Morocco - a small North African country - is one that’s brimming with history and culture. Its history dates as far back as the B.C years and it’s evident in the architecture. The streets of any of Morocco’s cities tell a story. It’s a story of the rise of an ancient kingdom, one where Arabs and Berbers settled and honed their skills in commerce. It’s a story of the convergence of nature, where the Sahara sits on the southern fringes while the Atlantic Ocean takes hold of its frontier to the west. It’s a story of a blend of the old and new, where aged buildings meet modern development.
And there’s no better place in Morocco to experience this eclectic mix than in Marrakech. This is a beautiful town, which boasts its proximity to the Atlas Mountains, whose snow-capped peaks create an excellent backdrop. With the Sahara only a few hours away, Marrakech will keep you occupied for days on end. Mercifully, Airbnb has got our backs when it comes to affordable accommodation. Here’s a look at the top ten.
Found in the heart of the Medina, Marrakech’s old historic district, staying at the Riad El Grably allows you to easily access the attractions. From here, you’ll easily get to the Jemaa El Fna Square, the nerve center of Marrakech. Also, a few steps away are the Bahia Palace and Dar Si Said Museum.
But, staying in such a luxurious accommodation might tempt you to stay indoors. The Riad El Grably has the familiar Moroccan old design. It’s a building laden with history but marked with the trappings of modernity. There’s a warmth and geniality that oozes from this place. The décor does a lot to boost this feeling. Plants dot the interior and create a relaxing atmosphere while the quaint furniture is chic and stylish. Art pieces hang on the bedroom walls and are illuminated by the light that streams in via the large windows.
Riad el Grably romantic breakMarrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco
The Medina is the perfect place to stay and this Riad places you right in the heart of the bustling historic district. Known as Riad Shukran, the accommodation has six bedrooms and two living rooms. All this space is able to accommodate up to 14 guests. Perfect for those traveling in a large group, this Riad has all the trappings of a five-star accommodation.
Newly renovated, the now familiar Moroccan design allows ample light to stream in. The use of wood on the door frames and furniture creates a rustic appeal while modern décor offers a contrasting contemporary aesthetic. Each bedroom bears a different color scheme, each one with warmth and geniality. To enjoy the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains, the rooftop terrace provides an excellent vantage point.
*Charming Riad in the Medina Marrakech*Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco
The Riad Inselisa is more than just a holiday accommodation, it’s your home away from home. With gracious hosts who are willing to induct you into the culture of Morocco, they are happy to show you around the town to ensure your stay is memorable. This affordable accommodation is found in the heart of the Medina, conveniently close to all the major attractions.
You’ll enjoy staying here, in the midst of enchanting beauty. A patio welcomes you to spend time outdoors, surrounded by plants which bring a cool breeze. Inside, the living room is a mark of simplicity and comfort. A splash of color from the décor adds some personality to the room. This electric personality is extended to the bedrooms, brought by the radiant curtains and beddings. A rich history is evident throughout the home, from the ancient construction to the quaint furniture. From the Riad Inselisa, a shuttle service is available to take you to all the attractions and bring you back.
Riad Ineslisa 1 : "Welcome at home"Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco
As its name suggests, this is a beautiful villa that’s located conveniently close to the Medina’s Square Jemaa El Fna and other major attractions of Marrakech. This exquisite accommodation has four bedrooms and can sleep eight guests. With luxury that’s akin to what is offered in 5-star establishments, this is a home fit for royalty. And you’ll certainly feel like royalty from the moment you arrive.
Built on two levels, the upper level holds the living room and dining area. A large glass door opens up to usher you out to the heated swimming pool. This house’s design is unique and spectacular. The elegance extends to the bedrooms, each boasting a queen bed that stands in the midst of beautiful décor.
VILLA CONTEMPORAINE SUR GOLF D’AMELKIS AVEC STAFFMarrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco
With 1,000 square meters (10,763.9 square feet) of floor space, this private villa boasts three luxurious bedrooms that can sleep up to six guests. This palatial home is chic, with beautiful décor in every room of the house. Rustic pieces of furniture are found in the living room, standing side by side with contemporary ones. This brings a fusion of the old and the new in one space.
The patio is accessible via the living room and its hallmark is the large private pool where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The bedrooms have large glass doors, allowing light to find its way in. And the comfy beds beckon you to sink into them at the end of your exciting day in Marrakech.
Villa piscine privéeMarrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco
If you’re traveling alone or as a pair, this elegant unit is the perfect place to stay. Located right in the heart of Marrakech, you get easy access to all the famous historical sites. For instance, the Bahia Palace is just a few steps away. The unit is found within the Medina complex. The architectural design is typical of Morocco, speaking volumes of the history. It’s a breathtaking work of art, well-built to the last detail.
And the double room is a testament to the beauty of this complex. It’s made up of rustic furniture that is accentuated by colorful décor. The cool atmosphere inside contrasts with the warmth outside and creates a relaxing aesthetic. With all the luxuries of modernity, juxtaposed against the old architectural design, you’ll feel as if you’re staying at a modern day palace.
Riad Jnane Double Room Marrakech Medina .
This budget accommodation offers a great option for those who want affordability without compromising on luxury. Standing just minutes away from the best of Marrakech, staying here gives you easy access to the most popular attractions. This unit is marked by a simplicity that blends effortlessly with luxury.
Built in typical Moroccan fashion, this house has a unique design. It’s a design that ensures cool air streams in, pushing out the warm air, creating a soothing atmosphere. This is complemented by the beautiful décor found in the living room and bedrooms. And, on the rooftop terrace, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views of Marrakech as you while away your days.
My bohemian home
Found just a few minutes’ walk from Jemaa El Fnaa Square and the Souk Market, this riad allows you to easily explore Marrakech. This alluring unit emits a radiant personality that’s lent to it by the creative use of different colors in each room. The bedrooms are a testament to this, as they each bear various colors that make the space more vibrant.
And through the large windows, light constantly adds more verve, bringing an aura of liveliness. Outside, the patio is your den of relaxation. Furniture is neatly arranged to surround a plunge pool. You’ll find yourself spending a lot of time here on a warm Moroccan afternoon.
Two bedroom riad
Just seven minutes away from the city center, this apartment is the perfect base when visiting Marrakech. It bears a simple, homely aesthetic, ensuring you feel at ease from the moment you walk in. This simplicity is first noticed in the living room, a space that holds a just the seats and a television. Still, with large amounts of light coming in, the space is bright and welcoming.
The kitchen is fitted with modern appliances for when you need to prepare your own meals. In the bedrooms, you’ll find comfy beds, covered with supple bedding, all conspiring to lull you to sleep.
Apartment near city center
Deviating from the traditional design is this modern apartment in Marrakech. Found in a bustling part of the town, staying here puts you conveniently close to major shopping outlets, restaurants and, of course, the attractions of Marrakech. The design is contemporary, with two bedrooms that comfortably sleep four guests.
A color scheme of red and gray is seen in the living room. It exudes a welcoming spirit that immediately puts you at ease, making you feel right at home. Walk out onto the balcony via the living area and enjoy a pleasant view of the street outside. There are two bathrooms, both with high-end fittings that emit an air of luxury. The bedrooms are havens of relaxation, bearing queen beds which entice you to lie on them.
Convergence of ancient and contemporary
Marrakech is a town of contrasts - there are old streets that take you back in time and ancient architecture that dates back centuries dot these streets. A few blocks away, modernity reveals itself in recently built parts of the city. This makes for an exciting experience in an exquisite part of Morocco. And with great accommodation that also shows these contrasts, you’re bound to enjoy every minute of your stay here. So, go ahead and book a place to stay.
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