Riad Meriem

Riad Meriem

97 Derb El Cadi, Azbezt, Marrakesh, 40008

Riad hotels—traditional Moroccan houses with interior gardens—are popping up at a rapid clip in Marrakesh, so these days a property must truly be distinctive to stand out. Riad Meriem has had no problem turning heads. The five-room sanctuary, on one of the medina’s oldest streets, is the creation of New York–based designer Thomas Hays, known for blending contemporary aesthetics with traditional techniques. His palette of muted aubergines and dusky pinks was inspired by natural Moroccan pigments. Antique African and Asian textiles punctuate the spare walls, and bathrooms have washbasins crafted from Indian bronze pots. Dedicated to sourcing items locally as often as possible, Hays commissioned lamps and sconces from King Riad hotels—traditional Moroccan houses with interior gardens—are popping up at a rapid clip in Marrakesh, so these days a property must truly be distinctive to stand out. Riad Meriem has had no problem turning heads. The five-room sanctuary, on one of the medina’s oldest streets, is the creation of New York–based designer Thomas Hays, known for blending contemporary aesthetics with traditional techniques. His palette of muted aubergines and dusky pinks was inspired by natural Moroccan pigments. Antique African and Asian textiles punctuate the spare walls, and bathrooms have washbasins crafted from Indian bronze pots. Dedicated to sourcing items locally as often as possible, Hays commissioned lamps and sconces from King Mohammed VI’s own lamp maker: their tiny pinholes throw off speckled light patterns that turn the riad magical after dark.

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