Marrakech, Morocco


Rates from (inc tax)$367.03

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


Terracotta pleasure palace


Rolling red desert

The burnished Berber-style interiors of luxury hotel Selman, Marrakech – given an art nouveau twist by designer Jacques Garcia – provide a chic contrast to the surrounding desert terrain. Cavernous rooms eschew full-on casbah style for subtle hints of colour, Zellige tiles and Mousharabi panels. Spoil yourself in the Henri Chenot spa, dip into the 80sq m swimming pool and enjoy fine Mediterranean fare in one of the hotel’s three restaurants, while watching the hotel’s 16 Arabian horses perform.

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A champagne cocktail and a guided tour of Selman's stables to see their herd of Arabian horses


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Need to know


60, including 25 suites and five luxurious riads.


12 noon, late check-out is available up to 6pm for 50 per cent of the room rate, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from $367.03 (€338), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 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 (EUR371.27), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Breakfast isn’t usually included in the room rate; a Continental breakfast is MAD220 a guest and an American buffet is MAD280.


The 1,200sq m Henri Chenot spa is theatrically decorated, with pierced metal chandeliers, oxblood and aubergine Zellige tiles and Majorelle blue doors. There are seven treatment rooms (including one for couples), four hydrotherapy rooms, plunge pool, hammam, gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, hairdresser, barber and a boutique. Treatments include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, and light therapy and mud wraps in the medi-spa.

At the hotel

Spa, paddocks, stables, landscaped gardens, gym (personal-training sessions available), library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and minibar. Riads have private swimming pools, a garden and a personal butler.

Our favourite rooms

With monochrome mosaic tiles, burnt siena-coloured furnishings and the Atlas Mountains framed in your window, the 70sq m Atlas Suite is one of the most regal in the hotel. Be sure to order breakfast in your room, sit on the low chairs by the window and watch the ponies prance in the show at the Andalusian Pavilion. If a suite stretches just beyond your budget, the Classic rooms showcase old-school glamour, with cream and aubergine colour schemes, mosaic-tiled bathrooms and discreetly hidden tech.


Three. The main 80sq m heated infinity pool – lined with Guatemalan marble – runs through a gauntlet of neat rows of palm trees and day-beds, with views of the tree-framed hotel and the landscaped grounds. The spa has a two heated pools: one surrounded by white arches and a black day-bed filled gallery, and a 20sq m outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi.

Packing tips

You can’t ride the blue-blooded stallions on-site, but there’s plenty of horsing about to be found nearby. Pack some sturdy riding boots for saddling up, but don’t worry if you forget; the souks stock suitable attire.


The hotel has two ground-floor Junior Suites suitable for disabled guests; however, public areas are not wheelchair accessible.


Dogs and cats under 3kg can stay; beds and bowls are provided. Pets can stay in all room categories, but are not allowed in the restaurant or pool area. See more pet-friendly hotels in Marrakech.


Free baby cots and extra beds (free for under-4s, MAD600 for over-4s) can be added to all room types. Babysitting is MAD150 an hour and must be booked at least a day in advance (for at least one hour). My Little Pony fans will thrill at the horse show.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Spend summer lunchtimes sitting at the edge of the Pavilion restaurant to watch equestrian acrobatics. In the evening, get snug by the fireplace in Selman Restaurant.

Dress Code

Confident Versace-style va va voom. Zhuzh up your hair, brave your skintight white jeans and let Mr T be your jewellery spirit guide.

Hotel restaurant

The Selman Restaurant is a cavernous, charcoal-grey, Caliph-charming banquet hall with garden views and plenty of pageantry, with heavy purple drapes, gold fringing, chandeliers and plump padded banquettes. There’s a fireplace upstairs, outdoor seating on the terrace, and a suitably sophisticated menu to match the surroundings, with pastillas and tagines alongside lobster and fillet steak; most of the vegetables are grown on site in the kitchen garden. The Pavilion Restaurant serves lighter Mediterranean fare in a Mousharabi-screen-shaded area of the garden, from which you can watch the Arabian horses. An appetite-defeating breakfast spread has scrambled eggs, meats, cheeses, pastries, breads, fruit, juices, smoothies and tea and coffee, served in Selman restaurant or the Pavilion restaurant in warmer weather.

Hotel bar

Three. Selman Bar is a dark-walled baroque den with mood-lightening myrtle-hued lamps, velvet drapes and button-back furnishings; a drape-disguised mezzanine level allows VIPs to party in peace. There’s also a bar at the Pavilion Restaurant and one in a linen-draped cabana by the main pool.

Last orders

Selman Restaurant is open for breakfast 7am to 11am and dinner 7pm to 11pm. The Pavilion Restaurant is open for lunches and light suppers 12 noon to 4.30pm.

Room service

A refined in-room menu is available 24 hours a day, whether you’re craving pancakes with strawberries for breakfast or monkfish tagine and orange-blossom île flottante for dinner. Coffee, tea, juice, wine, beer, champagne and cocktails can be ordered too.


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Km 5 Route d'Amizmiz


Marrakech Menara ( is 5km north of the hotel, a 10-minute drive away. Flights arrive direct from London Gatwick Airport and major European cities; flights across the Pacific connect via Hong Kong. The hotel can organise one-way transfers (for up to three guests), in a private car for MAD600.


If you’re travelling within Morocco, trains from Casablanca, Rabat, Fes and Tangiers arrive at Marrakech Railway Station – a 15-minute drive from Selman. The hotel can arrange one-way transfers for MAD300 (MAD600 if arriving after 11pm).


Driving in the centre of Marrakech can be an eye-opening experience, with honking cars, confused tourists and the odd stray donkey. However, you’ll need a car to reach the hotel and, once you’re outside the city, desert driving is a less chaotic affair. There are Avis car-hire booths at the airport and free valet parking on arrival.

Worth getting out of bed for

Set away from the city centre, Selman’s modus operandi is languid five-star pampering in palatial surrounds. The main pool has all the pomp of an aquatic catwalk, or there’s a cloistered plunge pool in the Henri Chenot spa – a 1,200sq m space with a hammam, gym and a range of treatments from sigh inducing massages to squeal-eking face peels. A tour of the scarlet-hued stables, is a must, and guests can watch the equestrian acrobatics of the majestic Arabian horses during brunch (see them in the paddocks at other times). Riding lessons aren’t available on these noble steeds, but the hotel can arrange them at a school nearby.

The hotel’s perfectly placed to balance outdoor exploration with city sightseeing. Excursions include trips to Samanah Golf Course (+212 (0)524 483118), camel or horseback trekking on Essaouira beaches (a two-hour drive away), hot-air ballooning with Ciel D’Afrique (+212 (0)524 432843) and day trips into Imlil village and Ouirgane National Park for treks into the Atlas Mountains. Get down and dirty quad biking across the desert plains, or pinpoint the finest powder snow from a helicopter, then swoosh down it, in ski resort Oukaimeden (30 miles south of Marrakech).

In central Marrakech, dive into main square Djemaa El Fna’s souk for a colourful, whirl of trinket-stuffed stalls, vocal vendors, street performers and fragrant eateries; keep bewilderment at bay by asking the hotel to arrange a guide. Koutoubia Mosque (the tallest building in Marrakech) is close by and Majorelle Gardens (+212 (0)524 313047), an Yves Klein-aping blue and chartreuse-hued house with glorious gardens, and a petite but intriguing museum, is within walking distance; stop for mint tea, pastillas and cakes at the café. After dark the Casino de Marrakech (+212 (0)660 210806) encourages dissonantly lucky punters to part with their dirhams under neon lights – bring a game plan and your best James Bond impression.

Local restaurants

There’s a dearth of dining in the hotel’s immediate surroundings – head into Marrakech for excellent eateries. Pepe Nero Restaurant (+212 (0)524 389067), a 12-minute drive north on Avenue Guemassa, serves Franco-Moroccan fare including sea bass with fennel in an attractive mosaic-tiled courtyard. Dar Rhizlane (+212 (0)524 421303) – a 10-minute drive away on Avenu Jnane El Harti – is an idyllic date-night destination, with tea-rose trimmed tables, gorgeous garden views and a menu of unique flavour combinations, such as lamb with pistachio and vanilla. Macaroons in rainbow hues, hand-made ice cream and artistically assembled gateaux can be found at 16 Café (+212 (0)243 39670) – close to Église des Saints-Martyrs, in the city centre – alongside an exhaustive salad selection. For after-hours fun, international nightclub Pacha (+212 (0)245 88400) diverges from its European counterparts with shisha pipes, bongo players and belly dancers – it’s also just a seven-minute taxi ride from the hotel.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have been dethroned from palatial Selman hotel in Marrakech, and unpacked their Henri Chenot potions and sand-dusted riding boots, a full account of their luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Selman…

There’s a rags to riches, Aladdin-esque sense of having arrived as you pull up to Selman; one moment you’re trundling through the desert palm groves, the next, sleek white fillies are prancing about on verdant turf and a terracotta palace appears to have risen from the desert. However, on insouciantly sauntering over the threshold – a suitably elaborate colonnaded portico – you’re swept into an absinthe-fuelled fever dream of the Arabian Nights, even grander than the impressive façade. Here subtlety is eschewed for Franco-Moroccan opulence – velvet-swagged bar corners, malachite-lined hallways, intricate fretwork, Arabian horse portraits blown up to Godzilla proportions and liberal splashes of imperial purple.

In-room, chaise longues and plump pillow-garnished beds will make you feel equally ‘to the palace born’, but before slumbering slip into something flamboyant and sashay catwalk-style through chandelier-lit corridors to the 1,200sq m spa for a spot of grooming, before visiting the equally primped Arabian horses in the scarlet-hued stables – which rival guest rooms for style. Staying at Selman may inspire delusions of grandeur, but while there’s a volley of staff and spectacular surroundings to bolster them, why not give in and have another champagne flute brought to your day-bed?

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 Selman’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Such beautiful surroundings and the horses were really something special. The hotel is fabulous and the service was excellent. All the staff were wonderful. A fabulous spa.

Don’t expect

Two of the restaurants were closed along with the hotel shop but it was officially out of season. We still had wonderful food in the main restaurant.


Stayed on 12 Jun 2016

We loved

Amazing Hotel. We stayed in Riad and it was just perfect.


Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

the decadence and opulence of the hotel and its surroundings. Go to Kosy Bar in the Kasbah area for sundowners.

Don’t expect

a great variety of restaurants or nightlife. This is a quiet hotel on the outskirts of the mania of Marrakesh. Beautiful and quiet.


Stayed on 15 Oct 2015