Stay in a Riad

A Riad (Arabic: رياض‎) is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, "ryad". The riad became popular to begin with because of the religion of Islam . The riads were inward focused which allowed for family privacy and protection from the weather in Morocco. This inward focus was expressed in the central location of most of the interior gardens and courtyards and the lack of large windows on the exterior clay or mud brick walls. Entrance to these houses is a major transitional experience and encourages reflection because all of the rooms open into the central atrium space. The style of these riads has changed over the years, but the basic form is still used in designs today. Recently there has been a surge in interest in this form of house after a new vogue of renovation in towns such as Marrakech or Fez.

Here is a selection ranging from expensive to affordable, but all of them are worth a stay.

One of the 10 Sexiest Hotels in Morocco, it's chic, luxurious and traditionally Moroccan. There are many areas for you to lounge around at the Riad.

After two years of restoration by skilled and devoted local craftsmen this vast 17th century palace (of a net floor size close to 1000m2), once home to the Minister Mnebhi, is now ready to welcome you - The Riad Laaroussa which offers 5 suites and 2 rooms.

This historic house which has been home to the Alaouites descendants is a small palace and architectural jewel. Careful and meticulous restoration with natural materials and a lot of heart and soul of the German proprietor brought Dar Attajalli back to its former splendour.

This house is one of our favourite choices for its opulent suites and warm welcome. Suites start as little as 90 euros per night. Totally worth it.

The riad is a magnificent piece of art. Tucked away off the noisy back streets of Fez, Dar Seffarine is an oasis in this hectic vibrant city. Beautifully restored by the most amazing hosts, Alaa and Kate, you feel like you've stepped back in time with a few nods to the modern world.

Riad Number 9 is fabulous. It is a feast for the eyes and sets the perfect pace for Fez. Every item in the Riad has been hand picked and is unique and gorgeous. The transformation of the riad is the work of owners Stephen di Renza and Bruno Ussel, each with their own particular talents.

Dar Hanna is a private home located in the middle of the Fes Medina. Josephine, the owner, has brought this beautiful Dar or home back to its original splendor. Rooms are comfortable and very clean, and Josephine treats guests like personal friends staying in her home.

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