The owners of Riad Star have a love of renovating old Riad homes into beautiful luxury boutique hotels. Riad Star is one of their four incredible Riads and is a Riad that is steeped in history. Upon learning they had purchased the home of Josephine Baker they decided to renovate and decorate her house, preserving it's Art Deco features and beautifully celebrating Josephine's incredible story, bringing her spirit to life within her former home.
Now for those of you unsure of who Josephine Baker was... she was a very interesting, multifaceted and versatile woman! Throughout her lifetime she was a singer, actress, WW2 spy, dancer and civil rights activist. Josephine loved Marrakech and was very popular in the neighbourhood where she lived as the guest (and lover) of the Pasha of Marrakech. Riad Star beautifully celebrates the life of this wonderful woman in each of it's rooms through the decor, theme and carefully chosen furnishings and in the hundreds of books located throughout the Riad, dedicated to Josephine. I adored reading a number of books and discovering more about Josephine Bakers escapades, struggles and accomplishment throughout her lifetime.
There are only 7 rooms in Riad Star with each room reflecting a different aspect of Josephine's eventful and exciting life. The rooms are titled; Chiquita, Jazz, Paris, Rainbow, Star, Charlestown and the Josephine Baker room. We stayed in the Rainbow room, a delightful room overlooking the courtyard and dipping pool below. The rainbow room remembers and celebrates the 13 children Josephine adopted from all corners of the world, her 'Rainbow Tribe' as she liked to call them. Josephine's mission was to show the world that children of all races could grow up together free from racism. The room was spacious, luxurious and decorated beautifully. Every one of our needs was met from the stunning ensuite, to mini fridge and safe, toiletries, flat screen TV and air conditioning (which we were most thankful for in the Moroccan summer heat!)! The Classic Moroccan arch that the bed sits in and the beautiful antique coloured glass windows provide the perfect finishing to your luxury room. The time and effort spent researching and showcasing Josephine's life is evident in both the largest and smallest details of the Riad.
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The Aussie Flashpacker was welcomed to Riad Star as a guest.