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
The hotel is very overpriced compared to its fascilities and age.
Our company booked a conference room for a workshop. On the day of the conference, water was dripping from the ceiling and we had to change the room while guests were arriving.
The hotel booking was a nightmare. A guy named Nabil insisted on sending our credit card details by email or no confirmation. Then refused to support in late checkout request. But the receptionists were very friendly and helpful.
In my room the shower was not functioning. The technician said we can't fix it as the tiles have to be removed. So why rent it out in this status? Room doors have no security chain and anyone could open from outside while you're in the room.
Breakfast is good with many options. Business lunch Buffett was also good. Dinner at the moroccon restaurant had very small portions and expensive.
In summary the hotel is not recommended and we would seek other alternatives in the future events.
Thank you very much for the excellent Service Ms. Fatima Zohra 😀. The service in the restaurant El Patio has changed very well. The team is very friendly and always helpful. The kitchen makes an excellent Perfect food super thank you. I will come back again.
I would like to say thank u to the hotel it was really good to be there with my wife because it was her first time in morocco, and we really appreciat the good food and good service to us also i want to thank zoubir he did a fantastic job with us to serve us and treat us well we was there saturday 19 January
Greetings from sweden
It was very good breakfast last Saturday 19 January and we really appreciate it was my first time in Morocco and I really like the service and thank you to the guy who was nice with us to serve us his name zoubir I remember .we will come back soon
We are currently staying at this hotel, and for me it is the first time, but my husband has stayed here many times before, and we will continue to come back whenever work brings us to Rabat.
The hotel is located near the Royal Palace and close to the embassy area. It is a luxury 5 star hotel, and it sure feels like it as soon as you set foot inside, where you are met with elegant decor, water features, and ambient lighting throughout the lobby. The garden and swimming pool areas are stunningly beautiful and very well maintained.
We are lucky to be staying in one of the suits, and it is very comfortable and spacious with separate bedroom and living areas, a large bathroom with bath tub and walk-in shower. There are also a 'guest' toilet and a good sized walk-in wardrobe. The furniture and fittings may be a little dated, but that is being picky.
The staff at this hotel is extremely helpful, friendly and always willing to assist with your every need. Occasionally, there might be some misunderstandings, but that is mostly due to the language barriers as i do not speak Arabic or French which are the two main languages spoken here. However, throughout our stay we have been in close contact with the Guest Relation Department, and we have had exceptionally and excellent service and help from Ms Hasnaa, Ms Houda, Ms Hasha and all the others working in the reception and concierge area.
We have also been using the executive club 'Club Millesime', and again the staff is more than willing, and always at your service, wanting to make you feel comfortable at all times. The manager, Ms Nadia, Mr Hashan and the rest of the staff there make sure we are really well looked after at all times. The range of food and snacks on offer are somewhat limited in variety, but what is there is always tasty.
We have mostly eaten breakfast in the executive club, but a full 'buffet breakfast' is also served in 'El Patio' restaurant. One evening we had dinner in the Golden Fish Restaurant which overlooks the swimming pool, and we had a very pleasant and tasteful meal in beautiful surroundings.
All in all, this is a very nice hotel where the attentive service makes you feel highly appreciated and welcome.