Louna - a Traditional House with Orange Trees in the Courtyard:
The beautifully-restored Riyad Louna is a both a spacious house and a haven of intimate proportions. Built around a serene traditional courtyard with its original rosette fountain set amid orange trees - a sunny retreat in the daytime and romantically lit at night - the riyad is located in a highly-desirable location at the top of the Medina. One minute from the bustle of Bab Boujeloud, the primary gate to the Medina, but tucked into a quiet residential alley, the Riyad Louna is the most accessible and well-located of all our properties.
The Riyad Louna, built between 1930-1940, has three full-size ground-floor master suites with double beds, sitting areas, and private bathrooms cleverly renovated in traditional tadelakt. Wood stoves in the suites provide a cosy environment in the chilly winter months. Each of the large ground-floor suites looks out onto the courtyard garden through large carved keyhole doors. The furnishings in the rooms are simple, and the house draws its allure from the proportions of the architecture and the traditional materials used, the original mosaic which extends throughout the ground floor, the 20-foot ceilings in the suites, and the private interior garden.
Tucked away in a corner of the ground floor,
and off the main staircase, is the charming
Blue Room, a cosy small room with two single
beds, with a small private bathroom across
the hall. This room can be used as a
separate bedroom for two or can be joined to
one of the large suites through a small
On the third floor is a private,
unornamented Massriya, a tiny separate
apartment made up of a small room with
double bed, a little hallway, and a private
bath. Windows overlook the courtyard garden,
and the Massriya gives directly onto the
first roof terrace, making the Massriya
ideal for a couple that prefers privacy from
the main group, or for children who would
like a private space to themselves.
One flight down the tiled staircase is a
small salon with banquettes lining the
walls. This room can be used as a breakfast
nook or for an extra sleeping room for two.
This is the only room which does not have
its own private bath.
Two terraces provide ample outside space and
views of the Fez Medina and the Merenid
Tombs on the distant hillside. Mosaic tables
set on the terraces are perfect for rooftop
meals in the warm season.
There is a basic service kitchen, designed
for a Moroccan cook, on the ground floor.
This is a spacious but unrenovated full
kitchen, containing washer/dryer,
refrigerator, oven/stove, and basic
appliance such as an American coffeemaker.