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
There are many venues named Sky Lounge or Sky Bar in Marrakech. This review is for the Sky Lounge on the roof of The Pearl hotel. It’s about a 15 minute stroll from the square, towards and then around the mosque, through some pleasant gardens with a fountain and rhyll, then past the Mahmounia hotel and outside the city wall to a large roundabout. Look up and you should see the Sky Lounge lettering across the road.
Once inside the hotel we were greeted and shown around before making our way to the rooftop. With its comfortable seating areas and panoramic views, it made a pleasant stop to relax over a leisurely coffee or cocktail. A little pricey but coffee came with a bottle of water and a fruit juice was accompanied by a bowl of olives – factor these in together with the view and it’s money well spent.
We stayed for 5 days at Pearl hotel. The location is great, right in the city centre. The rooms are very spacious and very clean. Hussain at concierge was amazing. He helped us with all tours and restaurants bookings. The breakfast has a good variety. You can also order omelettes. Hisham at the restaurant was very helpful making sure that you are not missing anything.
The Pearl is a modern smart hotel situated in a good location for exploring Marrakech. We stayed in one of the suites which I would highly recommend.
The Sky Lounge is a lovely location to relax or enjoy the bar and Japanese restaurant. My one piece of feedback here would be to reduce the volume of music played on the roof. It seems to be intrusive rather than background but of course this is subjective.
We tried all of the hotel restaurants and they were excellent particularly the Japanese.
Loved every minute we spent at this hotel. The room was spacious, luxurious and comfortable. The customer service was outstanding! The ambiance was fun and relaxing. We loved the rooftop bar. The concierge was great when we needed any recommendations. Overall amazing hotel and experience!
The hotel is fantastic, it's situated in the best part of the city together with the other big and rich hotels and it's also close to the Medina, the old city part. We stayed 3 nights in a Riad in the Medina and we didn't like to stay in one of its typical riads, but when we moved to this hotel, Le Pearl, it was really good, our room was occupied so we had to stay in the Royal suite which was almost bigger than the apartment where we live. The breakfast is very good as well as the cleaning services. The hotel has also 3 restaurants inside and we only tried the Japanese one were we ate 3 times, it was just too good and it's situated on the last floor, on a terrace with a swimming pool (the hotel has also 1 swimming pool outside and another one in the SPA, which is also good) with a really nice view on a Marrakesh! Perfect stay!