euros per night. The atmosphere is very good, frequented by European travelers, especially French and Germans. The staff speaks both English and French. You can book through their website, a deposit equivalent to the price of a night may be asked for and it is reliable. Especially during high season it is very advisable to do so. They also have free internet for guests.
Hello Alvaro! Thanks for your comments. We are going to Marrakech this weekend and I would love to stay at Riad Sofia. Could you please send us more information, such as the location of the Riad and a contact number. Thank you very much Adriana
This was the favorite place we stayed in all of Morocco, and we couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in Marrakech. The sensation of winding your way through dark, narrow alleyways to finally end up at Belbaraka's red door and entering into what can only be described as a palace is wonderful! Charlotte, the owner, spoke excellent English and helped us with everything from transfers from the bus station (the riad is impossible to find on your own), places to eat, things to visit, and even had our breakfast made early before we left to catch our flight.
The riad itself revolves around a peaceful interior courtyard with tables for having a mint tea and a gently burbling fountain scented with rose petals. The rooms are spacious and decorated in an elegant Moorish style, with windows looking out into the courtyard, large draping curtains, carpets, and comfy beds (a rarity in Marrakech). The bathroom was simply incredible.
One of the highlights was the terrace and its panoramic views of Marrakech. It was a wonderful place for breakfast and a mid-afternoon coffee. Speaking of which, the owners had the care to leave a pot of hot water and tea and coffee packets in your room for you to enjoy when you return from a day of sightseeing. It's little details like this that really make Riad Belbaraka worthwhile. There's also free wi-fi. If you visit Marrakech, the Belbaraka is a great choice. It's a little ways away from the Djemaa El Fna (20 min. walk), but it's very close to the [poi=13041]souks[/poi] and the [poi=48407]Ben Youssef Madrasa[/poi].