This 5* de luxe hotel is way out of my budget for accomodation, (and even If I won the lottery, it's a bit too grand for me!) but I treated myself to afternoon tea on my birthday at this 'legendary' establishment.
Surrounded by high walls, you enter the driveway, and walk to the entrance, passing by gardens and fountains.
The gardens were originally a present from the Sultan of Marrakesh to his son, where he held many lavish parties for his well to do friends.
The hotel opened in 1923, again catering to the rich and famous. One of the more frequent guests was Winston Churchill (the piano bar apparently has plenty of Churchillian memorabilia)
The hotel interior is opulent Art Deco / Moorish design. It was renovated in 1986, which some proclaim was to its detriment.
You're met at the entrance by uniformed doormen. I'd read that they turn unsuitably attired tourists away, but I somehow passed!
I wandered around the hotel for a while, feeling a bit overawed by my surroundings (but then again, who wasn't to know if I was 'Someone Famous' dressing down ! )
Sumptuous carpets, fountains with rose petals floating on the pools below, quiet lounges, a casino, restaurant ( yes the menu on display proved that I couldn't afford to even eat there!)
One of the shops was Dior, on display was a dress ' to die for ' !!! oh to be rich, size 8 and 6ft tall! er, perhaps not! - I had much more fun haggling for my jellabah in the souks, (and you don't have to starve yourself to fit into it!)
Please check my other pics for further views of the hotel grounds etc.
The hotels web site is worth a peep (details below)
(more Mamounia tips to follow -below, and in my Restaurants tips
** Sept 06, the hotel and grounds were closed for renovation work - maybe for 3 months**
There is, of course, always the option of taking afternoon tea at La Mamounia. Which is nice as it means you get the opportunity to walk about the lovely gardens.
Note: sometimes security can be a bit snooty about the dress code. Especially Berber straw hats.
Arrive cool and pale and all will be well. If you have a prestige accent, now may be the time to give it an airing. If you can face stooping that low.
Ooooh, and they have a Chanel shop :)
I was ready for a drink and sit down, so headed for the Bar Soleil cafe. Seating in or outside.
Tables and chairs on the outside patio were occupied, mainly with tourists enjoying the warm afternoon sun.
I ordered a mint tea and pastries (see my restaurant tip for more details of Bar Soleil and La Mamounia) and sat enjoying the quiet buzz of chatter from the adjoining tables, and the birds chirping as they hopped between tables.
A pleasant place to 'recharge your batteries'!
Beyond the patio, I found the swimming pool, it was too cold to swim, but an army of staff in smart uniforms were tidying and cleaning the already immaculate poolside.
The Hotel Mamounia is named after the gardens, in which it is set, which were originally known as 'Arset el Mamoun'.
The gardens were named after Prince Moulay Mamoun, who was the son of the 18th century ruler of Marrakesh - Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah.
The gardens date back 300 years and are surrounded by Marrakesh's famously ancient red walls.
Palm trees, rose bushes, manicured lawns and flower beds are maintained by a team of gardeners, and song birds, fishes and frogs can be seen and heard.
Fountains such as the one in the picture, along with the decorative canopies of the entrance, add colour to the landscape.
Winston Churchill , on urging Franklyn D Roosevelt to join him in Morocco for the 1943 Casablance conference, described La Mamounia as 'The most Beautiful place on earth'!
Well I wouldn't go that far, but it is quite impressive!
Please see my other La Mamounia tips in Things to do and Restaurant sections for more details.
yes if you have the money take the chance to experience La Mamounia!
Winston churchill, amongst other notables, loved it too - and he stayed here quite often as he loved to paint and he loved the colours here and around Marrakech.
This wonderful Marrakech institution is famed for its beautiful art deco interior and beautiful gardens - and all recently redecorated.
This luxury hotel has lovely gardens, pool, the interior is just lovely and we didnt stay unfortunately but enjoyed our visit with a few martinis in the bar (which werent particularly expensive! so do go and enjoy a splurge!) and roam around the gardens!
Roaming around to take photos of the stunning Art Deco interior is no problem, nor out around the lovely gardens - especially if you do patronise them in the bar or in one of their luxurious restaurants or pool café.
La Mamounia Hotel is the most glamorous hotel in all of Morocco. Extravagant is the word. Have a drink, have lunch, but know that, as a tourist, you're allowed in, but the Moroccans (like our friends Mohamed and Said) are not.