La Mamounia: Legendary palace hotel in Marrakesh to close for renovation

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La Mamounia: Legendary palace hotel in Marrakesh to close for renovation

The entrance of La Mamounia in Marrakesh

The famous five-star hotel, located within a short walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakesh, has announced that it will be closing its doors from May 25 to September 1, 2020.

Marrakesh's most famous hotel, which is located not far from the city's Medina and the iconic Kutubiyya Mosque, La Mamounia is to be given a makeover ahead of its 100th anniversary in 2023. Work, which will mainly focus on the palace's culinary spaces, will continue until the end of the summer in 2020.

The hotel has called on the services of the Parisian Patrick Jouin, a long-standing collaborator of Alain Ducasse and the creator of the Alain Ducasse restaurant dining room in the Plaza Athénée in Paris. The architect's teams will also work alongside designers under Sanjit Manku on a "contemporary and precise conceptual redefinition" of the hotel, which will explore the "refined and surprising" charms of the building "in line with the recognized tradition of taste at La Mamounia," the palace explains. 

Noted for its 1,500-square-meter vegetable garden and centuries-old olive trees, the Berber decorative and Arab-Andalusian-styled hotel is home to four restaurants, offering a choice between French, Moroccan, and Italian-inspired menus and the poolside pavilion, which provides a variety of dishes. And let's not forget the sweet delights concocted by pastry chef Pierre Hermé, who also has a boutique in La Mamounia. 

The goal of the renovation, which also aims to harmonize accommodation and public areas at the hotel, is to "see La Mamounia refurbished, both as a representative of the current day and as a 95-year-old property that has maintained its charm and heritage through the decades," writes general manager Pierre Jochem in a press release.