“A very chic riad tucked away in the central medina, with soothing rooms, a cool roof terrace and unbeatable prices”
As is the traditional riad design, all 5 rooms gaze in on the central courtyard. The style is what you might call Scandinavia-meets-Morocco chic.
If possible, go for one of the 3 first-floor rooms - they're quieter and more private. We stayed in Ivory, which has a beautifully preserved menzeh (bay window with latticed woodwork) overlooking the courtyard. It’s bathroom has a domed ceiling, creating a quirky, hammam-like space. Our favourite was Aubergine, with its full-height windows, latticed at the bottom and arched up top. In winter the working fireplace adds comfort and charm. Indigo is the largest, with a sitting area and a shower-tub in the bathroom (a rarity in riad guest rooms).
The ground-floor rooms, Plum and Turquoise, are comfortable, but open straight onto the courtyard, so they lack privacy and you’ll hear some noise at breakfast time.
Throughout, careful craftsmanship, creamy white walls and dove grey woodwork are accented by pretty lanterns, bedside niches and chunky rugs. Also expect billowing white drapes, plump pillows and fresh flowers.Bathrooms are peachy tadelakt with glass bottles of fragrant toiletries made from essential oils.
Like most riad hotels, breakfast is served and other meals are available by prior arrangement. You can take your breakfast in the courtyard or up on the roof terrace, depending on the weather. You'll get fresh orange juice and Moroccan pancakes, in addition to the usual continental fare.
If you're arriving in the evening and don't want to go out again for dinner, or if you'd just prefer to dine in the pretty candlelit courtyard, ask ahead and the cook will prepare a Moroccan meal to suit your tastes. Tagines of lamb and prunes, lemon chicken with olives, or a vegetarian option if you prefer. We enjoyed a lovely lentil and tomato salad, tasty beef casserole with saffron rice, and crêpes with sautéed seasonal fruit.
Most people will head out at least once to the frenzied open-air stalls and grills of Djemaa el Fna. If you're after a restaurant, neaby Le Foundouk comes recommended. Crisp savoury pastries, succulent lamb skewers and rose-petal-strewn desserts taste as good as they look. For a special celebration, head 5km outside town to buzzy Bo & Zin, whose tented garden seating and superb Franco-Moroccan cuisine draw a jet-set crowd.
Children of all ages are welcome.
Plum, Turquoise and Indigo (the largest) have space for an extra bed; all rooms can hold a baby cot. The riad can also be exclusively booked for larger groups and families (up to 4 rooms can be made up as twins).
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Neither the stairs nor the plunge pool are protected, so parents of toddlers should be aware.