Riad Mena — Marrakech, Morocco

A hotel courtyard with a small long pool, loungers and patterned floor tiles next to a staircase.
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Surrounded by narrow, bustling streets and quintessentially Moroccan stone alleyways, Riad Mena stands discreetly on the eastern edge of Marrakech’s legendary Medina. Art pundit Philomena Schurer Merckoll took three years to transform the traditional Moroccan house - originally a private residence - into a sleek five-room lodging, featuring polished, modern interiors by local designer Romain Michel-Ménière, interspersed with traditional gems such as vintage kilims, original tiles and leather poufs. Unwind in a traditional hammam or sit under the stars on the terrace where vegetable tagines, couscous and teas are served to a backdrop of old movies. The hotel also boasts a permaculture farm. Located just outside the city in Ourika Valley, two small guesthouses, a hammam and natural swimming pool will be available by the end of the year.

A hotel bedroom with a bed, a grey ottoman, a floor lamp, a fireplace, white curtains and a white chandelier.

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A view through into a hotel bedroom with a bed, brown doors, a floor lamp and a white chandelier.

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A hotel bathroom with a white tub, a white sink, a decorative mirror, twin silver showers, a round table and grey walls.

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A hotel room sitting area with a wooden chair, a wooden table, a white sofa, two bookshelves, a fireplace and wall paintings.

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A hotel dining area with a round black table, black chairs, a large cupboard with mirrors on the doors, a potted plant, patterned floor tiles and large double doors to a courtyard.

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73 Derb J´Did
(off Place Douar Graoua)

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Daniel Scheffler is a storyteller for The New York Times and others. He has a travel podcast with iHeart Media called Everywhere (opens in new tab) and a Substack newsletter, Withoutmaps (opens in new tab), where he shares all his wild ways. He lives in New York with his husband and their pup.