Need to know
Six, including three suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $126.72 (€117), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a Continental breakfast of fresh fruit, Moroccan bread and pastries, home-made yoghurt and jams, tea, coffee, and eggs on request.
Riad’s Dixneuf La Ksour’s fresh modern stylings come courtesy of Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, the Studio KO design brains behind L’Heure Bleue, a Smith favourite in Essaouira. Want a taste of traditional Morocco? Spend the afternoon with chef Atika, who’ll guide you through the local market and share the secrets to a perfect tagine – her monkfish recipe is not to be missed.
At the hotel
Courtyard, rooftop terrace and solarium, lounge with fireplace, CD and DVD library, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV with DVD player, CD player, iPod with dock, bathrobes, free bottled mineral water, Les Sens de Marrakech toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
If you’re looking for a peaceful night’s sleep after the excitement of the Medina, book the Menzeh Suite, a large room with an inviting window seat framed by intricately carved woodwork. The black marble bathroom and deep bath are seductive, as is the fireplace in the room. Need palatial proportions in your riad bolthole? The Medersa Suite is the biggest in the house, with low wooden seats, a leather day-bed, and a glorious freestanding bath tub. All rooms are clean-lined and airy, with bright white walls and crisp white sheets; arftully scattered Moroccan lamps, tactile rugs and vintage photographs keeps things cosy and elegant.
Flanked by carved colonnades and prettily tiled in shades of green and black, the slim unheated pool is big enough for a refreshing dip. When you’ve done a few (very) lazy laps, lounge on the rattan chairs and sofas strewn around the lantern-lit courtyard.
A gossamer shawl to ward off sun, dust and the evening chill; an empty tin to bring home honey-drenched home-made pastries.
Guests can smoke in the lobby, but not in the rooms. In-room massages and beauty treatments are available; it’s best to arrange this advance, particularly in high season, though same-day bookings are sometimes possible.
The riad is better suited to adults, but children are welcome. Under-5s stay free; extra beds (€50 a night) and free cots can be added to some rooms. -speaking babysitters (MAD120 an hour during the day, MAD150 at night) must be booked a day in advance.