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
Stylish seven-suite riad with a romantic courtyard and butler service in the heart of Morocco’s Red City
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.
Hay Mouassine, Derb El Hammam 26/27
How to Get There
Flights are available to Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK) and Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Private transfers are available to/from RAK, about six miles away, for approximately $57 for up to four passengers, and to/from CMN in Casablanca, about 139 miles away, for approximately $292 for up to four passengers, each way; both transfers can be arranged through the property but must be booked in advance. Alternatively, taxis are available to/from RAK for approximately $29, each way.