Naoura Barriere, Marakesh Morocco
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A modern, more recent addition (2009) to the Marrakech accommodation collection, with little in the way of local character or Moroccan atmosphere. A strong French influence prevails and it is attractive with well heeled guests, preferring a modern, pristine venue rather than a traditionally restored riad.
Establishment stands up well to strong competition thanks to the state of the art spa, enviable location, overall quality and attention to detail in the communal areas.
A flat topped, bland looking pink building, approached down a sloping drive from the main road. Towers on either side of the wide, recessed main entrance add character and new arrivals are met by attractive flower beds.
Modern looking balconies have grill like railings and overlook the pool and garden. There are 26 private riads in the grounds, each with independent pools.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Most rooms
Built Year: 2009
A modern, minimalist approach prevails throughout the amenable communal areas with a tasteful blend of neo classical designs, subtle lighting and art deco styles.
Lobby is cool and welcoming with a good supply of comfortable seating. Pristine, ivory coloured linens monopolise the dining room and blend in well with the red textiles, hair coverings and dark wood framed insets and ceilings.
A bar features many antique style prints and much use of brown in the textiles, decor and seating.
Gardens and pool area are compact and calm with wide parasols and comfortable sunloungers overlooked by many of the accommodation balconies. There is an adequate amount of space around the pool when considering that 26 units have their own private pool.
A state of the art spa has a wide range of treatments in its 9 rooms and there is a club for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Area Type: On the edge of the western walls of the ancient Medina, in a rather busy location, with plenty of small shops, street stalls and snack outlets within 150m. The Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens are 250m to the south and taxis wait in the street outside the property. Main sights of the city are fairly accessible for those who prefer a stroll.
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- All-buffet restaurant
- Rectangular (21 yds)
- Public facilities
- Fitness room/gym
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- Room(s) for disabled
- TV (English language)