Ever since I read Howard Marks’ Book of Dope Stories I have wanted to go to Morocco and visit a hash den.
Of course, that set me on a month-long binge on all that is Morocco, and I quickly fell in love with most of what the country has to offer.
If you’re planning to make your way to Marrakech, whether it’s to frolic with the array of celebs that make their way there to escape the over-populated Mediterranean, or to discover the rich history and delightful architecture, we have the top ten hotels you should stay at, suggested by The Telegraph.
Once you have found and booked your preferred flights through TravelStart, all that’s left is accommodation:
1: La Sultana Marrakech
The rooms are mini Roman temples, with their columns and marble finishes. La Sultana’s staff rank among the finest purveyors of hospitality in the city. The food options leave you spoiled for choice: do you dine in the lantern-lit courtyard,or up on the terrace overlooking the Saadian Tombs?
2: Riad Adore
Want a pot of tea in bed in the morning? No problem. Seeking a perfect carpet but don’t know where to start? They’ll tell you. Breakfast changes daily so you won’t get bored and there’s an honesty bar filled with local wine and beer in the library.
3: Riad Farnatchi
It has nine suites with fireplaces, plump duck-down bedding and Bose speakers. All have private terraces or balconies, and there is a communal rooftop area on which barbecues can be held. Almost every piece of furniture has been specially designed and made for the riad, and the Moroccan-European style is a successful mix.
4: Riad Samarkand
An impeccably decorated 19th-century riad renovated by a Parisian couturier and an antiques dealer. The owners’ shared passion is evident in the luxurious velvet and silk covered furnishings, original Oriental carpets and fascinating antiques.
5: Riyad El Cadi
This former ambassador’s retreat offers peace and seclusion around the corner from the brouhaha of Djemaa el-Fna. Not one, but five linked riads offer gallery-sized guestrooms showcasing Middle Eastern artistry, from hand-painted tiles in the Ottoman suite to antique Berber wedding veils in the Douriya rooms.
6: Riad 72
A hip hideaway where Italian photographer Giovanna Cinel brings a dash of Milanese moda to a traditional Moroccan riad. A small rooftop plunge pool and a hammam are also available to guests.
7: Dar Les Cigognes
Treading the fine line between decorative opulence and sterile minimalism the overall effect is modern without feeling forced. The experienced team treat visitors as honoured guests, remembering what you like to drink and where you like to sit.
8: Riad Mena & Beyond
This handsome 19th-century house has been nipped and tucked, and channels a Miami-in-Marrakech vibe. The six generous, light-filled rooms with their lofty ceilings, garden-gazing windows and enormous bathrooms are extravagantly luxurious.
9: Riad Joya
Taking its cue from ancient Rome, Greece and the Maghreb, Riad Joya’s grand architecture impresses against a desert palette of sand, taupe and beige.
10: Riad al Moussika
Service is impeccable, and it’s the details that stand out: hot mint tea on your return from the souks, fresh flowers everywhere. The rooms are gorgeously finished and all have views over one of the delightful courtyards.
Life goals right there. Book that flight and be on your way…
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