Tranquil and stunningly decorated riad in the heart of Marrakechs bustling medina
This place is like a private art museum, but without a trace of stuffiness. Home of a former German ambassador, the riad makes an exotic, idyllic base from which to explore the souks and palaces of Marrakech.
Spread over seven interconnecting houses, this 14th century building has been turned into an elegant ‘home from home’ – a glorious mix of chic, comfort, hospitality and art. Wander around the labyrinth of rooms, staircases, balconies and alcoves and you’ll discover magnificent Berber and Islamic art treasures – a true feast for culture-vultures.
The more epicurean, meanwhile, can enjoy the solar-heated plunge pool, the hammam (steam bath), the tented roof terrace, the library, and some excellent food and wine served in a quasi house-party atmopshere.
Five minutes walk from the front door is the famous Djemaa el-Fna square, bustling with snake-charmers, storytellers, medicine men and food stalls, in what has been described as one of the world’s greatest shows.
Riyad El Cadi in the Marrakech Medina is a riad villa with 12 rooms, with doubles costing from €110 for bed and breakfast.