14 of AFAR Editors' Favorite Hotels
What makes a great hotel? AFAR’s staff looks for local treats in the minibars, spas with traditional therapies, restaurants where we can try authentic cuisine, and in-the-know concierges who can send us off on experiential adventures. Here, we share our favorite places to stay.

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Sleep Like Moroccan Royalty at Royal Mansour Hotel

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You leave Royal Mansour with an entirely new appreciation for craftsmanship. Local artisans are responsible for the gorgeous zellige ceramic tiles, intricate carved wood, and molded plasterwork found throughout the 8.6-acre property. Commissioned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Royal Mansour was designed to feel like a medina within the city’s own medina. Fifty-three private riads, each three stories high, feel like mini-palaces, with on-call butlers and rooms arranged around open-air courtyards. Despite the lavish interiors, I couldn’t pull myself off the private roof terrace, which came with a plunge pool, fireplace, and dining area beneath a Bedouin tent. The price tag is outrageous, but you are truly treated like royalty. From $2,250.

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