Dar Les Cigognes

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In one of the most busiest and bustling areas of the Medina close to the Saadien Tombs, is a discrete little door behind which lies Dar Les Cigognes, a supremely stylish boutique hotel. The riad, which takes its name (“house of storks”) from the long legged birds that circle their nests on the palace ramparts just across the street, is a former wealthy spice merchant's house which has been extensively redesigned by the architect Charles Boccara transforming it into a luxurious and stylish Moorish retreat.

There are actually two adjoining riads with large central courtyards complete with fountains, citrus and palm trees, numerous little salons and staircases. Designed throughout to be in keeping with history but with a modern eye for style the 11 elegant rooms and suites face into the courtyard. Throughout you will find traditional tadelakht walls and intricately carved archways mixing with touches of the colonial and splashes of stronger more traditional Arabic colours.

This is a riad of simple pleasures, intimate and irresistibly calming. The terrace is a perfect spot for breakfast with stunning views to the Atlas or enjoy sunset and watch as the skies turn blood red and orange, sip mint tea on a balcony or be scrubbed in the hamman.