Where to stay in Marrakech

Where To Stay In Marrakech – What I Love About Riad Star

If you’re wondering where to stay in Marrakech then stop Googling because I’ve got you covered. Now you know my blog motto is to share extraordinary travel experiences for ordinary people like me, and, I have to say that staying in Riad Star, the former home of Josephine Baker, was certainly one of the most extraordinary travel experiences I ever have had. It was here, in this stunning palace in the heart of the Medina, that I  got to live out all of my childhood Princess Jasmine dreams. Well, minus having a pet Tiger but you can’t win them all right? For a few nights this was my palace, my Agrabah, and I am happy to welcome you to it today and share all of the things I loved about my stay with you.

Where To Stay In Marrakech – What I Love About Riad StarIf you're wondering where to stay in Marrakech then look no further - here at Riad Star you can live like a princess right in the heart of the Medina.

The location

Riad Star is located oh so conveniently in the heart of the Medina which made it very easy to get around, especially for myself as a solo female traveler. Just a short walk from your door is the Jamaa El Fna Square, a range of cafes and endless shopping in the famous Souks! (More about this at the end of the post where I share my favorite feature of this Riad).

Travel Tip: Make sure to organize an airport transfer when you make your booking. It’s only 200 Moroccan Dirhams (21 USD) and so worth it because the Riad is quite hard to find from the outside.

The Rooms

One thing I like about the Riad is that each room is styled differently and has its own name and personality. I stayed in the Grace Room which was a regal, neutral themed room, well suited to one or two people. In this, I had a comfortable, clean and quiet room with wi-fi, ensuite, in-room safe, fridge, robes and even a meditation pod. There wasn’t anything not to love about settling into this magical room each night.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech

The Rooftop

Be sure to check out the rooftop in the evening to watch the sky light up with all the colors of sunset. It’s a beautiful view and it’s so surprisingly peaceful that you be forgiven for forgetting about all of the hustle and bustle going on in the streets around you. My favorite way to end the day was on the rooftop, with a pot of mint tea, watching the sun go down over the city.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech

The Pool

My other favorite place to end the day was in the plunge pool because my oh my was Marrakech a hot place! After a day walking around in the heat, the pool was nothing short of heavenly. There is an iPad with speakers in the pool room to play some relaxing music as well as books to read, or you could soak in the cool water with some mint tea and just relax. The adjoining room even houses a range of Joesphine Baker inspired costumes you can try on for a fun dress up.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech

The Hammam

Whatever you do, make sure you book a Hammam treatment while you’re visiting. You can book one just steps from your room at the Riad which is what I did and it was such a relaxing experience. I had never had one before so in case you’re a newbie like me, what happens is you go into a private steam room to relax then a lady scrubs your skin, applies a mask, rinses you off and applies oil afterwards. My skin felt so clean and was so silky smooth after the treatment! I added a one hour massage after the Hammam treatment and was in a relaxation daze afterwards.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech

The Staff

I cannot say enough good things about the staff here at Riad Star because they truly made the Riad feel like a home away from home. The host Aziz always met me with a smile and was so helpful offering advice, answering all of my 1 million questions and making endless pots of mint tea. I am 150% sure that my visit would not have been as good without his help and guidance. Yasmine served up a delicious breakfast each morning and always made sure I had enough to start the day with and Raga was the Hammam and massage expert who gave my skin a new life. All three made this poor blogger feel like a princess!

Travel Tip: I recommend at least a 4 night stay to allow plenty of time to get out and explore the sights of Marrakech as well as enjoy the comforts of the Riad.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech

The pièce de résistance

I’ve saved the best thing until last, and the best thing is that the Riad has created an App which you can download right to your phone to help you plan your trip. I downloaded it before my visit which I recommend because then you can read the insights about things to see and do before you get there. The best part about the app though, particularly for a solo female traveler like myself, is that is has a map function which can navigate you through the streets without using any of your data.

I can’t stress enough how helpful this was!

Google Maps didn’t recognize all of the little alleyways in the Medina so I preferred to use this app and it was so reliable to help me find my way around – and I get lost very easily so I used it A LOT! It could even point out places on the map in categories, for example, if you clicked the ‘Woodworking’ icon, it would pin point woodwork related stores on the map with information and a street view for each location. How handy is that?

Where to stay in Marrakech

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16 Comments

  • Maria Angelova September 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Mmmm, rooftops with a view – that’s where you got my attention and where I’m totally hooked! If there is anything I love about a place to stay, this is the view!

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 10:01 am

      The view is definitely amazing and it’s so nice to relax on the rooftop in the evenings! With some mint tea of course!

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  • Marvi September 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Wow! It does feel like your in the Aladdin story. 😉 I love the room and the pool. So cool!

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 9:56 am

      It’s like an Aladdin dream come true!

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  • Liz September 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    this looks like a beautiful place. I’ve been wanting to go to Marrakech for a long time and have saved it already 🙂

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 9:57 am

      That’s awesome! I hope you get to visit and stay here 🙂

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  • Suzannah September 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    We’re thinking of coming here for our honeymoon, so any recommendations are going on the list! What a gorgeous hotel – the rooftop views and pool are calling my name!

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

      That sounds like it will be a great honeymoon, what a way to start off your new chapter! I love it!

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  • Pattsworld September 14, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    This hotel is Nice 😉 i really like your post. Good inspiration for my own trip there.

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Thank you!

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  • Diana September 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    What a wonderful Riad. Looks like a slice of heaven, perfect to relax after a day of exploring the souk! And the app is truly a game changer 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Yessss the app really is the game changer here. So very useful!

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  • sabrina September 14, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    OMG the charme hotels’ breakfast are over the top in Marrakech!! The tea and the honey and the pancakes! aww! Gonna check Riad Stars next time I go back!

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I hope you love it – the breakfasts are so delish!

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  • Diana September 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I love the riads in Morocco! Riad Star looks a lot nicer than the riad I stayed at in Marrakech. I love that there is a pool inside and each room is decorated differently. And I will definitely try a hammam when I go back!

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    • Katie Mac September 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

      The Hammam is definitely worth a try – such a relaxing experience!

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