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
Parking on site
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Plush five-star resort in Morocco's capital surrounded by tropical gardens studded with four-poster daybeds
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.