What We Love
- Free daily breakfast and butler service are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Central location close to the buzzing souks in the medina
- Individually designed rooms give a nod to Marrakech’s different influences: Arabic, Berber and Roman
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at check out
- Best for romance-seeking couples; there are no kid-friendly facilities
- Cars aren’t allowed in the medina, but the entrance is a five-minute walk from the hotel, and porters will carry luggage
- Suites are very similar in size, though layouts do differ
Marrakech has more iterations of the riad hotel than Madonna has had reinventions, yet Riad Joya, which opened in 2010, is undoubtedly one of the city’s most enchanting. Centrally located in the medina, at the edge of the souks, the seven-suite hotel has a sleek take on Moroccan style without overdoing the whole kasbah-chic look. Instantly soothing is the inner courtyard’s sedate design in creams, beiges and sand tones. The whole place is dressed in a grown-up palette of cream-on-beige-on-taupe-on-sand, but it’s far from bland thanks to bold design motifs, a romantic roof terrace and exceptional service by a team of butlers.
Bed and Bath
The seven suites — all spacious, with sitting areas, large dressing rooms and cavernous bathrooms — take their design cues from the civilizations that have passed through Morocco over the centuries. The Dar Arabe suite reflects Morocco’s Arabic heritage, with tadelakt walls and a large mashrabiya (a bay window enclosed by wooden latticework). Gilded lamps and gold accents recall the Turkish empire in the Ottoman Suite, and the Naos Suite looks to ancient Greece, with flowing white curtains and a romantic canopy bed. For a dose of pampering, the Africa-inspired Zanzibar Suite has a truly enormous shower that’s virtually a room unto itself.
Outside your suite, there are plenty of places to relax, from the lovely inner courtyard with its fountain and olive trees, to the ground-floor salon, complete with a fireplace. The expansive rooftop terrace has killer views over the medina, the Koutoubia Mosque and the High Atlas Mountains — best enjoyed over an alfresco breakfast or at sunset with a glass of Moroccan wine in hand. The Riad Joya is a small hotel, but it doesn’t skimp on service. All rooms come with butlers, there are guides available for souk shopping trips (and excursions to more far-flung destinations), an excellent chef whips up down-home Moroccan food (delicious salads, pastilla and tagines) and Italian cuisine, and there is a tiny hammam offering spa treatments. Our favorite? The scrub down ceremony paired with a traditional Maghreb-style massage.
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My wife and I stayed 5 nights here in April. Nordin is THE MAN! He's super friendly and helpful and just a genuinely nice person. Chef Ahmed/Howard made us two incredibly memorable meals- the highlight of our culinary experience in Morocco... The room was a beautiful and thoughtfully furnished haven with great sheets and towels. This Riad has an eye for the little things and it all adds up to a purely memorable and enjoyable experience. We did the hamaam the massages in-house as well as relaxed on the rooftop in the evenings... and, the breakfasts are incredible!!
I traveled in February with my two daughters on our first trip to Marrakesh. From the moment we arrived we were generously given two rooms instead of the single shared room we had booked; and they were fabulous rooms. There was tireless advice and organization of tours and restaurant reservations, and smiling accommodation of our breakfast menu requests. At all times the staff were most helpful and courteous; we had a great time and would recommend it to all.
Very tasteful and stylish Riyadh with seven rooms. We spent two nights here. The manager Nordin and chef Ahmed/Howard both speak fluent English. Great breakfast. Dinner looked also very yummy. Great terrace. Super location. The manager is extremely helpful and competent. We were delighted to have chosen this place. 100 out of 100 points.
Great location. A comfortable oasis of comfort and tranquility. However the best part of our experience was the excellent attentive service provided by Nor and his team. The staff went out of their way to ensure that our first visit to Marrakeck was memorable.
Your room is beautifully decorated and comfortable. Your room is arranged on the ground floor or up one stairway all with a view into the Riad (central courtyard and fountain). You are also just steps away from the roof top lounges. Your breakfast is delicious (fruit, protein, pastry and the local bread. Take a cooking class with Chef Howard and invite guests to join you for dinner. Howard will take you shopping for the ingredients in the Souk where you can buy your own spices to take home. Riad Joya is inside the Medina. When you arrive from the airport, your host will be waiting at the gate with carts to carry your luggage to the Riad. Your host will also be happy to help you get to other locations and back again, use your electricity adapter (and there are plenty of outlets in your room for recharging. Wifi is included. The decor and comfortable furnishings give you the sense that you definitely aren't in Kansas any more. You've been transported to a very old and beautiful part of our world.