February 13th, 2018
AnaYela is a small, 300-year-old city palace in the heart of the Medina, the historic city of Marrakesh. A four-time winner of the World Hotel Awards "Soul Experience" prize, the luminous three-room and two-suite city palace will leave lucky guests breathlessly drunk on the thrill of new discovery.
“Ana Yela” translates literally as “I am Yela” and the architecture tells the story of a girl called Yela who once lived in this house.
The restoration of the building took months and was carried out using only traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, for which Marrakesh is famous throughout the world. All of the work was carried out by hand, without the use of electric tools, by more than 100 artisans.
One of the most renowned calligraphers of Morocco, hammered the story in silver on the vast doors in chronological order through the house, like pages in a book. Every single piece of furniture, every lamp, all the decorations, even the tableware, were all designed by Bernd Kolb and Yannick Hervy, and finished individually by Moroccan artisans. As a result the house as a whole is a spectacular piece of art in itself.
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