Staying in a traditional riad in Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morroco

Morocco is a country that appeals to the imagination. On the one hand it looks very mysterious due to a unique culture, but on the other hand the vibrant colors, delicious smells and hospitable inhabitants ensure that this culture is still accessible to curious visitors like us. To fully experience the Moroccan culture during your trip to Marrakech, I recommend staying in a traditional riad.

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What is a traditional riad?

Marrakech is a vibrant city with many accommodation options. These range from youth hostels to the most luxurious hotels. Besides this, you also have a considerable number of riads. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house in the old medina of the city. So you won’t  only find them in Marrakech, but in various Moroccan cities.If you would love to explore more of this amazing country, you should definitely check out this 3 weeks Morocco itinerary.

These houses are usually built around an inner garden. The main purpose of this is for privacy and weather protection. In the past the riads were owned by wealthy families, but nowadays many riads are being transformed into hotels or bed and breakfast.

Why choose for a stay in a traditional riad in Marrakech?

I have already mentioned that a traditional riad is located in the old medina. This a good location for a city trip in Marrakech. If you stay in the old medina, you are always directly in the historical city centre and therefore close to everything.

On the other hand, it can be very busy in the medina of Marrakech. The medina consists of a maze of streets full of local shops where you can buy all kinds of different products and there are usually a lot of people. This creates a lot of impressions. Staying in a riad can provide the perfect getaway from the medina. Even though a riad is in the middle of this hustle and bustle, from the moment you enter you come into an oasis of peace because the way the riad is build. When you close the door to the street and relax in the courtyard, you only hear birds chirping.

And the best thing about staying in a traditional riad in Marrakech is that  you can easily immerse yourself in the local culture. You can admire the beautiful traditional Moroccan architecture up close, including the enchanting interior decorated with those typical mosaic floors, colorful carpets and beautiful, atmospheric lanterns.

Moreover, staying in a traditional riad in Marrakech is the ideal way to discover the local hospitality. You are welcomed into their home as if it were yours. That immediately creates a bond. You are also spoiled with delicious tea and snacks. Nothing is too much to ask.

My choice to where to stay in Marrakech was quickly made.

Riad Dar Aman

We chose for a stay in Riad Dar Aman, a smaller traditional riad in the heart of the old medina in Marrakech. The thing that struck me the most was that when you when you enter the courtyard of this riad, coming from the busy, overcrowded Jemaa el Fna and narrow streets in the vibrant medina, you immediately feel peace and quiet. You don’t hear medina salesmen shouting how good their products are or the sound of honking motorcycles, … You hear nothing, except the whistling of the birds that hide in the huge fruit trees in the courtyard. These trees bring a pleasant coolness and delicious smells into the whole riad.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Moroco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

The owners became fond of the exceptional architecture of the riad through visiting several riads in Marrakech. In 1998 they started an extraordinary adventure by falling in love with a riad in ruins but with an incredible soul and a perfect location. They decided to have it renovated by Quentin Wilbaux, an Belgian architect expert in the medina of Marrakech. They were among the first foreign owners of a riad in the medina of Marrakech. In 2000, Riad Dar Aman opened its door to the first guests.

Rooms

Riad dar Aman has 3 rooms and 1 suite. The proportion of this riad is just perfect, not too small, not too large. It’s creates a peaceful atmosphere and is the ideal setting for escaping the busy medina.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

The rooms are decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, but each has its own character. You see that a great deal of attention has been paid to furnishing the rooms. The owners certainly have an eye for detail. Moreover, they all give a warm, cozy and peaceful vibe. I felt at home right away. You see that  all the rooms are well cared for. They are cleaned every day.

Two rooms are located on the ground floor coming out on the courtyard. On the first floor there is one more room and a suite. All the rooms have a private bathroom with shower, bathroom supplies and toilet.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

We stayed in thet Africa suite. It is perfect if you want a little extra luxury. The suite is quite spacious with a sleeping- and living room area and a bathroom with a gorgeous bathtub and a separate toilet. The suite even has a fireplace to enjoy romantic evenings. A great advantage is that you can turn the fireplace from the bathroom to the living room and reverse it. So you can enjoy the fireplace from both areas.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Services

Staff

The manager Mohamed warmly welcomed us. He took his time to receive us with a delicious cup of Moroccan tea. Mohamed speaks fluent French and English. You can always ask his advice for activities in the medina and around Marrakech. He also likes to transmit his knowledge on the history of the riads and is a good guide for architectural visits of the medina.

He introduced us to the family Rkia who has worked for over 18 years in Riad Dar Aman. You immediately see that they take care for this riad with heart and soul. This familial atmosphere makes you immediately feel welcome and at ease.

Lounge

As I was telling you before Riad Dar Aman is the perfect place to escape the busy medina. You can relax with a cup of fresh homemade tea on the courtyard terrace near the fountain in the shade of the fruit trees, or in one of the traditional decorated outdoor lounges on the ground- or first floor.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

In the daytime I especially liked spending my time in the lounge area on the first floor, because there I had an incredible view over the juicy oranges and bananas in the trees.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

In the evening I preferred relaxing in the lounge downstairs because the entire courtyard was always so beautifully lit with traditional Moroccan lamps and candles.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

There is also a very cozy indoor salon for when the weather is colder.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

And when it is really hot you can sunbath on the rooftop sun deck. I enjoyed watching the sunset there with some wine and the best olives I have ever tasted!

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Breakfast

Family Rkia serves breakfast every morning in the dining room on the ground floor. They cook exquisite traditional Moroccan dishes especially those little pancakes and  pastries are delicious.

Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco

Restaurant

In the evening you can also enjoy their cooking skills by reservation. We ate the specialty ‘tajine kefta’. It was so good!

Other Services

There is wifi available throughout the whole riad.

Location

Riad Dar Aman is located in a little, quiet street in the heart of Marrakech. It is a perfect base to discover the traditional and authentic old medina by foot. Riad Dar Aman is within 2 minutes walking distance of Jemaa el Fna and the souks where you can find a lot of markets, shops, restaurants and bars.
Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco
It is also close to the main attractions such as Ali ben Youssef Medersa, Le jardin Secret, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs,…
Staying at Riad Dar Aman*** | Marrakech | Morocco
If you want to discover more of Marrakech, check out the best things to do in Marrakech.

Video

Don’t forget to watch our video about our experiences in Marrakech and in Riad Dar Aman.

We really enjoyed our stay at Riad Dar Aman and are very happy that we chose to stay in a traditional riad in order to discover Marrakkech.

Do you want more Morocco tips? Read more about the best things to do in Marrakech or about our Marrakech desert trip.

Would you choose to stay in a traditional riad in Marrakech? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading!
Yours truly,
Sarah
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16 thoughts on “Staying in a traditional riad in Marrakech | Morocco

  1. emmy says:

    Wow! I would never have known about a traditional riad in Marrakech! I absolutely love this idea of staying in a place centered around a garden. This is so beautiful. I love your extra tips too. Thanks for the great article.

  2. Kate Toll says:

    This is amazing! It sounds like an incredible experience. When I visited Marrakech for the day, my favorite thing was visiting riads – I so wish I was able to spend a few nights in one!

  3. Demi says:

    such a lovely place. So cosy and romantic. Whenever my partner and I travel to Morroco will definitely opt for this. Lovely pictures. saving this!

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