“La Sultana Marrakech is an architectural oasis amongst the frantic heart of the historical Medina.”
La Sultana Marrakech (click here) arguably holds one of the best positions that a luxurious Riad could ask for, being located inside the UNESCO World Heritage listed Marrakech Medina.
La Sultana sits in the ‘golden triangle’. This historical fortified part of the old town Medina that was once home to the Sultans and Royalty and is between the Royal Palace and the Saadian Tombs, with which it shares a wall.
The small collection of luxury of riads is 15-20 minutes from the airport, and within walking distance to the majority of attractions and restaurants within the Medina.
We found ourselves in a bit of a pickle prior to our arrival to La Sultana. Our bags were delayed getting off the plane for quite some time, then our driver (who was extremely sweet!) managed to crash his car (in the car park), get us lost and then drove down one of the busiest streets in the Medina the wrong way!
*As we were getting out, the driver very nervously & apologetically let us know that it was his first day! So we let him off the hook with a laugh.
As we ambiguously exited our car, we followed one of the doormen through a narrow pathway, passing through metal detectors and into the small reception area. The reception area was simple and somewhat unassuming. You can understand from the driver’s perspective how easy it was to miss the entrance of the riad (literally drove right past it). The manic pace of the street literally stops a few meters from the road. Once inside there is a very tranquil and calming atmosphere and the real magic of La Sultana Marrakech architecture sets in.
From here we were ushered up to the incredible rooftop terrace by an antique elevator to continue our check in.
The Sublime rooftop terrace is a place to relax, sleep and eat and is the largest terrace within the Medina’s golden triangle. Sprawling over 1800sqm of misted solariums, lounging chairs, bar, gazebo, open air massage rooms, dipping pool & a billiard room.
The check-in was very long (almost an hour) but with the beautiful surroundings only to be outmatched by the uninterrupted 360° views of the Atlas Mountains, the Saadian Tombs, the local souks and the Kasbah’s great mosque there was plenty to take in. All while enjoying traditional Moroccan mint tea, almond milk & dates.
La Sultana Marrakech comprises five separate riad with only 28 individually styled bedrooms and suites showcasing the very best and vast varieties of Moroccan intricate craftsmanship. Our room was the Leopard room on the bottom floor in the African Riad.
The room itself was quaint with a fire place in the middle (where there was a very delicious selection of treats and chocolates waiting for us thanks to the Kiwi Collection) a queen bed to one side and bathroom enclave behind what looked like ancient doors. The craftsmanship in the bathroom was really unique.
As we were on the bottom floor and had no windows the room was a bit on the dark side. But in typical riad fashion the room opened up to a lovely green garden and glass roof.
Food & Beverage
Depending on the weather you can either be seated at the main pool or rooftop for meals.
Breakfast was included in our Kiwi booking so both times we were seated next to the main pool as it was cooler then the rooftop. There was a little selection of cheeses, meats and dips with cereals and pastries. The homemade dips I had at breakfast (hummus and eggplant) were by far the best I had in any restaurant or café in Marrakech.
We ate lunch on the rooftop which over looked the Saadian Tombs. The meals were nice, and were different types of grilled meats, seafood & vegetables.
Pool & Gym & Spa
There are 4 pools at La Sultana Marrakech each with its own bolstering charm.
The heated main pool is located at the bottom of the building and is surrounded by palm, banana and sica trees against the buildings red brick décor. It’s the perfect place to unwind.
Literally 10 metres away in another off shoot riad is a dipping pool that is surrounded by white marble and very picturesque.
The pool on the roof is another dipping pool for when it gets too hot in the Moroccan Sun.
And finally the spa is one of a kind, high ceilings are held up by rows of crimson marble which are surrounded by a turquoise lap pool. This may be one of the most Instagramable rooms I have ever been in. There are also individual hammams, treatment rooms and relaxation areas in the spa.
- Beautiful unique architecture
- Best dips I have ever had! Hummus, baba ganoush. I also want to make a special note to the options for gluten free guests.
- Very relaxing
- Our room had no natural light.
If you are travelling to Morocco, La Sultana Marrakesh should definitely be on your list of places to stay.