Riad Meriem

Personal (five rooms), chic, riad

P2006, Morocco

212 (0) 524-38-77-31

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At a Glance

The magic of this stylish riad hotel is in the mix of Moroccan traditions with modern flair, courtesy of the owner, a major antiques collector.


New Yorker Thomas Hays is just one amongst a new breed of style-obsessed global nomads who has decided that a well-lived life must include a home in Marrakech. Thankfully, the major antiques collector has decided to share his five-bedroomriad with other visitors so now you can check into his private home and live among his treasures. The former banker turned hotelier spent years working with craftsmen to create this supremely comfortable retreat.

The magic is in the mix of Moroccan traditions with modern flair: the walls were prepared in the centuries-old process of tadelakt, but in a purple color tone; the customary courtyards that are now overgrown with bougainvillea; antiques carpets are juxtaposed with modern abstract paintings. Hays’ photograph collection mixes with textiles from western Africa and objects that he picked up on his many travels to Asia.

The atmosphere is quirky in the most refined way and if the service feels more like that of a private home, it’s because that is how Hays and his wife like it. Two wonderful couples, one English and one Moroccan, cater to guests needs, so you will never rest long by the courtyard pool, without someone delivering a cool drink. Among the amenities that can be arranged: a private chef, belly dancers and hammam treatments.

Who Should Stay

Discerning couples and design snobs. (Families should book elsewhere.)

Written by Indagare

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