A thousand and one nights at the Mamounia Hotel

At its fourth renovation, the Mamounia Hotel sheds its Art déco appearance and moves on to the Arab-Andalusian style. The stylist? Jacques Garcia, who reinterprets the splendour of the East in a luxury boutique hotel.
LTVs, Mamounia Hotel
Elegant and majestic, now also distinguished by a more Western-style minimalist taste, made up of chiaroscuro effects, with its royal gardens and Moorish opulence, the Mamounia Hotel is among the oldest hotels in Marrakech.
LTVs, Mamounia Hotel
Its rooms, which date back to 1923, have housed guests such as Winston Churchill and the Queen of England. But it has also become part of the film-making imagination, after being used as a set for Hitchcock's The man who knew too much.

LTVs, Mamounia Hotel
The internal restyling of 2009 was among the most expensive in the history of Morocco. With 176 million dollars, the project recruited the French architect Jacques Garcia, the creator of essences Olivia Giacobetti and multi-award-winning Michelin chefs such as Alfonso Iaccarino and Jean-Pierre Vigato.


LTVs, Mamounia Hotel
Courtyards surrounded by colonnades, a spa spanning 2,500 square metres, with Turkish baths, beauty salons and a gym. Yet among all its treasures it is still the centuries-old garden, an oasis of greenery overflowing with palm trees, olive groves and swimming pools, that enchants guests the same way it did when it was given by the Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah to his son Moulay Mamoun, from whom the hotel takes its name.
LTVs, Mamounia Hotel

LTVs, Mamounia Hotel

LTVs, Mamounia Hotel

LTVs, Mamounia Hotel

LTVs, Mamounia Hotel

LTVs, Mamounia Hotel

Photos via mamounia.com
28 March 2011