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:
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]