The pool at La Mamounia.
Jeff at the markets.
Jeff having fun at the markets.
One of Jeff's best ever places to stay is the luxurious La Mamounia - this place missed nothing.
La Mamounia is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is considered to be among the world's top five hotels. Since it was completed in 1923, many wealthy entertainers and politicians have been guests here. It was also where "Morocco" with Marlene Deitrich and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" were filmed.
La Mamounia takes it's name from the surrounding gardens which were once called "Arset El Mamoun" and have been there long before the existence of the hotel. They cover nearly 20 acres and have been designed according to oroccan tradition. There are many varieties of fruit trees, vegetables and herbs in the garden, many of which are used in the hotel's restaurants. Maintaining the garden requires 34 full-time gardeners.
The style of the hotel is Art Deco. There are 171 roms, 57 suites and three villas. All rooms are equipped with a control panel beside the bed which enables guests to control the telephone, radio, TV, central heating, air conditioning and outside electric roller shutter. Room service, maid service and the house porter can also be called from this panel.
There are several themed suites like the Sir Winston Churchill suite, names after one of the hotel's most loyal guests. He would often visit to indulge in his hobby of painting. He would sit with his canvas and brushes on the terrace loking towards the olive groves and snow-capped Atlas Mountains. His suite is designed in an English style with Chesterfield furtniture and there are photographs and documents outlining his life on display. His easel stands in one corner of the suite with an unfinished painting of the Marmounia Gardens on it.
The Orient Express Suite is a replica of one of the train's luxury compartments. It has been decorated almost entirely with original pieces and restored furtniture. There is also the Menzeh Suite which has been decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. The suite is situated across from the Koutoubia Mosque and offers great views over Marrakech.
The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, tennis, squash courts, gym, beauty centre, sauna, turkish bath, hairdresser and massage rooms. there are also four exquisite restaurants, five bars and La Mamounia even has its own casino with 129 slot machines and 18 game tables. Other activities available in the vicinity include golfing on an 18 hole course, horse riding and snow skiing within about 70 km.
The city of Marrakech is Morocco's second largest city. It is known as an oasis and boasts one of the most beautiful palm groves in the Kingdom. The collection of markets are known as "souks" and are where you can bargain with the locals for anything from carpets to televisions to sheep's heads. Just outside the city are the Atlas Mountains where many Kashahas (castles or citadels) are nestled.