Riyad El Cadi

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £86 per night

Tranquil and beautifully decorated riad in the heart of Marrakech’s bustling medina (15 rooms)
This place is like a private art museum, but without a trace of stuffiness. Home of a former German ambassador, the riad makes an exotic, idyllic base from which to explore the souks and palaces of Marrakech. Spread over 7 interconnecting houses, this 14th-century building has been turned into an elegant ‘home from home’ - a glorious mix of chic, comfort, hospitality and art. Wander around the labyrinth of rooms, staircases, balconies and alcoves and you’ll discover magnificent Berber and Islamic art treasures - a true feast for culture-vultures.

The more epicurean, meanwhile, can enjoy the heated plunge pool, the hammam (steam bath), the tented roof terrace, the library, and some excellent food and wine served in a quasi house-party atmopshere. Five minutes walk from the front door is the famous Djemaa el-Fna square, bustling with snake-charmers, storytellers, medicine men and food stalls, in what has been described as one of the world’s greatest shows.
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  • Your own private museum of north African art
  • An oasis of calm 10 minutes walk from Djemaa El-Fna
  • Delicious food served by welcoming staff; breakfast on the roof terrace was the best we had in Marrakech
  • Good option for families with more space than most riads, huge suites and a self-contained house sleeping up to 5
  • There's a plunge pool and most rooms have air-conditioning to provide welcome relief from the heat


  • It’s not a hotel, so don’t expect instant service
  • The complex series of stairs and winding hallways can make it difficult to find your room - we got lost within the riad a few times
  • Some of the cheaper ground floor rooms are a bit dark
  • Its location down the narrow alleyways of the medina requires a good sense of direction, especially at night
  • And this means a 10-15 minute walk to reach it from the nearest taxi drop-off point - though porters are at hand

Best time to go

Marrakech is baking in the summer months – a dry but relentless heat beats down on the city, although the plunge pool and air-conditioning helps. The best times to visit are the spring and autumn. By the end of October the evenings are cold, although the midday sun is still warm enough to bask in.

Peak periods include Easter, Christmas/ New Year and the annual Festival of Folklore that takes place in June/July. The riad is open all year.

Our top tips

Come in June for the extravaganza that is the Festival of Folklore, ending with a Berber musket-firing cavalry charge.

Great for...

City Style
  • Riad Hotel
  • 15
  • Restaurant (guests only)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Junior Suite - Chaouen


The 15 stylish and peaceful rooms and suites all differ in size, décor and layout, with some having the welcome addition of air-conditioning, plus a bath instead of shower. Larger suites also feature a separate child’s room, fireplace, sitting area and kitchenette. The Senior and Master Suites also have TV's. Unlike some traditional riads, the bathrooms are fitted to a high standard and the beds are comfortable, though those in the Blue House are quite narrow (140cm). Don't be surprised to find your double bed made up with 2 single duvets, German style - the owners are German.

Aesthetes will delight in the historic objets d’art that grace each room. Lie in bed staring up at the 18th-century painted ceiling in the Douiriya Suite, or step into the Chaouen Suite through an intricately patterned door, carved in the homonymous town in northern Morocco. With this kind of decor in your bedroom, you need hardly venture out to the museums!

Features include:

  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Terrace
  • WiFi


A simple Moroccan-style breakfast is included and served on the tented roof terrace (weather permitting) or in the courtyard under the orange trees. Expect breads, pastries, honey and jam, teas and coffee, fruit salad, homemade yoghurt, cheese and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Lunch and dinner are available daily, and Hassan and his team will prepare whatever takes your fancy - a traditional tagine or couscous, or something less exotic (but no less delicious) like a lamb burger or leek and potato soup! Vegetarians and other diets can be catered for, given advance warning. There is a good selection of local wine and some nice German wines as well. Meals are served wherever you wish - in your room, at a private table in one of the courtyards, or more communally in the dining room. All rooms have complimentary water and some also have basic cooking facilities: fridge, small hob, saucepan, crockery etc.

If you want to explore the city’s culinary delights, see our restaurant recommendations.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: Senior Suite - Palm
Activity: Jardin Marjorelle


  • Haggle your way around Marrakech’s evocative and fascinating souks offering a bewildering array of textiles, carpets, leatherwork, spices and jewellery

  • Wander down to the tanneries to witness one of Morocco’s oldest, and smelliest, arts

  • Engross yourself in the all-singing, all-dancing, fire-eating, snake-charming, food-vending madness of Djemaa el-Fna

  • Take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage around Marrakech’s main sights including the Koutoubia Mosque, Palais el-Badi and the Saadian tombs

  • Seek shade in Le Jardin Majorelle, tropical gardens lovingly restored by Yves St Laurent

  • Dine in lavish surroundings at one of Marrakech’s grand palace restaurants

  • Play golf at one of three 18-hole courses 10-15 minutes away by 'petit taxi'

  • Escape to the Atlas mountains for a trek or just some fresh air

  • Or to the southern deserts for a camel trek or just a glimpse of endless dunes

  • Or to the Atlantic Coast for a swim, surf or a lunch of fresh fish

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Golf
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures


Riyad el Cadi is one of our top choices for families staying in the Medina, especially with older kids. There are several large suites (some with small extra bedrooms and kitchenettes) and the self-contained Blue House sleeps up to 5. Note that the atmosphere is chic and tranquil, with a maze of staircases and corridors, so not the ideal environment for young children. Under 12's stay free, and cots are supplied for babies without charge.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Most of the suites can accommodate at least 1 extra child, while the Blue House, rented as a 2-bedroom whole (sleeping 4-5) will suit a larger family. Two of the Junior Suites (Chaouen and Douiriya) and the large Ottoman Senior Suite each have a second small single bedroom while other rooms (Tanger, Apartment 61, Petite Suite, Palm Senior Suite and the Master Suite) can accommodate extra beds in sitting areas (on request), Some bathrooms have bathtubs; others have showers. Ask on booking if it is important.


French-speaking babysitting available by arrangement; English-speaking babysitting might also be possible. See rates.

Baby listening:

Baby monitors available that work from the restaurant to bedrooms.

Baby equipment:

  • 2 cots
  • Baby bedding
  • Potty
  • Bottle warming

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Food is available all day, with special early dinners for children, half portions of adult mains and a kids menu. Some rooms (Blue House, Ottoman Senior Suite, Master Suite) have simple kitchenettes with a stove and fridge (all rooms have a minibar). There are cafés in walking distance.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Heated plunge pool in shared courtyard
  • Some toys and books for toddlers

Kids Activities nearby:

  • The souk, snake charmers and musicians of Djemma el Fna
  • Horse carriage (calèche) rides
  • Playgrounds
  • Horse and camel riding
  • Oasiria Waterpark (20 minutes away)

Families Should Know:

The pool and stairs inside the riad are unfenced. While the riad is accustomed to babies and children, its rather fine artwork and interior design does need to be respected - tiny tearaways won't be appreciated.


  • Airport: 20 minutes
  • Hospital: 20 minutes
Kid Friendly:


Riyad El Cadi is in the heart of Marrakech's bustling medina.

By Air
Marrakech Menara (5km). lick on 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.

However you arrive, you should ask the riad to meet you - it is tricky to find otherwise! Take a taxi to the drop-off point for the riad, where a porter meets you with a trolley for your bags. Assuming you arrive in the afternoon (see below), it's 10-15 mins walk from there through the medina's winding alleys to the riad - not easy to find without a guide.

When heading off in the morning, it's just 5 minutes walk to Marrakech's main square, Djemaa el Fna, where you can catch a taxi any time until 1pm. After 1pm, the square is now closed to vehicles for security reasons.

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

Detailed directions with be provided when you confirm your booking through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Morocco and getting around.


  • Marrakech Menara 5.0 km RAK


  • Beach 180.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests


I have just returned from a four day stay in Petite Suite in El Cadi. The suite was at the top of the Riad and had a sitting room, double bedroom and bathroom. It had air conditioning and there was a beautiful rooftop terrace. My friend stayed in a smaller double room on the ground floor by a beautiful courtyard. The hotel was extremely clean and the service was impeccable; nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts are taken on the rooftop terrace and dinners in the candlelit courtyard. Watch the sunrise and set while sitting on the rooftop terrace. Everything was organised for us from the hammam and wonderfully relaxing hot stone massage, to an interactive cooking demonstration which we then sat together to eat, to our own personal guided tour to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert. I would ask them to organise Jamal to take you there. He was friendly, polite and so accommodating. Any time we went to eat in restaurants (must try Der Chrifa and Maison du Arabe) we were provided with a guide who escorted us through the mayhem of the souk and collected us afterwards. I highly recommend this extraordinarily beautiful oasis in the middle of a chaotic, fascinating place and will definitely revisit. Thank you Catheja (she runs the front desk) you made our holiday so amazing. See you again soon.


A very relaxing return stay for us and delighted that everything was as wonderful as before. Perfect location in the heart of Medina, lovely breakfast and staff were as helpful as could be.


Riad El Cadi is in a beautiful location. We stayed in the Blue House which is very spacious - 2 bedrooms, living room and private courtyard and the breakfasts were amazing. We pre-ordered dinner on the first night which although good was much more expensive than anything we’ve eaten in Morocco. We wanted to take advantage of the I-escape treat of Hammam for two, but unfortunately there was a power cut. Overall the staff were very friendly but we thought the dinner was over priced which was a shame in terms of the overall experience.


We stayed in the Blue House and it was wonderful for our family of four. The location is ideal and the rooftop deck was perfect on sunny days. It's also a great spot for watching the sunset and hearing the cacophony of the prayer calls. We had a few chilly nights and much of the apartment is open air so it would be most enjoyable in good weather (you have to use an outdoor corridor to access the bathroom) but overall it was very nice. The food was excellent. They lit a fire for us inside in the dining room on chilly nights and there were roses or rose petals on every table (including in our rooms), which was very romantic. The hammam was a treat and can be done as a couple (includes body scrub, body and face mask and hair wash; bring bikini bottoms), but book your massage in advance if you want one. The souks are so colorful and fun but I didn't expect so much motorcycle traffic. We recommend Nomad and Terrace des Epice for lunch or dinner. Overall the Riad was exceptionally quiet, even considering its central location, and it was very romantic but also kid friendly. We loved it.


This place is gold. Wonderful location, stunning views from the rooftops where you eat breakfast, truly kind and warm staff, and the best food we ate in Morocco. Highly recommended.


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