Very well-run riad in the heart of the old city. Stylish design and interesting furnishings.
ABOUT: Very well-run and a long-standing Lawrence of Morocco favourite, this stylish riad occupies a great spot just inside the medina near Bab Doukkala: a perfect location for both sightseeing and shopping purposes. And despite being mere yards from a frenetic trading alley, Moucharabieh is a study in tranquillity: all gurgling fountains and quiet corners. Slick service and pretty mosaic murals complete the charm offensive.
ROOMS: Beautifully decorated and equipped to a level generally only normally found in five-star-deluxe hotels, Moucharabieh’s nine comfortable rooms are split across two wings. The Delacroix wing has a quartet of Classic Rooms and a larger suite with an authentic Moroccan feel while the Matisse’s four Superior Rooms are a bit more modern. All have fireplaces, heating and air-conditioning.
FACILITIES: Framed by pot plants and palm trees, the (unheated) courtyard pool offers refreshment from the summer heat, with a separate spa tub providing additional relief for medina-sore muscles. Massages can be ordered, too. Off the courtyard, behind billowing white drapes, are salons and sofas, perfect for catching up with a book. In an adjacent room, the riad’s restaurant serves traditional Moroccan and international cuisine on request. And up top, a furnished roof terrace has stunning views over the medina towards snow-capped Atlas Mountains, suiting both sunbathing and stargazing.
EXTRA INFO: Extra distraction is available in the TV room and library, while Moucharabieh’s superb staff can make suggestions for dinners, local sights and more.
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Riad Moucharabieh was gorgeous-like stepping into the movie-Casablanca. The food at breakfast was great-location also great for us. At this riad, a clearer idea of cost of dinner/drinks since it wasn't included in the cost of the room, would have been very helpful. (This could be an American thing, again).
Mark Sloneker who stayed here in January 2014.
Riad Moucharabieh, Marrakech has been rated 1 time, with an overall rating of 4.00 out of 5.
Riad Farnatchi has been created out of five small Riads in the heart of the oldest part of Marrakech where houses have stood for many centuries; some of the walls are over 400 years old.
Charming authentic riad with cosy, comfortable rooms, located half way between Jemaa El Fna Square and the modern town.
When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.