Unique and charming small boutique hotel in an old Spanish church.
ABOUT: Uniquely housed in a converted Catholic church, this boutique hotel has put El Jadida deservedly back on the tourist map. Open since 2012 and bedecked in a retro 1920s and ‘30s style, L’Iglesia is a reason in itself to investigate this Portuguese-fortified, UNESCO-protected town; seafront strolls, battlement climbs, artisan shops and a chilled-out vibe only provide extra motivation. Only three hours from Marrakech, El Jadida makes an ideal stop-off along the coastal road from the north en route to Oualidia and the southern coast.
ROOMS: There are 13 rooms and suites – eight in the old convent, and five more in La Capitainerie, an annexe which was once the American consulate. Ranging from Superior rooms up to a Suite Luxe, all quarters are spacious and have Wi-Fi. Style-wise, they blend Art Deco furniture with local antique-market finds: fabulous rugs, kilims and lovely lanterns.
FACILITIES: La Capitainerie has a lovely dining salon with sunny terrace and, next to the church’s bell tower, a leafy roof terrace looking towards Bab el B'har (the sea gate). Its restaurant serves seafood as well as traditional North African dishes. Back in the former church, chandeliers and Barcelona chairs decorate the nave-turned-lounge-bar, while a games room, massage room and library are all at hand.
EXTRA INFO: Horse-riding, surfing and quad-biking on the beach can all be arranged by L’Iglesia’s staff, as can cycle rides and cultural tours of nearby Kasbah de Boulaouane. Hotel guests also receive special rates at two local golf courses.
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