Dar Nimbus. There are places that are cheaper, but with Dar Nimbus, you get the Moroccan riad experience, with great service that tries to give you good value for your money. This refreshingly modest riad is one of the most relaxing riads in Marrakech. Rooms for 3 people start at 35 pounds a night in low season.
Dar Nimbus: 35/40 Diour Jdad- Zaouia Abbassia- Bab Tarzout- Medina Marrakech. 212 (0) 24 38 58 57. www.darnimbus.com Moderate:
Riad Ariha: This riad is a combination of old world Morocco and modern Zen styling. The white décor is very fresh and clean. The owners are a Jordanian/British couple who live in Canada but frequent their riad. Their staff is top notch and this riad gives extra attention to customer service. A room for two starts at 60 pounds in low season.
Riad Ariha: 90 Derb Ahmed el Borj, Kaa Sour, Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech Medina. 212 (0) 24 37 58 50. www.riadariha.com Posh:
Riyad El Cadi and Dar Doukkala
Riyad El Cadi is absolutely stunning. It was owned by the former German ambassador to Morocco who was a collector of Berber textiles, Islamic and Byzantine Art and rare Moroccan artifacts. These museum quality pieces are on display in every room. Khadija, the receptionist, speaks flawless English so communication is never a problem. A double room starts at 115 pounds a night in the low season.
Riyad El Cadi: 86/87 Derb Moulay Abdelkader, Dabachi. 212 (0) 24 37 80 98. www.riyadelcadi.com
Dar Doukkala is an eclectic fusion of French and Moroccan styles. In many “fusion” riads the décor is “almost, but not quite.” When you enter into Dar Doukkala, you think to yourself, “this is the definition of a fusion riad.” The smallest details have been paid attention to in the style of the riad. With its swimming pool, fireplaces and spa services it is sure to delight. A double room starts at 140 pounds in low season.
Dar Doukkala: 83 rue de Bab Doukkala, Derb Dabachi, Marrakech Medina. 212 (0) 24 38 34 44. www.dardoukkala.com