Review of La Mamounia Hotel Marrakech

Hotel La Mamounia is the grande dame of Marrakech hotels and along with Palais Jamai in Fez the most beautiful hotel in Morocco. Located within the burnt orange walls of the Medina, only a five-minute walk from Djemaa el Fna, it has been the refuge of historical luminaries, royalty and celebrities: from Winston Churchill and Eric Von Stroheim to the current King Mohammed VI.

Hotel La Mamounia opened its doors in 1922 as a palatial residence in stunning blend of Moorish style and Art Deco design of French painter Jacques Majorelle, creator of the botanical gardens Jardin Majorelle. The design was further enhanced in 1986 by André Paccard, King Hassan’s favourite designer. More recently, the hotel underwent a full renovation and redesign to bring it to today’s level of magnificence – combining a true Moroccan ambiance with every 21st century convenience.

The Mamounia is nestled around luxurious gardens that were once royal grounds, laid out by the Saadians with a succession of pavilions some 200 years ago. Covering 20 acres, the gardens showcase a wide variety of flowers and trees as well as an infinite array of senses and fragrances. Today, despite the more Europeanised style, they still retain the traditional elements of walkways and shrubs.

Guestroom options range from a modest single to the palatial three-bedroom villa. All come with air-conditionning; direct dial telephone, minibar, satellite television and 24-hour room service. All rooms afford a good-sized balcony and are graded according to view: some overlook the pool or the gardens, others the Koutoubia Mosque and a few face the courtyard. Suites are opulent and lavishly decorated and are categorised as Junior, Duplex, Moroccan and Embassador.

Your dining experience at La Mamounia spans tastes from six continents: haute French cuisine at Marrakech l’Imperiale, traditional Moroccan food at Le Marocain and Italian cuisine at L’Italien. A fusion of French, Moroccan, Italian, Asian and American flavours is offered at L’Orangerie, while a poolside buffet is served daily at Les Trois Palmiers.

Facilities at the Hotel La Mamounia include a casino, tennis and squash courts, a golf course, a fully-equipped gym, a spa, shops and an art gallery.