Marrakesh’s medina has 200 authentic riads (mudbrick courtyard mansions) converted into guesthouses, more than any other city in North Africa. Step from clamorous souqs through a riad’s ancient wooden doors and you’ll find yourself listening to songbirds, ice clinking in drinks and your own thoughts – suddenly, Marrakesh’s balance of extremes makes perfect sense. Our choices of affordable riads have been selected not on looks alone, but for convenient locations, gracious staff, home-cooked meals and prime opportunities for relaxation and cultural immersion. Lonely Planet also recommends riads that promote environmentally sustainable practices, fair compensation, time off, community engagement, cultural exchange and genuine Moroccan hospitality. If you’re looking for a bargain rate, avoid major European holidays especially Christmas to New Year, Easter and the end of April/first week of May. Off-season or last-minute, you’ve got a bargaining advantage for a last minute offer. Stay a week or more and you might get rates of up to 30% off.