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
What a beautiful Riad. The place is just pitch perfect if you want a quiet stay in the middle of Medina. Rooms are huge and nicely decorated, the staff just wonderful and the everything they do has this personal touch.
The perfect place to recuperate after our long flight, with its soothing cream tones and chic decor, the riad and our room offered quiet space in the heart of the medina- except of the occasional muadzin call and perhaps your thoughts, nothing else penetrates to your room sanctuary. We spent 2nights- breakfast was more than adequate for a day of Medina exploration, and armed with advice from the riad’s warm but discreet manager, it was the perfect location to discover the delights of the Souks or Jemaa el Fina, just minutes away outside the riad’s alley entrance. A great start to our Moroccan journey.
We have recently returned from this stunning designer decorated Riad in the heart of the Medina. What a beautiful classy place with warm individually tailored hospitality, it really is a joy to stay at Joya!
Breakfast is complimentary and can be eaten at any time which is perfect for a family with 2 teenagers that prefer to sleep in! We requested dinner and was delighted that we had, as it was the best chicken tagine we had tasted whilst staying in Marrakech - highly recommended.
This riad is a gem, and if you like your interiors cool with an attention to detail - then this is the place. Close to everything, it feels like your own residence within this beautiful vibrant city.
Cant praise enough - thank you Noradine and team.