on January 22, 2002
I didn’t stay here, because it is far too expensive! We only had tea and we took the opportunity to walk in the grounds.There has always been an olive grove in the heart of Marrakesh. An olive grove means water, an oasis. All cities, towns, villages south of the Atlas exist because of the presence of water. In the 18th Century, Sultan Sidi Muhammad gave it to his son as a wedding present. It was the setting for many festivities and whenever noble guests came to Marrakesh they would stay here.Much later, a hotel was built: La Mamounia. The architects made use of all the mysteries the marvels of Morrocan craftmanship. The result is a building you must see for yourself. That is why we went there, simply to see it. And take some photos, which was not very easy because I could not roam freely in the grounds. Besides staff would look at me, disapprovingly as soon as I produced my camera.Many celebrities stayed here: Ravel, Rita Hayworth, the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers and the most faithful visitor, Churchill. Every winter he would sit on the terrace, looking towards the olive groves and the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas, with his canvas and his brushes.Unfortunately, I did not see any of the bedrooms, but I can imagine what they look like. And maybe... maybe..... one day I’ll stay here.
©Travelocity.com LP 2000-2009