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Where to stay in Marrakech

My husband and I traveled to Marrakech in 2007 as a married couple with no kids, when it was still an off-the-beaten path destination. We returned to Morocco in 2018 with our children, and we were surprised to see how much it had changed in just over 10 years. Marrakech is now really on the map as a travel destination for singles, couples and families alike. It’s buzzing with luxury hotels and trendy restaurants, in addition to the gorgeous architecture and the amazing souks that made it special in the first place.

Where should you stay? Here’s a round-up of all the new (and old!) hotels that will make your stay in Marrakech comfortable, memorable and unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced.

But first, let’s start with some basic information.

Marrakech has two distinct neighborhoods where most hotels are located: the Medina (=old town) is the center, where all the souks are located. If you stay near the Medina, you’ll be able to walk to all the sights and you won’t need a car unless you’re taking a trip to the desert or the mountains. The other neighborhood is called the Palmeraie (=palm grove). That neighborhood is located a 15-minute cab ride out of town, at the edge of the desert. If you stay in the Palmeraie, you’ll need to take a cab or a shuttle every time you go into the center of Marrakech (it’s not walkable), but the hotels in that area are more spacious and tend to have beautiful grounds.

HOTELS IN THE MEDINA (in town):

Villa des Orangers: a small riad steeped in Moroccan tradition, with a dipping pool and a wonderful restaurant.

 

La Mamounia: a large, opulent hotel located right near the Medina.

 

The Royal Mansour: a palace with beautiful gardens, within walking distance to the center of town.

HOTELS IN THE PALMERAIE (outskirts of town):

Four Seasons: American-style luxury in the Palmeraie.

 

The Mandarin Oriental, luxurious and relaxing.

 

Amanjena: zen-like sophistication.

 

Palais Aziza: middle-eastern aesthetic in the Palmeraie.

 

Palais Namaskar: dream-like in the Palmeraie.

No matter where you choose to stay, you’ll have a wonderful time. Marrakech is a must-see and people in Morocco treat their guests like kings and queens. It’s a trip you’ll never forget!

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