About the Hotel
The epitome of luxury and sophistication, this hotel is set in Medina very close to the city’s souk, and the Jemma El Fna square. Surrounded by high walls, beautiful lakes, and beautiful gardens, the place has an irresistible charm to it that beckons the wanderer in you!
The La Mamounia has housed some international celebrities and politicians including Winston Churchill who apparently was a big fan of the place. In fact, there’s an exclusive suite called the English Churchill Suite that features a Chesterfield desk and the prime minister’s iconic hat.
The La Mamounia Marrakech is not just a hotel; it is a celebration of Morocco’s past, present, and future. With its aesthetic appeal and top-notch facilities, the place continues to uphold its traditions and is still very Arabic in nature. What sets it apart from similarly styled hotels around the Arab circuit is the fact that it does a fab job at blending the vibes of Arabian tradition with the modern suite of amenities that international vacationers look for.
The La Mamounia is only a 15-minute drive from the Marrakech Menara airport and the train station. It is a smart option for tourists who want to explore the main attractions Medina has to offer. Flexible check-ins and checkouts, hassle free management and friendly supportive hotel staff further contribute to your satisfying experience.
Interested to know more? Let us explore the many wonders of the La Mamounia hotel in this short review below.
Exterior and Interior Architecture – The USP of La Mamounia
Originally built in the year 1923, the property restored to its former glory under the supervision and effort of the Parisian designer Jacques Garcia. Rumour has it that there were days when more than a 1000 craftsmen would be working on site at a time during the three-year long restoration project. Their labor and skill mark every nook and corner, from the handmade tiles, wood marquetry walls, the intricate designs carved in the pillars and columns to the hundreds of lanterns, every aspect of the hotel celebrates the city’s glorious history and heritage. Today the place is among the most sought after destinations in the city and one of the best luxury hotels in the Middle East.
Set in all of 17 acres that features lovely flower gardens, vegetable patches, and clear blue lakes, the La Mamounia is nothing short of paradise. The authentic Moroccan architecture with its Moorish charm gives the place a beautiful almost mystic aura. The large open space at the entrance looks very informal and inviting with tall cedar trees and sparkling fountains on either side. Also, the huge outdoor pool and lounge bar is a pleasant place to relax and rejuvenate the senses.
The interiors are equally warm and inviting featuring 209 rooms, 71 suites, and 3-bedroom apartment style setups that cater to all your preferences. The traditional Arab-Andalusian culture reflects in the colored tiled walls, wooden lattice screens, gilded mirrors and mosaic style flooring. The classic and deluxe rooms set in the top floors of the hotel offer a spectacular view of the Koutoubia mosque and the nearby Atlas mountain ranges. Also, The park view suites offer the perfect blend of tranquillity and urban squalor. For a more feminine feel, you can check out the Baldaquin Suite that is very romantic with its white and crème king-sized bed and beautiful upholstery.
Every room features high tech modern amenities such as flat-screen LCD TV, iPod dock, minibar, ping pong corner, and free Wi-Fi connectivity. Guests can also lounge indoors and pamper themselves at the spa or get a beauty treatment at the salons situated in the campus. Each suite also has a private terrace with a screened patio for sunset views. Moreover, the luxurious bathrooms feature alcove showers, Turkish hammam (baths) and top quality toiletries by Olivia Giacobetti.
Attractions In And Around the La Mamounia
Located very near to Morocco, a city of a large historical significance, the La Mamounia is an oasis of tranquillity and luxury, a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. The pretty gardens and lakes around the place create a peaceful environment where you can lose yourself in the lap of nature. The Arab-inspired interiors feature contemporary furnishings without compromising on its Eastern charm.
The three signature hotels featured at La Mamounia serve guests the very best of French, Turkish and Arab cuisines that tantalize your palate with a heady mix of textures and flavors. You can also try out the great mouth-watering buffet lunches organized by the lake or poolside by the four acclaimed restaurants of La Mamounia. The Le Francais with its oversized lampshades, towering pillars, and big set curtains is famous for its French cuisines.The other three namely- L’Italien, a dim light cozy place very romantic; Le Marocain, a fun and lively restaurant known for its upbeat Morrocan music and authentic cuisines and the Le Menzeh, the best place for people who love sweets are pretty popular among guests. Each restaurant also has a competent, well-stocked bar to match.The vegetable gardens are organized and well maintained; the fresh and organic produce supplied to the kitchen adds on to the taste and nutritional content of the food served.
However, the fabulous exteriors and equally elegant interiors are not the best things about La Mamounia. It is not the breathtaking views from the windows or the unique yet very authentic furnishings that set the place apart from other luxury hotels. It is the quick and convenient location that steals the show. The nearby tourist spots and local market areas are the main attractions of this fantastic hotel.
Located in the heart of the city, the La Mamounia is about a 5-10 minute walk away from most of the famous tourist spots. For instance, the Bab El Djedid fair where you can admire acrobats, snake charmers and taste the street food of the city is only a 2-minute walk away. Similarly, the Koutoubia minaret, the largest mosque in Morocco and the Jama el Fna market place for blending in with the locals and exploring the city life are about 10 minutes away. The hotel also offers special tours around the Berber villages where you can collect souvenirs and an exciting hot air balloon ride over the Atlas Mountains for a bit of adventure.
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How to Book:
- Go for a park view room that is located on the extreme side of the hotel to experience the best of classic luxury and serene sights.
- Though there isn’t any dress code of sorts that you have to follow, it is always practical that you don on traditional Arab dress robes for a more Oriental feel.
- Also, while we are at it, it will be blasphemous if you miss out tasting the diverse range of cuisines presented by the four restaurants set in different locations on the campus of the hotel.
- Moreover, the special programs organized by the hotel featuring some of the best Turkish singers, dancers, and acrobats is something you just cannot afford to miss.
- Tennis enthusiasts can check out the clay courts that host some international tournaments all year round.
- For fitness freaks, there is a fully furnished gymnasium well stocked with the best quality high-tech workout equipment.
- Don’t just sit inside all day! Explore the local city life and nearby tourist attractions such as the Koutoubia minaret and Jama El Fna market. (collect souvenirs, taste the delicious street food and surrender to the oriental charm of the place)
- However, there are no cars allowed in Medina; don’t worry, the hotel would arrange private transport and a tour guide to show you around.
- Also, note that flip-flops and trainers are usually not allowed in the public places.
- Visit the official website of the La Mamounia hotel to make a reservation.
The tall walled boundaries and majestic gardens transport you to a magical world far away from the chaos and din of the city. Browse through the reviews and customer ratings available on other travel websites online to get an accurate idea of the place. The fantastic staff and efficient services account for a delightful and memorable stay. The hotel combines the best of contemporary facilities and Arabic charm; the place is a rage among the elite. The immaculate marble and mosaic decorations, authentic spa treatments and sauna rooms, glittering pool sides and spacious suites guarantee a memorable stay. Flexible check-ins and checkouts, hassle free management and friendly supportive hotel staff further contribute to your satisfying experience.