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Les Jardins de La Koutoubia
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   26 Rue de la Koutoubia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #177 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is a gorgeous hotel whose prime is clearly past. Though it has surely lost its former grandeur, the public spaces are still quite impressive and it retains plenty of advantages: its central and convenient location, right near the Jemaa el Fna; enormous rooms with their own bath "complexes"; a great hammam (though admittedly I have nothing to compare it to) with a beautiful heated underground pool (in addition to two outdoor pools); and a very extensive breakfast buffet (including made-to-order omelets as well as pork products). Everyone was nice, the grounds were lovely, and the staff at the front desk and restaurant spoke good English. On the down side, it's hard to imagine why they keep the ratty red rugs in the hallways, which make the place look like a flophouse. Simply replacing the rugs would do wonders! Similarly, the extra touch of using fresh flowers everywhere was ruined because they are using dead roses. The room had multiple sets of interior doors (one to the toilet room, another to the changing room), all of which had clunky pendant knockers that looked pretty but created a racket whenever you moved through them. In the winter, the concrete bathroom and toilet room were quite cold. You had to go through two sets of doors to wash your hands after using the toilet. It took quite a long time for check in (we had to wait about 30 minutes to get into our room), but by the same token (and probably for this reason) they were quite generous about late check-out. If you're coming to Marrakesh for a honeymoon or to hang out in your room, this is probably not the place for you. But if you're going to spend your time in the souks, this is a good value.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed early January for a week in this beautiful hotel with a group of six. We all had beautiful very large rooms, very well appointed, quiet and with roses refreshed every day.
The hotel pool with a great view of the Koutoubia is a great asset to bask in the winter sun. The pool itself is a little shallow to properly swim and is rather overheated at 32°C. For those who like to have a proper swim there is the large pool on the ground floor, which unfortunately isn't heated, so only to be used by polar bears in wintertime.
Being situated around the corner from Place Djemna El Fna the hotel makes a great place to venture into the medina. After strolling around the hustke and bustle of the town, it is great to find this oasis your home.
Service was impeccable all over, including all four restaurants. The Parisian, pool restaurant and the Indian restaurant on the top floor are all excellent. The Moroccan restaurant comes out rather weak in comparison to the many good Moroccan restaurants in the neighbourhood.
We traveled with Jetair and our package included half pension. The breakfast was very sumptuous, while you could choose to either use your main meal a la carte at one of the four restaurants, either lunch or dinner.
A place to remember!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Been to N Africa before and love to be in the centre but that can be overwhelming. We didn't want to stay in the more soulless new area though and this hotel turned out to be perfect. It's a 5 minute walk from Jemaa El Fna and the sights and sounds of the city but once you go in it's an absolute haven. We were upgraded to a suite in the new part, which was huge, spotless and beautifully decorated Moroccan style- there was even an indoor fountain and rose petals were put everywhere. Sheets changed daily and service across the board was polite and very smiley. There are 3 restaurants- we were half board and it was a very good deal. Few issues for a vegetarian coeliac but I had a lot of omelettes and veggie tajines, Indian restaurant was particularly good too. We had great weather for Jan and the heated pool on 3rd floor was a blessing as was the Clarins Spa. We did a couple of trips with a guide via the hotel which were just us so pretty laid back- 2 long days, 1 into Atlas Mountains and 1 to Essouiria. They were good value and well worth the drives which were in very comfy 4 wheel drives. Loved the souks as ever and also the Marjorelle Gardens and a day of tombs, storks and palaces- got lost but no-one anything but helpful. I reckon there is far less hassle then 10 years ago and people are just trying to make a living. A lot of smiling and polite thank yous go a long way wherever you are in the world. Did but some great bargains from tin makers square too and fabulous week away at miserable time of year.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Rabat, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is the place to stay in Marrakech. The location is fantastic--just away from the main square and great food, shopping and sites. In addition, the property is totally private and absolutely gorgeous. The staff if fantastic--very helpful and friendly with kids and grown-ups alike. This is a good choice for families with the wonderful restaurants in house and 3 pools but it's not overrun with children and I'd definitely head there for a romantic stay as well.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

the hotel was beautiful. its a real get away from the busy streets of marrakech. the staff are friendly and helpful. our room was the mini suite and had a view of the patio- definitle would recommend this hotel to anyone

the hotel has three restaurants- indian on the terrace, morrocan and french on the ground floor. we went to all of them and found the food lovely. in fact there was some entertainment when we went for dinner at the morrocan restaurant- with a pair of men playing what im guessing was native music (think guitar and drum) and a bellydancer also made an entrance- i would reccomend that the hotel make this a "bigger" thing. as we really enjoyed it.

we also visited the spa and had a pedicure done- the staff were really helpful and did a good job

overall a good solid five star hotel, worth the money

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

Tripadivsor said it was good, but that is understated.
Could not fault it, every thing was perfect.
Had 3 pools!!!!!
Wonderful spa, bar and staff.

We had Our room upgraded....wow!!
We had rose petals on the bed and in the bathroom every day.

Can highly recommend.
We booked this trip with expiadia and the price was amazing for a 5 star hotel.

Would recommend to anybody.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Amazing hotel located really close to the main square ,opposite mosque.Inside its typically Morrocan,staff really helpfull,food very good,and exceptionally clean.We used the swimming pool on the roof which is heated as it was November,also the Indian resturant in the hotel was worth a visit.Medditeraneen resturant also lovely.In the evening the piano was a must offering drinks.It was a safe peacefull haven inside the hotel compared to the madness of the souks outside.I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone and would definately go back.We were also upgraded to a junior suite ,this was fantastic.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 26 Rue de la Koutoubia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#38 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#68 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#71 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#80 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#121 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Les Jardins de La Koutoubia 5*
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