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Monday, 17 April 2017 12:00 AM

Located in UNESCO listed Medina World Heritage Site, La Sultana Marrakech celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of the Saadian Mausoleum (1917-2017) located just a few meters from the hotel entrance with an exclusive private visit.

 

La Sultana, Marrakech

Once upon a time in the days of the Almohad dynasty (12th century), where La Sultana Marrakech is today, a granary supplied the Royal family and the court of the Calife Yacoub El Mansour. The Calife just completed the Koutoubia and plans to add a Royal Kasbah to the city with access through the Bab Agnaou archway.

As a nod to this granary and the brick usage at that time, La Sultana Marrakech used the bricks as the main material in the architecture of the Almohad patio.

In the 16th century, Marrakech undertook notable architectural achievements near La Sultana, under the Saadian rulers (1510-1669) when the El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs were built. This dynasty has been a source of inspiration at La Sultana Marrakech with similar Moorish design in tiles patterns of the Saadian patio and white plaster work.

The Alaouite dynasty takes over in the 18th century with the Sultan Moulay Ismael dismantling the Badi Palace to make a greater palace and decided to walled the Saadian tombs to see it fall into obscurity for hundreds of years.

The secret remained closely guarded until aerial photography exposed them in 1917. Today this monument is visible from above from the grand rooftop of La Sultana Marrakech.

At the end of the 19th century, the building corresponding to La Sultana Marrakech today was handed down to a former palace worker, Caïd Azzi Boujemaa as a gift for his devotion and loyalty to the dynasty. During the French protectorate, his son lovingly restored many of its original features and the address became synonymous with glamorous society balls and parties with his wife bearing for coquetry a French name Odette.

In 2001, in partnership with the Historical Monuments Organisation, it was revived once more to become a place of great hospitality. 

In its modern day apparel La Sultana captures the charm and elegance of residencies from a bygone era, offering the intimacy of a smaller hotel with unparalleled one-to-one service and experiences. Made-up of five separate riads, it feels maze-like and disguises its sprawling corridors and hidden chambers for the delight of its own guests.