Riad Tchaikana is a quiet oasis tucked away in the old city, hard to find but a true gem once you’re inside. It’s managed by three spectacular women who take care of the property and the guests. Since it is a short walk from the Museum of Photography, you will find the Riad artfully decorated with framed monochrome portraits and little shelves overladen with books. Other than that, it is largely minimalistic, washed in bright natural light and handpainted doors on all suites.

Speaking of the suites, I stayed in a large one that had a massive upturned boat for a light fixture, actual Moroccan lamps for reading lights. Done up in dreamy linens, tall ivory drapes, and cool slate floors, the space had a deep cleansing energy. After checking in, I went downstairs for my customary 2 cups of mint tea and dates, and chatted up a storm with Hadija, my gracious host. Hadija used to work at Riad Tchaikana as a kitchen maid and slowly worked her way up as a host. As is common, most Riads in Marrakech are owned by foreign investors who then entrust a local host to manage the property on their behalf. I spent the afternoon in the kitchen speaking with the other two women in my half-baked french.

Riad Tchaikana is not your fancy Air BnB, nor is it fitted with luxury furnishing or air conditioning, but it has everything you need for a blissful vacation in Marrakech, and on a dime no less. It’s distinguishing suit lies in its simplicity and the women who run it.