Half hotel, half riad, La Maison Arabe in Marrakesh has a colonial feel with a fantastic spa and pool. There’s a great cookery school and with Moroccan, Thai and Mediterranean menus you won’t go hungry.
La Sultana Marrakesh
La Sultana captures the charm of luxury riads from a bygone era. Understated from the outside with its lantern-lit walkway and red-brick walls, once you enter, you're met with sheer opulence thanks to its spacious, intricately decorated interiors, including tiled pillars, glistening chandeliers and carved stone. The property combines five riads into one, giving you plenty of space in which to unwind as a break from the busy city streets.
The 28 rooms and suites offer space and privacy while still feeling part of the wider property. Decorated in individual styles, they're each furnished with antiques and paintings, while soundproofing means you won't be disturbed. Lush palms gather around the outdoor heated pool, and there's a spa complete with two hammams, a sauna and a Jacuzzi. You can also spend time on the spacious, sun-soaked roof terrace, which gives you 360-degree views over the city, the nearby Saadien Tombs and the distant Atlas Mountains. Experience a spa treatment, or simply lounge in the sun.
While Marrakesh has plenty of places to dine, you could choose to eat in at La Table de la Sultana, which serves French- and Moroccan-inspired cuisine. Lunch is served at La Table du Souk, on the rooftop, with both a street food menu and market menu to choose from. Come evening, the rooftop's home to The Odette Rooftop Bar and Mezze, serving small plates and cocktails.
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The 28 rooms and suites span five different categories, which vary in size and amenities. Each is uniquely decorated with curated selections of Moroccan handicrafts and artwork, and comes with its own en suite bathroom. Soundproofing adds to your privacy and means you won't be disturbed by other guests, while air-conditioning is a welcome addition after spending the day in the Moroccan sun.
La Sultana is located in the Imperial Quarter of the Marrakesh medina, an area long inhabited by the sultans and home to many of the renowned monuments of Marrakesh. The entrance to the quarter is Bab Agnaou, one of the most beautiful gates to the city, which was built in the 12th century. From the roof of La Sultana, you can see the ruins of the El Badi Palace as well as the Saadien Tombs. You're walking distance of most sights in Marrakesh, including the extensive marketplaces and the Jemaa el Fna square.
Food and drink
La Sultana has two restaurants and a rooftop bar. La Table de la Sultana, open every day for dinner, presents a fusion of Moroccan and French cuisine, and uses Moroccan ingredients that are ethically and organically sourced. La Table du Souk, located on the roof level, offers signature modern cuisine inspired by fresh ingredients and the traditions of Moroccan street food. You'll find dishes such as vegetarian couscous and grilled fish, as well as more adventurous options like babbouche — snails served in an aromatic broth, commonly served at Moroccan street stalls. The rooftop bar serves refreshing cocktails and small plates each evening from 5pm.
Facilities and activities
As well as the rooftop area, which is a highlight in itself thanks to the views you have, La Sultana offers an outdoor pool and a spa, including two hammams, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and massage cabins. Cooking classes are also held on the roof each morning.
This beautiful riad is one of the few in Marrakesh that has a lift from the ground floor all the way up to the roof terrace.
We love the attention to detail in this riad's decor, its sense of space and its excellent facilities. Make sure to spend time on the rooftop sipping a cocktail or just drinking in the views.
Marrakesh tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Situated in the kasbah quarter of the Marrakesh medina, Les Borjs de la Kasbah is a boutique hotel that provides a tranquil oasis away from the bustling streets of the medina.
The Jardins de la Medina in Marrakesh is a great hotel with a good central location, garden and lovely pool.
Riad Djemanna is a lovely, simple place to stay in Marrakesh, offering consistent, reliable service and food, as well as comfortable guest rooms. This property is a classic example of a traditional Moroccan riad.
The location of the Riad Farnatchi is one of its greatest assets, hidden away in the very heart of the oldest part of the Medina. This intimate Riad with only 5 suites offers a personal and romantic setting.
Conveniently located near the main sights of Marrakesh in the heart of the old medina, Riad Ilayka is a small riad, but traditional in style and full of Moroccan charm and character.
Riad Kniza is often regarded as one of the best luxury hotels in Morocco, and deservedly so. From the décor and the food to the service and the amenities, every aspect has been carefully thought out.
Conveniently located near the main sights of Marrakesh in the heart of the old medina, Palais Khum offers a beautiful haven of peace. It perfectly combines modern Italian décor and traditional Moroccan style.
Located around a thirty minute drive from central Marrakesh, the Oberoi Marrakesh, is set amongst its own picturesque gardens, orchards and olive groves, with views to the Atlas Mountains.
In addition to its spacious and comfortable rooms, the Villa des Orangers in Marrakesh also features a spa area with a gym, hammam, pool and massage rooms.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Visit two of Morocco's most famous kasbahs, Ait Benhaddou and Telouet, on a tour through the country's stunning Ouarzazate Valley.
Head into the High Atlas Mountains to meet and have a traditional lunch with a Berber family before visiting the Assafou Foundation, a charity that supports local children, women and older men who want to further their education.
La Maison Arabe in Marrakesh offers cooking workshops designed for anyone who wishes to discover the pleasures of Moroccan cooking.
Head to Kasbah Du Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains for a day of relaxation, mule rides, walks and traditional hammams.
An ancient Portuguese fortress that dates from the 18th century (formerly called Mogador) and one of the most attractive towns along Morocco’s Atlantic coast.
The gardens of Marrakech are as famous as the medina itself and with or without a particular interest in gardening you will be sure to enjoy time spent in these beautiful retreats.
In the morning you visit the historical sights, including the Saadien Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the El Badia Palace. In the afternoon you focus on the arts and crafts of the city visiting the souqs and concluding at the Djemaa El Fna.
Experience the tastes and smells of Moroccan cuisine with this tour that will take you through the culinary delights of Marrakesh’s Djema el Fna and its surrounding souqs.
Pick up your camera for this half-day tour that takes in the workshops of Marrakesh’s artisans, medieval inns and Museum of Photography.