The following morning, after a relaxing poolside breakfast in the sunshine at Amanjena, I headed over to La Sultana, a beautiful property in the kasbah neighborhood inside the medina (old city). It was the perfect complement to Amanjena — while the former was expansive, with large open spaces, huge private villas, and grandiose architecture, befitting its location outside of the old city, La Sultana was intimate, cozy, and right in the thick of things.
Comprised of five interconnected riads (historic homes) in the kasbah, La Sultana enjoys an enviable location, just next to the famous Saadian Tombs and within easy walking distance of the city center. Yet despite being in the midst of so much action, the interior is refined, quiet, and luxurious — a surprising refuge from the tumult outside of cars, vendors, pedestrians and everything else.
Each riad has an independent style and is impeccably decorated, yet guests can flow easily throughout the property without feeling like they’re leaving a prescribed area. And, unlike some traditional riads, as a full-service luxury hotel, La Sultana offers an impressive spa, a full-service restaurant with an executive chef, and a fantastic rooftop terrace with a bar, sundeck, plunge pool, and small fitness center — all of it overlooking the old city itself which surrounds it.