As one of our favourite “rough-luxe” riads in Marrakech, Riyad el Mezouar is one of the most tasteful, intimate and local Moroccan riads in the heart of Marrakech’s less touristy northern medina district. With two beautifully-appointed suites and three intimate rooms, you’ll feel like you’re being welcomed into a private aristocratic home reminiscent of an ancient Moroccan mansion. This UNESCO world heritage listed building from the XVIIth and XVIIIth century was carefully reconstructed in 2000 by its charming owner and interior designer, Michel Durand-Meyrier, using local traditional techniques. What’s surprising is how peaceful Riyad el Mezouar is despite the vibrant, chaotic and utterly intoxicating action of the local streets just outside on its doorstep. Its interior courtyard is a tranquil Garden of Eden-style retreat with citrus trees, fragrant colourful flowers and a refreshing intimate pool. Riyad el Mezouar also offers a menu of in-room spa treatments, along with delicious homestyle Moroccan cuisine upon request. This is also one of the best value for money riads in Marrakech, where you’ll be assured of a relaxing stay while enjoying a truly local Marrakech riad experience.