Best Hotels Design Hot List: Royal Mansour
Cocotraie Magazine Features Royal Mansour Architect
As one of the world’s most celebrated architectural firms, OBMI was selected to design the Royal Mansour hotel. OBMI CEO and internationally respected designer, Doug Kulig explains OBMI’s part in the hotel’s design and build.
“The hotel was designed to the highest international standard, with a clear focus of providing the opportunity for guests to realize a true and authentic Moroccan experience. Whilst it was mandated that we use historical references in the design, the systems and technology employed are the latest in state-of-the-art applications. We began the project by studying what were the best and most authentic hospitality experiences in the world. Two were chosen as the ultimate in hospitality and inspiration references. They had stood the test of time and both are considered ‘Palace Cities’, the Alhambra in Spain and Katsura in Japan.”
Royal Mansour was born from Mohammed VI’s dream. The current King of Morocco wanted an absolute balance between the traditional and the opulent. With influences from North African, Spanish, and Portuguese Moroccan traditions, the hotel offers history, comfort, and exclusivity for its high-paying guests.
Edified on an 8-acre site, within the walls of Marrakech’s old city, the hotel is fully enclosed by a 5-meter-high wall, back-to-back with those of the old city, offering a sumptuous refuge for those who seek it.