- Paula Hardy, Destination expert
Maison MK, located in Mouassine, is within easy walking distance of the souks and the Djemaa el-Fna. Taxis are available at nearby Bab L’Ksour.
Style & character
Although the house boasts a 600-year heritage, Maison MK is anything but dowdy. Former fashion photographer Paul Hopkins restyled the riad into a curvaceous beauty with walls that wrap around cosy seating nooks, a sunken fireside lounge scattered with cushions and a teardrop pool that spills across the central courtyard. Décor is pared back with statement artefacts and enormous fretwork lanterns stealing the show. Lighting, too, plays a role in the visual drama with floor-level lights, flickering fireplaces and sexy uplighting transforming the house into a romantic den come evening.
Service & facilities
Hanane, the house manager, is well-informed and can arrange restaurants, activities, tours, taxis, and beauty treatments at the on-site spa. Guests are also given a mobile phone (with credit) and there are preloaded iPods and an iPad available to use.
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
The six suites are situated on the first floor. Typically for a riad they are long and narrow, but the neutral décor and high ceilings make them feel more spacious. The pick of the bunch is Room One, the master suite, which is twice as big as the other five. Otherwise, rooms share the same style with cappuccino-coloured walls, Bejmat tiled floors and super silky 600-thread count linen stretched across beds handmade by the king’s own bedmaker. Deep baths and rain showers feature in every en-suite as do lots of fluffy towels, robes and organic toiletries.
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Food & drink
Gastro MK, the riad’s restaurant, is a destination dining address attracting gourmands from across the city with its creative five-course tasting menu. Dinner kicks off with cocktails and canapés at 7pm and moves on to dainty dishes of fine Moroccan cuisine such as herb-stuffed lamb with carrot and coriander puree. Lunch, by contrast, is a more laid-back affair of barbecued skewers and home-smoked salmon served on the terrace. Famished shoppers returning from the souks needn’t fear though, there’s also a 24-hour snack menu and complimentary afternoon tea replete with sandwiches, cakes and scones.
Value for money
The rooms are small for this price point, but the service, food and facilities make up for it. Double rooms from £230, including breakfast and transfers. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Rooms 1, 3 and 6 can accommodate an extra bed for children over 12. For groups renting the whole riad, younger children are welcome. Double rooms from £230, including breakfast and airport transfers.