The Best place to stay in Marrakech – Your Guide to the Top Areas & Hotels

Ohh…Marrakech! You’ve stolen my heart a long time ago and to be honest, I think I’ve left it somewhere in this city! 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! 

No wonder Yves Saint Laurent, the famous fashion designer, saved a piece of the country’s heritage, the beautiful Jardin Majorelle! With its authentic souks where you’ll find the best spices and street food, this city is definitely worth a visit if not two!

Yes, now the hard part! What is the best place to stay in Marrakech, Morocco? The good news is that here you’ll find a wide range of luxury hotels and traditional riads.  A riad is one of those beautiful Moroccan buildings that you may have seen all over Instagram. With multiple decorative stories centered around a courtyard featuring a fountain, they are known to be a status of wealth. So if you choose to stay in one of these, everyone is sure to be jealous of you!

Speaking of luxury, if you don’t want to even look at money during this holiday, the city has some of the most expensive hotels in the country if not the continent! That’s why you better book them in advance, Marrakech is famous for its top-notch accommodations!

So buckle up because we have a lot of things to see!

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

Hotel & Ryad Art Place

Best luxury hotel

airbnb

Riad Altair Guest Room

An Airbnb with amazing reviews

mid-range hotel

Hotel & Spa Riad El Walaa

Best value for money

budget hotel

Riad Hôtel Essaouira

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

Hivernage
for luxury
Agdal
for budget
Palmeraie
for adventure
The Kasbah
for history

1. Medina – where to stay in Marrakech for the first time

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! 

Tucked away in the heart of the city sits the historic neighborhood of Medina. Painted in the most beautiful colors, the 1000-year-old UNESCO Heritage Site is a top choice for anyone who comes to Medina, Marrakech for the first time. If you’re up for a small detour in Morocco then Casablanca should be your destination, check this post with the best areas and hotels that will help you get around the city!

Medina is one of the best places to stay in the city as everything is situated within walking distance and some of the city’s biggest historic attractions are located here. Like the stunning Bahia Palace, which was built in the 19th century. But I always say, try not to get too caught up in all the tourist visits and make this holiday as authentic as you can! 

Medina is a walkable area where you don’t really need to use public transport. So I would just take a day to explore every corner, walk in the amazing markets to buy all the souvenirs that I can. I don’t know about you but I usually go crazy in these types of markets and need someone to get a hold of my purse so I don’t end up spending all my money on my first day!

Luxury hotel

A perfect place for your luxurious getaway to Medina Marrakech! This luxury hotel has a traditional design and spacious rooms. After a long day of visiting all the attractions, you can go for a swim in the outdoor pool, located on the terrace, and admire the beautiful sunset! 

Other accommodation options in Medina

Mid-range

Enjoy your stay in Marrakech in one of the best riads in the city that has a swimming pool and a spa center

Budget

This elegant, affordable riad hotel in Marrakech Medina has cozy rooms with private bathrooms and free wifi 

Airbnb

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

Riad Yasmine – You have probably already seen photos of the incredible courtyard of Riad Yasmine, even if you didn’t realize it. If the beautiful riads are what you want to see in Morocco then look no further, this is probably the most famous one with its beautiful rich green tiles and tropical plants!

Things to do in Medina 

  • Cool yourself during a hot day in the charming Le Jardin Secret
  • Admire the architecture of the Almoravid Koubba
  • Catch an exhibition at the Museum of Music in Medina
  • See the Koutoubia Mosque and the Bahia Palace in the city center
  • Go shopping for authentic souvenirs in the Semmarine souk
  • Walk around the Jemaa el Fnaa square
  • Visit one of the best attractions in the city the Ben Youssef Mosque 
  • Enjoy a relaxing Turkish bath at Hammam De La Rose in Marrakech Medina

2. Gueliz – best place to stay in Marrakech for nightlife

Located west of the Medina neighborhood is the chic and contemporary Gueliz area, where all the young people who come to stay in Marrakech look for hotels as it is famous for having lots of bars and restaurants. Also known as the European quarter, Gueliz is perfect for those who want to experience the contemporary side of the city.

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! 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!

Just remember to book these ones in advance, as you’ve probably noticed, Marrakech is pretty expensive and this area is no exception. The earlier you book the better prices you will get too! 

Luxury hotel

Soak up the Moroccan sun at the outdoor swimming pool of this luxury hotel located just a minute walk away from all the attractions in Gueliz! You can admire the beautiful views from your room’s balcony and if you want to relax a bit after all the exploring you can head to the spa center and get the celebrity treatment you deserve!

Other accommodation options in Gueliz

mid-range

Spend your mornings on the outdoor terrace that has a pool and enjoy staying in the spacious rooms of this hotel

budget

A great budget option to stay in Marrakech that has a garden with a terrace and cozy rooms

airbnb

This traditional Moroccan apartment has two cozy rooms, a spacious terrace and free wifi

Things to do in Gueliz

3. Hivernage – where to stay in Marrakech for luxury 

I know some of you love exclusive spots and polished hotels, that’s why I looked for one of the best places to stay in the city for all my luxury lovers’ readers! 

Although Hivernage is not filled with souks or historic attractions, I’m sure you’ll be more than happy to spend some time shopping in the high-end stores and eating at the best fine dining restaurants in the city! Plus this neighborhood is close to the center of town and if you don’t feel like walking you can use public transport to get around!

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! Now all the rich people who visit Marrakech come to this high-end oasis to splurge during their vacation. 

Let’s face it, Hivernage is not known for its affordable accommodations, if you decide to come here then expect to see the world’s most expensive luxury hotels and riads, like the Four Seasons Resort where the lowest price for a night is $550! 

If you need a break from all the casino fun and dancing you can visit the beautiful Park Lalla Hasna and Cyber Park. You can enjoy the Moroccan atmosphere here and cool down by the fountains during those hot summer days!

Luxury hotel

What a magical Hivernage place! Surrounded by a lush garden, this luxurious hotel is a quiet oasis perfect for your trip to Marrakech! Swim all day in the outdoor swimming pool, under the palm trees while getting the best treatment, and head to the spa at night to end your day in the most amazing way!

Other accommodation options in Hivernage

mid-range

Enjoy your stay in Marrakech in this lovely hotel that has a traditional Moroccan design, a swimming pool, cozy rooms

budget

An affordable option for your holiday in Marrakech, this apartment has nice rooms, a kitchen, and a balcony

airbnb

Relax by the pool at this spacious apartment that has a traditional Moroccan style, a kitchen and three rooms

Things to do in Hivernage

  • Walk around the historic gardens of Cyber Park
  • 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 VIP Room Marrakech
  • Go to Medina and walk around the Jemaa el Fna square
  • Admire the architecture of the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Hivernage
  • Eat at one of the best fine dining restaurants Lotus Club Marrakech
  • Have a good time at the unique Buddha-Bar Marrakech in Hivernage

4. Agdal – best place to stay in Marrakech on a budget

Located south of the Medina neighborhood, Agdal has definitely a different style than other historical parts of the city. If you’re looking for an urban vibe and cheaper places to stay in the city then this area is for you! 

You’ll find tons of budget hotels and riads plus there’s a major shopping city here so you better hold tight to your purse because you might spend the whole day here! Everyone raves about the multiplex movie theatre, so if there’s a movie coming up while you’re here or just want to spend a chill night with your friends then you know where to come.

You will find some popular attractions here as well, the Botanical Garden of Marrakech is located in Agdal. You can come and spend a full day here, relaxing and admiring the beautiful nature of this city. 

One thing that you have to keep in mind is that the racetrack that hosts the World Touring Car Championship is situated in this neighborhood. So my advice is to book in advance any hotel if you’re coming to Marrakech during that time because everyone will be looking for accommodation in the city.

Luxury hotel

This luxurious hotel offers not one but three amazing swimming pools that are perfect if you’re traveling with the family! Every room is very elegant and you can enjoy a cup of mint tea at the restaurant before going to the spa center to spend a relaxing afternoon. The sights are incredible here, definitely one of the best places to stay in town!

Other accommodation options in Agdal

mir-range

Relax by the pool and spend your nights in the garden of this hotel that has a restaurant and a bar 

budget

Enjoy your stay in Marrakech at one of the best budget hotels that has a cozy room, a courtyard, and a kitchen

airbnb

This place is perfect for any golf fans, it has two rooms with a nice view, a pool, and a kitchen for cooking

Things to do in Agdal

  • Have an amazing time at the Marrakech Kart Racing
  • Go shopping in the Al Mazar commercial center
  • Catch a movie at the Megarama Cinema with the family
  • Go to Medina and walk around the Jemaa el Fnaa square
  • Enjoy the Moroccan atmosphere in the Agdal Gardens
  • Have a traditional meal in the best restaurants in Agdal
  • Head to the Bab Doukkala to see the historic gate of Marrakech

5. Palmeraie – where to stay in Marrakech for adventure 

Located in the north part of the city, this neighborhood is a top choice for any adventure junkies who are coming to stay in Marrakech. With a lot of palm trees and some sandy areas, Parmeraie is perfect if you’re looking to ride camels and bikes in the city but don’t have time to take a long guided tour out in the desert!

Although this neighborhood is located a bit further than the other ones, you can always take a taxi to get to Medina or Hivernage. I don’t really recommend renting a car in Marrakech, it can be risky and I always say – better safe than sorry! 

With a golf course in the area, it’s hard to get bored in Palmeraie, there’s always something to do! Although the accommodations and hotels here are a bit more expensive you’ll get the celebrity treatment and you can sit by the pool all day long before heading out!

Luxury hotel

Enjoy an amazing view of the Atlas Mountains in this boutique hotel! Spend your afternoons listening to the sound of the birds in the lounge area and swim in the amazing pools located in the garden and end your night with a movie in the hotel’s cinema! 

Other accommodation options in Palmeraie

mid-range

I love the style of this hotel that has a lush garden, an outdoor pool, a spa center, and a bar

budget

With a traditional Morocco design, this affordable hotel has the best sights of the Atlas Mountains and a pool 

airbnb

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

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

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 Kasbah area is the perfect place in Morocco for you! 

Everyone comes here to remain in awe of the 12th century Bab Agnaou gate, which has quranic inscriptions on the surface. With brownish buildings and old architecture, this area feels like it has seen the passing of time. However, the modern-day Royal Palace 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! You definitely need to come and see this attraction, no matter where you’re staying in Marrakech! 

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! 

Luxury hotel

A modern yet authentic luxurious hotel that has a rooftop terrace where you can sunbathe all day long! The tropical garden will make you feel like you’re in paradise and the pool will cool you down during those hot summer days! With family rooms and private bathrooms this is a great choice in The Kasbah.

Other accommodation options in The Kasbah

mid-range

An elegant and modern hotel with private parking on site, family rooms, and a swimming pool

budget

The Marrakech best riad that has a rooftop terrace, a restaurant, free wifi and offer room service 

airbnb

Enjoy your stay in this authentic Marrakech riad that has a pool, a roof terrace, and modern rooms 

Things to do in The Kasbah

  • Admire the beautiful Saadian Tombs
  • Visit the ruined El Badii-Ksibat Nhass Palace 
  • See the unique Bab Agnaou gate with the family
  • Go to the Bab Doukkala to see the historic gate of Marrakech
  • Learn new things about history at the Royal Palace
  • Go and explore around the Moulay El Yazid Mosque
  • Check the local bars and restaurants in the area
👑 Luxury price:$200
🏨 Mid Range:$100
🛏️ Budget:$50
🏠 Airbnb:$100
💰 Accommodation prices:Medium
📍 Best Area:Medina
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Hotel & Ryad Art Place
👛 Best budget hotel:Riad Hôtel Essaouira

Frequently asked questions about Marrakech

🚶‍♀️ Is it safe to walk around Marrakech?

Marrakech Morocco is a safe city, however, the small secluded alleys seem a bit scary especially at night, but, if you avoid walking alone at night everything should be fine.

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

The Medina area 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. You can stay at the Hotel & Ryad Art Place Marrakech, it’s the best.

💛 What is the best riad in Marrakech?

The best riad to stay in the city is definitely Hotel & Ryad Art Place Marrakech, located in Medina. The unique design and architecture that has a modern touch will make your holiday unforgettable!

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

Marrakech’s best places to stay in Medina city center are the Hotel & Spa Riad El Walaa and the Riad Hôtel Essaouira. They are located within walking distance from most attractions and offer the best services.

💃 Where to stay in Marrakech for nightlife?

If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Marrakech for nightlife then the Gueliz neighborhood is the one for you. It has the best bars and restaurants in the city and you can stay at the Marrakech best hotel, Radisson Blu Marrakech, Carré Eden.

Conclusion

I feel so nostalgic! That’s what Marrakech Morocco does to me every time! Trust me, you’ll love me for recommending this city and I hope this post helped you decide what are the best places to stay in Marrakech and find a chic mosque. 

By now you should know which are the best luxury hotels or which riad you should book first! And on that note, definitely book in advance, if you want to get the best deals!

I know I’ve given you tons of luxury hotels and budget choices but here are my top two favorites, both located within the Medina area just a minute walk from all the attractions:

Make sure you enjoy every moment in Morocco Marrakech, explore the unique Medina area, and visit every palace in the city! There’s no other place that will offer you such an amazing experience!

Don’t be shy, leave me a comment if you have any more questions as I would love to talk more about this incredible place! 

Safe travels, 

Victoria

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