The nearest airport is Marrakech’s Menara Airport – fly there direct from the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Transfers are available on request and can be arranged as follows: MAD210 for a Hyundai H1 minibus (for up to two guests); MAD280 for a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV (for up to two guests); MAD300 for a Hyundai H1 minibus (for up to six guests); and MAD380 for a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV (for up to four guests). A fast-track immigration service at the airport is offered (MAD1,100 for two guests); this service must be requested when booking. Call our Smith24 team to book your flights and any extras.
The Moroccan state railway, ONCF (www.oncf.ma), runs inexpensive (but limited) services to Marrakech from Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee an air-conditioned journey in summer.
Driving in Marrakech can be horn-filled and hectic, but if you insist, our Smith24 team can arrange a hire a car for you to pick up at the airport. To reach the hotel, follow Avenue de la Menara to the city centre. There’s parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Relax with leafy mint tea in the equally verdant inner courtyard, hop into the hammam or ask for a masseur to be sent to your room, then listen for the muezzin’s call to prayer from the rooftop terrace. The hotel is tucked into the winding streets of the Medina, so try your luck at haggling for tea sets, lanterns, Berber-woven rugs and leather babouches. Or watch the acrobats, gather round the griots and immerse yourself in the scents and sights of main square Jemaa El-Fnaa. The Ensemble Artisanal Marrakech has it all under one roof, just a 10-minute walk away.
You can see the Koutoubia Mosque from the hotel rooftop; it’s especially majestic at sundown. Beyond that, to the south, is decorative-arts museum Dar Si Said and Bahia Palace – where you can see just how intricate Moroccan tilework can be. For more modern design nous, swing by Yves Saint Laurent’s old pad, the glorious Jardin Majorelle, for sizzlingly bright hues and the loftiest of cacti. Then get better acquainted at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum next door. The Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden (aka MACAAL) is another snapshot of Morocco’s more up-to-date arts scene.
Guéliz, to the north, has tagines of all types, served in a scarlet-hued dining room. Close by is historic Grand Café de la Poste, which is more than a little reminiscent of Casablanca, with its art deco interiors and Gallic menu. Bô & Zin is more modern, with dim-sum and Asian-inspired mains, low lighting and live music.