Shane Fonner

La Sultana Marrakech

www.palmiersdumal.com
  • Where:Marrakech, Morocco
  • Why:An inspirational trip through the souks of the medina.
  • When:April 2018
  • Who:My designer wife and I.
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Open air courtyard in our quiet corner of the hotel.

The chilly dipping pool and the entrance to the Panthere den.

As always, a casual kaftan for a (not so) casual courtyard.

Key to the kingdom.

The opulent, temperate, and appropriately-themed Panthere suite.

The Panthere theme continued in the traditionally-styled bathing suite.

A very strange monkey head-as-spout for an oversized water carrying vessel.

The main courtyard features the placid pool and overhanging florals.

Quiet corners alongside the pool and dining area.

The Sub-Saharan African themed salon on the second floor.

The Berber tent on the roof which houses the billiards table. A special touch.

The ornate interiors of one of the several riad-like courtyards.

Le Jardin, a verdant oasis for traditional Moroccan cuisine.

Peak tourist on the roof.

Day at the Museum. Peak tourist Part 2.

Ornate window treatment in one of the tucked away salons.

The rooftop at dusk with a view on the Mosque of the Kasbah next door.

View onto the streets of the medina from the rooftop.

Elegant touches, including freshly cut roses, are scattered throughout the property.

I love a good cactus.

Thoughtful details of the room's exterior.

An ornamental detail in one of the intimate salons.

Highs & Lows

  • Location – Nestled in the casbah, just next to the Saadian tombs, the hotel is just a short walk to Place Jemaa and the center of the action.

  • The Rooftop – Due to its proximity to the Koutoubia and the historical Mosque of the Kasbah, the rooftop offers a dramatic view over the medina skyline.

  • The Spa – One of the best reviewed spas in Marrakech, the traditional Moroccan hammam and spa area offers numerous services to relax the body and soul.

  • The Staff – Excellent service is pervasive in Marrakech, but the staff at La Sultana is exceptional throughout your stay. Whether its offering bottles of water throughout the day or keeping the rooftop bar open to satiate your thirst for booze, the staff is ideally attentive to your needs, respectful, and make you feel really special.

  • Privacy – If I were a famous person, I’d stay here. The honeycomb-like interiors offer numerous nooks and crannies where you can feel free from prying eyes.

  • Design – The hotel is an immaculate vision when you enter the slim opening from the hectic streets of the Kasbah and it’s market culture. Once you pass the precipice, you enter a calming and soothing path, lined with latterns and carpets, towards the golden doors of La Sultana and its cavernous grounds.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Luxury Five Star Gem

  • Vibe

    Historical, brilliant courtyards and private oases.

  • Location

    In the Kasbah, baby, right in the thick of things and just a short walk from the beautiful chaos of Place Jemaa el Fna… Luxuriously expensive.

  • Rooms

    28

  • Music

    An interesting mix of jazz, classical, and global…

  • Year Opened

    1998

  • Designed By

    Not sure, but they nailed it.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes to both – the pool in particular sits in a sun-filled courtyard and is draped with colorful flowers hanging above from the balustrade…

  • Restaurant

    Yes, a remarkable one.

  • Bar

    Yes, on a rooftop with a splendid view…

  • Minibar

    Yes – the Casablanca beer is a particular favorite as it is absolutely one of the finest exhibitions of branding I’ve ever seen. I want one now.

  • Children

    I’d leave them at home, but that’s always my mood.

  • Price

    Luxuriously expensive.

Newly built to compliment the existing Jardin Majorelles, the Studio Ko designed building is a future monument to Saint Laurent’s inexhaustible love of Marrakech and creativity.

Musee Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh, Morocco

Newly built to compliment the existing Jardin Majorelles, the Studio Ko designed building is a future monument to Saint Laurent’s inexhaustible love of Marrakech and creativity.

The Parisian-based club’s outpost is the most opulently fun evening one can have in the ancient town.  Everyone is decked out in black tie, or in my case, a rose velvet & animal print kaftan.

Raspoutine

Raspoutine, Marrakesh, Morocco

The Parisian-based club’s outpost is the most opulently fun evening one can have in the ancient town. Everyone is decked out in black tie, or in my case, a rose velvet & animal print kaftan.

This rooftop is one of the better places to catch a drink and sunset in town. Beautiful crowd, even more beautiful drinks, and the perfect ambiance for an early evening out in Marrakech.

Terrace des Epices

Terrasse des épices, Marrakesh, Morocco

This rooftop is one of the better places to catch a drink and sunset in town. Beautiful crowd, even more beautiful drinks, and the perfect ambiance for an early evening out in Marrakech.

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La Sultana, Marrakesh, Morocco

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