- Style Elegant Arabesque
- Setting Bab Doukkala back streets
Behind a studded wood door in a peaceful alleyway of the North Medina in Marrakech, Noir D’Ivoire hotel has everything you'd want from a traditional riad: an expansive courtyard, scenic rooftop patio and fresh Moroccan food. Luxury is in the trimmings here, such as the glassy pool, decadent hammam and grand piano in the main courtyard.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine, including seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $525.56 (€382), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.60 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include breakfast. The hotel can provide airport transfers for €30 each way.
- Facilities Two courtyards, pool, lounge bar, library, gym, hammam and treatment room, boutique, free WiFi, baby grand piano. In rooms, minibar, flatscreen TV/DVD player, AC, luxury toiletries, safe.
- Poolside The new second courtyard features a small swimming pool, flanked by sunloungers, banana trees and a cooling cascade of water.
- Check–out Midday, but very flexible subject to availability.
Children Families welcome; an extra bed can be added to rooms for €50 a night, and babysitting can be arranged – however, this is a place you’ll want to keep entirely to your adult selves.
- Also Smith members can book the whole riad at the exclusive rate of €2,600 a night, with champagne, transfers and spa discount, (three-night minimum at weekend, two nights mid-week). This replaces the Smith membership card offer.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Panther, Zebra and Cheetah – the new Royal Suites around the pool patio – are stay-forever fabulous, with private roof terraces or balconies, giant baths and enough room to swing a big cat in. Panther’s particularly decadent: as well as a separate study and dressing room, Indonesian wing chairs and a four-poster bed, its terrace has a Jacuzzi and double day bed so you can sleep under the stars on warmer nights. Above the first courtyard, we loved the Camel suite with its romantically draped bed, colonnaded tadelakt bath and comfy lounge area. The Elephant suite has a beaten silver-alloy bath for two, a carved cedarwood four-poster and balcony. The Junior Suites – red-hued Desert Fox and cosy Chameleon – are also good choices.
- Packing tips Swimwear, so you can make the most of the pool. Comfy shoes for exploring; pretty sandals or mules for evenings in. Owner Jill has thoughtfully provided palm-leaf baskets and sunhats in rooms for shopping trips in the souk or taking to the pool.
- Also Capable therapists use fine natural oils, traditional savon noir and Yon-Ka products for beauty treatments and facials. Book in for a couples’ hammam, or spoil yourself with a relaxing reflexology massage. If you’re in a suite, ask staff to draw and dress your bath; it’ll be surrounded by candles, scented with oils and strewn with rose petals. Open a bottle of champagne from the minibar and, hey presto, instant romance.
Food and drink at Noir D'Ivoire
- Hotel restaurant Eating is a relaxed affair but food at Noir D’Ivoire is faultless: chef Mohammed takes traditional Marrakchi dishes and transforms them with European flair, creating delicately spiced tagines, silky soups and miniature pancakes for breakfast.
- Dress code Comfortable boho chic: silk kaftans, floaty layers, linen shirts.
- Top table A corner table in the dining area, or a table for two beside the banana palms in the courtyard. Enjoy breakfast in the sun on winter mornings on the roof terrace.
- Last orders Dinner is by arrangement and the bar closes around midnight, or when the last guest has gone to bed. Staff are on hand 24 hours a day – if you need anything, just ask.
- Room service You can dine privately in your suite or take your breakfast on your own terrace if you wish. Your minibar will take care of early-hours imbibing, and rooms have bowls of fruit and nuts to graze on; the chef is working on a 24-hour snack menu.
- Hotel bar The fireplace-focused lounge bar is perfect for aperitifs or nightcaps; join the Fechtmanns and their guests for a friendly gossip over a Casablanca beer or gin and tonic, or sink into one of the squishy sofas in the library with a bottle of wine.