Royal Mansour is in a south-west corner of the medina, near the Koutoubia Mosque; off Avenue Mohammed V – the nearest medina gate is Bab Sidi Ghrib; although to be honest once you’re inside you probably won’t want to leave.
Guests at the Royal Mansour don’t rent rooms, they rent one of 53 riads in the hotel’s very own mini-medina (the smallest have one bedroom and cover 140 square metres…the biggest, 2,000 square metres). The riads have private pools; those with two bedrooms or more come with an elevator and butler service. All mod cons come as standard, including roofs which close automatically if a sensor spots rain.
There are lounges, restaurants, bars, a cigar room, a library with a telescope and ceiling that opens to the sky – plus the huge spa centre.
Eating and drinking
There are two restaurants overseen by Yannick Alléno, who brought three Michelin stars to Le Meurice in Paris – one serving Moroccan cuisine and the other French. There is also a lobby dining area open all day for hotel guests. There is a health food restaurant in the spa, a cocktail lounge and a piano bar overlooking the gardens.
The huge spa, architecturally akin to a massive white bird-cage forged from metal and glass, has endless treatment rooms, two swimming pools and a hammam with hot, mild and cold rooms created with combinations of light, steam and water. There are also top-class fitness and gym facilities, as well as massage and beauty rooms - including Chanel’s first ever spa treatment partnership.
With more than 500 staff on the books, there are about 10 staff members per riad. As in all the best hotels, every single staff member you meet is charm personified and treats everyone like royalty – not just the ones who really are.
Who stays there
Very wealthy people!
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- This is world-class luxury
- The design and craftsmanship really is breathtaking
- You might just need a second mortgage