While we stayed at a traditional Riad in the Medina during the first part of our trip in Marrakech, we indulged in the luxuries of the Sofitel Hotel Marrakech Lounge and Spa during the second part of the trip, kinda like the best of both worlds!
This luxurious hotel is located in the city’s most stylish Hivernage district and is just a 10-min drive from the Menara airport and/or a 15-min walk from the famous Jamaâ El Fna and most other attractions (yet away from all the hustle and bustle of the city). It is a perfect base for solo travelers, couples, and families traveling with kids of all ages.
Nestled amidst a lush garden filled with palm trees and bougainvilleas and with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains as its backdrop we couldn’t have asked for a more romantic setting to spend a few nights in the red city.
As our taxi pulled up in front of the Sofitel Hotel we were immediately drawn to the grandeur of the place and its contemporary yet still very Moroccan decor and details. The dusky pink color that projects from the hotel at night sure pulls you in from a distance.
Once we made our way past the pretty water fountain we couldn’t help but adore the beautifully decorated corners of the hotel – the crystal chandeliers, the elegant rugs and pillows, the comfortable couches, and the bright and vibrant colors, all adding to the details.
The striking architecture and interiors of the hotel inspired by Arabian-Mauresque palace surely make you feel as if you have walked into a palace. And the whiff of the sweet scent that was prevalent in every part of the hotel was kind of hypnotizing and made us feel like royalty (yes, there is something so powerful about certain fragrances).
As we stepped inside the lobby we were greeted with some delicious macaroons and mint tea – absolutely love this warm Moroccan tradition of welcoming their guests and making them feel at home right away.
More sweet treats welcomed us as we opened the door to our beautiful and spacious junior suite. Besides one of the most comfortable beds and other details, the Bose Sound System that was in the room was a huge hit, and guess with who? With our little guy, he was controlling the music and dancing to the tunes even before we realized that there was a music system in the suite haha.
Our suite also came with its own patio which looked very pretty with all the hanging plants and bougainvilleas. The view from the patio overlooking the foggy Atlas mountains at a distance and the beautiful swimming pools lined with palm trees down below were to die for.
And we got to our suite just in time to catch one of the most amazing Moroccan sunsets from the comfort of our private patio.
After a good night’s sleep, an extremely elaborate and exquisite breakfast was waiting for us in one of their 3 restaurants. Honestly, we did not know where to even begin loading up our plates and our tummies, the options before our eyes were one too many to choose from.
I may or may not have made a few rounds scouring the breakfast spread area to strategize on what to eat and in which order, so we could at least sample every.single.item on the menu hehe. It was a perfect start to our day and a perfect way to fuel up before we took off on our adventure towards the Atlas mountains.
Our only gripe was that the staff at breakfast neither welcomed guests with a smile nor did they seem friendly. We had to wait long or repeatedly ask for the same things over and over before it arrived at our table, and it was the same kind of experience on both days. This was quite unusual for what we had experienced in Morocco so far (or for that matter, in any other hotels we have stayed at).
The mornings were cold and chilly when we were there and had to miss out on the luxury of eating outdoors in the garden and by the swimming pool.
They have 3 swimming pools one of which is heated, and as luck would have it, it poured cats and dogs during the day/time we had dedicated for spending time in the pool and had to miss out on that as well. I was told that the swimming pool opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm, I wish that they would open it earlier in the morning and kept it open a lot longer in the evenings (like in the US) so guests could make the most of it.
In any case, we had a blast in the time we spent at this luxurious and delightful Sofitel Hotel and I highly recommend staying here to anyone looking for an upscale and trendy experience in the heart of Marrakech!
And a HUGE plus for me was that this is a smoke-free hotel, the only place in Marrakech where I wasn’t annoyed by people lighting up cigarettes one after the another and suffocating me (and more importantly my baby) with smoke. For that alone, I give the Sofitel Hotel extra brownie points! 🙂
“Blessed Are The Curious For They Shall Have Adventures.”