What We Love
- A boutique stay at a riad with a plunge pool, including breakfast and an upgrade to a suiteStaying in the old part of the city, a short walk from Jamaa el-Fnaa Square and Bahia Palace
- The authentic riad layout, reinterpreted as a beautiful boutique hotel
- Sipping mint tea on the chic rooftop terrace, and enjoying daily breakfast
- Potentially getting upgraded to a suite, depending on availability
What To Know
- Cool off in the courtyard swimming pool
- The riad is tucked away on a side street that can be difficult to find at first
- Breakfast has freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade yogurt, fruit and Moroccan pancakes with jam and honey
Hip Marrakech has much to offer the stylish traveler. Its elaborate squares, blooming gardens and bustling souks are all entrancing and sure to capture your imagination. The city is also home to some of the chicest boutique lodgings around, and that’s where Riad Akka comes in. Softly lit rooftops, exotic courtyards and luxury furnishings characterize some of the new stays that have popped up recently, and this one is no exception.
Situated on a quiet street in the Medina, this historic property is a superb example of authentic riad design. At the center is an open-air courtyard and plunge pool, styled with a wall-mounted pebble fountain and colorful lanterns. Elsewhere, a modern sitting room is heated by a flickering fire, and traditional Moroccan cooking is served in shiny black tagines.
The rooms at Riad Akka are decorated in a stylish, luxurious and modern way, with traditional architectural features preserved. Tadelakt walls, cut-out silver lanterns and souk colors place the design firmly in 21st-century Marrakech. Rooms are situated on the first or second floor, with views over the central patio.
There is an intimate dining room here, where you can experience traditional local flavors. Aromatic slow-cooked cuisine is served in stylish black tagines, accompanied by refreshing teas poured from ornate silver pots.
No boutique riad is complete without a hammam. An absolute must, it’s the place you’ll retreat for an exfoliating scrub or relaxing massage. The 23-foot plunge pool is also open for swimming on warm days.
Tucked away on a discreet lane in the oldest part of the city (the Medina), the riad is excellently situated for visiting some of the major historic sights. Jamaa El Fna Square is only five minutes’ walk away, as is the stunning 19th century Bahia Palace. A 10-minute drive across town is Jardin Majorelle, an almost ethereal garden that’s privately owned by resident Yves Saint Laurent.
How to Get There
My 12 year old son and I are just back from 3 nights here, and we didn't want to leave! We were so well looked after by Mohammed and Mohammed and all the staff - nothing was too much trouble. They oganised transfers, and helped with orientation, and finding us when we were lost once! The place is spotlessly clean, with a fab roof terrace and hot tub that my son loved, plus a good sized deep heated pool (for a riad) on the ground floor. Excellent breakfast of home made bread and yoghurt, fresh squeezed juice, pancakes, great coffee and blossom honey and jam. Good choice for lunch and dinner too. Rooms well equipped with tv and kettle, also lovely lounge area next to pool with tv, music, books etc. Spotlessly clean throughout. Hammam was amazing - lovely lady who didn't speak English but was very good with us, and nice to have the pool for afterwards. Highly recommended - a real gem. We will be back!
We stayed in a couple different riads during our long vacation in Morroco and this hotel made us feel like home. It was cozy, modern, and beautiful. The staff tended to our every need and both young men named Mohammed were very friendly and helpful. This riad is located minutes away from Badia Palace and Bahia Palace which was convenient. I would definitely stay here again.
This place has a high price tag on the rooms but delivers. Our room was very comfortable with plenty of room and storage space. Light was a bit limited but this is the consequence of choosing a traditional house. The bathroom area was modern and spacious: no door but a curtain to screen off the toilet which might provide issues to some.
Breakfast excellent and the staff unfailingly helpful.
Very good, excellent location to the souk that’s a few minutes walk away, and so much fun to explore.
Everyone in town is so very hospitable and kind. Both Mohammad’s in Akka Raid are very kind and helpful, nothing is to much trouble for them. I found them to be the perfect host.
Everyone in Marrakesh is friendly and welcoming, and not because of the foreign currency to be spent, but because they are genuinely courteous and obliging.
I thoroughly recommend the Akka due to its great location, wonderful hosts and clean spotlessly clean establishment.
I’d definitely come back.
A very good experience, especially, for the kindness and the attentions of Mohamed (the young black man). He always tried to help and to make to us the stay nicer in the hotel and the city.
We will return.