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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This hotel is gorgeous, the spa is amazing, and the pools are so inviting. They offered an upgrade to the premier suite, but upon arrival, we realized that the view was not as nice as the view promised in our original reservation (there was a tree blocking most of the view, which was mostly a barren dirt landscape). They kindly moved us to the junior suite we reserved, and it had a nice view to the area around the pool. The bed was very comfortable, the amenities nice, and the balcony was nice. A few things led to me giving 4/5: the pool staff members were not very hospitable, bordering on unfriendly at times, there were a few interactions that made us feel unwelcome, and in our room one of the cabinet doors was unhinged when we opened it (a bit sloppy for a 5 star hotel). However, many staff members were very hospitable, especially at the spa and the restaurants, and we would return.
stayed here on a 4-day business trip. Very nice decor and taste of culture. It is very large with a lovely swimming pool. The breakfast is delicious with a nice view, delicious food accompanied by a roaring afra, Maryam and Makali. Very special hotel I stayed at at all..
Once again we enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel Marrakech. And like usual your team excelled in hospitality and client centric service. Some of the staff members we already know for more than 10 years and it is always a warm feeling to see them back.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Sofitel staff for making our journey at Marrakech a wonderful experience. Unfortunately I don't know all the names, but I can say they all contributed to the high quality standard. Let me thanks the following staff members in particular:
Thanks to Chef Ahmed & Chef Mustafa for the exquisite brunch. So far the best I had compared to others
Thanks to Mr Yacine (Restauration diretor) and to Brahim and his breakfast team for their personalized service: Karim, Said, Ilham, Oussama, Fatima, Reda & Zakaria. Further I would like to thank following people, unfortunately I don't know their names: the man that made the juices every morning for us, the man that takes care of the charcuterie and the hadj that brought us every morning delicious pastries.
Hakim for his hospitality and joy and making the children's favorite
Reception: thanks to Wafae & Ayoub for her reception and Imane to offer us a wonderful view.
Raouf the baggagist for his lovely evening chats.
Adil for his concierge service
Pool: Soleiman and his pool team, Younes, Soufaine, Hassan Ryad and Nourddine. They all made sure we had the nicest spot and took care of us during the stay. Thank you for the lovely chats.
Last but not least I would like to thank the security staff at the gate receiving us warmly and the team of valet service (voiturier)