September 8, 2019
Riad Pays Homage to Hollywood Great
A one-time residence of vaudeville star, singer and actress, the hero of the French resistance and civil rights pioneer, Josephine Baker, Riad Star is the fourth property in the Marrakech Riad portfolio, the brightest riad in the Red City.
The Art Deco boutique hotel was previously part of the Royal Palace owned by the Pashah of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui, who welcomed Josephine as a long-staying guest in the early 1940s. (The main residence now forms the Musee de Marrakech.) Upon purchasing the property, Marrakech Riad owners, Mike and Lucie Wood painstakingly restored the riad to reflect the star’s glamour and style, along with sourcing Josephine memorabilia, including lots from the auction at Casino de Paris, one of the leading Paris music halls where she performed. Guests of Riad Star have access to an amazing ‘dressing up box’ featuring some of the less precious items, ideal for a roaring 20s themed dinner party.
An oasis of calm in the historic Kaat Benahid district of Central Marrakech, Riad Star offers thirteen guest rooms, and a host of facilities including a dipping pool and fabulous roof terrace with views across the Medina to the snow-topped Atlas Mountains. Each room comes complete with air conditioning, en suite facilities, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. Guests can look forward to home-cooked meals and the best breakfasts in Marrakech, as well as having recourse to a 24/7 concierge service from the friendly local staff.
There are interconnecting suites perfect for families and groups of friends: Ebony and Ivory, Josephine and Star, Grace and Harmony and also Peace and Liberty. Two of the rooms (Grace and Peace) have their own, purpose-designed meditation pods, with intricately designed, hand-carved traditional Arabic motifs, and tablets provided for guided meditation.
The wellness theme continues with a dedicated kitchen demonstration space for cookery lessons, where local chefs share their love of traditional Moroccan dishes, local organic ingredients and healthy fare. There is also a large courtyard with a rolling roof, perfect for yoga or private parties.
Guests can also enjoy a session in the Riad Star hammam and massage suite, the ultimate Marrakech luxury. The riad’s personal hammam lady will cleanse away any cares with traditional Moroccan soaps and oils, with additional massage treatments available for a truly relaxing experience.
Rooms cost from £112 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. A one-time residence of vaudeville star, singer and actress, the hero of the French resistance and civil rights pioneer, Josephine Baker, Riad Star is the fourth property in the Marrakech Riad portfolio, the brightest riad in the Red City.