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Rabat, April 15, 2010 – After a sweeping renovation and several months of soft-opening, the Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses has been inaugurated. This address, co-signed by designer Didier Gomez for the interior decoration and architect Karim Chakor for the façade and exterior, becomes the sixth Sofitel hotel in Morocco. Rabat residents can take pride in a mythical address completely renovated in the heart of a sumptuous 20-acre Andalusian park, a rose garden and an eucalyptus forest, just a short walk from the Oudaïas, Rabat’s little-known Kasbah.
The interior décor draws its inspiration from three recurrent elements in the hotel – water, roses and amber – with the moucharabieh, an Arabic style of oriel window, linking the different spaces.
Entering the Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses, guests are greeted by a majestic lobby with an ingenious interplay of pools and black marble. The furniture is eclectic, imparting a sense of life and modernity: black for the occidental sobriety and notion of luxury, golden for the Moroccan splendor. On the floor, a moucharabieh detail is outlined in the marble. In addition to the hotel’s boutiques, the lobby is home to the Le Café Lenôtre tearoom, already established as one of the best dining addresses in the capital. Local Rabat clientele can also drop in for a dinner at the Golden Fish restaurant, which is located close to the pool.
The colorful living spaces stand out in contrast to the monochrome lobby. Red and black dominate in the El Patio restaurant, which opens onto the park like a winter garden. The play of mirrors accentuates the restaurant’s luminosity and openness. On the floor, the little-known Agadir marble offsets a red and black Moroccan carpet designed by Didier Gomez.
The Moroccan restaurant Al Warda asserts warm colors in a matté ambience, with Moroccan-style lights and ceilings inspired by Fassi art. The 1960s style furniture gives it a chic and contemporary spirit.  The Amber Bar, which has been highly prized by Queen Rania of Jordan, displays magnificent alabaster walls, gold moucharabiehs and a copper ceiling in tribute to Moroccan copper work. The interaction of transparency and the amber atmosphere make the setting warm and intimate.
The theme of moucharabiehs throughout the property continues in the decoration of the rooms. Black moucharabiehs, act as sliding panels allowing guests to see the gardens and the city from their bathroom. Here again, Didier Gomez has managed to perfectly match the subtleties of Moroccan handicrafts and touches of modernity. Guests are pampered until they drift into a peaceful sleep on Sofitel’s exclusively soft  MyBed™ bedding.
Located in the heart of the Moroccan capital, 15 minutes from the airport and just a few minutes from the Royal Palace, the Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses offers 229 rooms, including 37 suites, several of which have more than 1,000 sq.ft. of floor space. A building dedicated to well being, it accommodates 13,000 sq.ft. of So SPA and So FIT in a colorful and relaxing décor with original mosaics. This luxurious space, designed to regain the harmony of body and mind, offers six cabins for exclusive treatments, a women’s and a men’s hamman, relaxation areas, etc. An outside swimming pool and 11 meeting areas complete the infrastructure.
Since golf has become a genuine reason for traveling to Morocco, which has recently opened some 20 new courses, the Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses invites golfing enthusiasts to discover the mythical Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. A partner in a certain way of life, Sofitel shares with golf a passion for precision, a warm and friendly mood, and the quest for perfection. Consequently, Sofitel’s other addresses in Morocco are all established in renowned golfing destinations: Marrakech, Agadir, Fez and Essaouira.
Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance
Sofitel is the only french luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 130 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30 000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, Fiji Islands or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “ art de vivre”.
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