Moroccan Design Inspiration: Photos of Moroccan Hotels and Riads
A brief look the places I can’t afford to stay at in Morocco, and a few I can. Luckily, I am able to appreciate good design through photos.
Do you know of a Moroccan hotel that exemplifies good Moroccan design? Leave a comment and include a link to photos. Then we can all live together in a virtual Moroccan wonderland. Thanks.
La Sultana, Marrakesh
If I could afford 850 pounds a night, I might stay at one of the Season in Style properties, such as the stunning La Sultana located in Marrakesh.
I love the detail on the pool chairs. I assume it is tile, but perhaps its painted?
Dar Karma, Marrakesh
Dar Karma published these lovely photos on the website of their Marrakesh riad. It is more reasonably priced at around 250 pounds per night. Still beyond my budget.
Moroccan but minimalized. Note the reflection of the painted ceiling in the mirror over the fireplace.
I love the play of light and dark.
Dar Seffarine, Fes
At around $100 per night, I could afford to stay at Dar Seffarine, a 16th century restored dar (house) in Fes. It doesn’t provide the most posh service or the most privacy. For example, according to one review I read, the rooms don’t close, a boy from next door serves tea, and you may have to help out in the kitchen. But, it has been well-recieved by visitors and certainly showcases stunning design and loving restoration. Plus, it is in the middle of the fascinating Fes medina and the roof has a great view.
Dar Benis, Fes
If Dar Seffarine sounds tempting, but you are worried about privacy, I would suggest trying Dar Benis. This traditional 18th century Moroccan house in the Fes medina has been lovingly and traditionally restored by the guy who wrote the virtual book on buying and restoring property in Fes. You can get the entire house to yourself for around $110 per night.
The allure is in the architecture. Furnishings are kept simple.
Casa Hassan, Chefchaouen
A much more modest version of the moorish archway above the bed.
Riad Azama, Azemmour
Also for about $100 per night, you can stay at the restored 18th century riad in Azemmour, Riad Azama.
Another bedroom example and yet another archway above the bed.
Again, if you know of a riad worth sharing, please share by leaving a comment. Thanks.