Morocco’s capital, Rabat, has finally come out of the shadows, standing alongside the popular metropolises of Fez and Marrakech with aplomb. Palm-lined boulevards dot the neat, quieter city, which has much to offer in terms of local food, historic landmarks, and gorgeous architecture in the form of an attractive walled medina and a vivid, expressive kasbah. It is only fitting, then, to explore Rabat out of a traditional ‘riad’ (Arabic for 'garden’), which is a restored Moroccan home with Andalusian/Moroccan architecture and local Moroccan cuisine. Riads are known so for leafy, lush florae, often centered around open-to-the-sky courtyards, complete with trickling stone or marble fountains and alfresco dining spaces. Here are some of the best riads in Rabat, Morocco.
This quiet Riad features a modern building with pleasantly decorated rooms complete with flat-screen satellite TV, private bathrooms, comfy beds and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms even have a seating area. Tip: The pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the terrace suite. The Riad serves a generous breakfast set around an authentic patio. A 24-hour reception, car hire services, and activities in the surroundings such as fishing, cycling, and golfing make your stay at Riad Meftaha enjoyable. Riad Meftaha is just a six-minute walk from Kasbah Oudaya, while the Moroccan Parliament is just a km (0.6 miles) away.
A hidden gem in the heart of Rabat in the city’s Medina is Riad dar Soufa, a stone’s throw from the walls, Rabat’s lip-smacking street food scene and the stunning Atlantic coast. In fact, Rabat afternoons see the area around the Riad transform into a fair of sorts, with street sellers dotting the bylanes selling their wares.
Family-like hospitality and a friendly, warm environment are what Riad dar Soufa is known for, topped by simply wonderful Moroccan décor. The rooms are spacious, featuring wrought-iron beds, private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and a delightful seating area opening onto a patio. The nucleus of the Riad is a gorgeous patio with a sun terrace and a fountain. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast on the terrace, which offers breathtaking, panoramic views of Rabat’s markets.
The charming, beautifully restored Riad of Dar Shâan located in the Rabat Medina effortlessly blends modern travel conveniences with traditional Moroccan elements.
All rooms at Dar Shâan boast of a patio, where sunny Rabat evenings with a cuppa will become a norm on your Moroccan vacation. The rooms also feature private bathrooms, seating areas, a desk, and free Wi-Fi. The Riad features a stunning terrace and a swimming pool, and an extremely helpful staff, well-versed in both Arabic and English, making for a wonderful, homely start to your vacation in Rabat.
Located in the heart of the bustling Rabat Medina, tranquillity awaits behind the doors of Dar Mayssane, a Riad whose effortless charms work like magic.
Each room of Dar Mayssane features unique decor, with some featuring contemporary decor, while others being cozy, radiating Moroccan taste and style. Open terraces dot the entire Riad, making for panoramic relaxing spaces. Delicious traditional Moroccan dishes are served in the dining room, which features a wonderful corner fireplace where you can listen to the melodious strains of local music. Do make the most of the many beauty treatments available in the Riad, including rosepetal baths, massages, manicures, and exfoliating scrubs.
Centrally located in Rabat Medina, Riad Zyo is a boutique, luxury restored courtyard home in a traditional Moroccan building with contemporary Moroccan decor. The Riad features a gorgeous central patio, surrounded by a plunge pool, along with a hammam, garden, a rooftop terrace, and free Wi-Fi. A host of modern amenities, Zellij tiles, and traditional woodwork make Riad Zyo a great place to live in, what with Morocco’s year-round temperate weather.
All rooms at Riad Zyo feature TVs and panoramic city views or gorgeous patio views. Enjoy traditional Moroccan breakfasts in the morning, with traditional dinners available with prior reservation. What’s more, Riad Zyo is a three-minute walk from both Bab Laalou and the Kasbah of the Udayas.
Just half a km (0.3 miles) from the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat’s Medina is Dar Karima, a beautiful Moroccan Riad featuring traditional wrought-iron furniture and Moroccan tiled floors. All rooms at Riad Dar Karima feature private bathrooms, seating areas, and access to free Wi-Fi. Enjoy buffet breakfasts on the stunning sun-kissed terrace of the Riad, and enjoy Moroccan dishes during evening meals as well. Riad Dar Karima is very close to the Medina walls, located just half a km (0.3 miles) from Rabat Medina train station and just two km (1.2 miles) from Chellah.
True to its name (translating to ‘welcome’), the warm, welcoming traditional Moroccan house of Riad Marhaba in the heart of Rabat’s Medina is a mere five-minute walk from the Kasbah of the Oudayas.
Riad Marhaba features stunning Arab-Andalusian architecture, complete with an interior courtyard and a rooftop terrace. All rooms at Riad Marhaba feature unique, traditional style decor along with a private ensuite bathroom. Guests can enjoy traditional Moroccan treats as well as continental cuisine in the gluten-free, halal breakfast every morning, while Wi-Fi is free in the public areas of the Riad.
Riad El Maâti is situated in the heart of Rabat’s Medina, just 200 meters (650 feet) from the gates of Bab Chellah and five minutes from Kasbah of the Udayas and the Moroccan artisan area of la Rue des Consuls.
The rooms at Riad El Maâti feature traditional Moroccan-style decor in contemporary design, private bathrooms, a seating area, as well as Wi-Fi access. Riad El Maâti’s fully furnished rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Rabat city and the Arabian sea, with the in-house restaurant offering a blend of oriental and western cuisine with Moroccan specialties, are accessible to guests. After a long day of exploring Rabat, the Riad features a spa and wellbeing center with a Jacuzzi and a hammam, and relax in the lounge area.
Cozy living in Rabat cannot get any cozier than at Dar Ars Una, a Riad featuring just five rooms housed in a traditional Moroccan house in Rabat’s Medina just 550 meters (1,800 feet) away from the Kasbah of the Udayas.
Combining authentic Moroccan features and modern living elements, all five rooms at Dar Ars Una open onto the gorgeous interior patio. The rooms themselves feature heating, A/C, and free Wi-fi, apart from comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Enjoy top-class hospitality at Dar Ars Una as you’re offered Moroccan pastries and mint tea on your arrival, and the Riad also arranges for shuttle services to the airport and tour arrangements to explore Rabat as well.
The luxurious, stunning, and majestic Euphoriad infuses Moroccan culture and embellishments into a modern look, feel, and ambiance, radiating sophisticated, yet comfortable charm, complete with gorgeous Moroccan lamps, colorful mosaic water fountains, and tall palace-like columns.
Euphoriad is just a few winding bylanes away in Rabat’s Medina. All rooms at the Riad feature flat-screen TVs, while some also feature seating areas for relaxation. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, amenities such as a hammam spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and an extravagant rooftop offering picturesque views of Rabat and the Atlantic Ocean are just a few things which make your stay at Euphoriad a memorable one.
Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture by experiencing first-rate Moroccan hospitality, culture, and cuisine at these exquisite riads located in the heart of Rabat Medina. Choose one of the listed riads and start planning your trip to the radiant city of Rabat.
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