Riad Lotus Perle, Marakesh Morocco
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Heavily influenced by art deco design, this is one of the brightest and least Moroccan of the Marrakech riads. Tall pillars and the overuse of brilliant white paint reflected in a giant mirror creates an interesting, exciting environment.
Grey marble adds warmth with many pictures of American art deco landmarks, such as New York’s Empire State Building, making it almost a shrine to 1930s design.
A popular venue which attracts those preferring sleek, upmarket surroundings rather than the sometimes overly fussy, traditional Moroccan look found in many competing establishments.
A sturdy pink coloured building with a large, arched wooden off street doorway. An open interior courtyard has tall white painted columns, sweeping arches and a massive mirror above the tiny pool. A roof top terrace has sweeping views over the Medina and beyond.
Property type: Hotel
Built Year: 2005
Art deco inspired interior is painted in the most brilliant of whites with grey and black trim. Black and white photographs adorn the walls, with a pair of small narrow lounges with open fires offering space for relaxation and reading.
Velvet curtains provide warmth and softness and fresh floral displays add some colour. Restaurant is bijou and simple and drinks are served throughout the communal areas.
A trickling pool looks rather exposed in the courtyard and is more for ornamental purposes rather than serious swimming. A pleasant roof terrace has a fair supply sunloungers and tent like shade with more tables, often used for alfresco breakfasts.
Area Type: In the heart of the Medina, 400m to the north of Jemma el Fna, with its entertainers, juice stalls and evening eateries. Situated at the side of a narrow passage, but 50m from a wider street and 200m from Bab Doukkla. The El Bacha is located 200m to the south, where there is a good number of tourist shops and plenty of taxis.
Map Ref: 33
- A la carte restaurant
- Rectangular (4 yds)
- Public facilities
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)