At Riad Meriem, New York–based interior designer Thomas Hays shows his orientalist leanings in the decor of his five-suite riad hotel with handcrafted Moroccan lamps and mirrors.When he first bought the wrecked property, Hays instructed a small army of Moroccan artisans to restore the original mosaics or zilij and commissioned the king of Morocco's personal lantern-maker to fill the luxury riad with traditional lighting that transforms it into a scene from 1001 Arabian Nights after dark.
With whom ?
A 1001 nights Prince or a Princess.
The rooms :
Hays painted the luxury riad's five suites in contemporary tones of grey and aubergine and then added his own fine art photography and a range of pan-global prints and paintings. Bathrooms are clad in traditional Moroccan plasterwork (or Taklakt) and all the bedrooms have hand-made beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, telephones and stereos with iPod docks and Bose speakers.
The restaurant :
Breakfast on the rooftop terrace, or "chef a domicile" for an authentic diner
The chimney lounge
The veranda overlooking the main courtyard