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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Mandy Sinclair

Established in 1946, this legendary hotel is one of the Medina’s finest and most comfortable, with intricate carved doors, lattice windows, cedar ceilings, and plush furnishing.

Oriental paintings and candelabras hang on walls and Moroccan lanterns illuminate each room. Pretty courtyards with fountains and potted palms, two big and beautiful swimming pools and a spa with hammam complete the picture.

The location in bustling Bab Doukkala, a short stroll to Jemaa El Fna, is excellent, making this an ideal choice for a first Marrakech stay.

While you're there

The hotel is also famed for its resident cooking school, run by a traditional Moroccan Chef (dada). Workshops start with a visit to the spice market, and a traditional neighbourhood bread oven.

Surrounding area

The Medina location in the Bab Doukkala neighbourhood is excellent.

Just over the hotel walls is a lane dotted with superb antique stores. Follow it to reach Marrakech’s main square, the Jemaa El Fna, via a fascinating 15-minute stroll through the bustling souks.

In the other direction, it’s a 10-minute walk to Bab Doukkala, a gate in the city wall. En route is a local market lined with hole-in-the-wall grocery stores and local eateries.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Hot-air balloon flights over Marrakech

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.7 miles]

Float high over dramatic, arid landscapes and look down into traditional Berber villages – a unique and thought-provoking perspective on a spectacular landscape.

Best for ages: 10+ | £150 | 5+ hours

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Souks of the Medina

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.9 miles]

The world’s quintessential Arabic bazaar, the Medina’s maze-like souks are a shopper’s paradise.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Moroccan bread for sale in a shop in Marrakech

Bab Doukkala Market

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.3 miles]

Bustling with fishmongers and butchers, street vendors selling in-season fruit and veg, bread fresh from the local oven, and more. In between, small kitchens serve street food specialties through the morning and afternoon.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Fez-wearing cafe worker in front of wall covered in tin jars

Bacha Cafe

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.4 miles]

Nestled inside the Dar el Bacha palace, Bacha Cafe is elegance at its finest. Coffee recommendations are suggested based on time of day, and are best accompanied by a treat from the cake counter.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Tiled interior courtyard of a riad (traditional Moroccan home) with plants and a fountain

Photography Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[1.2 miles]

Tranquil Medina riad housing an interesting collection of photographs documenting Moroccan life from the 1870s-1950s, that gives the best insight into life in the city before tourism arrived.

Best for ages: 18+ | £4

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View of Marrakech on a clear day from rooftop cafe

Rooftop cafe of Photography Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[1.2 miles]

A high terrace provides panoramic views of the medina, including the Atlas Mountains in winter months. Time a visit with when the muezzins call the prayer from the surrounding mosques for additional Arabian atmosphere.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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