"Impeccable palatial décor in the King’s very own hotel. Live like a prince or princess in the finest Riads in the land."

Need to know

    • 53 terracotta-coloured private Riads
    • Rue Abou Abbas el sebti, 40000, Morocco
    • A one of a kind, wonderfully lavish and elegant experience

We love

  • La Grande Table Française, already held to be the best French restaurant in Africa.
  • The marginally less fancy Grande Table Marocaine and the all-day-dining La Table overseen by chef Yannick Alléno (from the three-Michelin-star restaurant at Le Meurice in Paris).
  • The divine craftsmanship. More than 1,500 Moroccan artisans were employed to craft this exquisite hotel.

Top Secret

Make sure you reserve a bread roll on your table for the beautifully rare yellow-tailed sparrow that sometimes pops by for a spot of lunch on a sunny afternoon.

Origins

The Royal Mansour isn’t just a grand name; its construction was commissioned by the owner King Hassan 6th and is used frequently to host his most honoured guests. Manager Jean-Claude is largely to commend with his tireless overseeing of all in the hotel and his keenness to continually perfect the service and experience he and his dedicated team provides.

The Review

Beginning at a portion of the walls of the Medina, fashionably located within striking distance of the French colony in Marrakesh lays the Royal Mansour. The arrival at the hotel is a flawlessly choreographed affair. Literally. A host of smiling staff await you, symmetrically positioned, as you pull into a courtyard from the olive tree-lined road of the hotel’s extensive grounds. Marrakesh has enjoyed a sustained growth in its tourism economy thanks to its relative stability compared with other Arabian destinations and its easy distance from London and Paris. This has led to a rapid rise in the number of Riads, traditional Moroccan dwellings containing a courtyard and fountain, a room for welcoming guests and private bedrooms a floor or two above. When you’ve seen a few in the city you’ll know that there are Riads and there are Riads. Those at the Royal Mansour are the latter. From the cedar wood door, traditionally curved architecture, mosaic floors and plush cushions, each inch of the palace-like interior has been made or selected with nothing but the best in mind. It’s a wonder we ever ventured further than the Riad walls, but intrepidity is well rewarded. The hotel boasts two top-notch restaurants of Moroccan and French cuisine. The dishes at both of the restaurants have been creatively dreamed up and meticulously executed by the three Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno. We didn’t catch his name but you won’t forget the charming born-performer who played a collection of Moroccan tunes on his mandolin through dinner, beaming mischievously through his mellifluous singing.  Make sure you take a little time to visit the spa, if only to visit its vast and tranquil gardens. The traditional Hamam spa therapists are considered something of an expert in their craft, with ours being taught at a young age by his father before being trained at the hotel and now employed to teach staff from Harrods in London who fly in to learn the authentic Moroccan Hamam practices.

Location

Royal Mansour

  • Address: Address: Rue Abou Abbas el sebti? ????? 40000, Morocco
  • Travel info: Car: It is roughly a 15-minute drive to the Royal Mansour from Marrakech Menara Airport.

Key Features

  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Free Wifi

  • Pool