Best Marrakech Hotels for Every Type of Traveler
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Marrakech, often called the Red City, has consistently captivated travelers for centuries. It offers an enchanting and charming experience for the inquisitive wanderer, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences. From lavish accommodations to intimate bespoke riads, the diversity of lodging options at Marrakech hotels is unparalleled. At the heart of the city lies the medina, the ancient quarter enclosed by 19 kilometers of distinctive pink walls. Djemaa El Fna, the renowned outdoor market, serves as the bustling epicenter of the medina. Marrakech is also perfect as a base for day trips into the majestic Atlas Mountains or to nearby cities, such as the windswept Essaouira along the picturesque coast. This vibrant Moroccan city comes highly recommended for various occasions, including honeymoons, family getaways, birthday celebrations or simply for travelers seeking an extraordinary and eye-opening experience.
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No list of top Marrakech hotels would be complete without La Mamounia. Recently ranked #6 on the World’s Best 50 Hotels in the World for 2023 and celebrating its 100-year anniversary since beginning, La Mamounia stands as the epitome of Moroccan luxury.
As an institution with a rich history, this esteemed hotel has undergone a recent renovation by Parisian architects Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. It now boasts an underground wine bar, a caviar and champagne room and a rooftop DJ lounge. Of course, there is the iconic spa that has been widely shared on social media around the world.
Notable past guests have included Winston Churchill, who once declared Marrakech the most beautiful place in the world. Roosevelt also stayed here, Alfred Hitchcock filmed scenes for The Man Who Knew Too Much and other distinguished guests have included Yves Saint-Laurent, Charlie Chaplin and Francis Ford Coppola.
For the luxury traveler looking to stay at the best of the best (remember Anna Delvey, anyone?)
Quiet luxury and striking beauty are at the heart of the Moroccan outpost of this Indian-based luxury hotel group. Known for their 5-star hotels in India and their ultra-luxurious Nile Cruisers, the Oberoi Marrakech fully exemplifies their opulent and grand style. Opening in 2019, this hotel was a dream project that spanned a decade before its doors were finally opened. Located just 30 minutes outside the center of Marrakech, the Oberoi Marrakech offers magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains and every corner of its 28-acre property has been meticulously crafted with the finest details by local artisans. It provides the excellence of the Oberoi standard while immersing you in the heart of Morocco. Here, service is paramount, and it's obvious why the Oberoi consistently ranks high on every list of the best hotels in Marrakech.
For discerning travelers who prioritize understated, exquisite luxury.
If you want to be in the heart of Marrakech, El Fenn is the perfect hotel to base yourself. From Vanessa Branson, sister of Richard Branson, comes El Fenn, a delightfully design-forward hotel located right on the edge of the Medina. A perfect blend of chic luxury with a healthy dose of rock star charm, this 41-room hotel features three swimming pools, a 1,300-square-meter rooftop terrace, two cocktail bars and some of the most vibrantly decorated, jewel-toned rooms in all of Marrakech. Additionally, there is an incredible collection of art curated by Vanessa Branson herself. Pro tip: Their rooftop bar is perfect for enjoying sunset views across the Medina.
For the artistic traveler who craves creativity and inspiration.
If you're seeking the experience of staying in a Moroccan palace, look no further than Royal Mansour. Consisting of 53 guest riads, each three stories high, this legendary Marrakech hotel sets the standard for opulent luxury. Owned by Morocco's King Mohammed VI, Royal Mansour is as decadently luxurious as you can imagine and then some. It took over 1,500 local artisans to bring this hotel to life, with meticulous craftsmanship and attention to every detail.
Each of the 53 guest riads features its own private entry courtyard complete with a fountain. Even the entry-level riads start at 1,500 square feet, including plunge pools and sundecks that overlook the city, along with 24/7 butler service. There truly is no subpar room in the hotel.
Moreover, while the hotel is just minutes away from the bustling medina, as soon as you step onto the property, you find yourself in a tranquil oasis away from the busy city.
For the honeymoon jetsetters in search of a royal extravaganza.
Maison Arabe may be the most authentic hotel in Marrakech. This restaurant-turned intimate guesthouse seamlessly blends the charm of a boutique hotel with the comfort of a private home. It's hard to imagine a more intimate setting to stay in Marrakech. This storied institution first opened its doors in Marrakech as the city's inaugural fine-dining restaurant in 1946, attracting distinguished patrons such as Jackie Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill.
In 1997, Count Ruspoli, an Italian aristocrat, acquired Maison Arabe and lovingly transformed it into a riad-style hotel. The decor leans toward traditional, exuding old-school elegance and charm. Even if you choose not to stay here, having dinner at Maison Arabe is a must! Although Count Ruspoli sold the hotel in 2019, the high standards and enduring charm make it a perennial favorite.
For the traveler seeking an authentic, old-world Moroccan experience steeped in history and elegance.
Four Seasons Marrakech
The Four Seasons brand is synonymous with luxury, and their Marrakech hotel is no exception. Just a 10-minute drive from the medina, this urban oasis offers an impressive range of facilities, including two swimming pools, tennis courts and a fitness center. This property stands out as one of the best choices for families in Marrakech, featuring a dedicated children's pool, a kids' club, a teen center and delightful kiddie welcome amenities, including Moroccan-themed toys and candy.
With over 180 guest rooms, each room and suite comes with private balconies that offer views of the Menara Gardens and the Atlas Mountains. For guests who seek the comfort of something familiar, safe and reliable, Four Seasons is the perfect place to stay while exploring Marrakech.
For travelers who want the assurance that their family will be well-taken care of during their stay.
Morocco boasts an array of awe-inspiring luxury hotels, yet Amanjena, which translates to 'peaceful paradise,' stands out among this elevated group. Part of the ultra-luxury Aman group, the hotel epitomizes their signature understated elegance, paired with extravagant, jaw-dropping architecture, from the elegant rose-pink walls to the massive reflecting pool. It offers a tranquil escape at the highest level. Located just outside the Medina in the Palmeraie district, Amanjena offers only 32 guestrooms, with the smallest starting at a generous 1,800 square feet. It's safe to say that few other hotels come close to its grandeur, apart from the Royal Mansour. Travelers familiar with the Aman brand will find Amanjena more than lives up to their high expectations. Epic is an understatement.
Don't miss their complimentary afternoon tea, which includes local treats and Morocco's famous mint tea.
For the traveler who expects the hotel to be every bit as exciting as the destination.
Need to Know
After you've figured out which amazing hotel to make your home base while you explore Marrakech, here are all the must-see places in this incredible city!
Jardin Majorelle: Explore the vibrant gardens created by French painter Jacques Majorelle, now owned by Yves Saint Laurent. In addition, check out Musée Yves Saint Laurent, a stunning tribute to the iconic fashion designer, displaying his exquisite creations and celebrating his deep connection to the city in a beautifully designed, modern space.
Bahia Palace: Step back in time and discover the intricate beauty of this 19th-century palace.
Saadian Tombs: Visit the well-preserved tombs of the Saadian dynasty, hidden for centuries.
Djemaa El Fna: Experience the bustling heart of Marrakech with street performers, food stalls and vibrant energy.
Marrakech Medina: Get lost in the winding alleys of the historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Koutoubia Mosque: Admire the stunning architecture of this iconic mosque, a symbol of Marrakech.
Badi Palace: Discover the grand ruins of this once magnificent palace and its sunken gardens.
Ben Youssef Madrasa: Explore the historic Islamic college with its stunning architecture and intricate details. One of the most beautiful buildings in Morocco!
This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Marrakech. In need of further inspiration? Check out Courtney Murray’s trip report, Everything You Need to Know About Four Seasons Marrakech.
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