- Sophie Butler, Destination expert
Although in a prime spot, close to the Medina, the city’s souk and Jemaa El Fna square, the hotel is located in 17 acres of walled parkland including flowerbeds, lawns, cacti and vegetable gardens, which are magically lit up by night.
Style & character
Immaculate door staff in traditional robes set high standards. Flip-flops and trainers are discouraged. International guests (including many from France), comprise celebrities, politicians and royalty. The large and rather impersonal, open-plan public areas are scented with cedar wood and cooled by splashing fountains. One of the five bars is named after Churchill who regularly wintered here. The outdoor pool is larger and busier than the indoor one which is located next to a basement spa area offering treatments based on local products including argan oil, orange-flower water and honey.
Service & facilities
Staff are efficient, solicitous and smartly turned-out in different styles of traditional dress. A high staff-to-guest ratio means there’s always help nearby, if needed.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
There are 135 rooms, 71 suites and three three-bedroom riads. Opt for a Park room on the higher floors overlooking the pool and gardens, as bedrooms on the side of the hotel can be affected by street noise and from the call of the muezzin in the early hours of the morning. Decorated in Moroccan style, rooms have intricately-patterned wall tiles, internal lattice-wood screens, large gilded mirrors and colourful mosaic-tiled floors. Large picture windows lead onto private terraces with chairs and coffee table provided and bathrooms have roomy, alcove showers with convenient inglenooks for toiletries.
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Food & drink
Of the four on-site restaurants, Le Marocain is the hotel’s showpiece, serving modern Moroccan cuisine every evening. Lunch and dinner options are available at Le Français (where brasserie-style dishes include chicken confit with dried fruits and cardamon, or foie gras with pumpkin compote) or L’Italien specialising in contemporary Italian cuisine. Mouthwatering buffet breakfasts and lunches are served in the Pool Pavilion with outdoor tables set out next to the water’s edge.
Value for money
Double rooms from £470 room only. Buffet breakfast £27. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are two Park suites and one deluxe Park room which are adapted for guests with disabilities.
Children are welcome, but the hotel is better suited to adults.