Finding a place to stay in Marrakech doesn’t have to be difficult, let alone expensive, considering that most hotels are quite affordable. It all depends on whether you want to stay in riads, traditional accommodation, which are usually found in the Medina area or conventional hotels, which are usually found in the more modern areas of Marrakech.
Based on the days we spent in the city during our two trips, during which we wrote this travel guide to Marrakech and Essaouira and this post about tips for traveling to Marrakech essential, we leave you a selection of places to stay in Marrakech, the best neighborhoods and hotels.
Where to stay in Marrakech (Neighborhoods)
As we mentioned before, it is important to determine what type of accommodation you want to sleep in Marrakech so that you can find the one that best suits your trip and needs, but it is also very useful to know which are the best areas to stay in Marrakech. That’s why we want to leave you a small summary of the most known and also the most recommended neighborhoods.
Medina: without a doubt, the city centre and if you want to be near the main tourist attractions, this is the best place to sleep in Marrakech.
Mellah: known as the Jewish quarter of Marrakech and located inside the city walls, this is one of the best options to stay in Marrakech.
Kasbah: south of the Medina, but also inside the city walls, this area is much quieter than the previous ones, but retains all the authenticity of the old city.
Gueliz: this is the new area of the city, where you can find the Plaza del 16 de noviembre, the center of the neighborhood.
Palmeral: to the north of the city we find this area of 12000 hectares, located in an oasis, where many of the luxury hotels of Marrakech are located.
Hivernage: in the west, this is another of the luxury areas of the city, although it is also currently one of the fashion and leisure areas, so if it fits your budget, it can be a good option to look for a hotel in Marrakech.
The Medina, the best place to stay in Marrakech
Although it is bustling, if you want to be next to the places to visit in Marrakech essential and be close to the famous square of Jemaa el-Fna, the Medina is undoubtedly the best place to stay in Marrakech.
In addition here you will have the best options of traditional hotels and riads, with prices for all budgets and a wide range of restaurants, both traditional and international cuisine. We recommend you not to miss the post about the best restaurants to eat in Marrakech, to enjoy the incredible Moroccan cuisine.
The price of accommodation in the Medina is usually 50 euros a night although you can find offers for less than 30 euros.
Recommended hotels in the Medina
We leave you with the best options that we have found for you to stay in the Medina, taking into account the quality/price ratio:
Mellah, another option to find a hotel in Marrakech
Located inside the walls of Marrakech, Mellah was built in 1558 by Sâadien Moulay Abdallah and is the old Jewish quarter of the city, where you can find the old cemetery, the Alzama and Negidim synagogues and the spice souk.
Having in a way its own wall, the neighbourhood has remained as it was in the past and here you will find the tranquillity that at many times of the day is lacking in the Medina, which will invite you to stroll through souks and shops without having to suffer the harassment of the vendors.
It also has a wide range of riads, although somewhat more expensive than in the neighboring Medina and many offers of restoration, tato traditional cuisine as Western so it is another of the best places to sleep in Marrakech.
The price of accommodation in Mellah is usually 50 euros a night although you can find some with higher prices.
Recommended hotels in Mellah
We leave you with the best options we have found to stay in Mellah:
Kasbah, another of the best places to sleep in Marrakech
In the south of the Medina, in the area of the Bab Agnaou gate, this neighbourhood is also inside the city walls and like the previous one, it is much quieter than the Medina despite having some of the city’s attractions such as the Saadian Tombs or the Badi Palace.
Here you can also enjoy the typical streets of the old part of Marrakech and many shops and souks where you can walk in a quieter and more peaceful way. It is also an area where restaurants, traditional hotels and riads abound, so without doubt, is another area to consider where to stay in Marrakech.
The price of accommodation in Kasbah is usually 50 euros a night although you can find some with higher prices here.
Recommended hotels in Kasbah
Here are the most recommended accommodation options we have found for you to stay at Kasbah:
Gueliz, the modern area of Marrakech
Gueliz is the modern part of Marrakech and although for us it’s not the best option to stay in Marrakech as it’s far away from the main tourist attractions, about 15 minutes by taxi, this location can be perfect if you want to stay in more western hotels or are doing a train or bus route around Morocco as this is where the train and bus station is located.
This neighborhood is also characterized by being one of the most commercial areas and has large avenues where most of the famous brand shops are located.
The price of accommodation in Gueliz is usually 60 euros per night, although you can find some with higher prices here.
Recommended hotels in Gueliz
We leave you with the best accommodation options, taking into account the quality/price ratio, that we have found for you to stay in Gueliz:
El Palmeral, one of the luxury areas of Marrakech
Located on the outskirts of the city, about 7 kilometers from the center, the Parmeral is an area of more than 12,000 hectares known for having more than 200,000 specimens of palms, in an ancient oasis.
Although for us it is not the most recommended option to stay in Marrakech, especially if it is the first time you travel to the city and you want to know it thoroughly; if you are looking for a luxury hotel, this could be the best option next to Hivernage, much more expensive, which we will talk about later.
Here the tranquillity is assured since you will be to far from any souk or salesman although also you will be far from the essence of Marrakech.
The price of the accommodation in the Palmeral is usually 100 euros a night although there are riads that have rooms for less than 50 euros a night.
Recommended hotels in the Palmeral
We leave you with the best accommodation options, taking into account the quality/price ratio, that we have found for you to stay at the Palmeral:
Hivernage, the most luxurious option to stay in Marrakech
In the west of the city we find this neighborhood that in recent times has become a benchmark for luxury and leisure in Marrakech. 7 kilometres away from the Medina and the more traditional areas of the city, this is where most of the luxury hotels in Marrakech are located, as well as some of the best-known leisure establishments and many of the most nationally and internationally renowned Western restaurants.
The price of accommodation in Hivernage is usually 200 euros per night.
Recommended hotels in Hivernage
We leave you with the best accommodation options, taking into account the quality/price ratio, that we have found for you to stay in Hivernage:
Our recommended accommodation
During the several times we have traveled to the city, we have chosen different accommodations, to have different experiences. After them, we can only recommend them, as they exceeded all our expectations.
Riad Assalam: located only 10 minutes from Jamaa el Fna Square, this accommodation has unique facilities and also serves a delicious and abundant Arabian breakfast, which you can enjoy on its magnificent terrace overlooking the Medina.
Royal Mansour: located in Hivernage this is one of the most exclusive hotels in Marrakech and Africa.
Another option to stay in Marrakech are the AirBnb apartments. You can use this link to get a discount of up to $55 on your reservation.
After our experience, when we return to the city, we would choose to stay in the Medina, as this is the most central area of the city and where most of its tourist attractions are concentrated, something that makes it the best area to stay in Marrakech.
Best hotels in Marrakech
In addition to all the accommodations to sleep in Marrakech that we have recommended in this post, if you want to enjoy an unforgettable stay in the city and give you a whim, these options we believe are the best to enjoy a few unique days in the city.
Tips for finding cheap accommodation in Marrakech
- Whenever you can, we advise you to stay in a riad, the traditional Moroccan accommodation, to get to know this incredible culture much better and to make your trip unforgettable.
- We recommend you to stay in the Medina, even if it is much more chaotic than other areas of the city. In this way you will be in the heart of Marrakech and you will be able to enjoy and get to know the most traditional part.
- If your trip is going to be in high season, we recommend you to book in advance the hotel you have chosen to sleep in Marrakech in order to have the best prices.
- Another option to stay in Marrakech is to book an AirBnb apartment as we did the second time we visited the city. Using this link, you can get a discount of up to $55 on your reservation.