Morocco is a firm favourite with budget travellers. It’s a short flight from Europe, and on a typical holiday you can can bag a bargain in the souks, go on a desert adventure or get lost in the narrow lanes of a medina – and what’s more, with it’s winter sun it’s hot and sunny all year round.
If you have already visited the larger cities such as Marrakech and Fez, look slightly further afield and you will find plenty of opportunities to experience authentic travel in Morocco, like the calmer capital of Rabat or the chilled vibes of Chefchaouen. And there’s nowhere more authentic to stay than a Moroccan riad.
These traditional guesthouses are fantastic value for money and offer similar benefits to many of the hostels in Morocco – a friendly, family-run atmopshere, the odd free meal and private rooms. They also feel typically Moroccan, with beautiful decor like tiled courtyards and giant floor cushions.
To continue our love affair with riads, we’ve picked our ten favourites in Morocco – we hope you like them as much as we do!
1. Riad Karmela, Marrakech
Top marks in all of our review categories for staff, cleanliness, atmosphere and facilities, Riad Karmela is a beautiful oasis just 8 minutes’ walk from the main square of Djemma El Fnaa. Joel will help you navigate your way around the city and offer invaluable tips for bargaining in the souks.
All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and the 5-bed rooms are ideal for groups of friends or families. Enjoy the Jacuzzi on the terrace, the dappled shade of the orange trees and the onsite hammam and massage room. Breakfast is included.
From €38pppn | Book here
Find other cheap Marrakesh hotels
2. Riad Jomana, Marrakech
Surrounded by the bazaars and lively streets of the Old City, the Riad Jomana is a jewel of a guesthouse in Marrakech. With only two rooms and two suites to choose from, this is a peaceful place to crash after a hectic day of sightseeing. Despite its budget price, the service is second to none, with a friendly doorman, and team offering a selection of excursions furthur afield. What’s more, the massages and escorted tours are top-rated by guests.
From €16.50pppn | Book here
3. Riad Jnane Sharazade, Casablanca
Get ready to recite “Here’s looking at you, kid…” in this plush riad in Casablanca, the setting for the classic love story. There are only six rooms at Riad Jnane Sharazade, each an eclectic mix of Art Deco and traditional Moroccan style. There’s also a pretty garden, roof terrace and internet in every room.
From €45pppn | Book here
Search for a Casablanca hostel or riad
4. Riad Dar Chifra, Fes
A low-cost laid-back oasis in the heart of Fes, the Riad Dar Chifra is located on a hill overlooking the Medina. The friendly hosts are incredibly welcoming, and offer a home made breakfast on the patio, and mint tea and pastries in the afternoon. There’s even a hamman on site, for the ultimate spa indulgence.
From €32.50pppn | Book here
Search for a Fes hostel or riad.
5. Riad Zahra, Essaouira
In hippie hot spot Essaouira, the Riad Zahra is only 2 minutes walk to the beach, and boasts beautiful views of the ocean for affordable budget prices. The Riad is certainly pretty, with its Andalucian and Arabian architecture and tiled floors, but it’s the facilities that really make Zahra stand out. There’s a pool, restaurant and bar on site, satellite TV in the bedrooms, facilities for children, a solarium, and a kite-surfing school for tackling the famously rocky surf.
From €27.50pppn | Book here
If you are looking for a hostel Essaouira offers plenty of beautiful riads by the sea.
6. Lunetoile, Essaouira
This riad is also located in the popular Moroccan beach resort of Essaouira. A dedicated and 200-year old family-run guesthouse, staff can assist you with wonderful eating out options, including some of the city’s fantastic seafood eateries. Lunetoile has idyllic rooms to suit couples or families and the roof terrace offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, all for affordable prices.
From €20pppn | Book here
7. Riad Baraka, Chefchaouen
This six hundred old Riad has been restored into a comfortable hostel with a selection of en-suite singles, and family rooms. Enjoy the various common areas of Riad Baraka as well as a stunning terrace, perfect for reading, watching TV or simply day dreaming.
From €8pppn | Book here
8. Pension Soukia, Chefchaouen
This traditional Andalucian house is in the mountain village of Chefchaouen, northern Morocco. There are 13 spacious rooms at Pension Soukia, but you can also opt to sleep under the stars on the roof terrace in the summer! Right beside the Medina, you can walk to traditional shops, selling local produce like wool garments and woven blankets, and a delicious crumbly goats cheese.
From €6.26pppn | Book here
Book riads and hostels in Chefchaouen.
High Atlas Mountains
9. Kasbah Timdaf, High Atlas Mountains
This traditional Berber building is an eco-friendly lodge, at the foot of the High Atlas mountains. Stay at Kasbah Timdaf for the chance to visit some of the many natural landmarks nearby, and enjoy a rustic cottage surrounded by almond trees and olive groves.
From €32.47pppn | Book here
Find High Atlas Mountains riads and hostels.
10. Riad Zahraa, Meknes
The Riad Zahraa is in Meknes, a more laid-back alternative to Marrakech and Fes. This charming guest house is in the heart of the medina, tucked behind a secluded alleyway. Feast your eyes on the central courtyard, with its Islamic arches, antique carved furniture and tiled floors decked out in Berber rugs.
From €8.95pppn | Book here
With your accommodation sorted, be sure to check out our budget guide to Marrakech.