La Mamounia Hotel: An Exquisite Desert Getaway
Located at the heart of the old city of Marrakech, La Mamounia Hotel offers a luxury oasis in a city that never sleeps.
La Mamounia is named for its 200-year-old gardens, which were given as an 18th-century wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father.
The hotel was designed in 1922 by the architects Prost and Marchisio. They combined traditional Moroccan designs with the popular Art Deco look of the 1920’s.
Although the hotel has been renovated numerous times since it was first built, the owners have kept this decor and authentic Moroccan flair alive throughout the property.
The Moroccan palace-turned-hotel first opened its doors to guests on April 1st, 1929, and has been a tourist hot spot ever since.
From its luxurious rooms to its five star service, La Mamounia Hotel is an exquisite desert getaway for visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
We had the privilege of staying at La Mamounia Hotel for one night during our visit to Marrakech.
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Nestled at the edge of Marrakech’s old city, La Mamounia Hotel is hidden within stunning gardens, just inside the walls of the medina.
The hotel is located on the main road. It’s easy to get around and explore the city from the hotel itself.
It is steps away from Jemaa el-Fnaa square, and walking distance to many of the city’s major attractions. The Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, Majorelle Gardens, and Koutoubia Mosque are all easily accessible from the hotel.
If you are looking for an escape within walking distance (or a short taxi ride) to all that this city has to offer, La Mamounia Hotel is the perfect place for you.
First Impressions of La Mamounia Hotel:
When we arrived, we were greeted by the concierge who ushered us through the grand courtyard and into the hotel lobby.
The concierge, as well as all hotel staff, were dressed in traditional Morrocan attire. We felt really welcome as they opened the door for us and ushered us to the front desk.
At the front desk, we were assisted by another friendly staff member.
We were offered some Moroccan tea as we waited for our rooms to be ready.
Everything about our arrival felt surreal. It felt like we were in the middle of a movie. The backdrop was so beautiful that it almost didn’t feel real.
After checking in, our bags were taken up to our room we went on to start exploring the property.
There is so much to see on this property. We had bookmarked all the Instagram posts and YouTube videos that we had researched before arriving.
La Mamounia Hotel is more beautiful than any of the pictures or videos could capture.
I would highly recommend making this location a stop to visit. Even if you are unable to spend the night, it’s still worth a visit during your visit to Marrakech.
The architecture absolutely stunning and is unlike anything I have ever seen before.
The intricate details make this property one of the most famous hotels in all of Morocco.
The hotel interior was designed by Henri Prost with the help of Andre Leconte.
The buildings are made to look like they have been carved out of marbles. Each structure is distinct on its own, but also fits in perfectly with their surroundings thanks to beautiful gardens, fountains, and pools that surround the property.
It’s evident that the hotel was designed with marbled elegance and sophistication in mind.
The hotel design marries Moroccan traditions with French influences to create an exquisite escape for travelers.
From its lush gardens to its luxurious rooms, La Mamounia Hotel is filled with intricate details you (and your Instagram Feed) will appreciate during your stay.
What I enjoyed the most was that every room (and garden) had a different and unique design.
It may not be obvious at first glance, but this property is filled with history. For instance, the gorgeous mosaics in each bathroom, were made to resemble those found on marbled floors throughout Morocco’s cities.
La Mamounia Hotel has 135 rooms, 71 suites and 3 riads available for guests looking for accommodations during their stay in Marrakech.
La Mamounia Hotel has several types of accommodations ranging from standard to luxury suites that will suit a variety of budgets and style preferences.
Each of these beautiful suites are uniquely designed and mimic that seen throughout the hotel. A wonderful blend of Moorish art with a modern flair.
Each room features traditional Moroccan decor as well as modern amenities such as air-conditioning, WIFI access, flat screen TVs and electronic safes among other things.
Many of the rooms offer spectacular views. From our room, you could see the Majorelle Garden and the Atlas Mountains in the distance.
The rooms are not very big, but they more than make up for it with their marbled bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows.
If you are looking for a more luxurious experience, I recommend staying on one of La Mamounia’s top floors (where rooms boast views of Marrakech) or booking a suite with its own private terrace overlooking the marbled landscape below.
La Mamounia Hotel did not disappoint when it came to service either – from check-in to check-out, each staff member was professional and very attentive.
Our butler even had fresh fruit delivered to our room twice throughout our stay! I have never experienced that level of detail before.
If you choose La Mamounia Hotel as your desert getaway, you will not be disappointed.
La Mamounia Hotel has one of the most popular restaurants in all of Morocco. It’s also on the top 100 list for its high-quality food and service.
For your information, the 4 restaurants on the premise are:
- Le Marocain : traditional Moroccan cuisine with a twist of modern French influence, the restaurant is located in an open-air setting overlooking the marbling below.
- L’Italien par Jean-Georges: serves contemporary Italian cuisine, with a menu offering everything from pasta and risotto to fish and meat dishes.
- Le Pavillon de la Piscine: Located next to the iconic La Mamounia swimming pool, this restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, which is included with the price of your stay.
- L’Asiatique par Jean-Georges: This restaurant specializes in traditional Asian dishes from Thailand, China and Japan.
If you’ve ever looked up Marrakech on Instagram, it’s very likely that you’ve come across the beautiful spa at La Mamounia.
The spa features a jacuzzi, hammam and gorgeous indoor pool surrounded by spa beds.
The architecture on the inside of the spa matches the luxurious La Mamounia aesthetic; beautiful Moroccan tiled walls, stained glass and mirrored doors are some of the features.
Overlooking the pool is an elevated platform with a bed and comfortable pillows. If there’s a place to pose for a picture, this is the spot.
Pools on the premises are open 24h from June to September, at the discretion of weather conditions and based on reservation.
Spa hours: 09:00 AM – 12PM / 06:00 PM-08:00 PM (closed on Fridays).
Bookings are required in advance of visiting the La Mamounia spa, with an extra cost for massages & treatments available upon request.
Children under 16 years old cannot access spa facilities without adult supervision due to insurance policy limitations.
The hotel also has a health club that is accessible from Monday until Saturday between 08:00 AM – 11:00 PM subject to availability. The hotel health club can be closed during certain periods for maintenance or special events.
As stated on the official La Mamounia website: An elegant dress code is required in all public areas. No shorts for gentlemen after 6 PM.
La Mamounia Hotel is home to several high-end retail stores. You’ll find everything from expertly crafted Moroccan designs to well-known luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Dior.
Of course, you’ll have to visit these attractions, even if it’s only for some window shopping.
Overall, our experience at La Mamounia was memorable and one that will always hold a special place in my heart.
I would highly recommend this hotel. Not only for its service and dining but also to experience the stunning views and architecture.
Our stay at La Mamounia was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. If Marrakech is somewhere you want to visit, check out my previous blog post: Things To Do In Marrakech.