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.