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Jnane Tamsna
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Douar Abiad | La Palmeraie, Marrakech 40007, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #160 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“wonderfully relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

A marvellous place to relax or have a fabulous wedding ! Plenty of grounds to enjoy away from the bustle of life. and this includes no tv, no radios and no phones in the room (although there is wifi). The hosts are so totally welcoming. Enjoy !

Room Tip: Garden rooms great in good weather and warm evenings.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

I don't know where the bad reviews are coming from, but obviously people had no idea what they had signed up for.
We stayed 6 days at Jnane Tamsna and found it wonderful.
This getaway is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert like Palmeraie, with it's lush gardens and perfect silence it's like staying in the garden of Eden. We were there for our honeymoon and found an amazingly decorated (perfectly clean) room, along with the authentic and tasteful decoration of the rest of the place. Our laundry was done every day, we received welcome cookies and tea wherever and whenever we looked thirsty. There was a cosy library where one could easily spend hours. We had a nice lounge area by our pool and the service was extremely friendly and made us feel at home, because they were not tip toeing around us all the time but were there when needed and were always very helpful and welcoming. Meryanne and her husband are very friendly and interesting people who gave us the feeling of being friends staying at their private house.
The food was okay, though we aren't friends of Moroccan cuisine and haven't really enjoyed eating anywhere in Morocco, wherever we tried it. But it was always served in a very elegant, calm and relaxing atmosphere.
This is the place if you like tasteful and natural getaways with a subtle and homey atmosphere without the classy "hotel" feeling.

Certainly, the price is up for discussion as we also feel it's slightly overpriced, but that's about the only critique and we still think it was worth every cent.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mill valley,ca
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011 via mobile

Hostess meryann and staff were wonderful at the beautiful,peaceful
dar/resort. We spent two delightful days at the end of a 6 day first visit to morocco in mid June(2011) the
grounds,accomodations,service,breakfast were superb. Merryann welcomed us,the staff answered our every request. We swam in the two beautiful pools, walked the gardens , loved the large sumptious breakfast.it is important to have english speaking hotel staff and meryann's managers were multiple linguel.the medina/square was only 15 minutes away or $10 by petit taxi. We had a rental car and had to learn how to find jnane tamsna at night(only problem)
we read about the resort/estate in ny times 2010 article on best spots to stay in marrakech
Jill and I are experienced world travelers and we highly recommend it. You could stay just At jnane or combine your stay with a stay in medina. Enjoy and say hi to merryann for us

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

Where to start with Jnane Tamsna - the food, the bedrooms, the gardens, are all extraordinary. I stayed for 6 days with my wife and young daughter and we fell in love with it!

The hotel has a main house and a number of villas each with it's own pool set in extensive natural gardens. The place feels very relaxed - all the comforts of a five star hotel but without the formality, the staff were fantastic and really couldn't do enough to help us, everyone from the gardners to the chef were so friendly.

The food is the best i've tasted in marrakech. We went out to several highly regarded (and expensive) restaurants and they just didn't compare, much of the ingredients is grown on-site at the hotel, it's not complicated food but it's done brilliantly.

The grounds are like a massive secret garden, lots of little paths to follow if you fancy a wander and the smell of lavender and rosemary is always in the air. The rooms are beautiful, and the whole place feels very homely, we saw a few of the bedrooms and each one is unique, with wonderful attention to detail.

We'll definitely be returning...

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2011

Highly recommend staying here if you want luxurious, private and relaxing. Each villa is set in amazing gardens and all are very private with their own pool. All the staff went out their way to help us in any way they could and really made this feel homely and relaxing (This included bring us dinner to our own terrace each night so we could eat whilst our daughter was asleep).

The food was absolutely amazing - the best I have ever had in Morocco. All extremely fresh with most of it coming from the gardens of the hotel. The chef also specifically catered for my 18 month old daughter and cooked her fantastic healthy dishes each day and I never felt worried about her becoming ill from the food or water.

I would also highly recommend the cookery class even if you are not staying in the hotel. The chef speaks amazing English and the class is done in a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

For a second consecutive year we chose Jnane Tamsna for our arrival destination in Morocco to recover from jet lag in comfort and beauty. The website doesn't do it justice -- the fragrance that pervades from the rosemary hedges and lavender, the sense of space and open luxury, the one-swimming-pool-for-each-villa, the sense of calm and beauty and the spacious, creatively appointed rooms legitimize the cliche "oasis of calm".

Before our first visit last year we were hesitant - we are not interested in following celebrities, the cockroach stories - etc. But after two sublime visits we suspect Jnane is one of the many victims of nasty competitors enjoying anonymity in order to deter people.

I see many here though talk of the hospitality, let me add our most recent example. This year we had a room in the main building - a large one in the corner on the top floor. It opened to the very large roof, which is nicely appointed with lounge chairs, etc, but it felt less than private. We made a comment to Sammira, the lovely, gracious woman who runs the office. When we got back from an hour at one of the five swimming pools we were astonished to see two carpenters out on the roof, building an enclosure to give us privacy outdoors, creating a roughly 20' x 20' outdoor living room. We hadn't asked - they simply heard a client concern and created a delightful solution.

They did the same last year for the family that was to follow our occupancy of a large room in one of the villas -- there were two large corner rooms on the front of the villa, and the family was going to have young children with them. What did Jnane do? They built beautiful Moroccan style doors to secure the two adjacent rooms, creating a secure environment for the family.

So if you want peace, quiet, privacy, beauty, good food and warm surroundings, Jnane is a good choice. But note - this is like an 8 acre estate serviced by friends - if you want flat screen TV, telephones and instant room service, try a hotel. Otherwise, life doesn't get much better.

One other note - if this is your first visit to Morocco, be aware that the call to prayer is done multiples times daily through loud speakers. The neighboring village provides this "service" for Jnane, but we experienced the same in two separate riads in the city.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

We had a very enjoyable stay at the Jnane Tamsna and appreciated the friendliness of the staff and the beautifully decorated, spacious rooms, however, having read the rave reviews I was a bit disappointed. I had been looking forward to tasting the Moroccan food, but found it uninspiring and pretty average - one night our desert was just a no frills 2 scoops of ice cream, very unlikely to have been even home made. Most guests seem to go in to Marrakech to eat and dinner, while in a beautiful setting, was rather soulless as often we were the only guests. The staff however were charming, particularly those at the reception and transport to and from the city centre was made easy by an efficient taxi booking system. We welcomed the calm of the location, but guests should be aware that the Palmeraie is not a luxurious glade of palms, but more scrubland with shanty towns contrasting markedly with some luxurious villas closed off behind walls - the reality is that most of the palms have been killed by disease. All in, an enjoyable, relaxing stay with charming, personal service, but they could do with a new chef.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Douar Abiad | La Palmeraie, Marrakech 40007, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#62 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Jnane Tamsna 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The latest creation of Meryanne Loum-Martin, Jnane Tamsna comprises three houses - Jnane House, Moussafir House and Dar Ylane - with a total of 17 bedrooms within a walled garden. The property is located in a protected palm grove with spectacular views. The houses blend traditional interior courtyard architecture with the space, light and vegetation typical of the Palmeraie. Jnane Tamsa offers a romantic way to discover Marrakech and understand why it has become a legend. ... more   less 
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