Morocco Diaries: La Mamounia, Marrakech

Visiting La Mamounia for the day was at the top of our list whilst planning our time in Marrakech.

It didn’t seem logical to pay the steep room rates when we knew we’d be out of the hotel exploring most days and evenings, so instead we compromised with a day visit.

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

This 5* hotel is located just outside of the medina, with the hotel sitting amongst some of the most perfectly maintained gardens I have ever seen.

The grand hotel is famous throughout the world and has caused a storm on Instagram, thanks to its incredible photo spots. There’s no denying that most people are dropping in, not to feast on the £10 coffee (seriously) but of course to capture their own slice of La Mamounia magic.

The building itself is palatial. I’m confident it is one of the grandest non-royal buildings in the world. It’s a real visual delight, from the public rooms, the bars and restaurants, and of course, the spa, for which it is famous!

It’s possible to visit La Mamounia for the day (read the hotel’s own information on this here) so I’ve decided to put a guide on how to do this. We read plenty of reviews detailing tourists getting turned away so read on to guarantee your entry.

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Arrive early

A fairly useful tip in life, but arriving early means greater chance of being permitted entry, long before they reach their quota of day entries. This also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the facilities before others arrive. We lazed around the indoor pool for more than an hour before other day visitors turned up.

Dress smart

La Mamounia maintains an elegant dress policy in all areas at all times. Now this simply means no beach shorts, bikinis on show or midriff peeping out. I wore a smart day dress and kept my bikini in my bag.

Don’t look like a tourist

Just as we arrived at La Mamounia, we watched a couple be turned away. We’re pretty certain this is because they were dressed as if they were going to the beach and had their cameras swinging around their necks. Keep everything in your bag!

Bring the right cash or your card

It costs approximately £46 (600 Moroccan Dirham) to visiting La Mamounia for the day. Don’t embarrass yourself by not having this on you!

Prepare to spend ££ on food and drink

Assuming you’ll be spending the day lapping up the luxury at La Mamounia, you’ll need to bring extra money for food and drinks by the pool. Just to give you an idea, an iced coffee cost approximately £10..

Don’t forget to explore the rest!

A lot of day visitors to La Mamounia get carried away with the pools (understandably), but there is so much more to explore. It’s fairly open once you’re inside and you can wander around all the floors upstairs too. The gardens are expansive, with tennis courts and terraces. It’s easy to forget about all the hustle and bustle outside the garden walls!

The Spa Entrance

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

The Gardens

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

The Indoor Pool

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day\ Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

The Outdoor Pool

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

The Courtyard and Exterior

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

Visiting La Mamounia for the day

So there you go! The Stoked to Travel guide to visiting La Mamounia for the day!

We loved our experience here at La Mamounia, especially having emerged dusty and tired from the desert the day before, a pool day was everything we needed!

Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments section below! You may find it useful to check out my Marrakech city guide as well as my pick of the top cafes in Marrakech. If you’ve enjoyed this post, feel free to share using the below links 🙂

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7 Comments

  1. Followingtherivera
    March 5, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos! I loved my time in Marocco, but didn’t stay at La Mamounia. I stayed in another luxury riad, and it was gorgeous, but without the pool! Next time!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
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      March 19, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      Next time for me too! It’s so expensive but still good for the day 🙂

  2. YUKTI Agrawal
    March 6, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Beautiful photos of La mamounia specially those sculpted pillars, archs and courtyards. This place looks luxurious with authentic interiors. As it has beautiful outdoor gardens and pools, I would prefer to stay here.

  3. March 6, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Such a beautiful view dear! Would love to stay there! I guess it will all be worth it!

  4. March 7, 2018 / 3:17 am

    Wow, the architecture of La Mamounia looks absolutely amazing. Sounds like a great getaway to relax and rejuvenate, I’d love to consider visiting this area as a day trip with Marrakech as a base – thanks for sharing!

    • claire_stokes@msn.com
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      Hi Nathan,

      Yes, its’ really incredible! We were blown away! And this hotel is (amazingly) right by the medina so not even far to get to! 🙂

  5. March 28, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Thank you for sharing such a great information and photograph with us. You are doing great work. Keep it up

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