Riad de Tarabel

  • Location: City
    Restaurants: In walking distance
    Jemaa el’Fnaa suqare: In walking distance
    Museum of Photography: In walking distance
    The bustling Medina: In walking distance
  • Marrakech Airport (RAK): 15 mins by taxi
    Airport transfer available on request
    Good public transport
    No parking available

We loved the relaxing and inspiring atmosphere in the middle of the bustling Medina. It’s one of our favourites!
Laurent and his staff are wonderful hosts, they are always available for recommendations and help.
Riad de Tarabel feels like a private home, spacious, peaceful and lovingly decorated.
You’ll be well taken care of: fast track at the airport, transfer to the Riad and a mobile phone for emergencies.

Unfortunately, Riad de Tarabel is not the ideal place for families.

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An introduction to Riad de Tarabel

How would you describe Riad de Tarabel in a nutshell?

Riad de Tarabel is a luxurious boutique hotel in an old colonial mansion right in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech with only ten rooms, including three suites. The style of the house is a mixture of Colonial and French design.

What is the history of the riad?

The riad was built at the end of the 19th century and the hotel originally started out with only three rooms. The first renovation and expansion was in 2006, another one in 2012, and now we are adding another neighbouring building to have ten guest rooms, a roof terrace, tree-lined patios, a pool and open lounges.

What is so special about the whole experience of staying at Riad de Tarabel?

Staying at Tarabel offers a unique experience. When you are in the house you don’t feel like you are part of the 21st century, much more you’ll feel like you were taken back in time to the Colonial era in Morocco. Time stops when you are in Riad de Tarabel.

It’s a very quiet, relaxing and inspirational place that feels like home. The entire house is kept very airy and open so that it feels like you are in your own private house.

Which kind of guests usually come to stay at Riad de Tarabel?

Many of our guests are designers, architects and people from the creative industries, who appreciate the details and the sensitive decoration. Most of them lead very busy lives back home and like to stay at Tarabel to disconnect and relax. We like to be able to create a calming and soothing atmosphere in order for our guests to feel at ease and well-taken care of. It is a very peaceful and intimate place, so it is not ideal for families.

What kind of feedback do you receive from holiday guests?

Most say they feel as if they are in a private home rather than a hotel. What’s nice is that sometimes when the guests first arrive, they want to do a lot of different things like going out to visit places, but they end up spending more time in the riad because it’s so peaceful and comfortable.

To you personally, what has been the biggest reward about running Riad de Tarabel?

I really enjoy being at the house as it doesn’t feel like work at all. Our guests are wonderful and I’ve had the pleasure to meet a lot of great people from all around the world. It’s nice for me to welcome people and see their reactions to the place. They are always so surprised, which is very exciting for me.

Riad de Tarabel courtyard
Riad de Tarabel Junior Suite
Double Room
Suite
Superior Room
Superior Room bathroom
Junior Suite
Junior Suite
Common sitting area
Common sitting area
Common sitting area
Common sitting area
Courtyard
Courtyard
Roof terrace and open lounge
Riad de Tarabel in the evening

Riad de Tarabel rooms & rates

There are ten bedrooms at Riad de Tarabel, three of them are suites. We have three double rooms, two with open bathrooms inside the main room and one with a separate bathroom with a shower. Our Superior Rooms are bigger in size, one with a bathtub in the main room and the other with a separate bathroom with a tub and shower. The Junior Suites also have open bathrooms with clawfoot baths, a separate shower room and one has a fireplace. The Suites have a lounge area and they all have open plan bathrooms with clawfoot bathtubs and a separate shower room.

By the pool you will find large dressing rooms and also plenty of lounge areas and little nooks all around the riad. All rooms have heated floors so you stay really warm in the winter, and there is air conditioning for the hot summer months.

Of all our bedrooms, my favourite is the Junior Suite with two bathtubs next to each other. It’s a very beautiful room, which lights up almost magically during the day when the sun shines in.

  • Double Room for 2 people / 20 m²
    230 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    There are 3 Double Rooms at Riad de Tarabel, two of them feature an open-plan bathroom with a beautiful clawfoot bath tub and one with a separate bathroom with shower. The rooms open up to the beautiful courtyard.

    There is a heated pool in the courtyard and another small plunge pool on the roof terrace. A light lunch and dinner are available on request and can be served in the courtyard or on the beautiful roof terrace.

  • Superior Room for 2 people / 27 m²
    290 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    There are 2 Superior Rooms at Riad de Tarabel, one of them featuring an open-plan bathroom with a beautiful clawfoot bath tub and the other a private bathroom with a tub and shower. One of the rooms also has a fireplace. Both rooms open up to the beautiful courtyard.

    There is a heated pool in the courtyard and another small plunge pool on the roof terrace. A light lunch and dinner are available on request and can be served in the courtyard or on the beautiful roof terrace.

  • Junior Suite for 2 people / 35 m²
    450 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    There are 2 Junior Suites at Riad de Tarabel, one of them featuring an open-plan bathroom with two beautiful clawfoot bath tubs next to each other and the other with an open-plan bathroom with a clawfoot bath tub and a separate shower room. One of the rooms also has a fireplace.

    There is a heated pool in the courtyard and another small plunge pool on the roof terrace. A light lunch and dinner are available on request and can be served in the courtyard or on the beautiful roof terrace.

  • Suite for 2 people / 60 m²
    510 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room

    There are 3 Suites at Riad de Tarabel, all of them featuring an open-plan bathroom with a beautiful clawfoot bath tub, a separate shower room and a lounge area. One Suite also has a fireplace.

    There is a heated pool in the courtyard and another small plunge pool on the roof terrace. A light lunch and dinner are available on request and can be served in the courtyard or on the beautiful roof terrace.

  • Private Riad for 20 people / 500 m²
    3660 / night
    • 10 Double bedroom
    • 10 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 3 Living room

    The entire Riad de Tarabel with its 10 double bedrooms can also be rented exclusively.

Included in the rates
Rates include a delicious breakfast, airport transfers back and forth, a local mobile phone, Wifi, map of Marrakech and ironing service.
Optional extras
Available on request are: traditional Lunch menu (EUR 30/person), traditional Dinner menu (EUR 40/person), ‘à la carte’ meals and light meals are also available. Massage (EUR 55/person), Facial care (EUR 40/person), Pedicure (EUR 35/person), Manicure (EUR 25/person). Prices subject to change.
Extra charges payable at the property
A tourism tax of EUR 2.60 per night and per person is payable at the end of your stay.
Children & Extra beds
Only guests from 16 years old and only one Suite can have an extra bed (EUR 50 per night).
Minimum stay
1 - 2 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 13:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Steam room/Hamam
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer
  • Spa

During their stay at Riad de Tarabel our guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast and soft drinks throughout the day as well as shuttle service from and to the airport. And we give our guests a local mobile phone on their arrival so that they can stay in contact with us all the time in case of any questions or problems during their stay in Marrakech.

And of course we always try to be available for guests at their convenience and can organise guides and day trips as well as massages in the rooms. Our staff is also available for recommendations on places to go, things to do and which restaurants to visit. And now we also offer a fast track service at the airport as customs normally often takes a very long time. And guests can also use the VIP lounge there.

For dinner we normally propose a traditional Moroccan dinner but always a la carte depending on the preferences of our guests. For lunch we offer lighter dishes like a salad or a BBQ.

Things to do in Marrakech

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf

If it is the first holiday in Marrakech I would recommend visiting many of the historic places such as the Ben Youssef Madrasa Koranic school. Also worth visiting are Bahia Palace, Badi Palace, and the Photographic Museum, which gives you a nice view of ancient Morocco. The Majorelle Garden is not to be missed as well as Jemaa el-Fnaa square during the day as well as at night because it’s such a different ambience each time.

If you’re a repeat visitor, it’s nice to go outside of Marrakech into the countryside, which will be a completely different view and experience of Morocco. There are a lot of places right around Marrakech worth seeing such as the rock desert.

Riad de Tarabel reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Thank you all for our recent experience at Riad de Tarabel. Definitely rate at 5. Visting Marrakech is very much an overload on the senses. It”s a cultural immersion that you have no choice but to adapt and give into. The soaring heat, noise, crowds and thousand years of culture surround you in ways that cannot be found elsewhere in this world. Amongst all this haze of colour, souks and mystic snake charmers, calm and contemplation can be found. Down a narrow lane. A little black door. Sanctuary from one world and into another. The delightfully calm and beautifully presented oasis that is Riad de Tarabel. What an amazing place to discover, experience and base our Moroccan journey from. With first rate leadership from our host Laurent, the always positive and smiling staff, delightful classic modern design and culturally authentic touches we actually felt humbled to be allowed to stay - A feeling that can”t be said for too many places– anywhere.
Mark K. (Australia)
stayed at Riad de Tarabel in April 2017
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
5 (very good)! Great service. Beautiful Riad.
Lydia K.
stayed at Riad de Tarabel in May 2017

The location of Riad de Tarabel

Right in Marrakech, Riad de Tarabel is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Medina. It is a very quiet and peaceful area right by Dar el Bacha Palace, the Royal Family house, and only a few mins to the busy Souk market as well as all the antique stores, clothing and designer shops in this area, so there is lots to do in the immediate vicinity.

When is the best time to visit Marrakech?

The best weather is in March and April as well as October and November. Of course, those are the times when most tourists come to visit Marrakech. If you prefer a more quiet time with less people visiting then I would recommend a visit to Marrakech in January or February when the temperatures are close to 20 degrees during the day and the house is perfectly equipped for the colder nights so it stays cozy.

May and June can be good as well. Starting in July and August it gets very, very hot. I would only recommend visiting during those months if you like hot temperatures. There’s a special ambience in the afternoon at that time. It’s a dry heat, too, not humid.