Shane Fonner

La Sultana Marrakech

with Shane Fonner 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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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

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Stealable Stuff

    • Refer a Friend

    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.

    • Wifi

      Yes, generous throughout.

    • Children

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

    • Price

      Luxuriously expensive.

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