Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa
What We Love
- Two outdoor swimming pools and an ample selection of daybeds mean nobody is left in the shade (unless you want to be, of course)
- Pleasant 15-minute walk to Jemaa el-Fna Square
- A young crowd, poolside music and a sprinkling of modern art create a refreshingly party-friendly atmosphere
What To Know
- Nonsmokers (or those trying to give up) may be perturbed by the enthusiastic puffing that pervades the hotel's communal areas
- Service at the front desk can be a little slow
- Some of the mini bar prices are steep
- A city tax of $4 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Offering a distinctly North African take on international glamour, the lobby of the Sofitel Marrakech says it all, with highly polished marble floors under Moorish arches and fluttering drapes that give onto an indoor-outdoor terrace surveying the mammoth pool complex. Red is the suitably warm dominant color; it crops up everywhere from parasols to the tea set from which the welcome drink is served.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are less emphatic, with putty and beige ruling the decorative roost. Though it doesn’t mask wear and tear, this color scheme is relaxing, and the Moroccan flourishes, such as the filagree around the headboard, provide plenty of visual interest. Even in larger rooms the bathrooms tend to have tub-shower combos; the toiletries are from two grand old Parisian fashion houses: Lanvin and Hermès.
As the flashy billboards adjacent to the otherwise serene, fountain-lined drive up to the Sofitel attest, the hotel’s So Lounge fancies itself one of the city’s nightlife hot spots. Even for hotel guests there’s a cover charge on weekends, but it is a thrill to see your teeth glow under the UV lights of the Ibiza-with-minarets decor. The large spa is a more peaceful affair, offering French-style treatments with a local sensory twist: think a soothing Berber facial with argan oil. Head chef Dominique Oudin oversees four restaurants, ranging from the poolside L’Oasis (good for a lazy seafood skewer) to the ritzy tagine-centric L’Orangerie, which has a shady terrace with spectacular mountain views.
In the Area
Inevitably, you’re going to get lost in the eye-popping maze of the Medina, Marrakech’s walled old-town and circus of humanity, but that’s half the fun. The trick is to look purposeful and politely decline any unsolicited “help” — it inevitably involves an awkward detour to some third-rate shop, or worse. Eating options abound here, and there’s nothing quite like getting up above the rooftops, particularly in the early evening, at a place like Restaurant Le Fondouk, to hear the call to prayer echoing over the city. Farther afield, the Grand Café de la Poste, on the Corner of Boulevard el-Mansour Eddahbi and Avenue Imam Malik, is a sublime fusion of French cuisine and Moroccan hospitality.
How to Get There
Spent three nights in a row at the hotel in Marrakesh. We took private tours throughout the area, but returned to the hotel each night. Every morning we ate at the buffet breakfast dining room. Huge variety of food, and heavily populated with service personnel. Eggs, orange juice, Ham, coffee, teas, etc we're augmented with cold cuts, cheeses, fruit, lots of different types of pastry, etc. You needn't leave hungry. The bars are easy to find and we'll distributed throughout the property. The dinner dining room has excellent food and service too. Highly recommended.
I always take an afternoon off from my busy work schedule to totally destress in this beautiful hotel gardens and swimming pools- the view is amazing and the staff are most attentive- I would like to particularly thank Aya for her amazingly friendly welcome and attention to my every wish - she is a true 'people person' with an amazing ability to engage warmly and genuinely with guests- positive, attentive and bubbly, I think she will go very far indeed.The food and drinks are exceptional too. Bravo!
I’m very satisfied about the service of Siham she’s lovely and majda it was amazing and a good experience to have , very friendly and warm atmosphere and Hamza he do a good job with chicha that I like manth specially
With the presence of chef wiam &momo ❤️💋 best regards
A very good experience at the lauwrence bar. Enjoyed the service by Siham and Soukaina the host and the manager Wiam. Could not recommend this place more highly to anyone visiting Marrakesh for business and personal travels.
1stly: We booked a dinner reservation at the So Lounge. However when we arrived to the hotel, security paid no attention, there was no signs or direction from anyone. So we walked in and hosted ourself, where we felt the bar/restaurant would be. So we went outside to find the restaurant.
2nd: We sat down at the Omega restaurant, however the woman was very fast to seat us down and it didn't look familiar to the pictures I had viewed of the reservation I had book previously as I booked a dinner and show which takes place in the So Lounge.
So we asked after ordering starters if we were in the right place, to find out we wasn't and the lady who sat us didn't even check our reservation.
3rd: I had oraganised a mini surpise for my boyfriend at the hotel. Video play and a birthday cake, which was displayed on the big screen on the lounge. Certainly a five star experience.
Key Tip: Can be expesensive, if you spend the whole night there. Drinks aren't very heap.
Bad: External staff work within the hotel. The photographer who arrived during the birthday celebration charged us 660 dirham for 12 photos. However told me 60 dirham to print, all 12. So I agreed that was fine, until he came back and said no he said 660 dirham which is crazy.
He then said I could pay 400 dirham for 6 pictures.. (which is 32pound) for 6 pictures.
We were aware of how much images cost to develop and everything as the machine he printed it on is literally at the back of the lounge.
His answer was its 'sofitel' however, he wasn't even a staff of Sofitel.
Was a total rip off. Hotel staff said they have no control over external staff. Its very bad for business when you are being charged 50pounds for 12 photos.
Great experince however disappoint during the celebration.
Great show GREAT singers.
We have visited MANY sofitel around the world. So will be back again!!
Please take pride in external staff the way you do for your own staff.
Alexi '& Tracy