Kenzi Menara Palace & Resort
What We Love
- A five-star retreat with views of the Atlas Mountains - includes breakfastStaying in the neighborhood of Agdal, famed for its exotic botanical gardens
- The large rooms, with a private veranda and views over the Olympic-sized swimming pool
- The elegant blend of Arabic and Andalusian style
What To Know
- Spacious guestrooms start at 592 square feet
- The spa has a Turkish hammam, a sauna, an indoor pool and a hair salon
- There's three on-site restaurants to choose from
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Set among 10 acres of beautiful gardens just south of Marrakech’s bustling Medina, the five-star Kenzi Menara Palace lets you have your cake and eat it, too. Within walking distance of the bustle of Jamaa el Fna Square and close to the botanical Agdal gardens, this luxury retreat is a peaceful haven in Morocco’s whirlwind capital.
Dotted with shady palms and chic white parasols, the hotel’s grounds also boast two large swimming pools. Inside, there’s a spa with a hammam (Turkish bath), indoor pool, sauna and individual treatment rooms, plus three restaurants and spacious rooms, with Moorish tadelakt bathrooms and views of the Atlas mountains from many.
The rooms are generously sized (each is a minimum of 592 square feet) and traditionally styled in spice hues and dark wood. Deluxe Pool View rooms feature a sitting area and overlook the Olympic-sized swimming pool and the looming Atlas Mountains.
There are three restaurants at the hotel. Saoussane is distinctively Moroccan, with alcoves, lanterns, an ornate fireplace and opulent low seating. L’Orientaliste serves little tapas dishes with cocktails and commands panoramic views of the Atlas mountains and the pool. Specialty restaurant Insensé is a romantic spot with serene views and a sophisticated menu of Southern French fare.
The luxurious spa features six individual treatment rooms, two Balneotherapy rooms, a mixed sauna, indoor pool and single-sex hammam-Turkish baths. There’s also a relaxation room, where you can wind down with an herbal tea after a treatment, plus a gym and hair salon.
The hotel is located in Agdal, south of the Medina. The Royal Palace and botanical Agdal gardens are just a few streets away, as well as the Menara gardens, and there are a number of golf courses in the area, too. Around 10 minutes from this green part of the city, you’ll find the Old Town – the hub of the action – where you can shop spices and curios at Jamaa el Fna Square.
How to Get There
If all you are looking for is a lazy break in a very attractive hotel with good service and long-range views of the Atlas Mountains, this place is hard to beat.
Maybe it was because the place was far from full, but service from the many staff was excellent: even down to the sous-chef who wrote out a local recipe for me.
Our room was on a 'promo' discount so was probably one of the worst in the hotel - overlooking the main entrance with views to the city beyond - but it was huge and well-equipped. We were on an all-inclusive basis. The restaurant offered some food cooked to order but most was preprepared on a buffet basis. The starters and pastries were outstanding in terms of quality and choice. The mains were a little variable and often only lukewarm, but if you didn't like something you went and got something else.
Basic cocktails, beer and quite drinkable wine was available and there was free water wherever you want. The lunch-time snacks in the pool par were prepared to order and a good alternative to the main restaurant. At both the pool bar and the main restaurant there were resident sparrows picking up crumbs from tables: health and safety are not on an EU standard, but this is Africa!
Externally the hotel was centred in the middle of a large garden with a massive and cold pool and smaller heated pool with an adjacent bar. Excursions were available from the Thomas Cook rep, via the hotel or agencies in town. The only small minus was that there was nowhere local to go after dinner unless you took a taxi to the centre of Marrakesh: a walk to the local Carrefour was the most exciting option.
If, like us, you are after 7 days lazing in the sun with a few half-day excursions, we would recommend this place unreservedly. If you are looking for a bit of action and some nightlife, go elsewhere.
Can't complain about the evening and afternoon meals.
Good pools, both heated and unheated
unlimited supply of bottled water
Poor breakfast (those are not sausages !!)
Moody omelette maker
All inclusive only included cheap beer and cheap local spirits, wasn't worth it.
Room 238, please sort out the safe.
Would I stay here again - the answer is yes.
We enjoyed an upgrade so was cool from the reception staff. We loved it then everything was so good. The hotel view is awesome, the gym so cool, the swimming pool amazing. I advice everyone to visit. For me was like a honey moon again. I loved staying there
Absolutely superb stay at the Kenzi Menara Palace. Staff were very helpful, polite and nothing was to much trouble. Food was excellent with plenty of choice. Gardens stunning and pools were immaculately clean.
Arranged airport transfers with the hotel, Cherif was extremely helpfully in helping and arranging our 4 sightseeing tours, which for us made our visit stress free. Free shuttle bus the the Square and Medina.Would definately recommend this hotel if ever you are planning to visit Marrakesh. We wiil be back.🌴🌴
We stayed at the Kenzi Menara Palace on an all inclusive basis. As mentioned in a number of previous reviews, the Hotel is in a good location with decent facilities including a spa and a great pool. An initial complaint about the bath was eventually dealt with by an upgrade which was nice. However, the quality of the food throughout our stay was poor. The advertised Italian restaurant was closed, despite reception still taking bookings for it! We did try the Moroccan restaurant but had to wait over an hour for the main course which was inedible went it turned up. The hot food in the main buffet restaurant was lukewarm at best and it was often a struggle to find something decent to eat. This restaurant was routinely packed with few spare tables and cutlery at a premium (you usually had to ask several times to get a full set). The main bar ran out of gin for 3 days and beer for one night. Complaints were often met by indifference, particularly by the managers. The problem seemed to be that the Hotel had been taken over by a number of large parties of golfers and the staff simply could not cope with the numbers. Nevertheless, the problems we experienced could easily have been addressed with a little bit of forward planning and it is a shame that a nice hotel is being let down by poor management.