Riad Samarkand

Marrakech, Morocco

An impeccably decorated 19th-century riad renovated by a Parisian couturier and an antiques dealer. Riad Samarkand offers five luxuriously large suites, a 10-metre pool and a hammam.


8 / 10

In the Medina, in the village-like neighbourhood of Bab Doukkala, where you’ll find a vegetable market. From here it’s 15 minutes' walk south-east to the souks and the Djemaa el-Fna. Taxis congregate nearby just outside Bab Doukkala, one of the main gates to the Medina.

Style & character

8 / 10

The owners’ shared passion for fashion and antiques is evident throughout this large, light-filled riad in the luxurious velvet and silk covered furnishings, original Oriental carpets and fascinating antiques. The highly personalized style, discreet service and ample space give the house a very intimate feel. You could hide out here for days and barely see another guest.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

Faultless. Luca the manager is a tour de force booking excursions and restaurants, regaling guests with stories and ensuring everything runs seamlessly. The rest of the staff are equally charming and helpful without being obsequious. A few things set this place apart from the average riad: a grand, lushly planted courtyard garden with soaring palms and heavy-scented orange trees, a surprisingly large 10-metre lap pool, two handsome salons and a huge roof terrace with sunbeds and a curtain-draped gazebo. When not lounging by the pool, avail yourself of a hammam treatment and massage.

  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi


9 / 10

There are five huge suites, all with private balconies, except in the case of the ground-floor Ispahan suite, which has a terrace. A tour of them sends you on a round-the-world voyage, from the 19th-century Japanese décor of the Ispahan suite to the ornate Syrian style of the Damas suite and the Burmese and Chinese look of the Pondicherry apartment. The pick of the bunch are Pondicherry and Samarkand, the former with an ornate wooden cupola and the latter with a glorious domed bathroom and an antique, painted Zouak ceiling.

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Food & drink

8 / 10

In keeping with the intimate nature of the riad, breakfast can be served on your own private terrace or in the dining room when the weather turns chilly. All other meals need to be requested and consist of well prepared Moroccan classics such as fish pastilla and lamb tagine with peas.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from £152. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?



This is a romantic retreat and there are no particular concessions made for children. Extra beds are charged at £38 per night.

41 Derb Sidi Lahcen, Bab Doukkala, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco.
00 524 387 880