A very stylish doueria (traditionally a small independent annex to a large riad) which I've designed as my pied-à-terre, right in the centre of the Marrakech medina, in one of its more luxurious, safe and well-situated neighbourhoods (Mouassine).
Very stylish doueria (traditionally a small independent annex to a large riad), right in the centre of the Marrakech medina, in one of its more luxurious and well-situated neighbourhoods (Mouassine).
Close to the souks (less than a minute), to Jemaa el Fna (less than 5 minutes) and places like the Cafe Arabe, Terrasse des Epices, Dar Cherifa (all only a few minutes away) etc.
The house mixes contemporary and more classic design with traditional architecture and boasts modern amenities such as a projector and pull-down screen in the living room, which also has a fire place, ADSL internet, en-suite bathroom in each room, modern kitchen on the ground floor and little kitchen/bbq on the terrace with panoramic views of the Atlas mountains and the rest of the medina.
Touria will provide a traditional breakfast each morning as well as clean the house during your stay, and can also provide excellent traditional moroccan meals if requested.
The house has a eating/seating area as well as an open kitchen on the ground floor around the patio from which a Bougainvillea tree grows up all the way to the terrace. The first floor is where you'll find the living room, the library as well as two of the bedrooms. The master bedroom with its own little salon and mini-terrace is on the top floor, leading to the terrace dining area and lounging areas.
During the winter months, individual heaters are available for each room, and for the summer months, the top room is equipped with an air conditioner (the rooms on the first floor always remain fresh, ensured by the traditional design of the house)
Interaction with guests
Since I'm not often in Marrakech these days, communication with myself will happen by email. The house is being taken care of by Touria who'll come in the morning to make breakfast, and clean up. She can also prepare wonderfully home cooked moroccan dishes on request. Adil or Philippe, who run a guest house in the same street will provide you with the keys and help you with any questions you might have on your arrival.
It would be very much appreciated if the tranquility of the neighbourhood is respected (noise travels far on the roof terraces) and local customs not offended.
Even though certain areas of Marrakech have an "anything goes" atmosphere, this is not the case of the medina which is far more conservative. Prostitution and illegal substances are prohibited in Morocco and subject to criminal sanctions. Please do not bring any guests to the house unless this has been cleared beforehand explicitly.
Smoking is only allowed on the patio and the roof terrace.