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#PretaPostcards: Where Christian Louboutin Stays in Marrakech

Mamounia Hotel

Yves Saint Laurent, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche have all spent time in the Red City's grande dame hotel

The city has been a major style-set destination since Yves Saint Laurent came here in the 1960s and took flowing scarves, jeweled caftans and plenty of inspiration back to Paris.

Now when celebrities set up camp in the city, for the international film festival every December or in the run-up to next year's highly anticipated opening of the the largest photography museum in the world, they stay at the five-star Mamounia Hotel.

Christian Louboutin spent the opening weekend of the film festival here, and Marion Cotillard, Sharon Stone, Juliette Binoche, Martin Scorcese, Melanie Laurent and Monica Bellucci have all been guests of the hotel where Winston Churchill watched the sun set over the Atlas Mountains during his post-War winter vacations.

The 210-room hotel was restored to its original glamour four years ago by French interior designer Jacques Garcia, who has also designed the fashion-week favorite Hotel Costes in Paris and Venice's film festival fete hotspot Hotel Danieli, blending traditional Moroccan style with art deco architecture.

Situated in the center of the city but nestled among a legendary 8-acre gardens dotted with orange blossoms, roses, olive trees, rosemary bushes and jasmine. It also boasts a trio of three-bedroom private riads, each with its own swimming pool.

Gucci, Prada, Chanel and Christian Dior have outposts on the ground floor — coming in handy for guests like model-actress Elisa Sednaoui after her Marrakech-bound luggage was accidentally sent to Greece — and the staff is stylish in long capes and fez hats.

The glamorous Churchill bar is dressed in sexy head-to-toe leopard print and red, and you can also relax by the fireplace in the front salon on chilly winter evenings (it is a desert after all). The room has its own fire attendant to make sure the flames are perfectly fanned.

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