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Rates For The Newly-Opened Delano Marrakech Are A Catch

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  Site Where: Angle Av. Echouhada et Rue des Temples , Marrakech, Morocco, 40000
September 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

Some very lucky people got to enjoy never-before-slept-in rooms at the Delano Marrakech this weekend, as the brand new 71-room hotel—and its four dining spaces, including Bon R, by Michelin-starred chef Michel Rostang—celebrated its official opening on Friday. As we reported last month, this was quite a quick turnaround for Morgans, who only announced the hotel as recently as June.

But then again, with openings in Vegas and Moscow to worry about, we kind of get why they kept things moving along at such a steady clip.

What we don't get—but are very, very happy about—is the new "special offer" Delano Marrakech is advertising on its website: for a limited time, guests can book a room at the swank hotel for just $197/night. That's a good chunk of savings right there that can go directly toward your plane ticket to Morocco (which will cost significantly more, in case you had any doubts).

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Pancakes, a Fez and Babouche Slippers Took the (Birthday) Cake at Riad Joya

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  Site Where: Hay Mouassine, Derb El Hammam Nr. 26/27, Marrakech, Morocco, 40000
January 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

Yesterday we teased today's full review of Riad Joya, a boutique hotel planted squarely in the middle of Marrakech's Medina, the most ancient part of the city. Having made the claim that Joya provided us with the best service ever experienced, it's only fitting that we elaborate on such a bold statement.

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Should Colored Lighting Be Allowed In The Bathroom?

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  Site Where: 141 Prachasamran Rd., Nai Muang, Muang, Khon Kaen, Thailand, 40000
December 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM | by | ()

We've enjoyed seeing the way mood lighting has worked its way up as a kind of current hotel trend. Perhaps most notably seen inside Yotel's spaceship cabins, we've also documented the effects at The Water Club at the Borgata's rooftop spa and at the Peninsula Tokyo.

But should the trick be used in hotel bathrooms as well? @thomaswanhoff photographed and tweeted this show from a hotel in Thailand called the Glacier Hotel over the weekend. We're seriously digging the blue-lit sideways teardrop sink, but realize it might not be for everyone. In fact, a quick hop over to TripAdvisor shows at least one guest who, while approving of the hotel in general, couldn't get past the annoying blue light in the bathroom, which apparently can't be turned off.

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NYT Reviews the Villa Rose Sultan Without Rose-Colored Glasses

Where: Route de L'Ourika, km 11, Marrakech, Morocco, 40000
April 20, 2009 at 11:37 AM | by | ()

We love a hotel celebrity scoop more than, well, anyone we can think of, and we get extra excited about a new hotel when it boasts big-name guests — especially when the celebs in question are actually cool. So we’re intrigued by the Villa Rose Sultan, a boutique hotel that opened last May hidden in the outskirts of Marrakech that has played host to Jake Gyllenhaal, according to this past weekend’s review in the NYT.

But Donnie Darko’s endorsement aside, the NYT didn’t seem particularly impressed by the place — maybe in part because of the hotel’s “impressive pedigree”: Apparently owner Majid Ej Jennane is grandson of imperial Meknes’ former pasha and earned his stripes working in marketing for Chanel and Hermès. Um, yeah, that sort of background would give us pretty high standards too.

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