- Style Curvacious teched-up riad
- Setting Quiet La Ksour sidestreet
A retired fashion photographer transformed a 600-year-old riad in the Marrakech medina into Maison mk hotel, a design den that blends traditional Moroccan motifs with modern minimalist touches. The teardrop-shaped plunge pool, vibrantly coloured fabrics and silk artwork all showcase an eye for detail at this comfortable contemporary retreat.
Need to know
- Rooms Six suites: five doubles and a twin/double.
- Rates Double rooms from $342.68 (€250), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include breakfast, afternoon tea and, for stays of three nights or more, airport transfers. Four-night minimum stay in high season.
- Facilities Spa, hammam, private screening room, Xbox 360, iPad, camera and flip video for guest use, small library of books and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: hand-made beds with Maison de Blanc bed linen, sound system with preloaded iPod, Ex-Voto toiletries. All rooms include a mobile phone, with credit.
- Poolside The curvy plunge pool in the courtyard spreads like a teardrop from the wide fireplace in the courtyard. (The resident rubber duck seems to like it, too).
- Check–out 11am, but flexible. Check-in, 2pm.
Children Unless you book the whole riad, it’s over-12s only. An extra bed can be added to rooms 1, 3 or 6 for €50 a night. There’s a selection of board games suitable for youngsters, and a children’s menu (with adaptable meals) is available on request.
- Also There's a fireplace-fitted smoking room – with a few shisha pipes and a cigar box – if you need to light up. The riad also offers cooking lessons and has an alcohol licence.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Thanks to the incredible mattresses (the same type that the king himself likes to slumber on), and the super-luxurious 600-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep whichever suite you nest in. If you want a bit more space, Room 1, the master suite, is twice as big as the other five, with high ceilings, hanging silks and chandeliers and a gorgeous tadelakt bathroom. Room 5 can be used as a twin bed and Room 6 is the quirkiest, with exposed beams, hanging silks in orange and crimson, and windows looking out onto the street – its ensuite, with a walk-in shower is also rather luxe.
- Packing tips Purge your luggage of gadgetry – each of the riad’s rooms comes with a preloaded iPod and a mobile phone – with credit and useful numbers included.
- Also You can tailor-make an in-room honour bar to your taste – just let the riad know your preferences before you arrive and staff will ensure it’s stocked with your favourite goodies. Otherwise, you’ll find such luxuries as Veuve Clicquot, mineral water and even Haribo sweets. There are regular rooftop yoga sessions, where workouts (with a personal trainer on request) are followed by spa treatments and lots of food and drink, including home-made cake and mint tea in the afternoon.
Food and drink at Maison mk
- Hotel restaurant Five-course Moroccan/European fusion meals are served in the warm, lounge-like dining room or by the pool. The terracotta walls are inscribed with ornate Arabic calligraphy, chairs are upholstered in white leather, and colourful banquettes line the walls. A lighter three-course dinner is served on the roof terrace and the hotel offers an à la carte lunch menu and afternoon tea.
- Dress code Laid-back loungewear – your newly purchased djellaba would be perfect.
- Top table Couples in search of an intimate soirée should book the private dining table at the far end of the restaurant – it’s curtained off from the rest of the room, beneath a shining golden ceiling.
- Last orders The restaurant normally closes at 9pm, but lighter snacks are available after hours.
- Room service Light snacks and drinks can be brought to your room – or to the roof terrace – 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar You can drink anywhere in the riad, whether it’s a bottle of Cristal or the local beer. We love the three-tier roof terrace, for its amazing views and bar, and the sunken lounge beside the fireplace.