spacious and lighter than many other riads, its warm sandstone colours immediately creating a welcoming impression. There is a refined but friendly atmosphere here created by the mainly female staff, that really makes you feel at home.
Situated at the foot of the ancient Kasbah walls, 200 yds from the Royal Palace, this friendly, informal but most professionally run property boasts a fine restaurant, a spa and good sized pool.
A peacefully intimate riad-style hotel with just 18 bedrooms, Les Borjs is set around attractive flower-filled courtyards, more.
Under British-French ownership, Les Borjs was constructed from 6 town houses and one riad over a period of 4 years and designed and furnished
in traditional Moorish Moroccan style with contemporary overtones in décor and furnishing, the work having been carried out by local craftsmen following age-old methods to ensure complete authenticity.
The excellent Le Jasmin restaurant serves a variety of mainly French-inspired cuisine and vegetarian dishes as well as a range of classic Moroccan specialities. Breakfast is a generous buffet with fresh fruit, viennoiseries, local pancakes and eggs cooked to order. Surrounded by bougainvillea and palms, the swimming pool, at the foot of ancient city walls, is perfect for cooling off after a day spent exploring the hot, dusty city – unlike many in the medina, which are little more than plunge pools, this is 10 x 5 metres and heated in winter. The poolside snack bar serves refreshing drinks and light meals – great if you’re looking for a light lunch.
Adjacent to the pool is the spa with its domed, marbled hammam and a range of treatments is available in the massage rooms at an additional charge.
This is one of the few hotels in Marrakech to operate a no-smoking policy in enclosed spaces.
In fact, Les Borjs applies a number of other policies to take account of its impact on the environment, in keeping with widely accepted standards relating to responsible tourism. It is not often that you can feel virtuous about staying somewhere so lovely!
With several ground floor rooms this property may be suitable for those with limited mobility.
Transfer and distances
- Just 15 minutes’ walk from the Square of Jemaa el Fna and approximately 15 minutes transfer from the airport.
18 rooms including 3 Suites and 3 singles, two of them, plus 2 Standard rooms, being on ground level. Price differences reflect room sizes. Well sound-proofed, appointed and most attractively furnished and decorated, all rooms have: air conditioning, safe, minibar, widescreen (satellite) TV with numerous British channels, telephone, hairdryer and en suite bath or shower (in some cases both) with WC.
Our five Standard rooms, two of them on ground floor level, are between 16² and 19 m². Two rooms have twin beds (0m90 each), three having doubles (1m60). Three of the rooms have a bath and separate shower cubicle. The other two have bath and shower respectively.
Our three best rooms are the largest, each being 27 m² to 30 m². All have a bath and separate shower cubicle and the beds are 1m80 wide (Suites 107 and 303 have four posters).
Complimentary fruit bowl, mineral water and Moroccan patisseries are provided in each Suite.
Our three single rooms, one on ground floor, the other two on first floor overlooking a tiny patio, are small (9-12 sq ms) but are equipped and decorated, essentially, as all other rooms.
- All of the luxurious rooms are air-conditioned
- have en suite bath or shower and WC.
- outdoor heated pool with adjacent poolside snack bar,
- a spa with traditional hammam steam room,
- massage rooms and sauna;
- there is also a cocktail bar,
- restaurant patio and two other lounges
- plus an internet room with free wi-fi access.
Facilities subject to charge include
- massage and other spa treatments,
- laundry services.
Marrakech is often the first port of call for any visitor to Morocco, its magnificent architecture off-set by the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. It is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of the country, bright colours, fragrant spices, the hustle and bustle of everyday life all combining to form a veritable symphony for the senses.