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
Parking on site
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Glam, poolside pastiche for those happy to keep the bustle of the medina at a handy remove
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.
Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa
Rue Harroun Errachid
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa is Marrakech (RAK-Menara) - 3.1 km / 1.9 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.