Best hotels and hostels in Rif Mountains

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Al Hoceima

    Casa Paca

    Approximately 8km south of Al Hoceima overlooking Plage Sfiha and El Peñon de Alhucemas, Casa Paca feels like a home away from home. Half-Spanish, half-Moroccan owner Joaquin and his wife Nabila make delicious dinners on demand (from Dh200) and bready breakfasts on the terrace. Rooms are comfortable, though pricey. In a city dominated by characterless hotels, this B&B is an excellent option. Free pick-up and drop-off in Al Hoceima is available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chefchaouen

    Auberge Dardara

    This authentic French auberge (inn) in the Moroccan countryside offers large rustic suites with TVs and fireplaces and an excellent restaurant. The 10-hectare complex includes an active farm and gardens, a pool, a craft shop, a hammam, a fitness centre, fishing, biking, mule riding, trekking and treasure hunts. Guest programs include crafts, gardening and more. It’s a 10-minute grand taxi ride south of town (Dh6). Find a cab at the stand with taxis for Bab Taza.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Akchour

    L'Ermitage

    Downstream from the Akchour Waterfalls along 800m of private river is a spectacular family-owned ecolodge and wellness retreat. The 11 chalets and wood-and-stone cabins radiate a Scandinavian vibe and there's plenty of space to lounge by the water. Sustainability measures include composting, water recycling and a vegetable garden; the latter sustains the international restaurant's seasonal menu.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tetouan

    El Reducto

    The spotless, palatial rooms are truly fantastic: big bathrooms with lots of Spanish glazed tiles (one has a Jacuzzi for two), quality furniture and beautiful silk bedspreads. Climb the spiral staircase to the roof terrace for spectacular views. Some rooms are above the excellent restaurant while others are in the annexe on the opposite side of the lane.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chefchaouen

    Hostel Baraka

    English-owned Hostel Baraka is a bright and cheery place to rest your backpack. The rooms are comfortable with clean facilities and there's a convivial terrace with amazing views. There are a handful of private rooms or dorms for four with bunk beds. Staff are happy to help orientate travellers in the medina. Breakfast (Dh25) and laundry service (Dh70) are available on request.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tetouan

    Riad Darna

    This bright and clean medina riad is one of the freshest you'll find in the region. Turquoise doors with handles shaped like hamsas (signifying the hand of God) hide comfortable dorms and suites over several floors. Dorm beds are divided by walls and curtains. Breakfast is served on the rooftop where there's a quality lounge and view.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chefchaouen

    Dar Echchaouen

    This gorgeous accommodation just outside the medina and near Ras El Maa is its own private paradise, with beautiful gardens and very comfortable, spacious rooms with spectacular views. A dip in the pool beneath the towering Rif cliffs is a summer delight. Echchaouen also features a spa, private hammam, massages and a restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Chefchaouen

    Casa Perleta

    This lovely house has rooms sleeping two or three, plus three suites for four. It's full of wonderful local fabrics and furniture, and the white walls soothe after the blue medina. The cosy sitting room has a fireplace for chilly nights, and there's central heating in all rooms. Topping it off is a terrace with great views.

  • Lodging in Tetouan

    Riad Las Mil y una Noches

    Count the chandeliers at this bright and decorative riad in the medina a short walk up from Place Hassan II. The entire former family home is painted floor-to-ceiling with intricate hand-drawn designs. Manager Khan is eager to please and has a wealth of knowledge. The rooftop has some of the best in-medina views and is kept warm off season. Aim for a room on the ground floor if tall steps are an issue.

  • Lodging in Chefchaouen

    Lina Ryad & Spa

    The upmarket Lina Ryad is opulent and impeccably turned out – a brand-new building made to look traditional. It has large, comfortable rooms with TV (and free movies) and helpful staff. The roof terraces have fabulous views. An internal courtyard holds a delightful heated pool that's surprisingly private, and there's a Moroccan restaurant (mains Dh100) only for hotel or spa guests.

  • Lodging in Tetouan

    Blanco Riad

    This beautiful medina house with its typical Tetouan architecture has been carefully restored and furnished with a blend of modern and antique pieces. It offers large, comfortable rooms and a zen-like garden. One of the salons contains a good restaurant open to nonguests, and there's a boutique with a clothes designer doing clever things with traditional Riffian fabrics.

  • Lodging in Chefchaouen

    Dar Terrae

    This cute guesthouse (known locally as ‘Hotel Italiano’) is hidden up and down a tumble of stairs and odd corners. Rooms are cheerful, and some have their own bathroom and fireplace. Breakfast is served on a cute terrace and you can have dinner by request (a restaurant is being built). Owners Bilal and Hanaa may be the sweetest people in Chefchaouen.

  • Lodging in Chefchaouen

    Dar Dadicilef

    A friendly Moroccan family runs this conveniently located and well-kept blue riad near Bab El Ain. The larger doubles are luxurious with a spacious relaxing area and a huge tub in the bathroom. Moroccan-style breakfasts are delicious with soft sheep cheese and cakes. The rooftop is great for taking in the medina or having a snooze on the cushions.

  • Lodging in Al Hoceima

    Hotel Villa Florido

    This curvaceous art-deco hotel dating from 1920, an island in the Place du Rif, has some nice period charm. Rooms come in different sizes – the triples are huge – and have bathrooms and satellite TV, and most have a balcony. There’s a smart cafe downstairs (breakfasts from Dh20). All rooms face the streets, which can be noisy at night.

  • Lodging in Chefchaouen

    Dar Meziana

    Beautifully decorated, this boutique hotel has a unique angular courtyard, lush plantings, lots of light, the highest quality furniture and extraordinary ceilings. It's at the edge of the medina and not well signposted (follow the row of yellow planters), but it is lovely. The price of the room includes dinner and breakfast.

  • Lodging in Tetouan

    Dar Rehla

    You'll feel like one of the family at this six-room riad in a quiet alley off busy Niyarine above the Ensanche. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated with keyhole doorways, and there's a lovely terrace to enjoy in summer. Tip: pick up some sweets on the street and enjoy them with a pot of mint tea in your room.

  • Lodging in Chefchaouen

    Dar Gabriel

    The warmth of natural brick paired with lots of local rugs and fabrics make this a comfortable option. The cosy lounge has a fireplace, there are three roof terraces and meals can be provided. Rooms are simple and individually decorated. Excursions into the mountains are on offer.

  • Lodging in Chefchaouen

    Hotel Koutoubia

    This hotel does quality budget accommodation well, with friendly and attentive management, a central location, traditional decor, spotless rooms and a closed-in roof terrace where you can have breakfast on those cold Chefchaouen mornings.

  • Lodging in Talassemtane National Park

    Gîte Afeska

    English-speaking Shaima provides a warm welcome at this rural gîte (cottage) inside Talassemtane National Park. Beds are rock hard and the large 31-bed guesthouse can get freezing cold, but the pleasant sunroom provides a warm respite. Breakfast and dinners (included) are scrumptious and Shaina will pack you a lunch to take with you. Vegetarian meals are available on request. There's no wi-fi on the premises and cell reception is unlikely.

  • Lodging in Tetouan

    Hotel Panorama Vista

    Any place calling itself Panorama Vista has to be certain of its location, and, sure enough, rooms here offer dramatic views of the Rif Mountains. The rooms themselves are hotel-chain style without a lot of local ambience, but they're clean and everything works. This is the best value outside the medina. The cafe on the 1st floor offers a strong Moroccan-continental breakfast.