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.
How to Get There
We stayed here for one night, having moved from our last Riad. This was a nice and quiet haven from the madness of the Souks. It is located right in the middle of the Médina so only a 3 min walk to the Souks. Located next to Mosque Moussaine- it’s tucked away down a little alley way!!
Nor, the Manager was lovely and very helpful. He walked us to the restaurant at night and gave us good instructions for our return! It’s like a maze in the Souks but you soon find your way with Cafe/ Mosque positions.
Breakfast was Moroccan pancakes/ yoghurt/ fruit/ cakes/ bread and a nice selection of cheese. Plenty enough for us both. Breakfast is relaxed n timings - open ended - whenever you want it! Think we ate about 10.30am.
Peppermint tea and a tray of cakes welcome you on arrival.
We had the choice of two rooms - one ground floor and one more expensive on the first floor. I opted for the latter as felt it would be quieter And was a little more spacious. I’m a light sleeper and needed a lie in! In fact it was super quiet in the morning which was wonderful. We had a great shower and safe in the room too. Transfer to airport was included in the price but that seemed to be standard in other Riads.
The whole place was spotlessly clean and very quiet. There’s a nice pretty rooftop too- we didn’t get time to use this though. Too much shopping in the Souks!
Do try a trip to the Atlas Mountains whilst in Marrakech it’s well worth it.
Please do book with Nor in this Riad if you want to be in “ the real Marrakech “ it has a lot to offer!
Ps. They have a guide who meets you at the taxi pick up point with a cart to walk you to the Riad and take you back there too, for your return. No cars are allowed in the Souks so the carts are very useful! Every Riad has them!
Stayed two nights here and it was wonderful. Warm, knowledgeable, attentive people: picked us at the airport, took good care of us, served delicious food, helped with our every need. The well located Riad and the large room (Zanzibar) are gorgeous. The entire property is beautifully designed and impeccably maintained. Easy walk to everything we wanted to see in the Medina. We recommend it enthusiastically. Thank you to everyone at Riad Joya—fantastic home base in Marrakech!
This is a wonderful place to stay, perfect position to see and hear all the sites and sounds of the market but an oasis of tranquility and peace within the Riad. We would not hesitate to return, the staff could not have been more helpful and the breakfast was a feast to behold! It was a special birthday and the staff decorated our room with red rose petals ( there were always red rose's in our room and all over the Riad) We had the pleasure of meeting Antinio (the owner)and sharing a glass or two of champagne with him, We really felt at home there , we cannot recommend to highly enough. A HUGE thank you to everyone there for helping to make our stay special.