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
Great place specially Roof top pool and bar whit amazing views
Very good rooms, excelent breakfast
Staff 5 stars
the location is very good, at Hivernage, the modern and hight class neighbourhood and just crossing street you walk to Kotoubia Mosque and Jemma el Fna
Iam very proud of the team hospitality & professionalism ,
The best sky bar in Morocco
Exclusive stunning view on the atlas mountains and the old medina
The rooms design is very exquisite
Marrakech must see
We were originally booked in for the Hivernage Hotel across the road, but were upgraded on arrival to The Pearl. We weren’t disappointed, the hotel is beautiful. It has 3 pools, including a rooftop pool which overlooks Marrakesh and an indoor pool which is pretty special (you’ll know when you see it).
Hotel is located in the new town but is walking distance to the old town (Medina). We stayed here for a couple of nights before a tour of the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, then returned to Marrakesh and stayed in the Medina.
We had two small complaints from our stay here though. The first was that we were completely ripped off by the concierge when we needed sunscreen. He charged us about $60AUD to have someone bring us sunscreen from a pharmacy. We were more than happy to go to a pharmacy ourselves having just asked for directions to a pharmacy, but he said that the hotel provide a service and so they would happily do it. We didn’t convert the cost fast enough while talking to him and handed over the amount he asked for - which ended up being about $20 to pay a driver to bring it to the hotel, and $40 for the sunscreen itself. While it was our own stupid fault, I thought it was a bit uncool for the staff in a posh hotel to do that.
The second small issue was regarding the breakfast - there was a fantastic buffet available which is really great so no complaints there whatsoever, but no one explained the situation with ordering coffee, eggs etc so we had no idea what to do or what extra things were available.
While the hotel was nice, having stayed in a riad in the Medina afterwards where it was completely faultless, I would choose the riad next time.
We just completed a 6 day stay at the Pearl over New Year's, which is located right next to the edge of the Medina in Marrakech, ideal for walking to all the best sights in and around the medina.
What was good about the stay:
- location of the hotel - easy to walk anywhere from there
- breakfast buffet - wide selection, well prepared, kept it open beyond 10AM at times if guests were still eating
- rooftop bar and pool - nice spot during the day
- the spa - 3 from our group of 8 tried it and all had very relaxing massages
what was not good about the stay
- lighting in the rooms was terrible - it was hard to see anything at night even with every light on... also some of the electrical outlets stopped working at times
- the noise from the club on the roof - if staying on the third floor, expense noise until 1AM every night
- the elevators did not work consistently... fortunately no serious accidents occurred, but several times they either didnt function or stopped unevenly on floors... one time it took us up 3 floors, didnt open, and went all the way down to -1 leaving us to climb 4 flights to our room... we skipped it most of the time after this
- service was inconsistent:
- getting additional rollaway beds for our 2 children was very difficult... after taking a few hours to get one of them, it took till midnight to get the other (after going down to the front desk to ask 3 times), and when it arrived it was just a mattress on the floor... not the end of the world but not a great way to start first day, they were not prepared for a family of 4 in a suite
- some people were very helpful - the concierge was helpful whenever possible, the bellmen at the front door were consistently friendly and took care of cabs, bags, and whatever we needed
- others at the front desk or waitstaff were inconsistent - often when asking someone for simple help, you got a smile and a nod yes... then the person disappeared and didnt solve the problem (can you bring me a fork, can you send towels to our room, can you send the extra beds, etc)
- the smell - there was a very strong floral smell everywhere in the hotel, it was overwhelming and unpleasant
- the indoor pool - it was even darker than the rooms - which is ok if it's a small spa pool, but this was very big and we also noticed a lot of sediment on the sides and got the impression it was not clean... can't say for sure since it was so dark
This place might be better for couples who are willing to deal with the issues above but keep this in mind before spending this much on a place. Good luck.
The hotel is within walking distance from most places which is really handy.
The hotel is lovely although the rooms are really dark which makes it hard for a group of girls when trying to get ready.
The sky bar is really nice and the staff or amazing although I would say it is really expensive if you are drinking , the only disappointing thing about the sky bar is they twice out drinks on our bill that we hadn’t ordered they also put drinks on our room that we never ordered and we spent the checking out process arguing about this as we had paid as we went along everyday and we tipped the staff daily, but other than this nice hotel friendly staff and really close to all attractions