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While you may go broke trawl­ing the city’s souk and bou­tiques, you can check into a stylish riad (a his­toric villa wrapped around a court­yard) with­out spend­ing a for­tune. Stay­ing in the med­ina of­fers the rich­est cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence, and, given the del­uge of so­phis­ti­cated ex­pats re­vamp­ing his­toric prop­er­ties into small ho­tels, this is where the gems are found, as sheer vol­ume keeps prices down. With its six rooms, in­door pool and easy-to-find lo­ca­tion (es­sen­tial), Riad Dixneuf la Ksour has been a go-to for the style set since it opened in 2009 (dixneuf-la-ksour.com). It’s prac­ti­cally next door to El Fenn, Vanessa Bran­son’s 28-room bou­tique arts ho­tel, which is a cool spot for din­ner and drinks — and the per­fect spot if you’re pre­pared to splash out (el-fenn.com). Merg­ing fash­ion and hos­pi­tal­ity, Bri­tish de­signer Jasper Con­ran’s re­cently opened five-suite L’hô­tel Mar­rakech gives a glam ’30s spin to a 19th-cen­tury riad (l-hotel­mar­rakech.com). Valérie Barkowski’s Dar Kawa takes the op­po­site tack, with four rooms in the tex­tile de­signer’s for­mer home done in an un­der­stated pal­ette of black, grey and white (dark­awa.net). >

SLOW LANE: El Fenn’s mar­ble-lined pool pro­vides chill time after a hec­tic souk ex­pe­ri­ence

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