I've been to Marrakech a couple of times for work. it's an awesome place and I hope to get back there soon again. I love the markets, the square Dharma el Fna and I especially like the friendly locals. There's so much to do in the part of Morocco. The desert is right outside the city and the Atlas Mountains just an hour away. Lots of culture, great food and loads of shopping in the Medina – if you're in to that scene.
I've stayed at some of the nicest hotels in town (including fancy places like La Mamounia and Bab Hotel). But it was first at the Origins Hotel that I was offered a completely different kind of experience and an entirely new take on Marrakech.
This is a small, intimate hotel with individually decorated suites and a gorgeous rooftop lounge (with a jacuzzi). The hotel's decor is really beautiful and blends local Marrakech style and craftsmanship just perfectly. I ate most of my breakfasts on the roof before walking around and exploring the Medina (a World Heritage Site and just two minutes from the hotel). At night, after the desert sun had gone down, I'd often sat in the tiled courtyard (near the fountain) and sip on mint te. Magical.
The staff at the Origins are really friendly, knowledgeable about local excursions and places of interest (off the beaten track) and made my stay in (June 2011) both pleasant and comfortable.
So, I highly recommend a stay here to those that appreciate the uniqueness that only a small, peaceful and tastefully designed boutique hotel can offer. For work or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming and clean riad in a very quiet location only two minutes from the famous square Jamaa el Fna. It is owned by a Swedish architect who has renovated it using traditional Moroccan materials and techniques. All six rooms are air conditioned and have an individual different touch. The inner courtyard, the roof terrace and a nice little tea-room make this a wonderful place to rest from the busy streets of Marrakech. ... more less