" ...which takes its name from the 200-year-old gardens presented as a wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father, King Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, namesake of Morrocco's current monarch. Filled with 400-year-old olive trees, those gardens now sprawl for 20 well-manicured acres, setting the scale for the hotel itself, which opened back in 1923. "
It was the last hotel stop on our National Grographic Around the World in 23/24 days, and they do 'save the best for last', in terms of luxury hotels. You may not want to leave to even visit the Suqs, and night market, or drive to the Atlas Mtns to see nature and the tribal Berbers. The hotel is exotic, and made even more so, with its sumptuous gardens, pool, red velvet couches, Arabic musician playing in the orner of the lobby in late afternoon, and very dim lighting ( really dim).
The bedrooms are a bit on the small side, but we had a balcony facing the gardens, which even at night have a magical glow. The Morroccan bedroom slippers placed by your beside t night are a treat, as are the delicacies brought each afternoon to your room - pistachio cookies, small pears, chocolate chip scones (?), along with mineral water. Two friends got suites and they were also on the small side, even the Hermes leather drawer outfitted closets are not spacious. But the draw is the detailed Mortocan tiled rooms, whose decor and feel ate the draw and add to making the hotel a place of beauty, and a world within a world, inside the "medina" , the old walled city of Marrakech. The beds all seem to have been furnished with feather beds.
The lobby has many alcoves where people can gather and talk. The hotel bar is clubby, yet dazzling.
Horse drawn carriages and taxis are right outside the entrance.
The only negatives besides that, of course, the price of the lodging, is that the lighting IS dim, and I needed to read my instruction sheet on how to work the lighting in the room, and in bathroom. But staff is helpful in showing one how to navigate the lights, and TV, and the shutters, which can open and lose electronically. The other negative is that WiFi is slow. however, those of us on upper floors found speedier Internet.
Th gift shops have lovely things which are also found in the Suq (Shuk) for a fraction of the price.
There is also a casino to the right of the hotel which has an ATM.
The breakfasts are very good, and the chefs really know how to tailor eggs and omelettes to everyone's particulars. The morning breakfast spread is fit for a king or caliph.
The airport is about a fifteen minute drive away...but inside the hotel one is a world away, from the familiar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Mamounia, a symbol of traditional Moroccan hospitality, is located in the heart of the imperial city, nestled in a 17 acre park, 5 minutes walk from the Jemaa El Fna square, La Mamounia will remain the place for worldwide celebrities. DESCRIPTION The Moroccan legendary palace has been redesigned by an internationally acclaimed designer, Jacques Garcia, combining a true Moroccan style and ambiance with new technologies. With its luxurious decorations, fabulous gardens and its trendy 2500sq m SPA, la Mamounia guarantees the amazement of its guests. ACCOMODATION 136 rooms (30 to 45 Sq m) 71 Suites including 7 Signature suites (55 to 212 Sq m) 3 Riads each with 3 bedrooms, Moroccan salons, private swimming pool, terraces... (700 Sq m) ... more less
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