La Mamounia is a hotel with a history. The five-star hotel faces the Atlas Mountains and is located in the heart of the city. It is close in proximity to the souk and the Jemaa el-Fnaa. The hotel spreads across 17 acres of flowerbeds, lawns and gardens. The rooms have highly defined walls, mirrors and mosaic clad floors. The Hotel welcomes its guests in true Moroccan hospitality. Many of the international guests are French and include VIPs and royalty. One of its bars is named in honour of Winston Churchill who used to visit the hotel frequently. The La Mamounia Hotel holds 135 rooms, 71 suites and 3 riads. The hotel is better suited for adults, although there is no restriction in bringing children. The hotel has four restaurants of which Le Marocian is its main feature. As the name suggests, Le Marocian serves Moroccan cuisine every evening. Le Francais serves, amongst other dishes, chicken confit with dried fruits for lunch and dinner. L’Italien serves modern Italian food while breakfast is served by the poolside in the Pool Pavilion.
Villa des Orangers is located just outside the Medina walls and lies south of the Jemaa el-Fnaa. The hotel is placed conveniently on Rue SidiMimoun, close to the Royal Palace Museums with the Koutoubia Minaret in full view. Intricately carved wooden doors open to orange blossom gardens, crystal clear water that pours out of stone fountains, and a pool that reflects shadows with impeccable clarity. The high cigar ceilings and leather furnishing reflects the French-colonial design that keeps the setting both grand and intimate. The hotel houses 27 bedrooms, Master Suites and Riads, all reflective of the same luxurious theme that runs through it.
Continuing with the French theme, Chef Jean Claude serves French food with a Mediterranean twist. His meals include Foie Gras, langoustine fricassee and aubergine, with grapefruit macaroons for desert. This hotel is again better suited for adults.
PalaisNamaskar is simply tranquil. About twenty minutes away from the local souks, this hotel is a perfect balance of Moroccan culture and modern design. PalaisNamaskar is centred at the Palmeraie oasis and provides a full view of the Atlas Mountains. Shallow pools, tall pillars, glass walls and landscaped gardens add to the beauty of the hotel’s Moorish architecture. The rooms have been designed to follow FengShui and The Pool Villas harbour their own private pools in gardens of jasmine trees. PalaisNamaskar is perfect for a romantic getaway.
The restaurants of PalaisNamaskar are of French cuisine. La Table d’Antoine serves breakfast and Le Sawadee, Thai cuisine for other meals. The No Mad Bar is situated on the terrace of PalaisNamaskar for a breath-taking view of the Atlas Mountains during cocktails.
Hidden away from the activity of city life, Mosaic Palais Aziza is situated a couple of miles from the centre of Marrakech. A few guesthouses surround the hotel and its guests wake to the sounds of birds chirping. Moorish architecture is characteristic of this hotel and it features detailed handcrafted lanterns, fountains and arches around its 20-bedroom setting. Pomegranate trees, flowers and pavilions make the gardens that surround this local paradise. Each room is named after a Moroccan city and the details have been picked down to the local culture in each area. This is a hotel that is suited for family.
The Maroliano is the main restaurant and creates a feast of Moroccan-Italian cuisine. Chicken tangine and pasta with pistachio are featured on the gastronomic repertoire.
Plain on the outside, the RiadFarnatchi opens its doors to a luxurious Moroccan-European setting. The hotel is placed close to the Ben Yusuf Mosque, the Marrakech Museum and close in vicinity to the souks. The rooms encase the central courtyard and house a green mosaic-tiled swimming pool. A central living room is furnished with a fireplace. The European side to the atmosphere draws more inspiration from the British theme than French and the soft lighting adds to the comfort of the setting. The hotel is well suited for children.
There are no restaurants, but food can be served on order. Chilled cucumber mint soup, tanjia, offal and fish are served which is characteristic of Moroccan cuisine.
The Maison MK is located close to the Jemaa el-Fnaa and is more than 600 years old. Cracking fireplaces and soft lighting turn the Moroccan house into a romantic setting in the evenings. The teardrop shaped pool in the central courtyard and the high ceilings are signature of the hotel. The six suites on the first floor are complete with silk linen and vanilla décor.
Gastro MK is the hotel’s restaurant that offers an interesting five-course menu. The restaurant serves Moroccan cuisine and the menu features herb-stuffed lamb, barbecued meat and vegetables, carrot and coriander puree and smoked salmon. The restaurant also has a snack bar that is open for 24 hours.
La Sultana Hotel is an image of the Bahia Palace and boasts a blend of history and grandeur. The restoration of the hotel called for an active involvement from the Historical Monuments Organisation. The hotel is located within the “golden triangle”, right between the royal palaces and the Saadian Tombs.
The hotel has 28 rooms that echo the sense of grandeur and luxury. Stained-glass windows, marbled floors brass basins finish the rooms.
Guests dine on the terrace that overlooks the Saadian tombs. Foiegras and the Moroccan bastilla are two of the many scrumptious meals the hotel has to offer.
The RiadJoya is sheer splendour. The architecture of the hotel coupled with its décor is a perfect example of the marriage of Marrakech’s past with the present. Silk and velvet furnishings have laden the rooms while a traditional hammam burns down stairs.
The RiadJoya portrays Marrakech’s genuine love for food and pays fine attention to its cuisine. A fusion of Moroccan, French and Italian food is bountiful and breakfast is usually had on the terrace. An added feature is the cookery course which includes a visit to the market and the cooking lesson before chef Mehdi serves you the meal.
The Moorish architecture of the JnaneTamsna hotel is laden with hanging gardens and lanterns. The hotel is built on nine hectares in the Palmeraie and patronises artisan-crafted furnishings, antiques and African art. The hotel frequency hosts lectures and courses by Booker Prize winners and celebrated chefs in aid of the Diversity Foundation’s International Educational Initiatives.
The organic gardens provide the vegetables and herbs for dinners on the terrace.