Marrakech Accommodation Guide
Marrakech boasts a mind-boggling array of places to stay: from the funkiest fleapit to the most opulent palatial residence. In fact, the choice of accommodation in Marrakech is so tremendous that it can be hard to decide.
The first decision to make about accommodation in Marrakech is where to stay: at the heart of it all in the medina, in convenient surroundings at Guéliz or the tranquillity and peace of the Palmeraie and Ourika Valley. Many people opt for both: staying a few days in the medina, dodging donkeys and carts and indulging in some serious haggling, and then returning to somewhere that soothes and relaxes in Guéliz or the Palmeraie. Whatever your accommodation requirements, budget and preferences, you will find them met in Marrakech.
Marrakech Accommodation: The Medina
Staying at the Medina, you will be at the heart of it all: the melee is unbeatable, the souks are haven with buyers and sellers, and Djemaa el Fna and other attractions are just a stone’s throw away.
The major type of accommodation in the Medina is riads – ten years ago there were 25, today there are over 500! These are traditional Moroccan houses consisting of a handful of rooms arranged around a central courtyard or garden. Riads in Marrakech offer exotic charm in a variety of themes, from the minimalist and traditional to the designer and trendy. There is also the intimate experience: soothing salons, isolated roof terraces and unique home cooking. In other words, a Marrakech riad is the perfect option for those looking to be at the heart of things with a dose of romance and solitude.
The Medina is also home to the cheapest hotels in Marrakech, with shared accommodation and toilets, and characterful mid-range hotels, usually in refurbished houses, with en-suite rooms.
Marrakech Accommodation: The Ville Nouvelle and Hivernage
Outside the walls of the Medina, the main concentration of hotels in Marrakech is in Guéliz, the bustling centre of the Ville Nouvelle, or in the quiet, well-to-do suburb of Hivernage. Here, the pace of life is less frenetic than the Medina and you can enjoy a quiet stay in convenient surroundings.
There is a concentration of upmarket hotels, three, four and five-star establishments with the usual deluxe facilities – air-conditioning, swimming pool and gourmet dining. Both suburbs have a good choice of restaurants and nightlife, and your hotel will generally be only a long walk or a short taxi drive from the medina
Marrakech Accommodation: The Palmeraie
Those who wish for an all-together reclusive experience should head for the Palmeraie. This is a scruffy, palm-filled expanse in peaceful and tranquil rural surroundings, some 15 minutes drive from the Medina by car.
Resorts and hotels in Marrakech Palmeraie and the rural fringes are some of the finest in the red city. Personalised yet discreet service, five-star trimmings, expansive gardens, azure swimming pools and full-blown design aesthetics are the order of the day out here.