Photo: Riad Dyor

What It's Like Staying in a Riad, Morocco's Traditional Dwelling

by Matador Creators May 8, 2023

Staying in a Riad in Morocco can be a truly memorable experience. Riads are traditional Moroccan houses built around an interior courtyard or garden, typically featuring beautiful architecture, intricate tile work, and ornate decorations. Many riads have been converted into guesthouses, providing travelers with an opportunity to stay in a traditional Moroccan home and experience local culture firsthand. Each riad has its own design and character, ranging from grand and opulent to cozy and intimate.

This particular riad, Riad Dyor in Marrakech, is a luxurious guesthouse located in the heart of the Marrakech medina, just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square. The riad has been beautifully restored, blending traditional Moroccan architecture with modern luxury amenities. Guests here can enjoy a peaceful courtyard and garden, featuring a refreshing pool and comfortable seating areas. There’s also a rooftop terrace, providing stunning views of the medina and the Atlas Mountains.

One of the advantages of staying in a riad is the opportunity to interact with the staff and local Moroccan people. Many riads are family-run businesses, and the staff are often happy to share their knowledge of Moroccan culture and way of life with guests.

Riad accommodations typically include comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, and some amenities like a pool or a rooftop terrace. In some cases, meals can also be provided, typically featuring traditional Moroccan cuisine such as tagine and couscous. Staying in a riad also puts you in close proximity to many of Morocco’s historic sites and attractions, such as Marrakech’s famous medina and the souks (markets) of Fez.

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