La Mamounia, in Marrakech: the best hotel in the world and location for the Inventing Anna series

La Mamounia, in Marrakech: the best hotel in the world and location for the Inventing Anna series

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I was in Morocco to participate in Pure, an important luxury tourism event, and I stayed at the best hotel in the world, La Mamounia, in Marrakech! Founded in 1923, with the same gardens and walls that protected the city in the 12th century, it is indeed a legendary hotel. Full of stories, it has been frequented by major political figures, Hollywood stars, artists, fashion designers and literary figures. With typical Moroccan decor, impeccable landscaping, sophisticated accommodation, great cuisine and exquisite service, the sumptuous La Mamounia certainly lives up to the many awards it has already won! Therefore, if you visit the Moroccan capital, include this true palace in Marrakech in your itinerary. Take the opportunity to also read: Dinner at Shirvan Métisse, restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Marrakech!

The best hotel in the world

La Mamounia is very well located on the outskirts of the medina, just a few minutes from the main square, Djemaa el-Fna. Its walls and gardens make us forget a little about the hustle and bustle of busy Marrakech. In other words, a luxurious getaway!

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Firstly, at the entrance, we can see that the decoration is very classic with Moroccan touches and style. art deco, with large columns and wooden doors. Opened in the 1920s when urban planner Henri Prost was designing the Hivernage neighborhood as a winter retreat for French diplomats (hence the name La Mamounia), the world's finest hotel has always been recognized for its style. Furthermore, in the lobby we understand why, with imposing chandeliers, marble columns and beautiful flower arrangements.

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The garden was a gift from the Moroccan king to his son, Prince Mamoun, after his marriage. Currently there are more than 68 thousand square meters of gardens alone, with 700-year-old olive groves, fruit trees, palm trees, roses and cacti.

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Accommodations

In total there are 135 rooms, 65 suites, six exclusive suites and three luxurious three-bedroom riads (Moroccan houses). My suite was a spectacle! Very spacious, it had a large living room with TV and a pleasant balcony overlooking the gardens. The bedroom, separated by a beautiful door with geometric details, had a king size bed, TV, desk and even a closet! In fact, I could spend many days there, lol. Furthermore, the bathroom, all made of marble, had two sinks, a bathtub, bathrobes and slippers.

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The structure of La Mamounia

There are five bars and four restaurants with different specialties. Next to the huge pool area is Le Pavillon de la Piscine, which offers breakfast and lunch. Furthermore, Le Marocain, with Moroccan cuisine, is only open for dinner. Meanwhile, renowned chef Jean Georges has two restaurants in the best hotel in the world, the Asian L'Asiatique par Jean-George and the Italian trattoria L'Italien par Jean-Georges.

Bars are spread across the property. In addition to the pool, there is also the Bar Marjorelle, by the renowned chef pastry chef French Pierre Hermé, Le Churchill, with British refinements, in the heart of the hotel, as well as Le Club, on the top floor of Le Marocain.

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Finally, La Mamounia Spa is a chapter in itself. A true sanctuary dedicated to beauty and well-being, with 2500 m². There are two traditional hammams, 10 multi-treatment rooms, a beauty salon, a clay tennis court, a fitness center, table tennis and a heated outdoor and indoor pool. Wow!

La Mamounia also has a series of designer stores, such as Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as Moroccan brands and also the hotel's own boutique.

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Inventing Anna Series

The series tells the story of Anna Delvey, a woman who convinced New York's elite that she was a German heiress and great businesswoman, but in reality she was nothing more than an audacious con artist. Some scenes from this iconic production were recorded in Marrakech, Morocco, and at La Mamounia, where the character stays. Anna says she doesn't need to leave the hotel for anything, after all, it has everything she needs. And she was certainly right!

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Text and photos by Renata Araujo.