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“VERY COOL” 5 of 5 stars
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Jnane Tamsna
Ranked #201 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
“VERY COOL”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed twice at Jnane Tamsna. The 1st time for 3 nights. Our best friend had taken it over for her 50th and it was magical. From the meals being served every day in a different place of their gorgeous gardens, to the hundreds of roses, the exquisite food and thousands of candles in the garden, all was just like a dream from breakfasts to dinners. Then we travelled for 6 days in Morocco and came back to Jnane Tamsna for our final 3 nights, since we had been too busy before to visit much of this old and beautiful city.
First of all, Jnane is at the perfect distance from the Medina, where you do not want to stay if you are looking for relaxing nights, space and vegetation. The old Medina is buzzing with exotic sounds, smells, colors but there is too much traffic, too much pollution to make it an enjoyable experience once you have finished visiting the old palaces and famous markets.
Then, after 6 days of tagines and cousous around the country,it was fantastic to come back to Jnane fresh vegetables from the garden, flavored modern fresh food and excellent home cooking.
Then the design, the talent of its gracious owner has been celebrated in the best magazines world wide for decades and she is indeed very good.
She has created a place where you just feel fine, happy and disconnected ! A serene and exciting atmosphere which has the magic of a private home, an elegant private home and not an ' over designed' boutique hotel like many we stayed at around the world.
Then the staff, we spoke to some and they had all been there for years, this must be adding to the magic of the place and the general happy vibes you can feel.
Free wifi all over, make you realise how much there is no need for a TV in room, impeccable laundry and pressing included in the room rate, vegetables and fruits juices upon our numerous requests were never charged.
The tennis coach was very good, the yoga teacher too, the massages were spot on. What is there to add ? We would love to go back and we will next time we go to Europe. It makes it a very short extension... The closest exotic one. We ran into a lot of guests who have been going there for years... We are definitely joining the club.

Room Tip: We found the standard one called Celadon very cosy and romantic. We also stayed in the beautiful Afr...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dusseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We did not follow the advice of friends and had booked 4 nights in the Medina first and then at Jnane Tamsna. After 2 nights in the Medina we rushed to the Palmeraie and Jnane Tamsna. As beautiful and exotic as the Medina is, it was noisy, polluted and very claustrophobic. We were looking for a relaxing and exciting escape and Jnane Tamsna was beyond our expectations. Location is ideal, 15 minutes drive from the Medina but in a lush and old garden. The interiors are very elegant without ever being ostentatious or over the top. The food was fresh and full of flavor. Obviously made every day according to the menu of the day. Fruit and vegetable juices were spot on. The staff is friendly. The service is attentive. The day we arrived it was quiet enough so we could choose our room. We visited 4 and we did not know which one to choose, all different and all beautiful. I liked the sense of privacy as the grounds are vast and there are several pools. I liked the quality of guests we met there. Well travelled, excellent company and way too sophisticated to ever be arrogant or pompous. The whole stay worked like magic on our stressed minds and bodies ! We are going back next winter.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Jnane was recommended to us by a friend, and i suppose that now , after staying at Jnane we are in debt forever. We had a wonderful stay and were mesmerized by the beauty of the gardens, the smiles and service of the staff , the taste and smell of the food, the attention paid to the interior and the rooms. And all of this , in a warm and comforting way as if at home . Not to mention swimming pools, your laundry being done( ok , that's not like home.....), flowers in your room . Samira asking if she can help you. It is an experience truly. One that makes you feel special and fortunate.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chaptal9, Owner at Jnane Tamsna, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you so much for the lovely way you expressed your time with us... and enjoyed thoroughly what we are about..

We so much look forward to your return..
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We were staying at friends in Essaouira and visiting Morocco for the second time when we decided to go to Marrakech. We overheard in a restaurant a group of people raving about their stay in Marrakech and we asked them where to stay. They said Jnane Tamsna, we go there every year. We emailed the same night and were immediately answered a very welcoming and precise message about availability. Obviously not one of these automatic answers. 3 days later we were there. I'll try to be short because there is so much to say about how we loved it, felt pampered, welcome and happy.
The grounds, beautiful and natural seem to have always been there. We know a lot about ecology and loved the fact that all plants seemed native.Nothing looked artificial, hundreds of old date palms, olive trees, rosemary, vegetables.The whole place had a very organic feel to it and a fantastic sense of place. Just like the architecture and the interiors. Elegant but not pompous, old photos, beautiful art, old rugs, antiques and a lot of things designed by the owner. The food was delicious, a good break from tagines and couscous which we had found repetitive in many other places. Inspired by Morocco and by the taste of the owners, who are very Cosmopolitan and obviously well travelled.
The service was very attentive, friendly but professional. We had good massages, yoga, cooking class - remarkable- a well informed guide. As much as I try, I really can't find a thing we did not like there. The location is also perfect, because it is an oasis of about 8 or 9 acres, 15 minutes away from the Medina. As exotic and intriguing as the Medina is, it is noisy, polluted and way too claustrophobic to our taste. Every night the dinner setting looked like a fairy tale, candles in the garden, abundant folhage and roses and the birdsong,the birdsong, the birdsong !!! So loud and romantic, that at first we were joking thinking it was recorded... It was not at all ... What is so fantastic about this place is that it has nothing a hotel offers : no TV, no formal lobby but instead a gorgeous sitting room, no a la carte menu, but a very diverse table d'hotes with fresh produces picked up in front of you while you have breakfast in the garden.
I would try to summarise it as the ultimate lifestyle experience if you are about discreet elegance, true well being away from artificial luxury, boring formality and social pressure that so many hotels impose. We are going back, I will have my big birthday there next year and we are taking over the 24 bedrooms. I can t wait to share the experience with all our friends.

Room Tip: We had a charming standard room, the Celadon, a large room the Indian and a garden room the Beige. A...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We've been going to the Jnane for over 6 years now and every time is a delight. It really is like going home. The same staff: always helpful, always smiling. Meryanne Loumartin is a hotelier with excellent taste and style: it is as if we are staying at her home. No phones in the rooms; no locks on the doors; no hundred-choices bland menus at meal-times. There is a wonderful garden with many cool places to sneak away and read in, and lots of mini pools dotted all over (but unheated). The kitchen produces delicious food and the local rose keeps one going (but no-one will be horrified if you order chips or ketchup!). And the Medina is only a 20 minute cab ride away.
The Jnane is a hotel for people who'd rather not stay in one. Unplug your phone/computer and enter into a more relaxed and laid back way of life.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

In the midst of the palm-filled desert at the outskirts of Marrakech lies the oasis that is Jnane Tamsna. I came here with my wife on a short break (part of our honeymoon) and it was absolutely perfect! Even with the attractions of the city centre so close, we hardly left the hotel. Why would you, when the three course 'table d'hotes' meals (organic, straight-from-the-garden, and served with casual and understated elegance) are so delicious, when the pools are so refreshing, when the gardens are so lush, and the overall experience so peaceful? We especially revelled in the privacy offered in the hotel: even when it was full, we always found lovely secluded spots for quiet tete-a-tetes. We really enjoyed eating both lunch and dinner outside in the shade of the olive trees or in the romantic courtyard. Besides all the wonderful things we have to say about the food, the location, the gardens and the fabulous interior decoration, the experience would not have been what it was without the presence of Gary, Meryanne, and their two brilliant children. The family are so welcoming, engaging and take a personal interest in every single guest - they were are the best kinds of hosts and we truly had the time of our lives. I would recommend it as the number one choice for anyone - single, in a couple, or with a family in tow - in Marrakech!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Set in nine landscaped acres within a private estate, Jnane Tamsna offers a total of 24 ensuite bedrooms spread over three properties: Jnane House, Jnane Moussafir and Jnane Villa. There are two large and two small meeting rooms as well as numerous sitting rooms, dining areas and outdoor spaces. The grounds feature five pools and a clay surface tennis court. Jnane Tamsna adopts a minimalist approach to Oriental splendour. Elements of traditional Moroccan style and colour have been adapted to achieve a peaceful, contemporary look. The cuisine is a fusion of Moroccan and modern European, using local produce sourced wherever possible from Jnane Tamsna's organic gardens. From individual rooms to exclusive villa rental, Jnane Tamsna offers a rare flexibility. As a private or corporate venue, it blends the large capacity usually only offered by hotels and the absolute intimacy, first-class food and fine service of the best private homes. - See more at: http://jnane.com

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Property: Jnane Tamsna
Address: Douar Abiad | La Palmeraie, Marrakech 40070, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#124 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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