Riad Tarabel

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £205 per night

An exquisite 10-room oasis and hammam-heaven with touches of French colonial nostalgia tucked away in the maze of Marrakech’s old quarter
The noise fades away as we step through the rustic door at the end of a narrow alley in the chaotic labyrinth that is Marrakech’s medina. More a private residence than a hotel, Riad Tarabel is a magically romantic blend of Moorish architecture, French colonial style and contemporary touches.

Generously built around three courtyards, with 10 airy rooms and suites, this adults-only haven is the epitome of subtle sophistication: lush palm leaves, ornate shutters, sleek rattan furniture, wooden ceiling fans, large comfy sofas and candle-lit nooks, dotted with nostalgic globetrotter curios reminiscent of a bygone era.

Delicious traditional Moroccan dishes are served on the huge sun-flooded roof terrace. And, at the touch of the button, the huge gold-framed mirror in the courtyard silently glides open to reveal the riad’s killer feature: a glorious hammam & spa. The serenity is only occasionally interrupted by the gentle splash of someone gliding into the pool, the gurgling sound of our sweet Moroccan mint tea being poured, or the muezzin’s hypnotic call to prayer in the far distance. This is a fabulous place for an escape à deux, or a very civilised house party.

Highs

  • Incredibly elegant décor with lush touches that create a blissfully tranquil vibe
  • Attentive, friendly staff. Every interaction is light-hearted and fun
  • So cosy. We arrived to a warm pool, roaring fire and toasty suite
  • The sublime in-house hammam & spa Les Bains de Tarabel
  • Guest mobiles with pre-programmed essential numbers (so the team can rescue you and your newly purchased Berber rugs if you get lost in the souks)

Lows

  • The steep, winding staircases to the rooms on the first floor (and the roof terrace) have no railings and can be a bit precarious for the elderly or unsure-footed
  • There’s no bar, but your G&T is only a quick call away on your pre-programmed guest mobile
  • Expensive, but worth the splurge

Best time to go

March-April and October-November are the most pleasant months with warm sunny days and cool nights. Summer can be uncomfortably hot.

Make sure you check Ramadan dates before you book.

Our top tips

No trip to Marrakech is complete without a trip to a hammam, and having one in-house is a real treat. Book for late afternoon; perfect after a day of haggling your way through souk-frenzy.

Note, animal lovers might find the lack of animal welfare distressing (snakes, macaques and horses in Djemaa el Fna, and donkeys around the souks).

Great for...

City Style
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • Breakfast + other meals on request
  • No children under 16
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The riad’s 10 rooms and suites are elegant and supremely comfortable. Spacious and bright, with high ceilings and white, flowing curtains, all have tadelakt sinks or tubs, traditional zellige-style floor tiles in stunning grey patterns, exquisite antiques and wicker furniture. Each room is dotted with vintage travel memorabilia. Our Junior Suite had double showers, double sinks, a large tub, and underfloor heating throughout. Our fluffy towels smelled divine, as did the luxurious Ortigia toiletries. If you’re coming during the winter months when the nights can get a tad nippy, try to score the super-cosy Junior suite with two tubs and a fireplace.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

We loved our breakfasts of scrumptious Moroccan pancakes, homemade yogurt with fresh strawberries, poached eggs, and croissants with seasonal jams. Don’t miss the sweet potato spread - it’s addictive. Snacks are available throughout the day.

Lunch and dinner need to be pre-booked and change daily. Expect yummy Moroccan and international dishes such as lamb tagine and pastilla, served on the large roof terrace, or in one of the two small lounges on the ground floor by the roaring fireplace on cooler days, overlooking the pool and the tree-lined courtyard. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are available on request.

There are lots of fantastic restaurants, bars and cafés within a short walk from the riad. Vegetarian dishes are relatively easy to come by in Marrakech, but vegans will need to do a bit more forward planning. Tarabel’s team can help with booking suitable eateries for you.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
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Activity:

Activities

  • Get scrubbed, washed, creamed, kneaded and pampered in the gorgeous on-site hammam & spa
  • Enjoy a G&T on the roof terrace with fabulous views across the medina - magical!
  • Immerse yourself in the glorious shopping madness that is Djemaa el Fna, a 15-minute walk away
  • Haggle your way through the souks
  • For a quick and cool art fix, check out Maison de la Photographie
  • Take a cooking class so you can replicate that perfect tagine back home

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Shopping / markets
    • Traditional cultures
    • Well being

Kids

This is very much a grown-up hotel and children under 16 are not accepted unless you book the whole riad.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Riad Tarabel is located in the Dar El Bacha area of the medina.

By Air:
Fly into Marrakech Menara, a 15-minute drive away. Airport transfers are included in the room rate and the staff will organise this for you. Check out the links below for a list of airlines.

By Train/Bus:
Marrakech has good rail and bus connections to the rest of Morocco, including Casablanca and Agadir.

By Car:
If you do want to hire a car (for your travels outside Marrakech), see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Marrakesh Menara Airport 7.0 km

Other:

  • Beach 184.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
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Food
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Service
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Value
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