Fodor's Expert Review Palais Rhoul

Rte. de Fès, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Km 5 Dar Tounsi, Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

This flashy, horseshoe-shaped mansion is the height of bohemian boutique chic, if a bit Beverley Hills. It stands among 12 acres of gardens with a carpet of green lawn, palm trees, and flowers, and two swimming pools and an Indian Pavilion. The overall feel is romantic neoclassicism, making it a sophisticated place to retreat from the mayhem of the city and indulge in a little pampering. Each of the exceedingly large rooms, decorated in an ornate mixture of Moroccan and Art Deco styles, open onto the pool's veranda, which is shared with the other guests. For true luxury, choose one of the huge Arabian "'tents"' tucked away in the gardens; each is an enormous permanent fixture with solid walls, kitted out to resemble the regal tents used in times gone by for stately occasions—the stuff of fairy tales, with four-poster beds, sunken pools sprinkled with rose petals, fireplaces, and romantic lighting. The mansion was originally constructed for a French countess, who then decided to make it a luxury hotel. Staff is at your beck and call, and meals are served around the pool, in the gardens, or in the elegant lounge. There is an on-site luxurious spa, also. Children can be accommodated in extra beds in Junior Suites or larger suites only.

PROS

  • the height of luxury
  • fabulous gardens
  • family-run with owners on-site

CONS

  • restaurant overrated
  • little English spoken
  • only main pool is heated

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Romantic
Intimate
Countryside
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0524-32–94–94

HOTEL DETAILS

23 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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