L’Hôtel Marrakech is a privately owned Riad set in the heart of the ‘red city’s’ Medina. L’Hôtel is conveniently close to the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square, the bustling Souk and nearby the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque.
This historic 19th century riad, originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprises five spacious suites surrounding a uniquely wide courtyard garden and swimming pool. This charming retreat combines delicious food, great comfort and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels of the1930s.
Owned by Jasper Conran, the riad combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of antique furniture, textiles, lighting and art from his collection, making it feel more like a home than a hotel.
The restoration has been executed using local craftsmen and traditional materials. An atmosphere of timeless relaxed grandeur has been created, white voile curtains flow on the terraces giving privacy to the generously proportioned suites.
Simple whitewashed walls, high zouak ceilings, warm, soft, restful colours and unfussy decoration give a relaxing feeling of charm and serenity. The roof terrace offers extraordinary views of the Atlas mountains and the skyline of Marrakech.
It is a place to unwind after a day’s foray into the souks, and somewhere to lie on sunloungers. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea can be taken under the pergola.
Drinks can be enjoyed amongst orange blossom and fig trees, a wilderness of honeysuckle, bougainvillea jasmine and scented roses whilst watching the sun go down over the snowcapped mountains.
In the evening, dinner can be enjoyed in the dining room. On cooler nights the curtains are drawn and a fire is lit whilst traditional Moroccan food is served.
On warmer evenings large glass doors open out onto the courtyard garden allowing the gentle sound of the water fountain and the scents of the garden to flow through rooms.
As the largest suite in the riad, the Casablanca is light and airy, opening out onto a private terrace on the first floor overlooking the courtyard garden.
This authentically decorated suite boasts an impressive zouac ceiling, fine antique furniture, art and a king-size four-poster bed. A walk-through wardrobe leads to a spacious traditional tadelakt bathroom.
The Fez suite is on the first floor. It has a bright and fresh feel with a high ceiling and its own private terrace which overlooks the garden and pool. Fine paintings, antique furniture and lighting have been used to decorate the suite.
It has a king-size four-poster bed and two generously sized wardrobes that flank a tadelakt bathroom. This suite can be adjoined to the Tangier suite to form a family suite of rooms.
The Asilah suite takes the form of a suite of rooms on the first floor. The sitting room has an open fireplace, this adjoins a tadelakt and painted plaster bathroom.
The suite owes its brightness to expansive windows and large skylight. The bedroom, with its king-size four-poster bed, closet and desk, overlooks the courtyard garden and pool.
The Tangier suite is located on the first floor, its large windows open out onto the courtyard garden. This suite can be adjoined to the Fez suite forming a family suite of rooms. Traditional mother of pearl inlay furniture form part of the Tangier suite’s décor.
A Moroccan lounge alcove offers a wonderful place to relax and unwind. The suite’s king-size four- poster bed is hung with white voile curtains. A walk through wardrobe leads to a tadelakt bathroom.
The only ground-floor suite, the Zagora has a private terrace which then leads out onto the courtyard garden and pool.
The suite is laid out in a traditional Moroccan manner, the king-size four-poster bed is hung with flowing white voile giving a sense of fresh and airy serenity. A walk-through wardrobe opens out into a tadelakt bathroom.
L’Hôtel Marrakech prides itself on its approach to serving delicious traditional Moroccan home cooking in the manner Italians would describe as ‘cucina della nonna’ (Grandmother’s cooking). The emphasis on dining at L’Hôtel is the use of fresh local produce, attentive service and comfortable relaxed surroundings.
The food of Morocco lends itself well to vegetarian cuisine, therefore there are a variety of flavoursome salads and delicately spiced vegetable dishes on our menus. Dining for guests and non-residents at L’Hôtel Marrakech* is a truly memorable experience that celebrates the seductive nature of Moroccan cooking.
THE DINING ROOM
L’Hôtel Marrakech’s dining room is open to non-residents as well as guests of the hotel for lunch and dinner. Tables are set with fine Egyptian cotton.
Inviting armchairs and banquettes offer comfort and ease as fresh, vibrant salads and slowly cooked tagines are brought to the table, celebrating the finest seasonal ingredients. On warmer evenings, the dining room opens out on to the garden and on cooler nights a fire is lit.
THE ROOF TERRACE
With breath-taking views of the Atlas Mountains and planted with orange, fig and olive trees, jasmine, bougainvillea, honeysuckle and geraniums the roof terrace is the perfect place for guests of the hotel, and non-residents, to enjoy dinner, lunch or breakfast in the open air.
Tables are set with crisp fine Irish linen under an open pergola trained with vines. Along with the famed Moroccan mint tea, other traditional teas can be taken here – sage and the heavily spiced blend, Khodanjal.
Iced drinks made from seasonal fruits such as avocado, melon, lemon and peach can also be enjoyed on banquettes under the tranquil shade of the pergola hung with curtains, or amongst the perfumed roses, fig and orange trees which are in an intimate garden overlooking the courtyard.
L’Hôtel Marrakech offers the best in Moroccan home cooking using fresh, seasonal local produce. Dishes prepared by our chef, Bouchra, capture the subtle aromas and colourful enchantment of Marrakech.
Guests can enjoy a vibrant array of salads, fresh vegetables, slow cooked tagines, grilled meat and fish as well as the perfect steak and chips. To complete the meal, there are refreshing home-made sorbets, ice creams and fruits to choose from as well as traditional Moroccan desserts.
L’Hôtel Marrakech is a warm and inviting setting for parties, family occasions and intimate weddings. We can accommodate 10 to 16 people seated either on the roof terrace under the vine covered pergola or the dining room which opens out onto the luscious courtyard garden.
The garden is also home to one of the few swimming pools of the Medina. Enjoy a calm relaxing swim in the eight metre pool (heated in the cooler months). A pleasure that can be enjoyed from early morning to the approach of nightfall as glowing lanterns and candles are lit, enveloping the riad in a magical atmosphere.
COURTYARD GARDEN AND ROOF TERRRACE
On entering the hotel you will find yourself in the courtyard garden, planted with banana, orange and lemon trees, welcomed by the soothing sound of water from the central fountain surrounded by zelige tilework.
Birds sing, perfumed roses and jasmine abound whilst bougainvillea and honeysuckle cascade down the whitewashed walls. Planted with orange, fig and olive trees, jasmine, bougainvillea, honeysuckle and geranium the roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
Here breakfast and lunch is served under a curtained pergola. Elsewhere on the terrace, tables are set out, one can enjoy breakfast, lunch afternoon tea, coffee, drinks and dinner. Sunloungers are set out so that guests can enjoy the warmth of the Moroccan sun throughout the day.
For a truly magical experience special events can be accompanied by traditional musicians. Andalous – a classical tradition that developed in Moorish Spain and Gnawa which has sub-Saharan origins.
This charming retreat is owned by Jasper Conran. L’Hôtel Marrakech combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of Jasper’s antique furniture, textiles, lighting and art – some of which were acquired from the personal collections of Bill Willis and Yves Saint Laurent.