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Accommodation in Tetouan

What is a riad?

What is a riad?

There is sometimes a little bit of confusion with this term... is it a hotel?, a house?, a restaurant?
The word “riad“ means “garden” in Arabic, and even though nowadays it’s usually related to touristic accommodation, it’s truly just a traditional arabic home with an interior central patio that has rooms and lounges surrounding it. Originally these patios would be in an open space, and very often consist of a small fountain with plants and flowers surrounding it, symbolising that of a muslim paradise.

As time went by, and specially in the smaller homes, these open central patios started to close up by a glass roof so they were no longer out in the open. With this huge change the patios became another lounge and are now much more furnished and decorated with rich materials such as elaborate tiles, painted wood work and crystals.

All the different medinas in Morocco are full of homes with this configuration; central patios surrounded by rooms and lounges on the top floor, and some of them have become small hotels with a lot of charm. So, if you’re going to stay in a Riad, you need to know that you’re going to find a traditional home in both form and decoration, so it’s very probable that it will be located in a historic part of the city, although most of the time they are accommodations with all kinds of commodities and often quite luxurious. It’s not really a hotel, but more a guest house with no more that 4 or 5 rooms.

Underneath you will find a selection of the best Riads in Tetouan as well as other accommodations outside of the old part of the medina.

Accomodation in the Medina

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El Reducto

El Reducto
It’s located at the entrance of the old medina and offers a mix of both traditional moroccan and Spanish decoration in an elegant style. Consists of a restaurant which sells alcohol

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Blanco Riad

Blanco Riad
Located just steps away from the Royal palace; with minimalist decorations but of high quality and offers a great restaurant an terrace.

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Riad Dari

Riad Dari
Located in a very quite zone of the Medina, this cozy riad has a terrace with views to have breakfast or have a tea.

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Riad Rehla

Riad Rehla
This establishment is located in the middle of tetouans old medina and offers traditional moroccan decorations and a terrace with stunning views of the mountains and the city.

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Dar Khimisa

Dar Khimisa
A Riad at the heart of tetouans old medina with traditional decorations.

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Little house in the medina

Little house in the medina
If you want something a bit more private and independent, then you can rent this quaint house for a few days; it’s very well located and just a few steps away from the Royal palace

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Accomodation outside the Medina

Riad Achaach

Riad Achaach
It’s located in Torreta, a quiet and residential neighbourhood outside of the city centre. It’s most atractive qualities are its views and gardens

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Hotel Al Mandari

Hotel Al Mandari
A modern hotel located in the spanish development area. It offers a restaurant with great views

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