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
I dreamed of traveling to Marrakech for some time, so I wanted this trip to be perfect. Riad Joya did not disappoint! My family occupied 3 of the rooms and while the others were also occupied, they made us feel so special. Our rooms were absolutely luxurious and amazing, the food was some the best I’ve ever had, and the service was beyond compare. The shower felt like I was bathing in a 5* spa. We enjoyed mint tea in the afternoon and they were happy to bring us wine upon request (note that wine is extra, but at a very reasonable price). I’ve traveled all over the world, but nothing has been as special as Riad Joya. They were also very helpful and accommodating with my stepmother, who is in a wheelchair. She never dreamed she could go to Morocco, but fully accessible places like Riad Joya made this happen while allowing the rest of us a restful and stress free stay! I really hope to return one day!
My husband and I decided to take our 7 year old son to Morocco for his first international trip. It happened to be my first intercontinental trip as well. After making the trek from New Orleans to Marrakech via many flights and delays, Riad Joya was a welcomed respite. Located adjacent to the heart of Médina, Riad Joya was warm, inviting, and simply lovely. Upon arrival we were greeted with Moroccan tea (up until that point I thought I didn’t like tea) and biscuits/cookies. The staff were all very kind and gracious. The room was beautifully appointed, and the courtyard was relaxing. Breakfast was offered in the morning and it was simply divine. It was a highlight of our short stay in Marrakech. Thank you to the kind staff for taking such great care of us.
The stay at Riad Joya was perfect under every aspects. First of all the location is very convenient to the centre of Medina, from here you can walk around for hours visiting the best restaurant, shops and attraction of the historical centre. It is very safe and at the same time is quite and far from the noise of the Souk. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable, the breakfast is rich and excuisite, If you need to dine here the chef Ahmed is at your disposal to discuss your personalized menu offering suggestions on the local and fresh products of the day. But the real gem of this place is Mr. Noureddine. I did not undesrtand if he is a Concierge, a reception manager or guest relation, but surely you can count on him from 7 am to midnight. He comes to rescue you on arrival and escort you on departure.. He knows the best places of real artisans shops (often located behind an anonymous door) and can help with really everything. Myself and my Family enjoyed our 3 nights stay here and we will surely come back.
We booked our flight from London very last minute and had an amazing response of Joya to recognise our loyal guests status. They assigned our favourite accommodation, delicious amenities in the room, the welcome was warm as our last stay.
Impeccable service, amazing room, we felt at home.
We tried the cooking class and it was very enjoyable. Chef Ahmed took us to the market and we had fun while learning.
We will go back, thank you Joya!
Riad Joya is a quiet oasis amid the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It is centrally located within the Medina and the property is beautifully decorated.
Our room was spacious and elegant and the service was excellent throughout our stay. All of the staff were friendly and the owner Nourdine personally organised an interesting city tour and transfers to and from the airport, as well as booking us a great table at the excellent La Maison Arabe restaurant.
We highly recommend Riad Joya to everyone visiting Marrakech.