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The Top 7 Hotels to Stay in Marrakesh + Insider Tips

Morocco is a place full of amazing sights, sounds & tastes…around every corner is something spectacular and wonderful to see & discover -In other words, a travel lovers dream!

The Medina
Of course we spent hours in the Souk where there was everything you could imagine…spices, leather goods, textiles, lamps, it was amazing! We stopped for lunch at The Nomad which is a must visit if even just for a coffee, because the interior is beautiful and they have an amazing rooftop patio that again, gives a wonderful view of the city. Plus it is delicious!

For our first few nights in the city, we stayed in the Old Town called The Medina. This area is absolutely breathtaking – car free small winding corridors that lead to different shops and homes and fruit and vegetable stands and wonderful doors and passageways…It is a bit tricky, though, because there really aren’t any exact addresses, and Google Maps definitely gets confused in The Medina, so it is a place where you want a real map (even with a real map we ran into walls where there was once a passageway that was closed up) or have a guide take you right to your hotel or riad – Otherwise you will be in there for hours!


Hotels

1. Riad Zam Zam
A special riad located in a peaceful, less touristy area of the city but still central, Riad Zam Zam, is a gem with its comfy beds and gorgeous interiors.


2. Riad Dar Seven
The Riad Dar Seven offers one of the most beautiful views of the city and its ancient rooftops from the terrace. It is centrally located in the media and since it only has four rooms, it’s quite private.


3. La Mamounia
Now you probably immediately recognized this one due to its Instafame and the hotel La Mamounia truly does live up to its expectations. It is a real life palace and one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.


4. Royal Mansour
The Spa at the Royal Mansour is one of the highlights of this gorgeous riad. It’s worth booking a treatment, even if you aren’t staying there. Their restaurant is outstanding too, they have a beautiful patio and heavenly desserts.

5. Jnane Tamsna
Jnane Tamsna is set on nine landscaped acres, giving guests a lovely oasis in the bustling city. This little nook was right outside our room, and I was super ready to move in!

I love the outdoor/indoor living in Morocco – Intricate outdoor rooms with artwork and rugs and furniture that offer a perfect spot to read or relax while still being surrounded by flowers & trees – Heaven!


6. Le Riad Yasmine
Staying at the hotel Le Riad Yasmine will give you access to one of the most iconic pools in Morocco. More than just looks, this place makes you feel right at home.

Outside of the city into the Sahara Desert

7. Mergouza Luxury Desert Camps
The Mergouza Luxury Desert Camps is an incredible experience in which guests can stay in a different camp each night. Upon arrival, camels await, ready to take you into the dunes to your first camp.

It was unlike anything I have ever seen…waking up in surrounded by only sand is such an unreal feeling, and the star gazing at night – The trip is worth it for just that alone!

The team at Mergouza camps took such fantastic care of us -The guides were so kind and the food (traditional Moroccan Chicken Tajine and Harira Soup and vegetable couscous, all served with mint tea, so good!)

To escape the city and experience this camp, it is not a journey for the lighthearted, be warned that it is a 10 hour car ride there and back – but it is worth it!
Morocco is a place I could travel to again and again and have a new, different experience – There is so much to see! We only scratched the surface, and I am sure we will be heading back to the spectacular wonder of Morocco soon.

Dame Traveler Cara: Cara founded A Fashion Love Affair in 2011 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts, inspirations & personal style. She continues to share bits and pieces of her favourite things in life, from travel to fashion to lifestyle under Cara Jourdan. She is passionate about style and adventure and hopes to inspire her readers through chronicling all of the things she loves! Follow more of her adventures on Instagram and blog.

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Photography by Allison Kuhl: Allison is a portrait, lifestyle, and travel photographer based in Vancouver BC. She was born and raised in mid-western Canada, and the prairie landscape inspires the clean and simple style that informs her work. She has shot for various magazines, including Vogue, Wallpaper, & Flare and has worked with local & international brands such as Guess, Ford, Etsy, and the Four Seasons. Follow more of her adventures: on Instagram.

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