Rue Harroun Errachid, Hivernage, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Air Conditioning, Babysitting, Banquet Hall, Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Cable Television, Concierge, Conference Room, Dry Cleaning, Family Rooms, Fitness Center, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Golf Course, Hot Tub, In-room safe, Internet, Kids Activities, Laundry Service, Meeting Rooms, Minibar, Multilingual Staff, Non-Smoking, Parking, Pets Allowed, Reduced mobility rooms, Restaurant, Room Service, Safety Deposit Boxes, Satellite TV, Self-Serve Laundry, Shops, Spa, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Access, Wifi
You might smell the Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial before you see it, and that’s no small feat, considering the majestic...
You might smell the Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial before you see it, and that’s no small feat, considering the majestic façade that looms over a large cul de sac. We mean that in a good way: the sweet, soapy orange blossom fragrance drifts out from within to intoxicate you, distracting you as you try to take in the building, a soaring modern-day palace at the end of a leafy promenade. After overwhelming your eyes and nostrils upon arrival, the Sofitel continues on to cosset you in every way imaginable, beginning with a much-needed glass of mint tea served at check-in. The décor is lavish without being gaudy, locally inspired without being in-your-face — a contemporary mural composed entirely of babouche slippers; glittering crystal chandeliers and valance lights; bold accents of red punching up the neutral palette.
If only the lovely scent of the public spaces had managed to waft into our room as well — the there was an acrid, musty smell, and requests to come and do something about it went unheard. But the room does have a small balcony, so we aired it out while listening to Marrakech go by just a few floors below. The décor in the 183 rooms is a sobered take on local aesthetics, with geometrically etched woodwork, a small bench tucked beneath a latticed frame, and a tiled vanity in the bathroom giving the otherwise international-standard hotel room a sense of place. The rooms are great for pampering yourself: the products in the bathroom are Lanvin, and the beds and soft and cloudlike.
The Sofitel one of the best addresses in Marrakech; on one side are a slew of the city’s top clubs (Lotus, Comptoir, SkyLounge, Jad Mahal), fanned out amid the posh houses within a two-block radius; on the other is the hectic pace of the medina. Inside, you’ll find four high-end restaurants, including Le Jardin and L’Orangerie; the So spa and the popular club So; and some luxe shopping, including a Louis Vuitton outlet. There’s also an Art Lounge, a pristine white atrium bedecked with contemporary canvases and sculptures, and comfortable couches in the middle from which to sit and bask in it all.
Unexpectedly, for a hotel so elegant and a clientele so well-heeled, the Sofitel is surprisingly kid-friendly. There’s a Kids’ Suite with cooking classes and fun workshops, a separate kids’ pool, and, the best part, a go-kart track set against a backdrop of one of the ornate gates. But it’s also a place where adults can unleash their inner child. Case in point: the life-size chess board by the pool.
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