Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
What We Love
- Suites and Club Rooms include access to the Millésime Lounge for breakfast and all-day snacks and drinks
- Tropical gardens studded with four-poster daybeds and hammocks for chilling around the pool
- The award-winning 14,000-square-foot spa, with a traditional hammam
- A lively bar serving cocktails and Moroccan wines
What To Know
- You can smoke everywhere except the third floor (it shows on some of the furniture) — but remarkably, it never smells smoky
- Breakfast finishes promptly at 10:30 a.m., which might be a bit early for leisure travelers
- It’s a good 20 minutes in a taxi to the center of Rabat
- A $5 city tax, per person, per night will be collected at the property
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When the Sofitel Rabat opened in 1967 it was one of Morocco’s finest hotels. A collaboration between local architect Karim Chakor and French interior designer Didier Gomez, it’s an eye-popping combination of the gigantic geometric proportions typical of Islamic architecture and the softer creature comforts of modern European design. The lobby makes an immediate impact with its light-filled atriums framing sculptural chandeliers and hip chill-out areas with leather sofas and pony-skin armchairs arranged around shallow pools scattered with rose petals. The guestrooms have a more understated look, with a uniform palette of black and white, accented by the group’s signature Moroccan color: purple.
Bed and Bath
The 229 sleek rooms are supremely comfortable, with kingsize beds piled high with quality linens and pillows. Nespresso machines are a welcome addition for morning coffee on the balcony overlooking the fragrant gardens. The marble bathrooms are separated by mashrabiya (latticework) partitions, so you can watch TV from the tub, and they’re generously stocked with fluffy white towels and delicious rose-scented Lanvin products — and possibly the world’s most powerful hair dryers — but, annoyingly, they have only handheld showers in the tubs.
The hotel is big on facilities and features an award-winning spa (don’t miss the Orange and Argan Supreme Hammam ritual), tennis courts and a small golf practice area. Gastronomy is an important part of the experience too, from breakfast (a leisurely feast served on the terrace at El Patio), through to lunch at Golden Fish, where top-notch seafood is dished up, and evening drinks at the fashionable Amber Bar (sip a glass of wine or the Sofitel’s signature rose daiquiri). You can snack here, too, if there’s a live jazz band on, or move on to Al Warda, the hotel’s Moroccan fine dining restaurant, low-lit and deeply sumptuous with food to match, including a sensational lamb tagine with prunes and apricots.
In the Area
Rabat’s upscale Agdal district is a largely residential neighborhood bisected by Avenue Fal Oud Oumeir, a lively thoroughfare lined with European chain stores and restaurants. It’s pleasant for browsing, but it lacks the exotic excitement of the souks of the medina. They’re refreshingly hassle-free compared with Morocco’s more famous cities, and you can easily lose a morning or afternoon in the medina in search of high-quality leather handbags and shoes, traditional carpets and woolen blankets. The Kasbah des Oudaias is arranged along the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and the port town of Salé. There are a handful of small artist galleries and cooperatives here, though mainly it’s just a lovely place to stroll and grab a seafood lunch and a glass of wine at the Borj Eddar, which overlooks the sea.
How to Get There
In regards to Ms Nadia and Ms Zahira. Stayed here again for one week and it's good to know that these ladies make such a good service with drinks and coffee in the lounge on the eight's floor. Club Millesime.
Excellent location opposite one of the king’s residences (he doesn’t live there), with a big garden and view over a residential part of Rabat.
Atmosphere and decoration is somehow elegant yet misses eye for detail and the ultimate refinement I expect from a 5* hotel.
Service is ok but not over the top. People are friendly most of the time but not always very fast and proactive, and certainly not always takes full responsibility.
I was there for a conference (which I led) and was amazed by the lack of professional service and care: staff smoking and chatting behind the shutters and curtains, lunch being set up with lots of noice of plates and cutlery (while we were interacting with the audience in the same room), video screens not working, microphones disconnecting, lack of appropriate heating (participants had to put on their jackets), ...
The room I had (231) was fine, with nice views of the garden and residential area, and spacious enough.
The mattress of the double bed was uncomfortable because it wasn’t flat. It had a bump in the middle and imprints on the left and right side where people had slept.
The bathroom has Lanvin amenities, but for example no body lotion. When I asked for it, it was brought immediately to my room.
Breakfast in buffet style is quite generous and of good quality.
We had one dinner in the fish restaurant and found it a disappointment, not because of the service but because of the lack of details (a basket of just plain white bread, no olive oil, table cloth not ironed, a group of business people having a function in a part of the restaurant, a waiter not capable of explaining what the deserts are like, ...) and the basic food (rather tasteless scallops, a full bowl of risotto with a piece of fish on top of it and a tasteless white ‘parmigiana’ sauce).
Although smoking in public places is still a common thing in Morocco, I find it unacceptable that in an international hotel like the Sofitel people can smoke in the bars (where also food is served!).
I wouldn’t recommend this Sofitel, unless there are no better alternatives in town.
Very good health massage by Saida, highly recommended in So Spa. Also all the staff in the 8th floor lounge are very helpful and attentive during the hours it is open. Non alcoholic cocktails in Amber Bar are very refreshing and they are always coming up with new ones.
I love the ambience of the hotel. And staff us so warm and friendly. Especialy the fitness ciach Nourdine ia really take care if your fitness and push you to be your best. Thanks buddy. Will love to come again.
Wow, this is the place to be around. Quiet, updated, au gout du jour, restaurants, bars, nightclub. Checkin was easy, room were ready, welcome drinks were on the house. Very happy about the short stay. Not very expensive compare to Marrakech Sofitel. 136US/Stay