Dar Les Cigognes
Situated a baboush-throw away from the Badii Palace, Dar Les Cigognes is a former 17th-century merchant’s townhouse that has been renovated (with the help of star architect Charles Boccara) into a stylish boutique guesthouse. An elegant courtyard, featuring the obligatory citrus trees and gurgling fountain, is the centrepiece, symbolizing a peaceful ambience that’s immediately apparent on entering.
Around the central courtyard there are subtle public spaces (dining room, library, salon), but the real hipness hangs out in the rooms. There are 11 of them – one suite, seven deluxe rooms and three superior rooms – all with their own take on Moorish architectural and decorative traditions, all with en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower facilities. Six of the deluxe rooms have been recently added in the adjoining house, together with two more sitting areas, a handicrafts boutique, a hammam and spa, and a planted courtyard.
On top of all this – literally – Dar Les Cigognes has a wonderful roof terrace overlooked by the eponymous storks, complimentary WiFi throughout and the management recently hired a former chef from Cafe de la Poste who turns out inspired modern Moroccan-Mediterranean food.