La Mamounia is a characterful Marrakech hotel offering lovely walled gardens, a choice of four restaurants, fabulous breakfasts and Moroccan style rooms, near the Medina and Jemaa El Fna square.
Although in a prime spot, close to the Medina, the city’s souk and Jemaa El Fna square, the hotel is located in 17 acres of walled parkland including flowerbeds, lawns, cacti and vegetable gardens, which are magically lit up by night.
Style & character
Immaculate door staff in traditional robes set high standards. Flip-flops and trainers are discouraged. International guests (including many from France), comprise celebrities, politicians and royalty. The large and rather impersonal, open-plan public areas are scented with cedar wood and cooled by splashing fountains. One of the five bars is named after Churchill who regularly wintered here. The outdoor pool is larger and busier than the indoor one which is located next to a basement spa area offering treatments based on local products including argan oil, orange-flower water and honey.
There are 135 rooms, 71 suites and three three-bedroom riads. Opt for a Park room on the higher floors overlooking the pool and gardens, as bedrooms on the side of the hotel can be affected by street noise and from the call of the muezzin in the early hours of the morning. Decorated in Moroccan style, rooms have intricately-patterned wall tiles, internal lattice-wood screens, large gilded mirrors and colourful mosaic-tiled floors. Large picture windows lead onto private terraces with chairs and coffee table provided and bathrooms have roomy, alcove showers with convenient inglenooks for toiletries.
The hotel’s three signature restaurants boast authentic Moroccan, French and Italian cuisine in intimate settings that stay true to the menus’ origins.
Inspired by an intoxicating blend of Moroccan and Eastern culture, Spa La Mamounia beautifully fuses traditional and modern therapies for exquisite results.