The complimentary tray of tea and pastries, delivered to your room every afternoon
An onsite boutique, stocked with stylish local treats like snakeskin kaftans
The Saharan-sand scrub at the onsite spa
The family of resident tortoises, who make their home in the garden
What To Know
This is one of the few riads in the medina with a trio of swimming pools
There are no telephones or televisions in any of the rooms
Book Room 11 for its marble fireplace and private veranda
Upon request, you can join the hotel chef on a tour of Marrakech’s food markets
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Serene and seductive Moorish lair made up of three adjacent palaces, with a growing celeb guest-list and a rooftop pool
The jewel-toned entrance at this contemporary riad—a vibrant blend of pink, crimson, and topaz yellow walls—serves as a perfect preview of your stay. Like its bold reception, this romantic Moroccan retreat, the brainchild of Vanessa Branson (sister to Richard) is unexpected, eclectic, and eye-catching. Rooms here are comfy, colorful oases, kitted out with tie-dyed plasterwork, hand-stitched Egyptian cotton linens, and art from Branson’s personal collection—in addition to homey flourishes like scented candles and babouche slippers. The breakfast spread here is just as delightfully over-the-top, whose grand spread includes homemade yogurt and granola, Moroccan pancakes, and made-to-order shakshouka, a local egg dish spiked with a piquant tomato sauce. After a morning of haggling at the souks (you’re within walking distance of Djemaa el Fna square and its neighboring markets), you’ll find respite in the afternoon pastries and mint tea served in one of the hotel’s three covered courtyards. Let the lazing continue at the rooftop pool, where a lounging area with Berber tents affords sweeping Atlas Mountain views.
In the Area
The hotel’s very central location in the medina (it’s also just a ten-minute drive from Marrakech Menara airport) means you can escape the tangle of Marrakech traffic—while also being within walking distance of most local must-sees like the Koutoubia Mosque, the red pisé walls of El Badi (a crumbling 16th-century palace commissioned by a Saudi Arabian sultan), the Jewish quarter, and Jardin Majorelle, the late Yves Saint Laurent’s 12-acre botanical ode to the city. If you’d rather explore via bike or a jog, staff can recommend routes and paths.