Riads Marrakech

Riads Marrakesh

Riad El Fenn

El Fenn is a sort of super riad with its four courtyards, two pools, a bar, restaurant, hammam, library, cinema screening room and collection of modern art – all shared by just 18 rooms. Map J3 • 2 derb Moulay Abdallah Ben Hezzian, Bab El Ksour, Medina • 024 44 12 10 •

Riad Farnatchi

The intimate yet deluxe Farnatchi has a design that is a playful update of the local aesthetic. Luxurious suites boast sunken baths and private terraces. Map K2 • Derb El Farnatchi, off rue Souk des Fassis, Medina • 024 38 49 10 • www.riadfarnatchi.com •

Riyad El Cadi

This rambling residence, created by connecting no less than eight houses, was designed by a former German ambassador to Morocco with a passion for collecting; the suites, rooms and salons have museumworthy items of Islamic art, such as wooden screens, Berber hangings and painted ceilings. However, the overall feel is very clean and contemporary. Map K3 • 87 derb Moulay Abdelkader, off derb Debbachi, Medina • 024 37 86 55 • www. riyadelcadi.com •

Riad Enija

One of the older riads, it still manages to remain one of the most striking. The spacious rooms feature the most outlandish collection of furniture. TV sets, telephones and other modern accoutrements are nonexistent, while at the heart of the riad is a wild courtyard garden. Map K3 • 9 derb Mesfioui, off rue Rahba Lakdima, Medina • 024 44 00 14 • www.riadenija.com •

La Maison Arabe

More a small hotel than a riad, La Maison Arabe began life as a restaurant in the 1940s, closing in 1983 and then reopening 16 years later as the city’s first maison d’hτtel. It feels almost like a country mansion and retains a definite colonial air. Guests can use a lovely garden pool on the outskirts of the city in a garden setting. Map H2 • 1 derb Assehbe, Bab Doukkala • 024 38 70 10 • www.lamaison arabe.com •

Riad Kaiss

The small Kaiss is the quintessential riad. Rooms surround a courtyard full of trees and have pink walls with Majorelleblue trim and zellij tiling. There are lots of private terraces and balconies. Map K4 • 65 derb Jedid, off rue Riad Zitoun El Kedim, Medina • 024 44 01 41 • www.riadkaiss.com •

Riyad Al Moussika

Formerly owned by Thami El Glaoui (see p33), the new Italian owner of this riad has created a traditionalstyle residence with six rooms on two levels, an Andalusian courtyard and a music room with piano. The food here is particularly good. Map L4 • 17 derb Cherkaoui, off rue Douar Graoua, Medina • 024 38 90 67 • www. riyad-al-moussika.com •

Dar Attajmil

This is a tiny riad with just four rooms overlooking a small courtyard full of banana trees androoms feature earthy tones and have darkwood ceilings and tadelakt bathrooms (see p36). Owner Lucrezia Mutti runs cookery courses. Map J3 • 23 rue Laksour, Quartier Laksour, Medinai • 024 42 69 66 • www.darattajmil.com • coconut palms. The


Reasonably priced, this riad has four stunning and spacious suites, plus one smaller single room. The decor in each room is beautiful and highlights the “African” in North African. The rooms are set around a large central courtyard that is used for breakfasts and candlelit dinners. Map K2 • 25 derb El Ferrane, Quartier Azbest, Medina • 024 38 51 50 • www. tchaikana.com •

Riad Magi

Not as grand as other riads, it compensates with a very homely atmosphere and attentive service from the Moroccan staff. There are six differently coloured rooms on two floors around a central orangetree shaded courtyard. d Map K3 • 79 derb Moulay Abdelkader, off derb Dabachi • 024 42 66 88 •

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