An elegant riad filled with art and charm, with the bustling Medina at its doorstep Good old-fashioned hospitality from owner, Gloria, and her artist husband Norman
Beautifully outfitted rooms filled with collectibles and antiques
In-the-know advice on where to eat, shop and explore
What To Know
The 5-bedroom house hotel is run by host and owner Gloria and is decorated with paintings by her late-husband
Guestrooms have AC and free WiFi; all hold a max of two guests
Looking to relax? Hit the roof terrace
A warm and inviting stay at a boutique, art-packed riad, including breakfast and perks for longer visits
Hidden away among the cluttered backstreets of Marrakech, the high, whitewashed walls of the riads conceal an opulent courtyard where the sounds of the city drop away. Dar el Mudal is an intimate guest house with just four bedrooms, lovingly created and run by owner Gloria and her British-Indian artist husband, whose inimitable style is splashed across the walls. Family art adorns the rooms, outfitted in sumptuous furniture and antiques. The pièce de résistance is the central courtyard, where soaring walls notched with intricate filigree meet arched doorways and wide balconies from which to take in the views.
This is a welcome respite from the cacophony of sound that accompanies Marrakech’s day-to-day life. In a quiet residential area in the south of the old city, Dar el Mudal is ideally placed for exploring – it's just 10 minutes from Djemaa el-Fnaa and its heaving markets. Set out on foot, and you’ll find yourself winding through the city’s switchback streets, past donkeys pulling carts laden with leather bags, stallholders hawking towering piles of spices and street-food stalls steaming with tantalizing flavors.
Nearby, you’ll find plenty of history, culture and traditional life to discover. The Medina is the city’s beating heart, where palaces sit alongside bakeries and humble market stalls. Explore the rich concentration of impressive buildings around the guesthouse, such as the 16th-century Badi Palace and the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to be the best in the world. Gloria’s knowledge of Marrakech will help you on your quest to uncover the most authentic restaurants, bars and shopping that the city has to offer.