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.
Riad Ilayka is a beautiful riad, located within walking distance from the Djema el Fna. Each of the rooms has been lovingly decorated in its own unique style. As well as the bright courtyard, there is a charming first-floor terrace where you are welcome to enjoy breakfast. On the roof terrace, you can soak in the relaxing hot tub. Alternatively, enjoy a refreshing mint tea in the cushioned turret area, whilst taking in the Marrakesh skyline
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Each of the guest rooms are uniquely decorated and feature deep, rich tones. All the rooms are beautiful, but the upper level rooms offer a little more privacy and quiet. All rooms have an en suite bathroom, and a few of the rooms have a seating or lounge area as well. A few of the rooms are also accessible via private staircase, creating a sense of exclusivity and privacy.
Riad Ilayka is situated in an ideal location, just a 10 minute walk from the main square. It is in the medina, but the property will send a guide to walk guests from the car park to the riad.
Food and drink
Riad Ilayka offers full complimentary breakfast featuring Moroccan breads, pastries, fruits, and jams. Lunch and dinner are also served, and can be taken either in the courtyard or on the rooftop terrace. The food is traditional Moroccan cuisine, and always receives rave reviews from guests.
The property has two rooms on the first floor ideal for anybody with accessibility issues, as the upper level rooms can only be accessed by stairs.
Whilst the surrounding alleys which lead to this riad are busy and popular with the locals, the riad itself provides a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle. Its location is ideal for gaining your bearings in relation to the main square.
Marrakesh tour ideas
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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.
Combining five riads into one, La Sultana exudes opulence yet retains its traditional charm. Set in the heart of Marrakesh, it offers a relaxing retreat from the streets, with a hammam, pool and sun-soaked roof terrace.
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.
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.