the British Moroccan

Owned by Jasper Conran, the British Interior Designer, what was once a Caidal palace has been transformed into a spacious five suite retreat that combines traditional Moroccan craftsmanship with contemporary Conran-esque detailing. Located amongst a cluster of riad’s within the area, L’Hôtel stands out thanks to its size and impressively large garden, which also boasts one of the few swimming pools in the area. Space in this sought after part of the city is hard to come by.

The luxury more space affords has been honored here, the garden is arguably one of the most beautiful features of the hotel. A courtyard at the front of the building is filled with fruit trees, exotic flower beds, a water fountain and the heated pool. What makes this so special is the delicate geometric mosaic print tiling or ‘zelige’ that has been used on the flooring

L’Hôtel is the epitome of 1930s charm. High zoauk (a traditional Moroccan painting technique) ceilings and ornate antique furniture, textiles and lighting give the hotel a glamorous feel. Finer details, such as artwork from Conran’s own collection, make the hotel less commercial and give it a personalized touch.

The restoration has been executed using local craftsmen and traditional materials. An atmosphere of timeless relaxed grandeur has been created, white voile curtains flow on the terraces giving privacy to the generously proportioned suites. Simple whitewashed walls, high zouak ceilings, warm, soft, restful colours and unfussy decoration give a relaxing feeling of charm and serenity.

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