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Morocco’s Riad Hotels: Private Palaces for Travelers [CNN]

Morocco’s boutique hotels in traditional riad homes are one of the great charms of Morocco:

CNN

Photo: Royal Mansour

Photo: Royal Mansour

A number of Morocco’s riads (traditional courtyard houses) have been transformed into incredible boutique hotels over the past several years, giving travelers a cultural and luxurious experience that was once off limits.

A classic riad is built around a central courtyard with a garden and fountain.

The interior often features lavish ornamentation — glazed ceramic tiles (zellij) in colorful geometric patterns on walls and floors, carved pierced white stucco work, painted wooden ceilings (zouakt) and shiny polished plaster walls (tadelakt)…[Full Story]

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