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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Mandy Sinclair

Idiosyncratically decorated in an original combination of traditional Moroccan style, modern art, and vintage mid-century furniture, this little treasure is Marrakech’s best budget riad.

Established in the 1950s, its famous guests have included the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, after whom the Italian owner has named a handsomely furnished room filled with antiques.

There’s a serene courtyard swimming (plunge) pool shaded by an orange tree, a stylish parlour, and enticing roof terraces. The terraces have sweeping views of the city rooftops, Koutoubia minaret and Atlas Mountains. Furnished with sofas, tables and chairs, they’re lovely for sundowners, sunbathing, reading, or stargazing.

It’s in an excellent location in the Medina, a short stroll to the main square. The only downside is that some of the rooms are tiny and cramped, but if that doesn’t worry you, then you’re all set.

Surrounding area

Within seconds of leaving the riad, you’re on one of the main thoroughfares (little more than a lane) connecting the southern part of the Medina with Marrakech’s main square. Dotted with tiny neighbourhood grocery stores, bakeries, and shops, it’s a bustling route that provides a riveting insight into everyday life.

Minutes later you’re on the magnetic main square, Jemaa El Fna, one of the city’s main sights and foodie hotspots, surrounded by the chaotic souks.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Jemaa El Fna

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.2 miles]

UNESCO World Heritage-listed central square that hums with snake charmers, musicians, magicians and other exotics.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

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Souks of the Medina

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.3 miles]

The world’s quintessential Arabic bazaar, the Medina’s maze-like souks are a shopper’s paradise.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Hot-air balloon flights over Marrakech

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.5 miles]

Float high over dramatic, arid landscapes and look down into traditional Berber villages – a unique and thought-provoking perspective on a spectacular landscape.

Best for ages: 10+ | £150 | 5+ hours

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Interior of ornately-tiled museum with Moroccan carpets on display

Dar Si Said Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.4 miles]

An impressive 19th-century palace with intricate Byzantine designs, Dar Si Said is home to a huge collection of artworks, instruments, arms and some of the oldest artifacts in the city.

Best for ages: 18+ | £3

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Old stone palace with reflective pool of water in front

El Badi Palace

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.7 miles]

The (shell) remains of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur’s colossal, 16th-century palace. Once one of the world’s great monuments, it was stripped bare in the 17th century.

Best for ages: 18+ | £1

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Ornate, tiled interior of Moroccan burial chamber

Saadian Tombs

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.7 miles]

Royal tombs of the Saadi dynasty, dating back to the 16th century, decorated with mosaics and intricate woodwork. There are no explanation panels to explain the historical relevance, so only really worthwhile if you’re interested in decorative arts.

Best for ages: 18+ | £6

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Fez-wearing cafe worker in front of wall covered in tin jars

Bacha Cafe

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[1 miles]

Nestled inside the Dar el Bacha palace, Bacha Cafe is elegance at its finest. Coffee recommendations are suggested based on time of day, and are best accompanied by a treat from the cake counter.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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