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La Sultana, Marrakech, Morocco
This French-owned five-star hotel in the south of the medina exemplifies the idea of 'living architectural heritage'. An impressive fusion of five historic riads, it opened in 2004 and has been assiduously decorated in a traditional Moroccan style using generations-old crafts and techniques that were supervised by conservation experts. The result is an engaging and comfortable sanctuary that has only 28 rooms and suites but nevertheless boasts two restaurants, a high class spa and a 34ft pool. Binding all this together is a large, flower-filled roof terrace that includes a bar, yoga studio and cooking class workshop. Most guests stay two to five nights, using it as base for exploring the city, with some also visiting a sister property on the Atlantic coast at Oualidia.
Resting on the edge of the Medina, the hotel is well-placed for exploring both this and the sights beyond its ancient walls.
It's a 10-minute walk to the Jemaa el-Fnaa square and Bahia Palace.
By plane: direct flights from London to Marrakech Menara take around 4 hours. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport. Free parking available. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
First-time visitors, couples, and lovers of traditional Moroccan crafts and interiors will love it here. Guests also come for the serene spa and rooftop cookery classes. La Sultana has one of the best roof terraces in Marrakech, full of flowers with a bar, sunbathing area and splash pool.
Service & Facilities
Guests are welcomed with mint tea and a gazelle horn pastry, and the hundred-plus staff feel like one big, happy family.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Games room
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Compact and painted black, Riad Saadia is a tranquil enclave of eight Riad Rooms with those on the top floor particularly appealing. A night here is like being in an exquisitely-crafted jewellery box with a king-size bed, fireplace, pampering bathroom and engaging artworks.
Riad Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Deluxe Suite, Exclusive Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, espresso machine, safe, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfast is a buffet mixing Western and Moroccan fare. We recommend the starter of 'the real harira soup', made with tomatoes and chickpeas, followed by perfectly cooked turbot with capers and celeriac purée.
La Table du Souk: Moroccan street food, locally sourced ingredients. Open daily for lunch.
La Table de La Sultana: Moroccan and French cuisine, seasonal menus. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
The Odette: rooftop bar, meze, snacks and signature cocktails. Open daily, 4pm-1am.