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
I’ve stayed here several times, with some great experiences and some less so. This time was in the less so category. Upon arriving to my room I found that it had a tub rather than shower. Called down to front desk and was told they were sold out, even though later a friend checked in and got a room with shower without requesting it. Some of the rooms are beginning to show wear, and this time the air conditioning struggles to get the room to an acceptable temperature, even though the outside temps were not unbearable.
Excellent Sofitel. The service at the business lounge in the 8th floor was fantastic (especially Nadia!). FYI: Some of the rooms only have bath tubs and no showers, I wished all rooms have showers. Next time during booking I will request a room with a shower. Per the front desk all you have to do is ask.
I liked this wonderful hotel. A large garden of roses that worths its name,large and clean rooms, delicious and varied breakfast although without scrambled eggs, young and helpful personnel ready to serve, I didn't regret my stay despite the loud music from the mawzzin festival next door.
I thought it was the best hotel in Rabat. It was the season of the Mawazine Festival. The room and bathroom it’s was so small but Its not a big issue the big issue it’s when I returned to the hotel from shopping with a lot of items and gifts because I would be traveling for the second day. I shocked when I knew the texi it’s not allowed to enter the hotel area or the hotel street!!!!!!! I was very angry how could I walk with all this heavy items for Ten minutes to get to the hotel gate ,really with all these things and purposes !!! I spoke with the policeman, I spoke to the hotel but it was no reply and no solution. I took my heavy things, my friend and I walked on our legs knowing that my friend was pregnant and unfortunately Im the one advised her on this hotel. When we arrived at the hotel there was no one to help us. Staff with busy with fans and the protection of the celebrities who come to the hotel, , I was surprised that one of the youth of security refused us to enter and began to ask many questions. My friend told him the room number and everything, but we were surprised that he was very close to her. And put his hand on her shoulder to keep her away from the road !!!!! and this is unacceptable in our traditions, when my friend stepped back, and began to scream at him, seemed to speak in a very bad way, ... One of the officials for security cane and apologized and said that this act is unacceptable and that man is not a hotel employee !!!! , he is a follower of a security company !!! Or something like that ..with no action !!! He said nothing for that guy !!!! hotel should have warned us that about enter the taxi to hotel area at mawazawn festival , there should have been cars or a bus on the street leading the guests inside the hotel, a hotel should be employed More respectful staff.
Super hotel with excellent layout of seating over looking a palm garden . Truly a lovely setting and designation hotel . Staff are lovely too . End of a beautiful evening at the famous music festival held in Rabat . Mawazine .