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“This recently restored riad is a breath of fresh air amidst the melange of Marrakech's medina. Light & bright with sleek European feel & contemporary furnishings, natural materials & traditional decor maintain Moroccan heritage feel. There's a roof terrace, small spa & restaurant serving local food.”

“This recently restored riad is a breath of fresh air amidst the melange of Marrakech's medina. Light & bright with sleek European feel & contemporary furnishings, natural materials & traditional decor maintain Moroccan heritage feel. There's a roof terrace, small spa & restaurant serving local food.”

Hotel Review

Combining the aesthetics of Ancient Greece, modern day Italy & traditional Marrakech, this stylish boutique riad is a hidden haven set within the medina's atmospheric winding back streets.

The spacious central courtyard is the heart of the property; admire mature olive trees, bubbling fountain & glossy Italian stone facade that leads up to a perfect roof terrace with sun loungers & shaded seating areas. After days shopping in surroundings souks, indulge in the hammam, book a couple's massage or find respite on the expansive roof terrace with it's views over the city. Rooms & suites vary in style but have a contemporary edge; slick tadelakt bathrooms boast large rain showers while statement canopy beds add an air of romance. Dine on the spacious rooftop or in the intimate European-style dining room; cuisine ranges from Moroccan classics to light European fare.

A contemporary and slick choice for those after a change from classic Moroccan riads.

 

Written by Ellie Boulstridge

Recommended For

  • Local exploring
  • A haven of calm yet easy walking distance to the medina's bustling shops, souks, sites & restaurants
  • Families
  • Unlike most riads, there are several good options for adjoining rooms, extra beds & family set-ups
  • Romantic Break
  • Statement Zanibar Suite boasts sumptuous four-poster canopy bed & romantic in-room fireplace
  • City Style
  • Not your typical dark wood, 'oud' perfumed riad. This property is airy & modern in feel
  • Local markets
  • An afternoon at one of the surrounding souks - that the city is rightly famous - for is an afternoon well spent
  • Cooking classes
  • Book a Moroccan cookery class with the property's chef; it can be done on the rooftop or in the kitchen
  • Sights nearby
  • Hear call to prayer at Koutoubia Mosque or visit the ancient sight of the Saadian Tombs
  • Learning
  • The nearby Marrakech Museum is a great place to learn about such a diverse city
  • Great walks
  • Explore 12 verdant acres at the Majorelle Botanical Gardens
  • Mountain biking
  • In the Atlas mountains can be arranged through the hotel
  • Other Activities
  • Riding
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Restaurant
  • With mood lighting & courtyard views the romantic restaurant channels Arabian Nights vibes; it serves Italian & Moroccan cuisine
  • Roof terrace
  • Relax on sunloungers or dine al fresco on the charming rooftop; the Koutoubia Mosque can be viewed in the distance
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Sleek central courtyard sets the tone with monumental pillars, intricate woodwork, bubbling fountain & olive trees
  • Owner managed
  • Italian owned and Italian designed; the riad is the vision of Umberto Maria Branchini
  • Organic food
  • Lunch on healthy salads made of fresh, locally grown vegetables
  • Intimate
  • Offers the feel of an elegant private home
  • Designer
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Wedding license
  • Family Suites
  • Gourmet
  • Full of character
  • Lively area
  • Opulent
  • Townhouse
  • Spa
  • Artworks
  • Boutique
  • Historic
  • Chic
  • Quirky
  • Child friendly
  • Quiet
  • Wellbeing
  • Contemporary
  • Charming
  • Luxury
  • Four poster beds
  • Romantic
  • Free wifi
  • Views

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • With mood lighting & courtyard views the romantic restaurant channels Arabian Nights vibes; it serves Italian & Moroccan cuisine
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Sleek central courtyard sets the tone with monumental pillars, intricate woodwork, bubbling fountain & olive trees
  • Roof terrace
  • Relax on sunloungers or dine al fresco on the charming rooftop; the Koutoubia Mosque can be viewed in the distance
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Private hammam needs to be pre-booked, there's also a couple's treatment room
  • Fireplace
  • Downstairs rooms come with warming fireplaces for cosy winter stays
  • Airport transfer
  • Airport transfers are included in the rates
  • Views
  • Suites
  • No pets
  • Outdoor dining
  • Car not required
  • Towelling robes
  • Four poster beds
  • Sitting Room
  • Not suitable for disabled guests
  • Meeting Room
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Bar
  • Free wifi
  • 24 Hour room service
  • Spa
  • Laundry
  • Massage
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Wedding license
  • Safe
  • Concierge
  • Child friendly
  • Library
  • Family Suites
  • Wifi
  • Room service
  • Air conditioning
  • Cots available

Activities

  • Local markets
  • An afternoon at one of the surrounding souks - that the city is rightly famous - for is an afternoon well spent
  • Cooking classes
  • Book a Moroccan cookery class with the property's chef; it can be done on the rooftop or in the kitchen
  • Sights nearby
  • Hear call to prayer at Koutoubia Mosque or visit the ancient sight of the Saadian Tombs
  • Learning
  • The nearby Marrakech Museum is a great place to learn about such a diverse city
  • Great walks
  • Explore 12 verdant acres at the Majorelle Botanical Gardens
  • Mountain biking
  • In the Atlas mountains can be arranged through the hotel
  • Riding
  • Cycling
  • Other Activities
  • Golf

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