Where to Stay in Marrakech: The Royal Mansour
In all my years as a travel blogger, I have been lucky enough to stay in some pretty nice hotels. But hands down, one of my favorite places I have ever stayed is the Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech, Morocco.
Is the Medina the Best Place to Stay in Marrakesh?
If you’re planning a trip to Morocco, you may be wondering what is the best area to stay in Marrakech. Should you stay inside the medina our outside?
The medina is the old city of Marrakech and where all the action is happening — and where you’ll probably be spending most of your time. You probably prefer to stay close to the medina so you can walk there easily and not worry about transportation.
The medina is a maze of narrow, winding alleyways where no cars can go. Staying inside the medina can definitely be a fun, unique experience, but you’ll probably have to drag your luggage through the confusing streets, and it’s easy to get lost, even with maps on your phone.
This is fine if you’re just wandering and exploring, but when you’re first coming into town with your luggage, it’s so nice to just be dropped off right in front of your hotel!
I recommend the best of both worlds. The Royal Mansour is located just outside of the medina, so it can be easily reached by car, and is less than a 15 minute walk from Jemaa el-Fna, the main square of the medina.
The king hired thousands of the best artisans in Morocco who spent years creating the intricately handcrafted interiors of the hotel. There are over 118,000 square feet of handmade ceilings alone.
The opulent rooms at the Royal Mansour feature colorful mosaic tiles, geometrically carved wood, sculpted marble and more. Every room is like a piece of art.
The hotel is designed to resemble a traditional Moroccan village. Each guest has their own private riad. That’s right, you don’t stay in a room at the Royal Mansour — you stay in your own private three-story house.
Our Private Riad at the Royal Mansour
A riad is a traditional Moroccan home. In the center of the home is a fountain and a courtyard that is open to the sky.
Let me give you a tour of our private, 3-story riad at the Royal Mansour.
On the first floor was our courtyard and fountain, a living room, guest bathroom, small kitchen, and private outdoor terrace.
There was even a cute little writing desk in the corner of the living room.
How amazing is this??! As a welcome gift, all guests at the Royal Mansour receive their own custom engraved, gold embossed stationery.
Just off the living room was the door to our private outdoor terrace.
So beautiful and peaceful!
On the second floor was the bedroom and bathroom.
I could not get over all the handcrafted elements of our riad — the ceilings, the doors, the carved wood. So beautiful!!
How gorgeous is this bathroom??
The shower was amazing!
But wait there’s more! There’s still one more floor to go…
The third floor was our very own rooftop terrace.
With our very own private pool!
This was the view from our terrace. You can see the Koutoubia Mosque in the background.
Although I definitely think I could’ve spent all day just enjoying our beautiful riad, there’s even more to see and do at the Royal Mansour.
There are gardens, fountains, palm trees, restaurants, a spa, and a giant pool with many private cabanas and lounge areas for relaxing.
You could definitely spend a day just exploring the property and enjoying the amenities.
If you stay here, definitely plan an extra day or two in Marrakech just to enjoy this beautiful property!
Don’t forget to check out the spa at the Royal Mansour, and maybe book a private hamman treatment!
A hamman is a traditional Moroccan spa. A treatment usually consists of a full body scrub, hot and cold water treatments, and full body massage. I honestly can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather get a hammam treatment than at the Royal Mansour!!
If you want to be treated like royalty at the perfect location in Marrakech, I highly recommend the Royal Mansour. I never wanted to leave!!
For more recommendations on what to see and do in Marrakech, be sure to read our Ultimate Guide to Marrakech for all the best things to see and do so you don’t miss any of the highlights!
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