The Pearl Marrakech
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the rate
- There are three heated pools on-site; the mosaic-tiled indoor pool is best for swimming
- All rooms have Juliet balconies
- The rooftop pool is open until sunset every day
- A 10-minute walk from Jemaa el Fna
- The 20,000-square-foot spa has 15 treatment rooms and his-and-hers hammams
What To Know
- A combined city and room tax of approximately $6 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at check out
- The hotel opened on September 21, 2012
- Traditionalists take note: This is not a typical Moroccan riad experience
- It’s located outside the medina walls
- An on-site nightclub is scheduled to open at the end of 2013
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A bold take on traditional Moroccan architecture, this 71-room hotel is fronted by a bright red circular structure wrapped in sheet metal bubble wrap and a great glass elevator that shoots people up to a see-and-be-seen rooftop pool. Designed by French architect Jacques Garcia, the interior is awash with opulent fabrics, velvet tasseled seating, hand-carved wooden ceilings and lots of deep purple. Most of the action takes place around the circular atrium, which spirals up to a retractable roof. With four floors lined with changing exhibitions of art by Moroccan artists, the look is Guggenheim-esque. The lobby is home to a DJ-helmed bar with chill-out areas where guests sip mint tea and tuck into Moroccan pastries.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are sumptuous and sizable (Deluxe Rooms start at 450 square feet) and feature ambient lighting, ochre sandstone walls and silk lampshades. Soothing drapes surround seating areas designed to look like traditional Moroccan snugs, and a piece of original artwork hangs above each bed. All rooms have Juliet balconies with views of the medina or the Hivernage neighborhood, and the marble bathrooms have a separate tub and a three-headed monster of a shower.
The hotel has shipped in a Michelin-starred chef, Giancarlo Morelli, to head up Pomiroeu restaurant, which serves classic Italian dishes in a grand salon setting. There’s also a Japanese fusion eatery called Namazake that serves light bites by the rooftop pool. The circular pool wraps around the hotel’s atrium and offers endless views of the Red City and Atlas Mountains. The water is only waist-deep, to encourage swimmers to rest cocktails on the wooden edge and make it possible to perch, paddle and pose all at the same time.
In the Area
Located in Hivernage, one of the city’s hippest areas, The Pearl Marrakech is bordered by Jemaa el Fna and the 12th-century Menara Gardens. It’s a 10-minute walk to the ancient medina’s labyrinthine souks and a five-minute stroll to Avenue Mohammend V, where you’ll find a cluster of top-notch bars and restaurants. Take a day to visit the medina. Wander the souks and make time for the 16th-century Ben Youssef Medersa – which has Islamic designs that give Granada’s Alhambra a run for its money – and the vast, eerie ruins of the El Badi Palace, on the outskirts of the medina. The Almazar mall is a good place to grab high street goods, with plenty of shops as well as a huge supermarket and a food court.
How to Get There
I travelled with a friend to celebrate her birthday. Upon arrival we were greeted by Belinda from The Pearl. She was so lovely, bubbly and friendly and ready to help with our every wish. She not only helped us with restaurant bookings and gave us key advice regarding local activities/places to eat she arranged for our room to be filled with Happy Birthday balloons I had brought with me!! She even added some of her own balloons!
I recommend The Pearl as it is in a great location with some of the popular restaurants and nightspots such as Comptoir Dharna, So Lounge and Theatre within walking distance.
Once again Belinda made our time at The Pearl amazing, I wish every 5 star hotel came with a Belinda, her hosting alone is worth 5 stars!! Thank you :)
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights. the location of the hotel is perfect! its located in a lovely part of town and most of the main attractions in Marrakesh are only a 5 min cab away!
The concierge gentlemen by the door are so friendly and always have a smile on their face and will always help you get a cab and tell you about the best places to go around town. Even better they always say how much you should be paying for each cab as the cabbies will always try it! lovely guys!
as for the rest of the staff they are normally polite and helpful however just be warned if you order a drink at any bar in the hotel for some reason they take 10 years to make it and give it to you. God knows why! literally waited 20 mins for a vodka mixer! other than that the whole experience at the hotel was fantastic!
Check the spa on the lower levels out! its a hidden gem everyone is too busy with the rooftop pool but the spa is amazing!
had a great stay! slow service was the only negative!
We landed in this hotel after a bad experience with the hotel that we were previously scheduled to stay. Belinda welcomed us with open arms and made our decision to stay there a great one. Throughout our stay Belinda’s professional advice, recommendations and overall kind service was incredible. My husband and I both had 5 star massages and facials. My pedicure with Christina was very well done, however, the service area was a slight disappointment as the salon and nail service area needs to be upgraded to match the incredible decor of the spa area. Rooms are beautiful but a little dark however management says a lighter decor is on its way. Next visit to Marrakesh we will stay at the Pearl and hopefully their warm, caring and professional staff (& Belinda) will be there to greet us!
We chose to spend the last night of our Pearl anniversary holiday at the Pearl and we were so glad as we had a fabulous time.
Our room was very large with a small seating area and juliette balcony overlooking the pool. The corridor that contained the ample cupboard space and door to the bathroom could be closed off with a sliding door.
The decking area on the roof was comfortable with views across to the Medina and the distant Atlas mountains. Sun beds were arranged around a shallow pool in a ring shape.
During the evening staff brought a devorated cake to the room to recognise our wedding anniversary - and it was a really delicious cake.
Breakfast was excellent with lots of choice and could be taken inside or outside by the pool.
I just wish we had stayed there for longer to try all the restaurant options and the spa.
For me this was the highlight of our trip to Marrakesh and I highly recommend the Pearl to anyone wanting a luxury stay just a few minutes walk from the Medina.
Popped in for a couple drinks and dinner before my climb of Toubkal. Excellent place to chill and watch the sun go down with a great view. Staff were attentive and caring and a special mention to Belinda whom engaged and genuinely wanted to improve my time there. Dinner in Namazake was great. Highly recommended.