In the style of a palatial riad, with the exotic sights and scents of Marrakech just a stone’s throw away.

So close to Marrakech’s vibrant centre that it lies in the shadow of the Koutoubia Mosque, Les Jardins de la Koutoubia has a wonderfully convenient location. Yet it manages to retain a quiet and peaceful atmosphere; as soon as you step into the vast marble lobby and venture through into the lovely patio-style gardens with orange trees and secluded terraces, you’ll feel a world away from Jemaa el-Fnaa’s bustling scenes.

Once the site of the 13th-Century Ouarzazi Palace, the hotel stays true to local history with its Moroccan architecture, but adds sleek facilities to create a modern escape. At its centre is a courtyard swimming pool, surrounded by plush cream-cushioned loungers. There’s even a second pool on the rooftop. Four restaurants include Le Relais de Paris, set in patio gardens with a varied menu from Spanish-style fresh fish, to steak grilled over an open wood fire. There’s Marocain for local dishes, and if you head to the rooftop, you’ll find Les Jardins de Bala serving Indian and Asian specialities to spectacular views of the Koutoubia Mosque. For sophisticated evening drinks, the Ouarzazi piano bar’s mixologist conjures up a variety of cocktails.

Rooms are stylish with traditional local details. Most have a neutral colour scheme, with dark woods, ornate brass lanterns, arched doorways, shuttered doors, marble bathrooms and internal views of the courtyard and pool. Standard Rooms are elegant and bright with a view of the old Medina. For more space, opt for a Mini Suite. Junior Suites are largely located in the gardens, but there are two on the rooftop with views over the Medina.

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Key information

At the heart of the medina, a short walk through the souk to the Jemaa el-Fnaa

Airport transfer time: Approx. 15 minutes' private transfer from Marrakech airport
Rooms: 100

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019

Les Jardins de la Koutoubia is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 11th in the Top 25 Hotels in Morocco category for 2019!

Good to know

Minimum stay: 5 nights 26 Dec-06 Jan.

Accommodation information

100 rooms and suites

Activities

• Explore the souks • Head into the Djemaa el-Fna at night • Indulge in a Fusion Spa Voyage treatment at the spa*

Dining

3 restaurants, 2 bars

What's included

Breakfast at Koutoubia

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board From £39 • Breakfast at Koutoubia • Lunch or dinner at a choice of restaurants (set credit)

*Denotes local charge