Marrakech, Morocco

Maison Anaroze

Price per night from$1,182.49

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR1,090.91), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Desaturated riad

Setting

Due north of the Medina

A restored 18th-century mansion turned exclusive-use private residence, Maison Anaroze is big for a riad, with nine Berber-style bedrooms and space for up to 18 people (sorry kids, this one’s for grown-ups only). The cool, calm interiors – all bone-white walls, soaring Moroccan arches and wicker furniture designed by owner Nathalie – provide a soothing antidote to the happy hedonism down the road at Djemaa El Fna, the Medina’s magnificent main square. Find a quiet nook for meditation, cool off with a dip in one of the three pools (one in the courtyard, two on the roof), and enjoy long evenings dining under the stars – your private chef can rustle up Moroccan banquets on demand.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine in total, but at least five must be booked for each stay, available for exclusive group bookings of family and friends.

Check–Out

Noon. Check-in, 2pm. The riad’s exclusive-use policy means early arrivals and late departures can usually be accommodated.

Prices

Double rooms from £1026.11 (€1,200), including tax at 10 per cent. Maison Anaroze is unable to accept payment by credit card.

More details

Rates include a breakfast spread of Moroccan breads, pastries, fresh fruit, juices, eggs as you like them and more.

Also

Owner Nathalie is a designer and many of the artworks and furnishings in the riad are her own creations. These include the comfy wicker egg chair in the courtyard, perhaps Maison Anaroze’s finest spot for post-lunch siestas.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, air-conditioning. In rooms: free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine, Hermès toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

From the rooftop to the rooms, Maison Anaroze is a photographer’s fantasia, with decorative features that pop against a backdrop of whitewashed arches and muted clay tones. We’re talking painted birdcages, patterned cushions, ceramic pots and ornate Moroccan lanterns, and that’s just for starters. Each room has its own unique quirks and features such as exposed brick and ostentatious bathroom mirrors, but it’s the suites with the bath tubs, patio views and direct access to the roof terrace that will have whoever’s first through the front door calling dibs.

Poolside

There’s a sunken pool in the courtyard, in use whenever there’s been enough recent rainfall to fill it, and stuffed with comfy cushions, decorative lanterns and wicker chairs when not. Head skywards up narrow winding staircases, where a duo of rooftop plunge pools, warmed by the morning sun, provide a fine setting for relaxing with a refreshing mojito or mint tea.

Spa

Maison Anaroze is partnered with the spa at nearby Villa des Orangers. There’s also one treatment room on site, where massages are available on request.

Packing tips

As pretty as it is playable, strategy board-game Azul is played with Moroccan-style mosaic tiles and provides a fun way to while away long, sultry afternoons in the riad’s roof-terrace cabanas or candlelit evenings under the stars. You’ll want an extra suitcase to cope with the masses of Berber rugs, Moroccan silver teapots and technicolour spices you’ve successfully haggled in the souks.

Also

Yoga teachers and personal trainers can be booked for rooftop workouts on request.

Children

Maison Anaroze is an adults-only property.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

It’s hard to beat a Moroccan feast prepared by your own private chef and served by starlight on the riad’s foliage-filled rooftop.

Dress Code

Keep it cool and floaty to fend off the Moroccan midday sun, and don’t forget your swimwear for cooling dips in the riad’s three pools.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at Maison Anaroze, but the private chef can come in and cook for you on request. It’s €35 a person for lunch and €45 for dinner; dishes are cherry-picked from across the Med, but the chef will discuss this before your stay, so you can ensure you won't miss out on any favourites.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, but staff are happy to make recommendations on where to find the best mixologists in the Medina.

Last orders

Staff are generally available from morning until midnight.

Location

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Address
Maison Anaroze
95 Rue Sidi Ghanem Zaouia El Abbassia Medina
Marrakech
40110
Morocco

Tucked away north of the Medina, Maison Anaroze is a restful retreat that feels a world away from the multi-sensory carnival of the souks and main square, a 20-minute cab ride from the riad.

Planes

It’s a 20-minute drive to Marrakech Menara Airport. Transfers can be pre-booked at a cost of around €25 one-way and, unlike some stays in the city, the taxi can drop you right at the door.

Trains

Marrakech’s main train station, 15 minutes from the riad, connects the city to Casablanca, Fez, Rabat and other destinations around Morocco. A one-way transfer to Maison Anaroze costs around €20.

Automobiles

Unusually for Marrakech, the street on which Maison Anaroze sits is broad enough that cabbies will happily drop you right at the front door without fear of damaging their paintwork. If you’re a sucker for petrol fumes, honking horns and long delays you can rent your own car at the airport, but famously heavy traffic jams around the centre mean you may be wiser to experience Marrakech by public transport and on foot. The nearest paid parking is five minutes from the riad.

Worth getting out of bed for

Once cocooned within the hushed, whitewashed walls of Maison Anaroze, sipping mint tea, listening to the morning birdsong and lazily leafing through a beat-up copy of celebrated 1950s travel journal A Year in Marrakech, you may well baulk at the very idea of stepping out into the city’s famously thronging streets and squares. And, frankly, though there are plenty of reasons to visit the Medina (more of which later), the allure of a cooling courtyard dip and sunny rooftop siesta will often prove impossible to resist.

Suitably refreshed, make for the labyrinth of lanes that radiate out from Djemaa El Fna, where powder-pink buildings, dusty ochre alleyways and sensational souks conjure a sublime sensory experience that every traveller worth their salt should experience at least once. Scratch your selfie itch in the shadow of the towering 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque then duck into the surrounding souks, where hotshot hagglers emerge clutching triumphant fistfuls of silk scarves, silver jewellery and saffron. Novices beware though: the hypnotic banter of snake-oil salesmen has been known to coax dirhams from wallets just as effectively as the charmers on the square woo their reptilian charges from wicker baskets. In the evenings, belly-dancers, fire-breathers and other street entertainers join the square’s heady fiesta, as aromas of spice and incense drift across the crowd in great pungent plumes.

Between the extremes of the riad’s tranquil solitude and the Medina’s madding crowd lies Marrakech’s embarrassment of splendid gardens and museums, ideal for a bit of post-souk decompression. Chief among the city’s many cultural hubs, the Museum of Marrakech is a former palace with an interior courtyard flamboyant enough to make a sultan blush: think ornamental fountains, stained-glass windows, colourful zellij tiles, arabesque motifs and the kind of bus-sized brass chandelier for which the term ‘extravagant’ feels like something of an understatement. 

Over at Jardin Majorelle, towering palms and prickly pears frame the former home of designer Yves Saint Laurent, an eye-popping electric-blue villa that wouldn’t look out of place on the catwalk itself. Step inside to view artefacts from the Berber Museum and paintings by French artist Jacques Majorelle, the villa’s original owner after whom the gardens – and indeed the intense Majorelle Blue colour of the building’s walls – are named.

Local restaurants

It’s difficult to say whether it’s the commanding views or slow-cooked Moroccan lamb that draws the biggest crowds to Terrasse des Épices in the heart of the Medina. There’s only one way to find out. Book a table on the terrace and order up the restaurant’s celebrated signature tanjia Marrakchia – that’s lamb spiced with ras el hanout, saffron, cumin and ginger, stuffed inside a clay pot then cooked for several hours beneath a mountain of hot ashes. Sounds delicious, right? And almost certainly enough to distract you, at least momentarily, from dreamy views across terracotta Medina rooftops to the Atlas Mountains. Pair with a decadent mountain of rich chocolate pastilla for the win.

Le Jardin’s high whitewashed walls, wicker chairs and garden centre’s worth of lush foliage may put you in mind of Maison Anaroze’s airy interiors, but with the addition of distinct emerald-green floor tiles and the buzzy vibe of the Medina, which filters into the huge garden patio from the maze of streets outside. Duck in for a wide selection of Moroccan classics, such as grilled merguez sausage, crispy falafel and belly-busting chicken tagine with olives and candied lemon.

Local cafés

Café des Épices is a stalwart of the souk scene, offering zesty lemon verbenas, enlivening coffees and refreshing mint teas, all served with a side order of Medina views, natch.

Meanwhile, the lively Mouassine district feels a bit like the souks in miniature, all tiny traditional craft shops festooned with vibrant hand-dyed yarns, hammered copper jewellery and colourful kaftans. Have a break from all that shopping in Dar Cherifa, a restored 16th-century mansion with carved beams, stucco mouldings and a hushed courtyard that’s perfect for pausing with a strong Arabic coffee and a slice of almond cake.

Local bars

Get in with the in-crowd at El Fenn, a luxury hotel whose crowning glory is its smart rooftop terrace, complete with gleaming 30-foot marble bar. Here, mixologists rustle up signature cocktails for thirsty patrons well into the evening. Try the El Fenn Mule, with saffron-infused vodka, fresh ginger and lime, or go native with a whisky-laced Ras Al Hanout Mint. Bold contrasting colour schemes and eye-catching patterned upholstery provide occasional distraction from close-up views of Koutobia Mosque that might just be the finest in town, regardless of how blurred your vision gets.  

Had your fill of pretty views and just fancy some no-nonsense old-fashioned cocktails in a Prohibition Era-style environment? We’ve got the bar for you! A giant metal letter ‘B’ points the way to Le Baromètre in the ​​Gueliz neighbourhood west of the Medina. Inside, jars of vibrant spices line the bar and form the basis for imaginative concoctions that would likely have blown the minds of moonshine-thirsty speakeasy drinkers back in the Twenties.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this restored 18th-century mansion in Marrakech and unpacked their hard-won spoils from the souks, a full account of their adventure in this boutique Red City riad will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Maison Anaroze in Marrakech…

Old meets new at Maison Anaroze, where owner Nathalie has put her design chops to striking use, turning the light-filled atrium’s interior walls and Moroccan arches into stark white canvases against which a number of her own creations – huge wicker egg chair, plaster-mould art pieces and distressed tables – take centre stage. An original 18th-century door, all faded floral prints against dark antique wood also finds a new lease of life as a decorative feature; there’s even a chandelier or two. The whole effect is simultaneously ancient and modern: unfussy tiling and rustic exposed brickwork meets Nespresso coffee machines and luxury Hermès toiletries in the riad’s nine bedrooms, while the free WiFi reaches the majority of cacti-crammed corners and tranquil terraces, allowing you to connect – or disconnect – as you wish. What really sets Maison Anaroze apart though is its impressive size (nine-room riads are a relative rarity in Marrakech), and the fact you get that entire delicious space all to yourself.

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Price per night from $1,182.49