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Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco

February 16, 2015
Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco

An exquisite jewel of architectural artistry in Morocco’s Red City.

ROYAL MANSOUR, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO (20 January, 2015) – The Royal Mansour, built at the imperial order of King Mohammed VI and opened in 2010, rivals any of Marrakech’s architectural masterpieces. Set within the medina of Marrakech, the Royal Mansour was handcrafted by more than 1,000 highly-skilled artisans using the finest materials. It is an exquisite showcase for Morocco’s rich artistic tradition and supreme hospitality.

Enclosed within its own wall and abutting one of the city’s historic walls, the Royal Mansour is as magical and enchanting as the city itself. It is a medina within the medina of Marrakech – an ancient Islamic capital filled with a labyrinth of intertwining alleyways and open-air souks. At the Royal Mansour, a monumental gate opens to marbled passages that wind past lily ponds and fountains, grand archways intricately tiled overhead, and luminous courtyards fragrant and flower-filled. Guests are housed in luxurious one- to four-bedroom riads with private courtyards and rooftop terraces that feature plunge pools, cushioned and canopied seating areas, and views of terracotta minarets and snow-capped peaks.

Morocco’s vibrant decorative arts heritage is on display in every surface, furnishing, and finishing touch in the Royal Mansour, which draws on the talents of local craftsmen and artistic techniques that hail from the eleventh century. Colorful geometric and floral mosaic tiling, known as zellige, ornaments walls, ceilings, floors, and fountains. Pearlescent, velvety smooth walls are created from the plastering method of tadelakt. The delicate technique of gebs can be seen in the intricately chiseled plaster that covers arches and columns in lacy curvilinear and geometric design. And Mashrabiya – turned cedar friezes and white metal latticework – provide a veil of privacy throughout the hotel. In all, the kaleidoscopic patterns are as seemingly endless as the arches, passages, and spaces they adorn.

This lavish attention to detail is equally evident in the Royal Mansour’s discreet hospitality as a network of subterranean tunnels privately services the fifty-three riads, restaurants, bars, library, and Spa. Within the walls of Marrakech’s Red City, the Royal Mansour is a dazzling celebration of Morocco’s artistic legacy from the eleventh to the twenty-first century. It is a palatial experience fit for a King.