Since it first opened its doors in 1923, Marrakech’s La Mamounia has maintained its position as one the world’s most iconic hotels. Over the last few decades, the luxury hotel has been at the receiving hand of innumerable prestigious awards—and last week it added yet another one to its long list of accolades, as it was once again ranked as ‘the best hotel in the world’ at Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice awards.
The decision was left to the magazine’s 429,000 readers, 99.77 percent of whom voted the legendary hotel as both the best in the world and the best in Africa.
La Mamounia has hosted some of the world’s most important figures, from royalty and politicians, to endless celebrities. From Charlie Chaplin and Ray Charles to Yves Saint Laurent and Paul McCartney, La Mamounia has long been considered the ultimate in luxury stays.
But perhaps its most famous guest, Winston Churchill was its biggest fan. In a letter to American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, the prominent politician described it as “one of the most beautiful places in the world”.
And as the years passed, the hotel has clearly maintained its decadence. Located near the historic Jemaa El Fna, with its astounding 209 rooms (including 71 suites and three Riads), royal gardens, and luxurious Moroccan baths—the property has stood the test of time as the world’s flagship hotel, an unsurprising feat considering its unique Arab-Andalusian architecture combined with its reputation for its remarkable Moroccan hospitality.