There are a few key factors that signal success in Marrakech’s crowded medina marketplace, especially when it comes to riads. The winding alleys and dusty streets of this ancient enclave are filled with places to stay, though you wouldn’t know it at first glance; hidden away behind imposing wooden doorways, the sanctuaries you find within are the ideal antidote to the relentless pace of medina life. But Marrakech’s riads are not all made equal.
A true standout, Riad Farnatchi has all the components of the perfect medina stay: an ideal location within minutes of Marrakech Museum and the Ben Youssef Medersa, and just a short walk from Jemaa el Fnaa; a leafy rooftop terrace with spectacular panoramic views; a select number of stylish suites; an indulgent spa with hammam facilities; and a fantastic restaurant serving authentic Moroccan food. Originally designed as the home of hotelier Jonathan Wix, Riad Farnatchi has become part of the city’s most elite boutique accommodation.
There are 10 romantic, individually designed suites to choose from, filled with traditional Marrakchi features. Enjoy breakfast al fresco on your private balcony or head up to the roof for magnificent views alongside your morning coffee—it should also be said that breakfast here is a veritable feast. After a busy day exploring the souks, there’s nothing quite so comforting as a soothing massage in the onsite spa. Located in a secluded part of the building, the spa is all smooth lines and serenity, with expert, professional service to match. And speaking of service, this riad is run by an impressive team, with staff seemingly invisible until the moment you need them.
When the sun goes down, head up to the roof garden for cocktails or recline in the candlelit courtyard at the heart of the riad, before wandering across the road for dinner at Marrakech’s hottest new restaurant, Le Trou au Mur.