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
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.
I️ stayed 4 nights with my good friend. All the dining recommendations were perfect. Every detail was considered!
We really enjoyed our stay and love Marrakech! It’s the perfect place for a getaway weekend.
Four of us arrived and Mohammad met us outside and guided us in. It was a 5min walk of the main parking centre where you can catch taxis. The place is lovely. We had dinner in that night as it was a 3hr train ride from Marrakech and the home cooking, red wine and beer were welcome after a day travelling.
We had a massage and a dip in the plunge pool, which is really refreshing after a day around the souq. Easy to navigate there and back. Not from from the main square - about 10mins. Just download maps.me and then Marrakesh region and it shows you exactly where you are and all the main sights and Riads to help you navigate.
The souq was easy and with the exception of the odd grumpy store owner, everyone was engaging and chatty. Just greet everyone with 'Salam' and say "La Shukran' ( no thank you) while tapping your heart and shopkeepers will smile back and wish you a Good day, if you're not interested.
The staff here are so friendly. Mohammad helped us with buying our train tickets in advance (guaranteed a seat this way) and arranging a taxi back to the train station. We highly recommend this place. We stayed for 2 nights and the rooms are excellent quality.
Top tip if you are travelling by train, buy your tickets for your next journey before you leave the station and that way you can cruise on up 20 mins before. Download the OCNF app as it's fantastic with all the prices and timetables and you can show the ticket staff to ensure you get the right ticket.