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.
From Mark Sloneker who stayed here in December 2013
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).