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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel is amazing with amazing amenities especially a great hospitality, I was being waitered by Yassine and faysal they are amazing people who know how to take food orders and give great recommendations it is highly recommended and they will assist you in the best way possible
My family and I just finished up an extended stay and it was delightful.... The staff are polite, friendly and engaging.
Each morning it was a delight to have breakfast on the terrace at El Patio. Sanaa & Sara greeted us warmly and escorted us to our table. Once ensconced on the deck Omar & Khalid took really good care of us. If it was too cold we ducked inside. Kudos to Fatimazara, Zoubair & Saladin for rolling out the red carpet for us. Also very enjoyable was that Mustafa the cook would whip up fresh harissa for us. Soo delicious to put on the eggs & toast.
We also enjoyed each and every meal at the Golden Fish Resturant. Soufienne the manager walked us to our table and treated us like we were his family. Try the fresh Sea Bass and Swordfish. Rafiq & Amal will take great care of you....
We look forward to returning at the earliest opportunity!
From the website and photos, this place looks great. In person, the wear and tear over the years shows, in the rooms in particular. My room had a stained carpet, ripped wallpaper, scuff marks all over, a broken lock on the sliding door, and a problem with the closet light that wouldn't turn off. Cleaning could have been a bit better, but the bed was very nice, clean and comfortable.
Reception and other staff were very friendly and helpful. I would give them five stars.
Service in the fish restaurant was a bit slow, but the food was quite good. Service on the terrace was also fine. I found the bar far too smoky for my tastes to be able to enjoy. The buffet breakfast at Il Patio was decent--I found something each morning that was good.
On the plus side is the garden area, which is beautiful, and nice location. If you are a tourist, you'd probably prefer something closer to the center of the town, so that you could walk to things easily.
Lastly, the gym was okay. They had a few treadmills, weights, and some other items. Enough to keep up your routine for a few days.
All around, this is an acceptable place to stay, but I wouldn't say it's a five-star hotel.
Great breakfast and beautiful garden to stroll in. Special thanks to the concierges Naime and Adil for wonderful suggestions and help planning outings! Also, the ladies at reception Abla and Fatima zahra were unfailingly pleasant and very helpful!
its our 4th time back, on business, every one treats you like your movie star.
They all go out of their way to help you any way they can, you don't feel like your on a business trip, Even in the restaurants they try to make you feel at home, Going back again soon