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Cool Arabian Nights

Marrakech's new Riad Meriem has a techno-meets-Berber aesthetic.

A terrace at the Riad Meriem, in Marrakech.
Courtesy Riad Meriem
By Alexandra Hall

The frenetic masses of Marrakech's Medina neighborhood may result in endorphin-charged touring, but they also make unwinding in a serene space an absolute requirement. Enter Riad Meriem, a newcomer to the city's recent wave of riads and the handiwork of American owner-designer Thomas Hays.

In conjunction with meticulous Marrakechi craftspeople, Hays has created a techno-meets-Berber aesthetic, placing glass lanterns and sleek tiling in the five jewel-toned suites, all of which overlook a bougainvillea-laced patio lit only by candles.

Add to that the expertly prepared tagines from the kitchen and a staff able to wrangle everything from market guides to private hammam visits, and it's little wonder this riad is fast becoming a magnet for sophisticated travelers. From $327 per night. Derb El Cadi 97, Azbezt; 011-212-24-38-77-31; riadmeriem.com.

Published on 9/15/2008
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