Fodor's Expert Review Royal Mansour

Rue Abbou Abbas el Sebti, Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco Fodor's Choice

Built and owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the Royal Mansour opened in 2010 and is an ultraluxurious private medina within the medina. It's here that visiting heads of state and the superelite will be housed during state visits or celebrity events; the rest of the time it's open to anybody with pockets deep enough to pay the rates. Royal Mansour comprises 53 individual three-story riads complete with a private patio, sitting room, rooftop plunge pool, fireplace, and personal butler–-master artisans from across the Kingdom finished each with zellige tiles, hand-sculpted plaster details, and polished tadelakt. From the riads, pathways lined with 100-year-old olive trees transplanted from the King's own Agdal Gardens, lead to the reception and the various fine-dining restaurants, while there is a stunning garden with massive outdoor pool and the "Le Jardin'" restaurant pavilion, overseen by Michelin-starred chef, Yannick Alléno. The luxurious hotel spa, with white wrought-iron atrium, resembles a birdcage and reputedly has one of the best (and possibly most expensive) hammams in Marrakesh. While parents enjoy this surreal level of pampering, children can be entertained with on-site activities including a chocolate laboratory. Prices include return transfers to Marrakesh airport.

PROS

  • complete privacy and luxury
  • fabulous spa treatments
  • finest Moroccan craftsmanship

CONS

  • entire riads only can be booked (not individual rooms)
  • very strict dress code
  • no ground-floor bedrooms

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
NewService
Sophisticated
Central
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0529-80–80–80

HOTEL DETAILS

53 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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