By now you all know about my neverending love affair with Marrakech and I was surprised to realize how much I missed the city when I didn’t visit at all in 2018. So it seemed almost logical that I would choose Morocco to celebrate my 40th birthday with some friends and family. I wanted rose petals, mint tea, and introduce this special place to my loved ones, who all except for my brother had never been.
Marrakech can be overwhelming for new travelers and so I was on a mission to not only have a great birthday but to make my guests fall in love with the city too.
Not only did that happen (or so I like to think) but I fell in love with Marrakech all over again too. New things to explore, familiar things to enjoy, and a new riad in the Marrakech medina to introduce to you…

 

 

 

What is a Moroccan Riad?

There are few proper big hotels in the Marrakech medina and for a good reason. Not only is space somewhat limited in the narrow alleyways and nooks and crannies that make up the medina, but you will want to stay in a Marrakech riad hotel when you are in town.

A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an open courtyard in the center and rooms set around. They are the perfect setting in summer as rooms tend to keep nice and cool but most riads also have a rooftop terrace to catch the sunset and/or a pool or fountain in the courtyard to cool off. They are usually outfitted in typical Moroccan interior which means lots of marble and beautiful designs. When it comes to the question of where to stay in Marrakech, staying in a riad is a must for an authentic experience. Riads are also great for those who don’t care for big hotels and resorts, want personalized service, and if you are traveling with a big family or a small group of friends as riads tend to have anywhere between 3 and 10 bedrooms so you may just get the whole house to yourself.

These days quite a few old riads have been converted to hotel riads in Marrakech, offering the best of both worlds: great service and some hotel amenities as well as an authentic Moroccan experience. Since I am a regular in Morocco I have by now tried and tested quite a few riads in the Marrakech medina, however, I am constantly looking for new discoveries. Why? Because while most riads have things in common when it comes to the set-up, each is still completely unique and will appeal to different travelers. Whether you are on a budget, travel with kids, seeking romance or looking for a stylish setup, there is a riad for everyone in Marrakech or so it seems. Let me introduce you to my latest favorite…

Kitula – Hidden Riad in the Marrakech Medina

I came across Kitula after extensive research because, to be honest, I am the pickiest when it comes to accommodation in general and to Marrakech accommodation in particular. While most riads hold a certain appeal thanks to their beautiful Moroccan design, I knew that I wanted something special to finish off my birthday weeks in Marrakech. After looking at websites and Instagram for hours I found Riad Kitula and was immediately sold – this was the riad in the Marrakech medina for me!

I arrived after my desert trip and wasn’t the most presentable i.e. dusty and sick but as soon as I arrived I knew I had found the perfect place to recuperate before flying home.

Riad Kitula is located in the medina close to Bab Laksour which is near Jemaa el Fna, the main square of Marrakech. While taxis can drop you directly at the gate which is the entrance to the medina I am grateful when the riad offers to pick me up from there because it is hidden in the side alley of a side road around the corner and there is only a small sign on the doorbell. Kitula doesn’t describe itself as a hidden riad for no reason as I quickly realize.
If you try to find your own way I recommend you download maps.me as this app is very detailed and works offline as well. If you are using Google maps look for “Little Sister”, Kitula’s name from its previous owner.

Introducing you to the most beautiful hotel riad in the Marrakech medina - Kitula. The perfect oasis for design lovers & those seeking a place of calm in a different kind of Marrakech accommodation.

Once you are at the door you walk down a corridor before you find a green oasis behind yet another door. Oh and you are also greeted by the queen so you know you are in for a stylish treat!
A courtyard with orange and lemon trees, a sparkling pool, and the sky above you await. After I take a deep breath because I feel like I have stepped into a botanical garden I get the obligatory glass of mint tea, here served on a puter tray with flower decorations.

Introducing you to the most beautiful hotel riad in the Marrakech medina - Kitula. The perfect oasis for design lovers & those seeking a place of calm in a different kind of Marrakech accommodation.

Kitula has just four rooms and one upstairs suite with two bedrooms, which shares a bathroom and is perfect for a family or a couple of friends. I get the Balcony Room which immediately becomes my favorite room in the house as it is on the top floor and thus away from the activities of the courtyard and its balcony is the perfect place to write (or to drink wine and watch Eat Pray Love on Netflix). Even if you are not looking for a writer’s retreat, the room is perfect if you want some more privacy in the already private riad and comes with a small lounge, bathroom, an upstairs loft where the bed is and said balcony overlooking the courtyard from above.

Kitula has just four rooms and one upstairs suite with two bedrooms, which shares a bathroom and is perfect for a family or a couple of friends. I get the Balcony Room which immediately becomes my favorite room in the house as it is on the top floor and thus away from the activities of the courtyard and its balcony is the perfect place to write (or to drink wine and watch Eat Pray Love on Netflix). Even if you are not looking for a writer’s retreat, the room is perfect if you want some more privacy in the already private riad and comes with a small lounge, bathroom, an upstairs loft where the bed is and said balcony overlooking the courtyard from above.

Downstairs you find the kitchen as well as the other three rooms, a media room/office, lounge, and dining room as well as the piece de resistance – the pool. Unlike most pools in the riads of Marrakech, this isn’t a mere plunge pool but has a decent size as well as a couple of sun loungers. As it is March and I am sick I don’t get in not even for a picture (bad travel blogger!) but vow to return as soon as Marrakech is scorching hot – it seems like the perfect retreat from the summer heat and you will feel like you have taken a trip to the countryside.

The design of the communal areas and in the rooms is typical Moroccan yet modern and cool in shades of green, rose and white. What makes it so special is its courtyard which is quite literally covered in plants so whether you are a botany or design lover this is the luxury riad Marrakech for you. Especially after a busy day in the dusty streets of the red city, Marrakech, everything inside Kitula feels calm and I am happy to spend my days sitting by the pool or on my balcony. I feel like I am soaking up green garden energy which is especially welcome after being in the desert or even just spending a day in the medina.
If you want to explore the city you have found one of the best places to stay in Marrakech: are you smack back in the middle of all the action but you will you find a true refugee here after braving the hectic and noisy streets of the medina. From Kitula there is a hidden road which leads you to Jemaa El Fna in minutes and you are incredibly close to the Douria Mouassine and the souks.

As with most riads, the food at Kitula is amazing. For dinner or lunch, you have the option to preorder a set menu and there are always soft drinks, wine, coffee or tea available. Breakfast is a pleasant surprise as I am usually not a fan of Moroccan breakfast staples. But here my meal not only comes in Kitula’s signature set-up, decorated with flowers, but with lots of fresh fruit as well as avocado and other yumminess.

When I leave I feel utterly relaxed, not always a given after a busy Marrakech trip. But I have realized that sometimes all it takes is 50 shades of green to balance off the life in the red city and a feeling of home away from home.

Riad Kituala invited me for a complimentary 2 night stay – thank you! You can book your room for Kitula here. Note since it is a boutique hotel in Marrakech you can pay your room online with credit card but will need to settle your extras like dinners, wine, and transfers in cash.
Since the riad only has five rooms you should book as soon in advance as possible especially if you are traveling to Marrakech in high season.

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Introducing you to the most beautiful hotel riad in the Marrakech medina - Kitula. The perfect oasis for design lovers & those seeking a  refugee in a different kind of Marrakech accommodation.  Perfectly located by Bab Laksour, close to Jemaa el Fna and many of the city's most famous sights you will find one of the best places to stay in Marrakech. Follow along for a look inside this beautiful hidden riad.  #marrakech #morocco #moroccanriad #riad #kitula #marrakechaccommodation #moroccandesign
Introducing you to the most beautiful hotel riad in the Marrakech medina - Kitula. The perfect oasis for design lovers & those seeking a  refugee in a different kind of Marrakech accommodation.  Perfectly located by Bab Laksour, close to Jemaa el Fna and many of the city's most famous sights you will find one of the best places to stay in Marrakech. Follow along for a look inside this beautiful hidden riad.  #marrakech #morocco #moroccanriad #riad #kitula #marrakechaccommodation #moroccandesign
Introducing you to the most beautiful hotel riad in the Marrakech medina - Kitula. The perfect oasis for design lovers & those seeking a  refugee in a different kind of Marrakech accommodation.  Perfectly located by Bab Laksour, close to Jemaa el Fna and many of the city's most famous sights you will find one of the best places to stay in Marrakech. Follow along for a look inside this beautiful hidden riad.  #marrakech #morocco #moroccanriad #riad #kitula #marrakechaccommodation #moroccandesign

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