A stay at La Sultana is a different world from that outside in the mayhem that is Marrakech. When we were dropped off by the taxi from the airport we thought there must have been a mistake, we could not have paid so much to be staying in this dingy, noisy back street. Don't be fooled. Within seconds we were ensconced in the grandeur, calm and peace that is La Sultana.
Our stay couldn't have been better, the staff were attentive without being overbearing, which was a relief from the frenzy and stress (why do the shop keepers not seem to understand that they are likely to sell much more if you are left alone?) that is shopping in Marrakech.
The hotel itself is fabulous, the attention to detail faultless and although we thought it was perhaps slightly overdone, feels very grand, just as an old palace may have been. Our room was sumptuous, with everything you could need or want. The only slight flaw was the wonderful rainfall shower, which it was impossible to use without soaking the bathroom; but this wasn't much of a problem with the housekeeping coming in every evening to turn down the sheets and clearly mop the floor.
Marrakech is quite an expensive city to eat, if you want decent food, so although La Sultana wasn't cheap it compared well with other places we visited. And although it was wonderful to eat beneath the stars, we were underwhelmed by the lighting. I'm all for ambient lighting, in the right place, but it would have been nice to see what we were eating. Fortunately we were early enough to be able to read the menu, but more experienced visitors than ourselves had brought mini torches. A handy tip!
It was only a short walk to the Jemaa-el-Fna and if you enjoy taking your life into your hands - there seem to be no rules of the road - it is an unmissable experience to join in the evening promenade.
Overall we had a great time both in Marrakech and in La Sultana. It was a relief to hide away beside the pool after a frenetic morning and to recharge the batteries ready for the chaos that is a Marrakechi evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near the Royal Palaces, La Sultana is over a combination of 5 riads. Featured in Elle Decoration for its gorgeous interiors, this member of SLH is a stylish retreat set in flower-filled courtyards. Elegant and sophisticated, each of the individually decorated rooms and suites captures the essence of old Marrakech with vaulted ceilings, antiques and objects d’art. Guests can also enjoy the spa, an outdoor heated pool and a fantastic roof-top terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Sultana Marrakech Hotel Marrakech
- Hotel La Sultana