Marrakech, Morocco

La Mamounia

Rates from (inc tax)$505.43

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21MAD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Palace of pleasure

Setting

Medina-side Mamounia gardens

The opulent, Moorish-inspired La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech elevates Moroccan style to radiant, royalty-worthy heights. Surrounded by cultivated gardens, this elegant palace – with its dramatic drapes and plush sofas – has earned nods of approval over the years from notable guests including Winston Churchill. A recent refurbishment called on luxury-lifestyle experts and award-winning chefs to up the pampering even further.

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Free airport transfers from Marrakech airport.

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

209, including 71 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon (flexible subject to availability and possibly a charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $505.43 (MAD4,909), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of MAD49.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MAD5,400.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include the lavish buffet breakfast of home-made jams and pastries, fresh fruit and juices, cured meats and fish, and hot dishes (Dh380 a person).

Also

La Mamounia’s immaculate marble and mosaic spa is an opulent setting for a treatment, all ornate ceilings and arched columns. Shiseido products sit alongside the hotel’s signature unguents: black soap, Ghassoul clay, Argan oil, rose water and orange blossom water. Pick from three hammams, nine treatment rooms, six outdoor massage cabins, an indoor pool, and a hair salon headed up by Jean-Michel Faretra.

At the hotel

Gardens, spa with hammam and beauty salon, gym, tennis courts, ping pong table, library (including CDs and DVDs) and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water and bespoke bath products by Olivia Giacobetti.

Our favourite rooms

Book a Classic or Deluxe Room according to preferred view: Koutoubia Mosque, the gardens or the Atlas Mountains (of course, rooms on the higher floors have the best perspectives). The suites are stunning, but we have soft spots for two in particular. First up, the very English Churchill Suite: the prime minister’s favourite room, with a Chesterfield desk and distressed leather sofa. (Churchill’s hat is also a permanent feature.) For a more feminine feel, book the Baldaquin Suite; a romantic cream and white expanse with a king-size bed topped with a lavish canopy of ruched fabric. The suite also has a decadent but cosy sitting area and a balcony with garden views.

Poolside

Set amid the gardens and flanked by palm trees, the vast and glittering pool is decorated with fish-scale tiles.

Packing tips

Kaftans, Cavalli and couture.

Also

Deluxe rooms (and all higher categories) have a private terrace, meaning smokers can light up outside. Book a Suite or the Riad and enjoy additional in-room treats: fresh flowers, fruit, pastries, Moroccan wine and champagne.

Children

Smith Junior is welcome. Extra beds (Dh800 a night for children under the age of 12) and free cots are available. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged for Dh100 an hour (request upon booking). Under-16s cannot use the hotel's spa.

Overview

Smith Junior is more than welcome. Extra beds (Dh800 a night for children under the age of 12) and free cots are available. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged for Dh100 an hour (request upon booking).

Best for

Little Smiths of all ages are welcome.

Recommended rooms

The Executive Suite and Deluxe Rooms interconnect, so are ideal for families.

Activities

There’s plenty here to keep kids happy: two tennis courts, outdoor ping pong table, flower-packed gardens and a large outdoor pool.

Swimming pool

The pool is supervised by a lifeguard (7am–8pm in summer; 9am–5pm in winter). Bring your own inflatables and arm-bands as the hotel doesn’t provide any.

Rates

More details

Rates do not include the lavish buffet breakfast of home-made jams and pastries, fresh fruit and juices, cured meats and fish, and hot dishes (Dh380 a person).

Meals

Children are welcome in the restaurants and staff will happily heat up baby food and milk.

Babysitting

Local nannies cost Dh100 per hour – arrange when booking.

No need to pack

The hotel has a stash of child-friendly video games and DVDs for little ones to borrow.

Also

Smith Junior is bound to fall in love with Le Menzeh, the poolside hut stocked with home-made ice-creams and cakes.

Eco‐friendly

Fresh, organic produce is plucked from the hotel’s vegetable garden; solar power is used.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

La Mamounia has four acclaimed restaurants. Le Français is slightly more formal: marble columns, oversized lampshades and swathes of heavy fabric. L’Italien is moodier, with low lighting and rich ruby, claret and aubergine hues. Alternatively, crunch along the soft gravel path that leads to Le Marocain, where local cuisine is served to the tune of live Moroccan music, or feast on shared platters poolside at the laid-back Le Pavillon de la Piscine. Sweet-tooths will love Le Menzeh, a little hut in the gardens that serves up sugary delicacies such as macaroons and homemade ice-cream cornets.

At the bar

Each restaurant has a bar area to match: Le Bar Italien is a stylish setting for martinis, Le Bar Pavillon de la Piscine is a shaded spot with the pool in reach and Le Bar Marocain comes into its own at night – sit on the rooftop with a pre-dinner cocktail and admire the Atlas Mountains. Then there’s the tiled courtyard, where mint tea and cognac can be enjoyed with the sound of the water fountains trickling in the background (and, if you’re lucky, the thrum of the Moroccan guitar).

Last orders

Dinner is dished up between 7pm and 11pm; drinks are served at the bar from 11am–1am.

Room service

The 24-hour room service includes options from the restaurant menus.

Location

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Address
La Mamounia
Avenue Bab J'did
40 040
Marrakech
Morocco

Planes

Marrakech Menara Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

Trains

Marrakech station is 10 minutes away by car, with an ONCF service connecting to Casablanca, Rabat, Fes and Tanguer (www.oncf.ma).

Automobiles

Rather than being burdened with a car, it makes far more sense to rely on the hotel transfers and taxis – the hotel is perfectly placed for exploring Marrakech’s main sights, and this is best done on foot (no cars are allowed in the Medina).

Worth getting out of bed for

Wannabe Nadals should take to the hotel’s clay courts. International tennis champion Henri Leconte hosts international tournaments at the hotel throughout the year; so you may be playing in the presence of greatness. If the courts are in use, stake out the ping pong table. Ask La Mamounia to organise some excursions for you: options include hot-air ballooning in the Atlas Mountains, a tour of Berber villages or personal shopping. Two of Marrakech’s most famous sights – Koutoubia Mosque and Djemaa el Fna – are only a five-minute walk away from the hotel. Wander into Djemaa el Fna at night to admire the acrobats and snake-charmers and sample local cuisine from the bustling food stalls.

Local restaurants

Dar Moha (+212 (0)524 386400) at 81 rue Dar el Bacha serves up aromatic Franco-Moroccan cuisine: alongside well-balanced tajines and pastilla, there are fusion dishes such as baked scallops and saffron sorbet. Request a table in the walled garden by the pool (reservations are essential). Eat in splendour at Dar Yacout (+212 (0)524 382929) at 79 rue Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Arset Ihiri. This gorgeously grand restaurant has entertained the king of Spain and Will Smith (but not together) so dress to impress. The tasting menu costs €70 a head, including drinks. Be sure to visit Le Fondouk (+212 (0)524 378190) at 55 Souk Hal Fassi, Kat Bennahïd. Dining here is an adventure, from start – being guided down a dusty alley to your table by men in cloaks bearing lanterns – to finish.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Sitting pretty upon grand leather sofas in Mamounia’s candlelit Jacques Garcia-designed lobby, sipping cool glasses of almond milk and nibbling dates, I rather wished all hotel check-in experiences could be so otherworldly. As Mr Smith passed on details about how I, Mrs Smith, would like the next morning’s Royal Hamman spa treatment, my suitcases vamooshed by a troop of robed fez-wearing bellboys, I lounged in a pleasant fug (Mamounia’s signature scent was created by world-renowned perfumier, Olivia Giacobetti), watching European high-society meander past and idly speculating whether the bijoux Gucci outlet did those pumps in their size.

Marble pillars, bold red and white lanterns, vases laden with fresh flowers and a water fountain sprinkled with petals… A weekend spent in the lobby with just a Moroccan throw to snuggle, waiter-service Moroccan-rose deliveries from the nearby Churchill Bar would have been a sublime holiday on its own. Mr Smith, ever orthodox, insisted we explore the rooms.

In the Moorish-style boudoirs, you can't help but want to touch the furnishings: studded leather headboards in orange, purple and beige, hand-painted wooden doors, thick rugs and throws from the Atlas Mountains. We stayed on Mamounia’s first floor in a room luxurious, ornate and passionately Moroccan, hand-crafted mashrabiya shutters, cool white linen, stucco’d bathroom, vivid, lovingly laid tilework.

As Mr Smith ran a deep bath, availing himself of the sumptuous booty of Mamounia toiletries, I dealt with the diligent squad of housekeeping staff determined to bring gifts. My first instinct was to flip the Do Not Disturb sign, but after the fresh cherries, the still-warm cupcakes and the windblown peaches, I made an executive decision that being ‘bothered’ was rather lovely.

Now, as Mr Smith bathed, I retired to our large balcony overlooking neatly pruned gardens with a copy of Vogue and a large G&T. Distant call-to-prayer cries and the whispery buzz mopeds reminded me that Friday night medina in Marrakech was within strolling distance. After darkness we drifted down to Le Bar Italien and installed ourselves on the decadent saffron-velvet chairs, squeaking with delight that not only were we allowed to smoke a cigarette indoors, like back in the olden days when the pair of us met, but the staff were delighted to fetch packets on a silver tray.

Several wholly elegant flutes of champagne and half a dozen lobby-pianist cover-songs later, we slinked into Mamounia’s Baroque interior Italian restaurant for a pricey yet perfect feast of spaghetti don alfonso, langoustines, zucchini ravioli and slices of sweet chocolate pizza. A word of warning: don’t visit Mamounia with someone you’re ‘quite fond of’ if you don’t want to fall in love. There’s something in the signature scented air here that makes it rather unavoidable…

Do, however, go with someone who loves you for your curves – the poolside breakfast buffet is dreamlike in its scope and setting. We took a table at 9am, surrounded by resting European footballers and WAGs, plump diplomats and well-heeled families, then let the squadron of staff bring coffee, newspapers and iced water. We ate porridge with fresh pomegranate, freshly cooked eggs Florentine from the walk-up kitchen, too many pastries and fruit from the gardens near to where we sat.

After breakfast, Mr Smith and I made a half-hearted nod towards exercise by wandering in the grounds through orange trees, watching tennis matches being elegantly slugged out by residents far more energetic than us. We also got to the bottom of where our vegetables had been sourced from the night before, with a whirl around Mamounia’s private gardens. Jannah, the Islamic concept of paradise, starts with a garden, and so did La Mamounia, which began life as royal flower-filled grounds; a gorgeous gift from a sultan to his son. Today this eight-hectare haven is planted with 700-year-old olive and fruit trees and vivid, perfumed blooms, tended to daily by 30 gardeners.

Fringed by palm trees, the turquoise pool is as regal as the rest, decorated with shimmering fish-scale tiles, surrounded by a neat cavalry of spotless white sun loungers. Exquisitely kept, the pool area is soothingly silent with a discreet army of staff who will check your expression for evidence of ‘want’. While Mr Smith front-crawled off some of the past-24 hours excesses, I curled up on a white lounger with a novel, preparing myself for my afternoon hamman purge in the world-class spa.

Mr Smith and I signed up to take our steam-and-scrub together, fighting off fits of giggles as we were handed small paper pants and each enlisted a masseur and whisked off to separate saunas. My masseuse was a glorious small, squashy Moroccan lady clad in an all in one black swimming costume and flip flops then scrubbed every inch of me, forehead to toes, then moisturised before returning me to Mr Smith for massages.

Giddy and slightly reborn post-hammam, Mr Smith and I left Mamounia for a whirlwind Saturday night in the ancient medina featuring strong coffee, snakes, some dancing and meetings with various local eccentrics, with the obligatory Cafe Arabe stop-off. Our final day was spent restoratively by the pool, drinking mint tea and eating baklava waiting for one of Mamounia’s Jaguars to take us to Menara airport. Mamounia has its own private room in Menara, for those who find meeting the public frightful. It certainly was a drag leaving Marrakech, but this Mr and Mrs Smith know that one day they’ll be back. After all, after opening in 1923, it was soon Churchill’s stay of choice; he called it ‘the most beautiful place in the world’. Who are we to argue?

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in La Mamounia’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The very professional service on all levels. The art and the decoration particularly in the suites.

Don’t expect

Anything cheap

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jul 2016

We loved

The amazing service, huge pool and fresh fruits and treats left in our room daily. Recommend visiting Dar Yacout. 10/10

Don’t expect

To be that close to Jemaa el-Fnaa. It's a bit of a walk.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jun 2016

We loved

The exceptional hospitality, the décor and the overall attention to detail. One of the world's finest hotels. Moroccan cooking school at the La Maison Arabe country property - highly recommended.

Don’t expect

Raging nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 17 Apr 2016

We loved

The gardens smell divine, heady aroma of orange blossom, the bar tender in the Italian bar was so nice, I was there on my own and it was the perfect balance of being friendly and non intrusive. The service is impeccable. The vodka martini's fantastic

Don’t expect

A party atmosphere, this place is all peace and serenity with excellent swift service running underneath.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Mar 2016

We loved

Ambience, luxury, and service!

Don’t expect

Party or kids activities.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Feb 2016

We loved

The people there were amazing. Not only helpful but they also truly wanted to help make my stay as perfect as possible. If your traveling alone you will feel very comfortable. Especially chatting with staff over a nice glass of wine. The room was totally comfortable, quiet and functional. The breakfast was fit for royalty. Just great.

Don’t expect

Don't expect to swim in the small pool if the weather isn't hot unless you like frosty water. Don't expect a room upgrade.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Jul 2015