Where to Stay in Marrakech (2024) – Top 6 Areas w/ Hotels

A woman with a backpack gazes at the Koutoubia Mosque amid lush palm trees and a tiled fountain during sunset in Marrakech, Morocco

Welcome to the “land of Gods” that’s what the name of this Morocco town means, and to be honest it looks like a corner of heaven! 

Join me and let’s uncover the 6 best areas where to stay in Marrakech! After thorough research I handpicked the most amazing hotels in each of those neighborhoods and made a list of accommodations suited for all pockets! 

In short, Medina is the best place to stay in Marrakech! That’s where you’ll find the most iconic attractions and gorgeous riads (you’ll learn all about these types of hotels below).

Marrakech is pretty big so if you read this post, you will orient yourself in 6 most tourist friendly areas and will understand which one is right for you! Not to mention I made it very easy to book your perfect accommodation in just a couple of clicks!

P.S. Book your hotels here in advance – Marrakech is one of the most visited places in the country, and the good riads always go fast!

If you are in a hurry

If you want to book now, look no more! Here’s a list of the best hotels and riads all located in Medina, Morocco:

luxury hotel
Intimate and stylish bedroom with a dark wood bed frame, white linens, and vibrant green armchair, accented by Moroccan tiled flooring

RIAD 111

Best luxury hotel

mid-range hotel
Sun-drenched rooftop terrace with mosaic-tiled tables, colorful chairs, and lounge areas, offering a view of the Marrakech skyline

RIAD LOSRA

Best value for money

budget hotel
Evening view of a serene riad courtyard with a glowing turquoise pool surrounded by green foliage and traditional Moroccan tiles

RIAD RAFFAA

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Here’s a map that will help you visualize all the areas in Marrakech, Morocco that I will be talking about in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Marrakech, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. NORTHERN MEDINA: for first-timers
  2. SOUTHERN MEDINA: for culture
  3. GUELIZ: trendiest area
  4. THE KASBAH: for history
  5. HIVERNAGE: for luxury
  6. PALMERAIE: for adventure

1. Northern Medina – where to stay for the first time

Iconic Koutoubia Mosque towering over Marrakech amidst lush greenery and palm trees on a sunny day with blue skies

There’s something about Marrakech… I only need to close my eyes and I can already see all the amazing colorful souks and old buildings in the city center, I can smell the traditional Moroccan food and all the spices! 

It’s such a stunning place that anyone has to visit at least once! 

Medina is the town’s city center and most tourists will probably stay here. I have split it into 2 smaller areas since it’s super big and this way I can offer you more options on where to stay there! Northern Medina is the perfect place to stay in Marrakech for first-time visitors!

This UNESCO World Heritage Site has some of the best attractions in town! Museums, lush gardens, souks, you name it! You’ll find all here!

Although visiting attractions is one of the main things we all hurry to do while visiting a new place, I recommend taking your time to explore the streets of this bustling city! You’ll get a much more authentic experience watching the locals go about their day and admiring the gorgeous architecture, than you would elsewhere!

Still, make sure you drop by to visit some iconic places in Northern Medina like the Maison de la Photographie Museum, the unique Madrasa Ben Youssef (a historic Islamic college), and Le Jardin Secret (map). 

What’s great about Northern Medina (and the Medina area in general) is that all the attractions are located just a stone’s throw away from your hotel or riads! So you won’t be wasting any time on public transport. 

NOTE: Riads (which translate to garden in Arabic) are traditional Moroccan houses or palaces with an indoor garden and a courtyard. Most of them have such intricate architecture and although their exteriors look simple, once you step inside you’ll feel as if you’ve landed in paradise! But remember that most of them are quite old, so do not expect modern facilities you’d find in a big hotel like an elevator or something like this.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Marrakech: a cozy bedroom adorned with rose petals, a warm and inviting living space with traditional Moroccan décor, and a serene rooftop terrace at dusk.

Enjoy your coffee in the central courtyard of this amazing riad in ancient Medina that has the most charming rooms with expansive bathrooms and unique furnishings. The accommodation offers a complimentary breakfast that you can enjoy in your luxurious rooms or on the terrace.

Other accommodation options in Northern Medina

Mid-range
Chic and welcoming rooftop terrace with an array of colorful cushions, patterned tiles, and a traditional Moroccan tented area

Relax in the hammam and enjoy the spa treatments at this riad that offers spacious suites and a roof terrace

Budget
Cozy Moroccan bedroom featuring intricate tile work, a wrought-iron bed frame, and lush green and gold bedding

Chill by the swimming pool set in the lush central courtyard of this riad that has family rooms

Airbnb
Elegant and minimalist guest room with soothing lighting, a tiled feature wall, and a tranquil aqua plunge pool

A lovely house in the heart of Marrakech that has a charming traditional design, a spacious room, and a patio


Riad Yasmine – here’s another luxury hotel in Marrakech Medina! This riad is one of the most popular ones in the city and a great option for couples! It looks amazing and it has such a unique design with traditional and modern elements, so definitely check it out!

Things to do in Northern Medina 

  • Cool yourself during a hot day in the charming Le Jardin Secret
  • Get some souvenirs from The Moroccan Doors Souk el Khemis
  • See the authentic Marrakech riads in the Bab Taghazout area
  • Admire the architecture of the Almoravid Koubba
  • Visit the Maison de la Photographie Museum
  • Buy some spices in the Mouassine and Rahba Kedima market areas
  • Check out the Madrasa Ben Youssef and Dar El Bacha Palace
  • Shop for some goodies at Marrakech Plaza Mall

2. Southern Medina – for a cultural experience

Expansive courtyard of Bahia Palace in Marrakech, featuring intricate Moroccan tile work, vibrant blue and yellow architectural details, and a serene fountain, under a clear blue sky

Another amazing part of historic Medina that will make you fall in love with Marrakech and seriously think of adding a few more days to your trip!

While here let yourself be raptured by all the incredible sensory experiences! The smells, the sounds and that mysterious, feminine, ancient atmosphere that you can feel on every road of Marrakech’s Medina.

NOTE: There are lots of mosques in Medina, so know that you may be woken up by the prayers coming from the mosque as early as dawn (something to consider if you care much about your sleep).

This neighborhood is perfect for those who want to dive deep into the city’s culture! Southern Medina is also home to some of the most iconic attractions in Marrakech, such as the famous Bahia Palace (map) which is so big and has lots of courtyards! 

Then there’s also the Koutoubia Mosque, the Dar Si Said Museum and of course the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa square (also known as Djemaa el Fna) which is set near the smaller Kennaria area, and is always so busy and has numerous food and souvenir stalls!

By the way, if you’re planning to shop for souvenirs (which I’m sure you will since they’re irresistible) make sure to put your haggling skills to use and you may get things much cheaper, depending whether you’re a good negotiator or not!

PRO TIP: I don’t recommend using the currency exchange services as it is usually a complete rip-off (especially in the airport). But cash is king there so just withdraw money from the ATM instead. 

If you want to get some pretty shots of those colorful stalls holding all sorts of spices, head to Rahba Kedima, the spice square which is filled with Instagrammable spots. 

Phew, so much to see and do! I hope you’re wearing comfortable shoes!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Marrakech: an opulent room with latticed window coverings, a romantic dining setup on a rooftop overlooking palm trees, and a luxurious pool under a glass canopy.

You’re going to love the rooms of this hotel that has rooms dripping in traditional Moroccan craftsmanship! Designed by King Mohammed VI this place offers 3 swimming pools, a spa and 4 restaurants. Each private villa has a terrace, a pool and gorgeous designs! The accommodation is set a short walk away from El Bahia Palace. 

Other accommodation options in Southern Medina

Mid-range
A serene pool area in a boutique hotel surrounded by lush greenery and furnished with stylish outdoor seating including canopy beds and wicker chairs

Enjoy your stay in Marrakech in this riad that has a swimming pool and a spa center with a steam room

Budget
Bright and airy bedroom with gold accents, an inviting bed with traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, and a window overlooking the city

This elegant, affordable riad hotel in Marrakech Medina has a roof terrace where you can enjoy your free breakfast

Airbnb
Comfortable living space in a bed and breakfast, with white sofas, colorful cushions, and a collection of framed pictures on the wall

An amazing room in a riad filled with traditional craftsmanship, that has a heated pool and a roof terrace

Things to do in Southern Medina

  • Walk around the Jemaa el Fnaa square
  • See the Koutoubia Mosque and the Bahia Palace in the city center
  • Snap a pic of the old Medina walls
  • Go shopping for souvenirs in the Semmarine souk
  • Visit one of the best attractions in the city the Ben Youssef Mosque 

3. Gueliz – trendiest place in Marrakech

Busy street scene in Marrakech with cars and motorcycles in front of modern terracotta-colored buildings under a clear blue sky

Welcome to Gueliz! Also known as the European Quarter, this area is located a 20-min walk away from Medina and it’s definitely super different from the old part of the city!

Gueliz is the newer part of Marrakech as you’ll tell from the buildings, and the more modern hotels. It also has a pretty fun nightlife, which is why many younger tourists prefer to stay here. 

NOTE: Make sure to double check the dates for Ramadan and Eid in the year when you’re visiting Marrakech as it may affect the opening time of some restaurants. 

Because the Moroccan law is weird about selling alcohol, anyone who wants to party and drink during their holiday comes here. The rooftop terrace bars here offer the best views of the city, and what can beat watching a sunset in this charming city with a cocktail in your hand! Sky Bar (map) is a great place to start the night! 

Don’t worry you still have lots of cool attractions here to see during the day too. 

You can go exploring the streets of Gueliz and visit the MACMA Museum of Marrakech and you can also see the French touch in this neighborhood, especially at Majorelle Gardens. 

This stylish spot was created by Jacques Majorelle, a French painter, and was later owned by the famous, and one of my favorite designers, Yves Saint-Laurent. He simply adored Marrakech and actually had a summer home here which is now a museum located North of Gueliz!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Marrakech: a spacious resort-style pool area surrounded by lush vegetation, a chic modern bedroom with a view, and a charming bar with eclectic decorations.

Soak up the Moroccan sun by the outdoor swimming pool of this luxury hotel located just a short walk away from all the attractions in Gueliz! You can admire the beautiful views from the private balconies of your rooms and if you want to relax a bit after all the exploring you can enjoy some of the spa treatments. 

Other accommodation options in Gueliz

mid-range
Rooftop pool area with wooden decking, white lounge chairs, and a view of the Marrakech cityscape under a sunny sky

Spend your mornings by the rooftop pool of this hotel that has a dining room and a great location

budget
Modern bedroom with a sleek gray headboard, accentuated with yellow throw pillows, and classic Moroccan tiled flooring

Enjoy the hammam and other spa treatments at this hotel that has rooms with private terraces

airbnb
Warm and inviting living room area in a Moroccan hotel with ornate carved furniture and traditional design elements

This traditional Moroccan apartment has two cozy rooms, a spacious terrace and free Wi-Fi

Things to do in Gueliz

  • See some beautiful Moroccan art at the David Bloch Gallery
  • Visit the MACMA Museum of Marrakech in Gueliz
  • Go to the Bab Doukkala area to see the historic gate of Marrakech
  • Walk around the gardens in Parc El Harti
  • How some drinks at Sky Bar (map)
  • Admire the stylish architecture of Majorelle Gardens
  • Eat a traditional Moroccan dish at Mama Afrika (map)

4. The Kasbah – best place to stay in Marrakech for history

View of El Badi Palace ruins in Marrakech, displaying historic red sandstone walls, reflective water pools, and a panoramic backdrop of the city skyline against the Atlas Mountains

Hey dear history enthusiasts, don’t worry! I know you’ve been looking for a neighborhood to stay in Marrakech that has all the big old attractions – the district was founded in the late 12th century and originally served as a citadel. 

The Kasbah area is the perfect place in Morocco for you! This area is located a 20 min walk away from Medina and it’s actually part of a bigger area called Mechouar.

Everyone comes here to see the famous 12th century Bab Agnaou gate, which has quranic inscriptions on the surface. Definitely a place you must see! 

With brownish buildings and old architecture, this area feels like it has seen the passing of time. But the modern-day Royal Palace (map) brings a new touch to the neighborhood. 

Another spot that all history lovers have to see during their trip in Morocco is the Saadian Tombs which were rediscovered in 1917, until then everyone forgot about them. They are very unique and made out of marble and solid gold!

Right near Kasbah, you’ll find Badi Palace, another iconic attraction that has a cute little orchard, which remained untouched over time. 

There are many riads and cool hotels here, and usually, after a full day out everyone goes back to their accommodation and spends a relaxing night in the garden, while drinking some delicious mint tea. Just living the Moroccan lifestyle! 

P.S. If you’re looking for areas that offer more budget hotels, you can check out the Agdal and Chrifia neighborhoods which are set right near Kasbah. They are pretty big and closer to the Agafay desert where everyone goes on camel safaris. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Marrakech: a tranquil poolside with sun loungers shaded by palm trees, a bright bedroom with vibrant accents, and a cozy living space opening onto a balcony.

One of the best hotels in Marrakech, set near Jamaâ El Fna Square, that has gorgeous rooms with a private terrace where you can relax, a rooftop terrace and a swimming pool where you can cool off during those hot summer days! Their lush oasis is the perfect place to unwind after a day spent at the spa.

Other accommodation options in The Kasbah

mid-range
Luxurious Moroccan riad interior courtyard with a central water feature, surrounded by elegant white seating and lush plants

An elegant and modern hotel with a swimming pool in the inner courtyard and rooms with a terrace

budget
Luxuriously appointed bedroom in a Moroccan hotel, featuring a black headboard, plush blue accents, and traditional decor

Admire the Atlas Mountains views from the rooftop terrace of this hotel that has a restaurant

airbnb
Serene outdoor lounge area in Morocco with canopy beds, vibrant cushions, and rustic wood accents amidst lush greenery

Enjoy your stay in one of the best villas in Kasbah that has a pool, a roof terrace, and modern rooms

Things to do in The Kasbah

  • Admire the beautiful Saadian Tombs
  • Visit the ruined Badi Palace 
  • See the unique Bab Agnaou gate
  • Check out the the Royal Palace
  • Join a camel safari tour in Agafay desert
  • Go and explore around the Moulay El Yazid Mosque
  • Check the local bars and restaurants in the area

5. Hivernage – best neighborhood in Marrakech for luxury

Manicured shrubbery and neatly trimmed hedges in a tranquil public garden in Marrakech with towering palm trees

Want to stay in one of the most luxurious areas in Marrakech?

The head over to Hivernage, an amazing area, located less than a 10 min drive away from the famous Jemaa el-Fna in Medina area. 

Hivernage is surrounded by the gorgeous Menara Gardens and also by the Oliveraie green area, meaning you can easily escape the city heat and go hide under a tree in the Menara Botanical Gardens, which also has a lake and a small pavilion right on its shores. 

This area is known for hosting some of the most exclusive and fancy hotels! So if you want to splurge during this holiday, this is the place! These hotels are especially great for those of you who want to relax in the amazing spa centers and traditional hammams (which is a type of steam bath or a place of public bathing). 

Here you won’t find historic attractions or souks, but rather lots of high-end stores and fine dining restaurants. Head to Menara Mall on a hot afternoon when it is way too hot to roam the streets and check out all the stores there.

The city’s first casino is located in Hivernage and it’s needless to say that since its opening, the atmosphere in this neighborhood has changed completely! Casino de Marrakech is located just a short walk away from the mall and it also has a nightclub, perfect for those who want to party on this holiday. 

If you need a break from all the casino fun and dancing you can visit the beautiful Park Lalla Hasna and Cyber Park, which are within walking distance of Hivernage. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Marrakech: an elegant pool with classical architecture, a bedroom combining modern and traditional Moroccan elements, and a rooftop lounge with lush potted plants and comfortable seating.

Get the fabulous room that overlooks the lush gardens in this amazing hotel! When you’re not out and about exploring Jemaa el Fna Square and the other attractions you can sunbathe by the swimming pool, drop in at the spa and unwind in the hammam! They also have a restaurant on-site that serves Moroccan cuisine. 

Other accommodation options in Hivernage

mid-range
Poolside dining setup with a clear blue pool, elegant wicker furniture, and a romantic dinner setting in a Moroccan courtyard

Enjoy your stay in Marrakech in this hotel that has a Moroccan design, a lush garden and a swimming pool

budget
Spacious hotel room with a large comfortable bed, contemporary decor, and a sliding door leading

This simple yet modern place offers spacious suites, a great location, a terrace and breakfast

airbnb
Bright and inviting balcony space with vibrant orange seating, under a lattice pergola, offering a picturesque view of the Marrakech cityscape

A really cool place that has so much space, a gorgeous design, a terrace and it also offers access to a shared pool

Things to do in Hivernage

  • Try your luck at Marrakech Casino in Hivernage
  • Go to the Bab Doukkala to see the historic gate of Marrakech
  • Spend a luxurious night at the Secret Room Marrakech (map)
  • Explore the beautiful Menara Gardens
  • Take a day trip to Ourika, a beautiful nearby town
  • Go to Medina and walk around the Jemaa el Fna square
  • Eat at one of the best fine dining restaurants Lotus Club Marrakech (map)

6. Palmeraie – where to stay in Marrakech for adventure

Two camels with traditional saddles standing in the sunlit Palmeraie area of Marrakech, surrounded by lush palm trees under a bright blue sky

So this area was once a super big garden which went under a lot of transformation over the years and now it is absolutely packed with luxurious resorts, golf courses and upscale stores!  

Located in the northern part of the city around 8 km (5 miles) from Medina, Palmeraie is great for tourists who want a different experience. Just like Hivernage, this neighborhood is perfect for those who want to splurge during this holiday and stay in the fanciest hotels in town!

Here you’ll find numerous resorts, golf courses, theme parks and basically lots of places where you can just relax and unwind. That’s why I would recommend Palmeraie for those of you who just want to relax and just chill at their resort.

Start your day with some delicious food and a cup of Moroccan coffee or a mint tea. Then you can play some golf, take a spontaneous trip to Medina or just join a camel adventure (you’ll find lots of those types of activities in Palmeraie and some other family-friendly ones like exploring the Palmeraie Marrakech Amusement Park here (map).

Although this neighborhood is located a bit further than the other ones, you can always take a taxi to get to the city centre, or if you’re doing the whole road trip thing and visiting other cities, you can use your rental car

The accommodations and hotels here are a bit more expensive but at least you’ll know for sure you’ll get the celebrity treatment we all crave while on holiday and you can sit by the pool all day long before heading out!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Marrakech: a lavish bedroom with rich textiles and detailed decor, a resort pool flanked by tropical plants and sunbeds, and a relaxing outdoor lounge area with traditional Moroccan seating and a tranquil pond.

This hotel has some fabulous rooms that come with private pools and a small terrace! Here you can enjoy some breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains, while swimming in one of the 3 swimming pools, in the garden! The resort also offers a cinema, a spa center and 3 restaurants that serve Moroccan cuisine (among others). 

Other accommodation options in Palmeraie

mid-range
Elegant and serene riad courtyard featuring a long, refreshing pool lined with loungers and tall potted plants under a clear sky

A great hotel that has a Moroccan design, rooms with a private pool and a spa center with a hammam

budget
Luxurious Moroccan lounge with plush emerald green sofas and ornate golden tables, illuminated by hanging lanterns casting a warm glow

This affordable hotel comes with an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace and a lush garden

airbnb
Inviting Moroccan bedroom with a traditional arched window, bright fuchsia bedding, and local art adorning the walls

Enjoy your stay in Marrakech in this villa that has a tennis court, an indoor fireplace and an outdoor pool 

Things to do in Palmeraie

  • Go on an adventure camel riding
  • Play some golf at PalmGolf Marrakech Palmeraie
  • Try quad biking in the desert
  • Visit the Water Museum
  • Spend a fun day at the family-friendly Palmeraie Marrakech Amusement Park
  • Go to the Bab Doukkala to see the historic gate of Marrakech
👑 Luxury price:US$180
💵 Mid-range hotel:US$80
🛏️ Budget:US$35
📍 Best area:Medina
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Hotel & Ryad Art Place
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Riad Losra
👛 Best budget hotel:Riad Raffaa

FAQs about where to stay in Marrakech

Vibrant Moroccan market scene with colorful art, textiles, and ceramics on display as locals and tourists wander through the alley.

🚶‍♀️ Is it safe to walk around Marrakech?

Yes, it is safe to walk around Marrakech, Morocco but I would recommend avoiding walking alone at night in secluded areas.

🇲🇦 What is the best place to stay in Morocco?

Medina (South or North) is the best place to stay in Morocco, the city center has the most amazing souks and riads and the atmosphere can’t compare with anything else in the city.

💛 What is the best riad in Marrakech?

Riad Yasmine is one of the best riads in Marrakech! This is a super famous place and so Instagrammable!

🏨 What is the best place to stay in Medina, Marrakech?

Riad 111 is one of the best places to stay in Medina! It has a traditional Moroccan design and a lovely terrace

💃 Where to stay in Marrakech for nightlife?

Gueliz and Hivernage are some of the best places to stay in Marrakech for nightlife! Both have clubs and Hivernage even has a casino.

🤔 What are riads?

Riads are traditional Moroccan houses or palaces with an indoor garden and a courtyard. Most of them are embellished with amazing Moroccan craftsmanship and have an outdoor pool, rooftop terraces and authentic decorations like berber rugs and stained glass windows.

📅 When to book a hotel in Marrakech?

I recommend booking a few months in advance, especially if you’re coming during the high seasons (March to May and September to October).

🔝 Is Marrakech a walkable city?

Yes, Marrakech is a compact and walkable city. You can get to the main sites on food but you can also use public transport. 

⚖️ Is it better to stay in a riad or hotel?

I would say it’s better to stay in a riad when you visit Marrakech! That way you’ll get a super authentic experience and enjoy all the perks that come with a riad like the unique courtyard, a private hammam and others.

⛔ Where not to stay and which areas to avoid?

I would avoid the Mellah area, which is located south of Marrakech, Medina. According to the locals, it is not a safe area as some people were even robbed of their belongings while there.

Conclusion

Bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa market in Marrakech at dusk with lit food stalls, crowds of people, and the Koutoubia Mosque in the background

Ready to jump on your magic carpet and head to Marrakech! I mean how magical can this city get?

You’ll definitely find that out on your trips and I do hope that this post helped you decide where to stay in Marrakech!

It’s not easy to decide on a place since there are so many incredible riads and gorgeous luxury hotels! So if you need a bit of help, here are my top 2 favorite options, both set in Marrakech, Medina:

  • Royal Mansour Marrakech – a luxury riad in Morocco designed by King Mohammed VI that has villas with a private plunge pool 
  • Riad 111 – a traditional Moroccan riad that boasts a unique design and a terrace

There you have it! Now all you’ve got to do is book your hotels in advance! Marrakech is a super popular holiday destination and without doubt the good places will sell out fast.

Enjoy your camel rides and dreamy adventures! Don’t forget that I’m still around for questions. All you have to do is drop me a comment below! 

Safe travels, 

Victoria


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