Best hotels and hostels in Morocco

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ounila Valley

    Riad Kasbah Oliver

    Owned by Tighza native Mohamed El Qasemy and his British wife Carolyn, Riad Kasbah Oliver is a labour of love. Built by hand from stone and earth by local village craftsmen, the result is simple, sustainable accommodation. Doors were fashioned in Telouet, furniture upcycled and hot showers are solar-powered.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Medina

    Le Jardin des Biehn

    This is a place you'll want to stay at again and again, just to try out all the eclectic rooms. Each one conveys its own whimsical story, through superb textiles, vintage finds and objets d'art, collected by Biehn père, a French designer and antiquarian. The namesake garden is a veritable forest, with a small pool, plus a great restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tnine

    Kasbah Bab Ourika

    Occupying an outstanding hilltop location in the Ourika Valley, this rammed-earth kasbah provides understated luxury, including uninterrupted views of snowy Atlas peaks, top-quality meals, superbly finished interiors and massive gardens. You can relax beneath olive trees while admiring the view, float in the gorgeous pool or unwind in the hammam.

  • Lodging in Tangier

    La Tangerina

    This is a perfectly renovated riad at the very top of the kasbah, with 10 rooms of different personalities. Bathed in light and lined with rope bannisters, it feels like an elegant, Berber-carpeted steamship cresting the medina. The roof terrace overlooks the ancient crenellated walls of the kasbah and commands one of the city's best views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Marrakesh

    Riad Bledna

    Welcome to the garden villa of the Moroccan-British Nour family, who pamper visitors as if they are favourite house guests. With eight rooms of spice-toned tadelakt (waterproof plaster) walls and traditional tataoui ceilings (made from reeds woven into intricate patterns), a filtered pool and delicious home cooking (with produce from their organic five-acre garden), this is a peaceful and thoroughly homey country pad.

  • Lodging in Marrakesh

    Jnane Tamsna

    Sustainability meets jet-setting style at Meryanne Loum-Martin’s country pad. Paths thread through landscaped gardens (planted by her ethnobotanist husband, Gary) leading to swimming pools, tennis courts and large rooms scattered with antiques, art and Moroccan textiles. Expect organic cuisine from the family farm, craft cocktails, endless activity options and lazy days lapping up the secluded beauty of the nine-acre palm-fringed property.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kasbah & Mellah

    Riad Azoulay

    The restoration of this 200-year-old mansion, once home to the wealthy Azoulay family, advisors to the royal family, was a labour of love for Italian owner Sandro. The result is a haven of casual luxury where original cedar ceilings and plasterwork decor sit comfortably alongside modern art and coloured kilims. Suites (two of which sleep four) have fridges.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tangier

    El Minzah

    The classiest five-star hotel in Tangier proper, this beautifully maintained 1930s period piece offers three excellent restaurants, two equally good bars, a fitness centre, spa and even a babysitting service. It’s shaped like an enormous hollow square, with a tremendous Spanish-Moorish courtyard, and has history oozing from its walls. Nonguests can use the pool for Dh200 or if they buy lunch.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Merzouga

    Ali & Sara's Desert Palace

    Make friends with Romeo, George and Casanova – no they aren’t cheeky local lads, but your trusty dromedaries – as you head out from Merzouga nomad-style. Husband-and-wife team, Ali and Sara, have crafted a personalised experience that stays true to Amazigh (Berber) culture and traditions, with authentic tents and stunning sunset views over the high dunes before a feast around the campfire.

  • Lodging in Marrakesh

    Casa Taos

    Hicham and family ladle out lashings of hospitality at this colourful villa with beautiful rooms and a two-bed family pavilion, all kitted out in an eclectic fusion melding modern and traditional Moroccan design with art deco. Wipe off the medina dust and loll by the large pool under swaying palm trees. At mealtimes, feast on innovative Mediterranean menus made from this foodie family's organic garden produce.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

    Riad Berbère

    Besides having one of the most romantic garden courtyards in the medina, beloved by cats, it's the service and special little touches like free cucumber water and petals on the pillows that put classy Riad Berbère in its own stratosphere. The riad dates to the end of the 17th century, but rooms favour a refreshing white aesthetic and have designer appeal. Breakfasts are unmissable.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in M’Hamid

    Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp

    A pebble's throw from Erg Chigaga's highest dune, this luxurious tented camp has 13 sumptuous tents furnished with wall-to-wall carpets, handcrafted beds and high thread-count linens. And it's ecofriendly, with solar-powered lighting, chemical toilets and traditional showers. Expect camel rides, guided walks, chill-out zones, board games and magical evenings filled with Gnaoua ballads – the experience here is second to none.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Zaouiat Ahansal

    Dar Ahansal

    Atop Amezray the impressive rock-hewn dar (small house) of mountain guide Youssef Oulcadi rises organically out of the tough mountain landscape, its terraces built around Aleppo pines and landscaped with blushing roses and oleanders. Inside, rooms are beautifully finished with terracotta floors, zellige (colourful geometric mosaic tiles) bathrooms and raffia-framed beds. Campsites (per person Dh50) also available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Taroudant

    Dar Al Hossoun

    This hotel is on a huge plot of land around 5km west of Taroudant, but its gardens are designed so that every space feels intimate, including two pools, plenty of serene common areas and seemingly infinite succulents. Rooms are tastefully appointed, as are common areas. Peacocks and 36 cats roam the grounds, resulting in amusing animal kingdom hijinks. Everything is utterly lush.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tangier

    Dar Nour

    This lovely peppermint-walled guesthouse has no central courtyard. Instead, rooms here branch off two winding staircases, creating a maze of dream-like rooms and salons, each more romantic than the last. Rooms are stylishly decorated with objets d’art and packed with books, creating a relaxed and homely atmosphere, while bathrooms are lined with tadelakt (waterproof plaster). Some rooms have a private terrace.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kasbah & Mellah

    Riad Noos Noos

    There's lots to love about Riad Noos Noos, starting with its mellow location in the Mellah, stork-viewing roof terrace and kooky retro style. Online deals usually make its double/twin rooms – with premium comfy beds – a total bargain. There's a small hammam, pool table and bar off the shady central courtyard, and the riad has a great-value family suite.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Zagora

    Riad Dar Sofian

    This super-stylish desert oasis exudes understated luxury. The fabulous pisé (rammed-earth) edifice was constructed by a team from Skoura, while craftsmen from Fez executed the acres of tilework inside and the modern Moroccan decor mixes up antique furnishings, traditional details and contemporary comforts. There's a new sumptuous suite and an organic garden for farm-to-fork fare.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Meknes

    Ryad Bahia

    This converted family home is a short walk from Place El Hedim. The main entrance opens onto a leafy courtyard, which also hosts a great restaurant. Rooms are pretty and carefully restored, and owners Bouchra and Abdellatif, keen travellers themselves, are eager to swap travel stories as well as advise guests; Bouchra is even a licensed guide.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skoura

    L'Ma Lodge

    This gorgeous lodge has seven spacious, light-filled rooms and suites, decorated with antiques, elegant furnishings and artwork from Morocco and beyond. There's a tree-filled garden – the organic fruits feature in jams and juices, and you can swing in hammocks, swim in the heated pool, play a few rounds of pétanque or arrange a massage. There's also a kids' play area.

  • Lodging in Tinerhir

    Kasbah Petit Nomade

    North of town, Lahcen and Mouna's restored kasbah is a find amid Tinerhir's bleak hotel scene. Three simple rooms decked out in bold colours sit around an internal courtyard while terrace tables look out over a dense patch of palmeraie (palm grove). The food here is made with flair and features a bounty of fresh produce sourced from local farms.