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Why Stay At Riad Joya
A seven-suite labor of love in Marrakesh's Mouassine quarter, complete with an olive tree-lined courtyard, hammam, and 24-hour butler service.
A team of Italian hoteliers is the reason this labor of love in the medina's Mouassin quarter gives subtle nods to, rather than avalanches of, Moroccan-isms. At once austere and warm, seven suites with handcrafted beds and chaise lounges face an atrium with olive trees. Though diminutive in size, the riad is brilliantly full-service, with a staff—butlers, drivers, guides—on call for spa treatments, shopping excursions, and trips to Essaouira.
When another tagine is one tagine too many, eat in: Joya's 28-year-old chef trained under one of the Tuscan owners' mamas. Order risotto alle fave.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise from Riad Joya's rooftop terrace. Ask the concierge to arrange a breakfast of beghrir (honey pancakes) with fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Arrive at Marrakesh-Menara International Airport (RAK) which is approximately 6 miles from the hotel. Anticipate between 20 and 30 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.Hay Mouassine, Derb al Hammam 26/27, Marrakesh, Morocco
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Roof-top Terrace
- Massage Service
- 24-Hour Butler Service
- Guides available
- Drivers available
- Spa Treatments
- Seating Areas
- Dressing Rooms
- Individually Decorated
- Chaise Lounges
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Large Showers
- Vanity Corners
- Al Fresco Dining
- Dining Room
- In-room Dining
- Max occupancy is 2 adults + 1 child. Children under 6 are free, supplement applies for children 7 and older.
- Fruit platter, bottle of water and Moroccan tea
- Butler service
Why We Love Marrakesh
The Red City is on a roll: enterprising locals and expats are reinterpreting Moroccan traditions across fashion, architecture, food and nightlife, from neighborhoods as varied as Guéliz, in the new city, to the medina.
55 Blvd. Mohammed Zerktouni.
Dinner for two $40.
Where to Shop: At Herboriste du Paradis, near the medina's Museum of Marrakesh, shelves of colorful spices from saffron to cumin line the walls. Don't miss thehouse-made perfumes.
Place Ben Youssef.
Wellness Spot: Proprietor King Mohammed VI's Royal Mansour is a showcase of artisanship, and the 27,000-square-foot, white filigree-and-glass spa is virtually a city in itself. Opt for a traditional hammam.
Rue Abou Abbas al Sebti.
Treatments from $115.
Best Day Trip: Essaouira, an 18th-century fishing town that's more Mykonos than Morocco, is set two hours west of Marrakesh. A guide from Riad Joya will arrange transportation and lead tours through the city's medina and historic woodworking shops.
Where to Drink: Café des Epices, overlooking Rahba Kedima Square in the medina, serves traditional hot-and-sweet mint tea or atei benna'na'. Head to the rooftop terrace, and take in views of the souks (open-air markets).
75 Rahba Lakdima.
Tea for two $2.
Why Go Now
January 27, 2013
Marrakesh Marathon & Half Marathon
The Marrakesh marathon hosts 5,000 runners from around the world; the course winds through the Menara Gardens and past the 12th-century ramparts of the medina.
Full marathon $65, half marathon $39.
February 1-28, 2013
Dakka Marrakchia Festival
Each year, local musicians converge at the Djemma el Fna and Theater Royal to play traditional Dakka music—a spirited blend of rhythmic drumming, foot-stomping, and chanting.
June 29-July 3, 2013
Marrakesh Festival of Popular Arts
Five days of non-stop performances by Moroccan folk artists—from Berber musicians to Arabic belly dancers—bring culture hounds to the city's 16th-century El Badi Palace.