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“A beautiful boutique riad that has aced the combination of traditional beauty & laid-back contemporary luxury. Expect mosaics, exquisitely carved woodwork & grand soaring ceilings in art-filled rooms. Rooftop restaurant serves particularly good Moroccan fare. Chic centrally-located pied-a-terre.”

“A beautiful boutique riad that has aced the combination of traditional beauty & laid-back contemporary luxury. Expect mosaics, exquisitely carved woodwork & grand soaring ceilings in art-filled rooms. Rooftop restaurant serves particularly good Moroccan fare. Chic centrally-located pied-a-terre.”

Hotel Review

Located down a myriad of winding streets in the heart of the medina, this beautifully converted yet low-key riad unveils pleasant surprise after suprise.

The entrance opens onto a serene traditional courtyard featuring impressive works of Moroccan craftmanship including statement Moucharabieh woodwork & ornate fluted pillars. Meandering staircases lead to lofty rooms & exotic suites that look out onto the inner chamber; authentic wooden shutters allow cooling breezes & atmospheric views in, while maintaining a romantic feel & plenty of privacy.

Decor features an eclectic blend of artwork from the continent, local pieces & tasteful European touches; think tribal art, intricate wood carvings & Victorian tubs alongside moody colour palettes.

The rooftop is the ultimate Marrakech fantasy; surrounded by terracotta walls & iconic blue skies, the sprawling multi-layered space boasts exotic plants, shady parasols & private sun-lit corners for winter sun-bathing. If you overheat there's a small pool or shaded dining area. A short climb takes you up to a higher terrace which offers panoramic views well beyond the city's limits.

Quiet, tranquil & grown-up, this is the place for boutique breaks à deux with a blend of exploring - sites, restaurants & shops are all easy walking distance - and plenty of downtime. The friendly owners, long-term Marrakech residents, are very present & offer a treaure-trove of local tips.

Recommended for
  • Romantic Break
  • Tucked away within the riad for greater privacy, the Walata suite boasts a roaring fireplace & romantic four-poster bed
  • Local exploring
  • Well-located between the Djemaa el Fna and the Kasbah, a short walk from Bahia Palace, Badi Palace & the Saadian Tombs
  • Short break
  • Fab location makes this a perfect choice for a short sunshine-filled weekend; walk to almost everything in Marrakech
  • Views
  • Climb the viewing tower for incredible vistas over the entire city & snow-capped Atlas Mountain beyond
  • Roof terrace
  • Lush oasis in the heart of the medina with sun loungers, dipping pool, covered terrace & dining area
  • City Style
  • Achieves the perfect balance of sense of place, traditional architecture & contemporary comforts
  • Groups
 

Written by Ellie Boulstridge

Recommended For

  • Romantic Break
  • Tucked away within the riad for greater privacy, the Walata suite boasts a roaring fireplace & romantic four-poster bed
  • Local exploring
  • Well-located between the Djemaa el Fna and the Kasbah, a short walk from Bahia Palace, Badi Palace & the Saadian Tombs
  • Short break
  • Fab location makes this a perfect choice for a short sunshine-filled weekend; walk to almost everything in Marrakech
  • City Style
  • Achieves the perfect balance of sense of place, traditional architecture & contemporary comforts
  • Great walks
  • Leave Marrakech on a day trip to Ourika Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation in the foothills of the magnificent Atlas Mountains
  • Sights nearby
  • Go on a morning tour of Marrakech which includes the sweet gardens of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Tower and the Saadian Tombs
  • Other Activities
  • Tours of the city's many lovely botanical gardens - including Marjorelles - can be arranged for guests
  • Cycling
  • Bicycles can be hired for guests who wish to explore the area & cycling tours can be arranged
  • Local markets
  • There is an abundance of buzzing souks & markets to explore just minutes from the property
  • Learning
  • Museums
  • Groups
  • Wildlife Area
  • Close to nightlife
  • Cooking classes
  • Designer
  • In the dining room an installation of 440 hand-blown droplets falls from the sky like a column of crystal rain, a magical effect
  • Whirlpool Bathtub
  • Luxurious suite bathrooms decked out in marble, polished granite & Moroccan tadelakt boast deep soaking tubs big enough for two
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Rooms open-out onto a traditional inner courtyard complete with decorative woodwork, atmospheric water feature & lush palms
  • Historic
  • Built in the 19th century as the palace of the Khaloufi family. A loving three year restoration has restored it to glory
  • Restaurant
  • Delicious home-cooked traditional Moroccan dinners & generous breakfasts are served al fresco on the rooftop
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Sidi Ifni has its own private terrace facing the courtyard; Azrou comes with a garden-facing veranda
  • Organic food
  • Fruit used in the restaurant is grown in the owner's gardens, a short drive outside the city
  • Artworks
  • The owner's varied collection of African and Moroccan art & photography adorns the walls
  • Owner managed
  • The inspiring Dutch owners run an NGO assisting Moroccan girls with higher education
  • Wedding license
  • Full of character
  • Lively area
  • Opulent
  • Townhouse
  • Boutique
  • Chic
  • Child friendly
  • Traditional
  • Charming
  • Luxury
  • Four poster beds
  • Intimate
  • Romantic
  • Downtown
  • Family Suites

Facilities

  • Views
  • Climb the viewing tower for incredible vistas over the entire city & snow-capped Atlas Mountain beyond
  • Roof terrace
  • Lush oasis in the heart of the medina with sun loungers, dipping pool, covered terrace & dining area
  • Whirlpool Bathtub
  • Luxurious suite bathrooms decked out in marble, polished granite & Moroccan tadelakt boast deep soaking tubs big enough for two
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Rooms open-out onto a traditional inner courtyard complete with decorative woodwork, atmospheric water feature & lush palms
  • Restaurant
  • Delicious home-cooked traditional Moroccan dinners & generous breakfasts are served al fresco on the rooftop
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Sidi Ifni has its own private terrace facing the courtyard; Azrou comes with a garden-facing veranda
  • Fireplace
  • Certain rooms have open wood-burning fireplaces for cosy winter evenings
  • Swimming Pool
  • Refresh yourself with a dip in the rooftop's small but stylish pool
  • Massage
  • Massage, body and beauty treatments available
  • Bar
  • Wifi
  • Sitting Room
  • Air conditioning
  • Bicycle hire
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Wedding license
  • Safe
  • Concierge
  • Cots available
  • Family Suites
  • Four poster beds
  • Child friendly
  • Laundry
  • No pets
  • Airport transfer
  • Suites
  • Not suitable for disabled guests
  • Outdoor dining
  • Car not required
  • Towelling robes
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Garden
  • Babysitting

Activities

  • Great walks
  • Leave Marrakech on a day trip to Ourika Valley, a lush oasis of vegetation in the foothills of the magnificent Atlas Mountains
  • Sights nearby
  • Go on a morning tour of Marrakech which includes the sweet gardens of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Tower and the Saadian Tombs
  • Other Activities
  • Tours of the city's many lovely botanical gardens - including Marjorelles - can be arranged for guests
  • Cycling
  • Bicycles can be hired for guests who wish to explore the area & cycling tours can be arranged
  • Local markets
  • There is an abundance of buzzing souks & markets to explore just minutes from the property
  • Museums
  • Close to nightlife
  • Learning
  • Wildlife Area
  • Cooking classes

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