Before Winston Churchill and FDR talked policy, Hitchcock shot The Man Who Knew Too Much and the world’s wealthiest elite reclined poolside, La Mamonia was a wedding present from Alauite Sultun Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah to his son Mamoun. In the 18th Century Prince Mamoun made the land famous for holding elaborate “nzahas,” (garden parties). In 1923 the grounds were developed into a hotel by noted architects Prost and Marchisio and continued to celebrate the spirit of Marrakech until 2006 when it was shut down for a three year, $176 million dollar renovation to expand the hotel’s size to 210 rooms. Famed French interior designer Jacques Garcia led the operation to restore La Mamonia to the Art Deco, Arabo-Andalusian style it was known for. Additionally, star chefs, Jean-Pierre Vigato, Don Alfonzo and Rachid Agouray are overseeing the restaurants at La Mamonia, a 27,000 square foot spa has been added to 20-acre gardens overflowing with the palm and olive trees that once lured the world’s most glamorous and influential people.
The Journal News reports:
“Its great marble hall leads to shaded courtyards where the trickle of small fountains echoes amid multicolored tiling of rare refinement. The pool house copies a 17th-century princely pavilion. Here sculptures in the Moroccan Zellige mosaic style are carved all over the plaster walls, overlooking a 600-square-foot swimming pool filtered with ozone. Colonnades and corridors reminiscent of the Alhambra palace in Spain lead to the Churchill bar, complete with black and white photos of jazzmen, a panther-dotted carpet and red leather seating.”
At The Well Appointed House we love Moroccan influence and think even a dash of Marrakech can work in any type of space regardless of your aesthetic. Previously we did a Screenspiration on Casablanca and showed some great products to make a stylish nursery for your youngster. Little things like our Moroccan Poof Ottoman can be added to revamp or contribute to your space; they work well in sets, not the slightest bit overpowering and functional as they lift up to reveal storage.
Another great end table is the Olive Ash Burl Moroccan Table, (see Polyvore Set below) which draws from the olive trees that are indigenous to Marrakech.
The look of La Mamounia is very indicative of classic Moroccan design with a lot of dark and heavy fabrics against bright walls, with splashes of golden opulence and intricate mosaics. Other ways to take the Moroccan spirit into your home is by adding some serious bling, like this Winter Palace Chandelier
or this Camilla Four Light Chandelier. They add architectural and design interest and a regal sensibility.
Should you want to go and experience the hotel for yourself it’s going to cost you… room prices start at around $700 dollars per night.