Why Riad Le Rihani Is An Ideal Stay In Marrakech’s Medina

There’s a gorgeous tranquil oasis right in the middle of Marrakech’s bustling Medina, where you can take shelter beneath swaying palms and orange trees after a day in the high desert sun. Riad Le Rihani is one of the prettiest riads in all of Marrakech, with impeccable style and a location that’s impossible to beat.

Riad Le Rihani is the creation of an artsy Belgian couple who took over the traditional familial riad where the guesthouse stands today. The defining feature of Riad Le Rihani is the beautiful central courtyard which sets it apart from other riads in the area. As soon as you walk onto the property, you can unwind beneath a towering palm and blooming orange trees surrounding a glassy turquoise-jade pool. Around the courtyard are lounge chairs, sofas and tables where you can drink tea and take in the soothing ambience. The colorful orange trees against the bright white arches of the riad, gives a touch of Seville in Marrakech.

Central courtyard
Central courtyard. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Courtyard from the other side
Courtyard from the other side. PHOTO NADIA CHO
The riad at night
The riad at night. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Seville vibes in Marrakech
Seville vibes in Marrakech. PHOTO NADIA CHO

All the rooms and spaces throughout the riad are filled with paintings, sculptures, antiques and artworks which the owners collected from around the world, all of which creates an undeniably stylish, bohemian vibe. There’s something unique and quirky which catches the eye in each corner of the property; whether it’s the bronze jade tigers sitting on the edge of the pool or an elongated canvas of a painted woman peeking from the corner of the hall. Riad Le Rihani is colorful, one-of-a-kind and effortlessly chic.

Suite Tamegroute
Suite Tamegroute. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Unique decor in each room
Unique decor in each room. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Chicly decorated bedrooms
Chicly decorated bedrooms. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Art in every corner
Art in every corner. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Suite Tamegroute bedrooms
Suite Tamegroute bedrooms. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Each of the ten rooms in the riad are designed to be artsy, romantic and intriguing. The rooms are split up into Standard, Superior, Suites, Executive Suites and the Family Suite. Each room has a different color scheme and overall vibe. There’s the Chambre Califa painted in a majestic dark blue, with a stunning vintage four-poster canopy bed and green embroidered armchairs to make it pop. The Suite Tamegroute has a totally different vibe with bright ocher accents against green geometric floor tiles, all lit up by a golden oversized orb chandelier. In contrast, the Suite Douria is painted in metallic grey tones and decorated with photographs and bright white accents, which gives it a more sexy, modern feel.

Chambre Bahia
Chambre Bahia. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The bathrooms are just as meticulously appointed as the bedrooms and aesthetically intriguing. The entrance leading to many of the bathrooms is made of carved Moroccan wood walls of immense beauty and craftsmanship. The inside of the bathrooms is crafted with Moroccan zellige tiles and earthy tadelakt.

Stylish bathrooms
Stylish bathrooms. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Handcarved Moroccan wood walls
Hand-carved Moroccan wood walls. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Despite being a small property, Riad Le Rihani provides fabulous amenities. Guests will love the riad’s rooftop which has dreamy views of the Medina, with a straight shot of the Koutoubia Mosque. You can lounge in one of the canopy daybeds and enjoy refreshments in the warmer months when the rooftop bar is open. The riad also has a spa on the ground floor consisting of serene relaxation rooms, Moroccan hamam and high-tech soak tub for treatments.

Spa hamam
Spa jacuzzi
Spa jacuzzi. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Rooftop daybeds
Rooftop daybeds. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Rooftop lounge
Rooftop lounge. PHOTO NADIA CHO

A yummy Moroccan breakfast is served in the colorful tiled dining room each morning or in the courtyard. Guests can also reserve homecooked Moroccan meals for dinner, consisting of salads, date soup and briouates. Plus, they’ll get to choose from delicious mains like chicken tagine with pear and candied tomatoes, lamb tagine and aubergine stuffed with orange blossoms and chicken pastilla with mixed almonds.

Moroccan breakfast
Moroccan breakfast. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Coffee and orange trees
Coffee and orange trees. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Dining room
Dining room. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Common lounge areas
Common lounge areas. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Riad Le Rihani couldn’t be in a more ideal location. The riad is located close to the south entrance into the Medina next to Badi Palace. It’s just steps away from Jemaa el-Fnaa and the souks of the grand market. However, the riad is tucked away on a side street off the main road so the property remains a quiet, tranquil oasis, untouched by the noise and hustle and bustle of the Medina.

Minimalist entrance
Minimalist entrance. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Intimate 10 room riad
Intimate 10 room riad. PHOTO NADIA CHO

With an unbeatable central location and chic, artistic design, Riad Le Rihani has everything you’re looking for in a stylish, upscale stay in Marrakech! Visit here for for more information and bookings.

Artsy antiques
Artsy antiques. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Bedroom decor
Bedroom decor. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Rooftop Medina views
Rooftop Medina views. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Rustic views
Rustic views. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

As the empowered female behind the blog: International Women of Mystery, Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features on hidden gems and cool hotspots. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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