“A bijou oasis in the medina: 7 rooms overlooking a beautiful courtyard, with a pool, pampering service and a panoramic roof terrace”
The poetically named rooms - Cinamon, Ivoire, Rose, Olivier, Jasmine, Oulidia, the Dome Suite - open onto an arched walkway overlooking the inner courtyard. Each is individually decorated, with shuttered windows and French doors that bring in plenty of sunlight and show off gorgeous Moroccan details: herringbone bejmat floors dotted with Berber rugs, hand-carved bedside tables, traditional black-wood ceilings, silk sconces and cushions, velvet curtains pooling by the door. Background colours such as warm taupe and olive are accented with rich purple fabrics, gold wall hangings, Mauritanian wooden artefacts and copper-framed mirrors.
All rooms have a double or kingsize bed (Cinamon and Ivoire can be set up as twins on request), a chair or cushioned bench, and an ensuite shower bathroom with polished tadelakt walls and traditional copper fittings. Olivier and Jasmine also have small sitting areas (with a fireplace in the latter), and Oulidia has a private terrace. Largest is the 2-storey Dome Suite, a mini palace with a separate lounge, a terrace, delicate white fretwork, cut-metal lamps and intricately painted woodwork.
Luxurious amenities include Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, robes and slippers, artisan soaps and shampoos, complimentary bottled water, and vases of fresh flowers. All rooms have heating, air-conditioning and a safe; the Dome Suite also has a TV and DVD player.
A traditional breakfast is served every morning on the roof terrace, in the courtyard or in the dining room. Expect fresh bread, Moroccan pastries, homemade jams from sister hotel The Capaldi, freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee and tea, fruit salad, yoghurt and a choice of eggs.
Light snacks (club sandwiches, pasta, salads) and drinks are available throughout the day, and 2- or 3-course lunches and dinners can be ordered with a few hours’ notice. The manager will discuss the menu with you; the mostly Moroccan dishes include pastillas, tagines, kefta, couscous and salads, as well as a few European staples. There’s also a short but well-chosen wine list. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of lamb and vegetable tagines, served in the dappled shade of the roof terrace just as the Friday call to prayer began.
Staff are always happy to recommend restaurants, make reservations and even walk you there and back. Le Foundouk, an easy stroll from the hotel, is known for its authentic Moroccan cuisine, stylish interiors and lovely roof terrace. Another must is Al Fassia, legendary because it is owned and run by women, while Le Comptoir is the place for lively music and belly dancing - both are a 10-minute taxi ride from Riad Capaldi. We also recommend wandering over to Djemaa el Fna (the medina’s vast main square) at sunset, when it becomes a huge open-air restaurant lined with food stalls, storytellers, musicians and snake-charmers.