La Mamounia is one of the most elegant and historic hotels of Marrakech. Originally built in 1923, it was one of the first hotels to open in Marrakech and counts the Queen of England, Sir Winston Churchill and Alfred Hitchcock among its guests. Although actually set inside the old medina, the hotel retains a peaceful aura from its natural setting among 17 acres of gardens .
The hotel was given a complete multimillion dollar overhaul in 2006 by French designer Jacques Garcia. The redesign stays true to original details with iron railings, Arab-Andalusian architecture, curved plaster walls and hand painted wood panels bearing intricate patterns and arabesques. The rooms are outfitted with luxurious yet traditional furniture and feature marble bathrooms.
The hotel serves an incredible breakfast brunch as we ll as contemporary French cuisine at Le Francaise. The onsite spa is 27,000 square feet and houses three hammams.
La Mamounia Marrakech
Avenue Bab Jdid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Rooms from MAD 5000.
Winter has arrived here, right on schedule. The chilly temperatures don’t seem to bother me for the month of December. It all seems fresh and happy right now but I know that come February it probably won’t. Anyway, I hope to be out there enjoying this lovely sunny weather while it lasts. Hope you all have a wonderful one. xx
I hope you Americans are enjoying your extra long weekend! It’s not a holiday here but I actively encourage any reason to be thankful. Remember to hold onto the that gratitude while you are out there shopping the sales. Love & light. xx
Arkansas is not a place that is high on my travel radar but perhaps it should be. Bentonville is famously home to the Walmart empire, but in 2011 it also became home to the Moshe Safdie-designed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The museum is the brainchild of Alice Walton and has turned the sleepy town into a suprising art star: an estimated 600,000 visitors pass through it’s doors every year.
The 21c chain is a perfect match for this concept. The third outpost in this young hotel chain is a standout in this small town. Deborah Berke Partners designed the unique space which includes 12,000 square feet of art filled event space (approximately one half of the hotel). The minimalist theme is accented by a rapidly changing program of art and punctuated by several limited-edition “Green Penguin” sculptures by art collective Cracking Art Group.
Each of the 104 guest rooms offer free WiFi as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels. The hotel also offers an onsite restaurant – The Hive – which offers a modern Southern menu. Bicycle rentals are also available for guests.