La Mamounia
La Mamounia entrance.jpg
La Mamounia entrance
General information
Architectural styleMoroccan architecture and Art Deco
LocationAvenue Bab Jdid, 40 040 Marrakech, Morocco
Coordinates31°37′15″N 7°59′50″W / 31.62083°N 7.99722°W / 31.62083; -7.99722Coordinates: 31°37′15″N 7°59′50″W / 31.62083°N 7.99722°W / 31.62083; -7.99722
Completed1929; 93 years ago (1929)
Design and construction
ArchitectHenri Prost
Antoine Marchisio

La Mamounia is a five-star hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, opposite the Kutubiyya Mosque.[1][2] It is one of The Leading Hotels of the World. For several years, Condé Nast Traveler has named La Mamounia as the best hotel in the world.[3] "Mamunia" means "safe haven" in the Arabic language.

The hotel has 135 rooms (30 to 45 square meters each), 71 suites (55 to 212 square meters each), and 3 riads (700 square meters each) for rent.[4] The riads each have three bedrooms, three bathrooms, salons, private swimming pools and terraces, and 24-hour butler service.[4] Deluxe rooms have balconies, some of which overlook the gardens,[1] which include 700 orange trees and 5,000 rose bushes.[5] The mattresses are from Sealy Corporation.[1] The hotel also includes colonnaded courtyards, mosaic-tiled reflecting pools, including an 800-square-meter pool inspired by Menara gardens, and a 2,500-square-meter spa with three hammams, 10 wellness rooms, a hairdressing salon, manicure and pedicure cabins, an indoor heated pool, a jacuzzi, and a health club in a glass cube equipped with Life Fitness machines.[4][6] It includes restaurants by chefs Pierre Hermé and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.[5] The wine cellar holds more than 3,500 bottles of wine.[4] The hotel has a signature scent designed by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti, which is reflected in the bath products.[4][1]

Notable guests have included politicians such as Charles de Gaulle, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, and Helmut Kohl, entertainment industry stars such as Kirk Douglas, Paul McCartney, Charlie Chaplin, and Omar Sharif, and athletes such as Zinedine Zidane.[7][3][5][4][8]

History

The hotel was conceived in 1923 by architects Henri Prost and Antoine Marchisio on the 15-hectare palace and garden that sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah gave to his son Moulay Mamoun in the 18th century. The hotel opened in 1929 and combines Moroccan architecture with the Art Deco style.[4]

In a 1935 letter to his wife, Winston Churchill wrote about the hotel; "This is a wonderful place, and the hotel one of the best I have ever used".[7] One of the bars at the hotel is now named after Churchill.[9]

In 1956, La Mamounia was a filming location for Alfred Hitchcock's film The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring James Stewart and Doris Day.[3]

In 1973, Paul McCartney wrote "Mamunia" while staying at the hotel.

In September 2009, the hotel reopened after being closed for 3 years for renovations.[10] The renovation was led by designer Jacques Garcia.[9] The renovation added more reds, yellow and black colors to the design but the addition of LED displays used for advertising and removal of some original features during this renovation was controversial.[1]

From 2010 to 2015, the hotel offered the La Mamounia literary award, a Moroccan literary prize of 200,000 Moroccan dirhams.

In 2019, the Government of Morocco announced that state-owned railway company ONCF, which owned a 60% stake in the hotel, would sell its interest in a privatization.[11]

In 2020, the mansion, its four restaurants, four bars, and various pavilions were renovated. Chefs Pierre Hermé and Jean-Georges Vongerichten each redesigned one of the restaurants.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "La Mamounia". The Daily Telegraph.
  2. ^ Tulloch, Lee (17 October 2018). "Inside Marrakech's La Mamounia, the world's best hotel". Vogue.
  3. ^ a b c Aamari, Oussama (16 February 2022). "Mamounia, the Hotel Where Anna Delvey Stayed is Real". Morocco World News.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "La Mamounia – Marrakesh". Lifestyle magazine.
  5. ^ a b c d Bigar, Sylvie (9 December 2020). "Hotel La Mamounia In Marrakech Unveils 2020 Renovation By Jouin And Manku, With Restaurants By Jean-Georges Vongerichten And Pierre Hermé". Forbes.
  6. ^ Kaufman, David (29 November 2009). "A Starry Night in Morocco". The Daily Beast.
  7. ^ a b Pfeiffer, Tom (29 September 2009). "Morocco's star magnet hotel La Mamounia re-opens". Reuters.
  8. ^ "STAY THE NIGHT: LA MAMOUNIA, MARRAKECH". The Independent. 18 April 2010.
  9. ^ a b Afacan, Dominique (30 January 2019). "Inside La Mamounia: Marrakech's Legendary Luxury Hotel". Forbes.
  10. ^ Chanial, Jean-Pierre (28 September 2009). "La Mamounia, rebirth of a myth". Le Figaro.
  11. ^ Eljechtimi, Ahmed (20 November 2019). "Morocco's rail operator to sell Marrakech's La Momounia hotel to cut debt". Reuters.