Moroccans are generally very tolerant people and tourists of all orientations are respected as long as local laws and customs are seen to be respected in return. Marrakesh is a fantastic city and even if it’s a muslim country, people are tolerating the foreigner gay couples are there a few gay friendly hotel Marrakech.
Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.
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1. Riad La Maison Rouge – Gay Friendly Hotel Marrakech
Riad La Maison Rouge or Riad Villa Almeria Hotel & Spa as it’s advertised on booking.com is a gay friendly riad in Marrakech. Located in the Berrima district, 1 km from El Bahia Palace and a 20-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square, Riad Villa Almeria Hotel & Spa offers an outdoor swimming pool with a view of the palace. Hammam and massage treatments are available on site.
The air-conditioned guest rooms at Riad Villa Almeria Hotel & Spa are stylishly decorated and equipped with free Wi-Fi internet access. Each room has an en suite bathroom offering a bathtub and a hairdryer.
The Riad is placed just perfectly far enough away from the centre of the city, to be able to escape from all the noise and thereby have a relaxing stay, but yet so close that it only takes about 15-20 min to reach the main scare Jemaa El-fnaa, and if you come by airplane to Marrakech the riad is situated only about 10 minutes from the airport.
The place is gorgeous, the room was very comfortable and the roof terrace is perfect for relaxing, reading, and enjoying a drink or something to eat
The hamman (spa) was great, prices for massages etc etc were fair and the service very good. Couples can do a hamman together which in short is fabulous!
The patio and terrace are lovely…very comfortable furniture, clean with views over one of the royal residences. There are two restaurants to eat in….upstairs on the terrace or on the undercover courtyard patio.
How much does a room costs at Riad Villa Almeria Hotel & Spa?
This more spacious suite is air-conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi internet access.
This room can accommodate 2 extra beds.
2. Riad 72 Marrakech – Gay Friendly Hotel Marrakech
Located in the Old Medina in Marrakech, Riad 72 is a boutique hotel and offers guest rooms decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, a hammam and patio. Jemaa El Fna Square is a 10-minute walk away.
Accessed by a private entrance, all rooms are air-conditioned and feature a safety deposit box and heating, while some have a private patio and terrace. The en suite bathroom includes free toiletries.
The Riad 72 is a true home and oasis right in the middle of the medina, walking distance from all spots in the heart of town. But what’s more important is that this hotel feels like your tranquil base and never ending source of support at all times
The hotel porter accompanies you down little alleyways to the Riad where you enter a beautiful courtyard with a water feature and huge banana trees – when you go through the door it is like entering Dr Who’s tardis. This interior courtyard offers visitors a wonderful sense of calm after the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
The setting of the Riad is perfect, being within the back streets of the Medina but in a quiet area and a short and easy walking distance to all the sites. It’s reached by a few small winding streets and felt perfectly safe at night. There is always a security guard at the main door and the hotel provides you with a personal mobile phone with a range of pre-programmed numbers if you get lost and would like to be escorted back or need any help.
This truly is a stunning boutique hotel, and it has SUCH an intimate feel and relaxing atmosphere – exactly what you need after a day of exploring Marrakech! I would say Riad 72 is in the perfect location as it’s just far enough from the craziness of the markets, but still within walking distance to everything.
Riad interior is lovely and nice balance of tradition and contemporary boutique and relaxed, informal atmosphere with well fitted bathrooms, large rooms, comfy beds, WiFi and good air conditioning.
The interior of the Riad is simply stunning; elegantly and traditionally decorated and furnished with a beautiful large open air courtyard, with banana trees, and a sumptuous, traditionally decorated red dining room. There is also a wonderful roof terrace where you can soak up the sun or dine if you wish. The deluxe room with a private terrace and it’s superb, being simply, beautifully and warmly decorated, very comfortable and large enough for your needs with ample storage and a safe. The bathroom is great and the complimentary luxury spa toiletries were of the highest quality. The room has some stairs up to its own personal sun terrace, with 2 comfortable sun loungers and a table and chairs, and even its own outside shower. A welcome pack of fruit is left for your on our arrival and each night there was a turn down with 2 bottles of water.
The bed is huge and very comfortable and there is enough room for storage for a few days worth of clothes, the shower and bathroom are lovely.
The breakfasts is simple but with the highest quality local produce with fresh fruit, orange juice and yoghurt, a different dish each day (such as pancakes, omelettes etc.) and local bread, cakes and soft cheese.
How much does a room costs at Riad 72?
Accessed by a private entrance, this air-conditioned room features a safety deposit box and heating. The en suite bathroom includes free toiletries and a hairdryer.
3. Riad Karmela – Gay Friendly Hotel Marrakech
Our next suggestion for a gay riad in Marrakech is a deluxe 4* hotel, located in the heart of the old Medina, close to the Souks and an 8-minute walk from the Jamaâ El Fna Square (please be aware that there is limited access to cars and taxis).
It offers a hammam, a sauna and massage treatments.
The Riad Karmela is a real oasis in the busy medina of Marrakesh. This charming riad is located bang in the middle of the busy medina area and offers a calm oasis of high-end hospitality just minutes from the “chaos”.
The location is perfect, just outside the main market area, 10 minutes from the souks and the main square, with good local restaurants nearby and easily walkable to the main dining areas – ask at reception for recommendations!
Like almost everything in the Marrakech Medina, Riad Karmela is a little bit tricky to find when you first arrive, it’s tucked away down a small lane, not directly accessible by car, so ensure that you have good directions or a map pre-loaded onto your phone to avoid wandering in circles if you take a public taxi. I would suggest on arrival, that you book a hotel transfer.
It has an amazing roof terrace, with sun loungers, heaters and covered areas. The communal dining area is amazing with great authentic decor and ambiance. The roof terrace is a perfect sunny spot if you want to top up your tan or read or nap somewhere sunny.
Rooms are in the traditional Riad style with antique furnishings and lost of ornate textiles throughout. The bed is very nice and a smaller single bed at the end of the room which could be used for an extra guest or as a daybed to read and relax if it’s too hot outside. There is also a bowl of fresh fruit and complimentary bottled water which was nice. We had lovely large wooden doors and shutter windows (no glass), and a large bathroom.
Breakfast is lovely, typical home made riad style food. Fresh pastries, breads, roti pancakes, jams, cheeses, fresh fruits and yoghurts, as well as some nice savoury vegetables and fantastic onion omelette! A great self service spread with lovely fresh coffee and juices.
4. Riad La Terrasse Des Oliviers – Gay Friendly Hotels Marrakech
Located in the Bab Doukkala district of Marrakech, this Riad is a 15-minute walk from the Jamaâ El Fna Square and Gueliz. It offers a daily breakfast, a swimming pool on the patio and free Wi-Fi.
Each room has Moroccan decor and an en suite bathroom decorated with Zellige tile work. All the rooms of Riad La Terrasse Des Oliviers are equipped with air conditioning and heating.
The Riad is a 20 minute walk to the main square. A little confusing at first but once you find your way it’s fine. You can wlk around the local streets day and night and fell perfectly safe.
The riad is about 10 minutes walk to the main souks and 20 minutes to the new town. So ideally located and a peaceful retreat whilst still feeling like you’re in the heart of the action. The taxi to the airport takes about 30 minutes depending on the time of the day you go to Marrakech Airport.
The location, fifteen minutes or so from the main square, but just seconds away from the buzz that is this vibrant city, leaves you feeling that you have really lived with the inhabitants of Marrakesh. Lastly, the riad itself is an ocean of calm. Superb, comfortable rooms clustered around the courtyard, a sunny terrace upon which to relax and soak up the winter sun.
The rooms (suite) is spacious and traditionally decorated with beautiful furniture and lovely lamps. The bathroom, although not luxurious, is large and has shampoo, soap, shower gel and body lotion. (no conditioner). The other rooms and they were all of the same high standard. There are several lounge areas around the Riad to sit and read or have a snack, the terrace is lovely with orange and olive trees, 2 sun loungers and a variety of seating areas.
The breakfasts is way above expectations with breads, fruits, omelette, yoghurt, juices, cake, tea/coffee. Gluten free option also available (another guest requested this with no issues!)
If you are looking for an authentic Marrakech experience, I highly recommend this gay friendly Riad in Marrakech. They were also completely fine with tourists being a gay couple.
How much does a room costs at Riad La Terrasse Des Oliviers?
This spacious suite offers Moroccan-style seating and free toiletries in the private bathroom decorated with Zellige tiles. It has pale walls and is decorated with accents of colour.
5. Dar Andamaure Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotel Marrakech
Set in a traditional Moroccan Riad, Dar Andamaure is located in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina, a 2-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square. It has a hammam and indoor pool.
Each of the bright, spacious guest rooms has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The rooms overlook the patio or the internal courtyard.
The Riad itself has a beautiful interior and terrace and is incredibly peaceful; a nice break from the chaos of Marrakech itself. The service whilst you’re staying there is second to none as well.
The building has been completely reconstructed a couple of years ago, and they did a marvellous job. The 4 rooms are well-decorated, clean and air conditioned (you’ll need that!) and the roof terrace is the perfect way to unwind at nightfall. The rooms are lovely and very well kept
A delicious breakfast is included and dinner can be arranged with advanced notice.
How much does a room costs at Dar Andamaure?
The rooms have views of the patio or the interior courtyard. They are also air-conditioned.