Hotel L'Iglesia Hotel 4 star
cité portugaise El Jadida Maroc El Jadida, Morocco -
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A charming and not to be missed spot for visitors exploring the Portuguese city of El Jadida. Hotel L'Iglesia is sure to captivate travellers thanks to its unusual building, a 19th century Spanish church, its sophisticated decor, and its atmosphere. You're filled with a sense of serenity as soon as you walk through the entrance, instantly sheltered from the outside world. The holiday is just beginning.

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      L'Iglesia   -   © [email protected] Anne de Henning

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      L'Iglesia   -   © Alessio Mei

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    Location 9.08 /10

    The Hotel L'Iglesia is situated inside the walls of El Jadida, once a fortified Portuguese city. El Jadida is a small city 56 miles south of Casablanca, on the Atlantic Coast. L'Iglesia enjoys an enviable location, with a view of the ramparts, the port, and the ocean. Restaurants and shops can all be found in the vicinity of the hotel, and the new town is just a few minutes away on foot. Casablanca (where the nearest airport is found) is around an hour's drive (on the motorway) from El Jadida.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The hotel's 14 guest rooms are divided between the old convent cells and the former American consulate building, although the decor is essentially the same in all the rooms: sober and sophisticated, with furniture and antique objects from the 30s picked up by the owner in Morocco and India. The objects are often unusual, and it's not immediately obvious what they're used for. Picture frames brighten up the walls in shades of greyish blue. The structure of the former cells (stone floors, vaults, arcades, etc.) has been preserved, although of course some adjustments have been made to turn them into cosy rooms with all the modern comforts (free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a safe, etc.). The owner has successfully managed to preserve the atmosphere of the place while modernising the rooms (the former nuns' cells). The sophisticated decor continues in the bathrooms with their beautiful fittings, zellige tiles, and pastel blue tones. The bathrooms are fitted with Italian-style showers. Guests staying in the suites can choose to wash in either the beautiful bathtub or the huge Italian-style shower. Bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries are provided, and all of the guest rooms are equipped with an anti-mosquito plug-in. Note that one of the guest rooms is on the terrace and affords a sea view from the bed, the shower, and even the toilet: the height of luxury!

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Hotel L'Iglesia is nestled at the heart of a magnificent 19th century Spanish church. After 3 years of renovation works, the owners achieved the extraordinary feat of transforming this church into a charming hotel, which opened in autumn 2012. The hotel is in fact made up of two separate buildings: the Spanish church and the port's former American consulate. The lounge area in the nave of the church will leave guests speechless. It is simply magnificent. The furniture and decorative objects were acquired by the owner on his various bargain hunts. He wanted to showcase these objects from the 30s and 40s while preserving the architecture of the church (stained-glass windows, vaults, high ceilings, etc.). Among them are an old radio, typical light fittings from the era, and retro tables and chairs. As a whole, it all fits in perfectly in this 19th century church. The central chandelier and the candelabras dotted here and there are testament to the spirit of the place. In this lounge, guests can settle in with a good book, play games, listen to music, or, inspired by the setting, even write a novel. At the top of the building is the bar with a view over the city, where guests can play games, watch television, and enjoy a drink as the sun sets on the horizon. Here on the roof of the church, guests can relax in complete tranquillity. A sun lounge has been installed with a view of the ocean. There's no fear of being woken up by the sound of the bell as it was removed from the bell tower and now stands majestically on the patio below. There is a massage table for further relaxation, and an antique bathtub randomly installed on the terrace. Guests can take a bath while enjoying a panoramic view of the city, the ocean, and the ramparts. In the former American consulate building there is a small patio lounge sheltered by a beautiful glass roof.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    Breakfast is served on the terrace or in the various lounges and patios. A renowned restaurant has been established in the former American consulate lounge area - The Capitainerie, which serves Franco-Moroccan cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Guests can enjoy breakfast or dinner in one of the two dining rooms decorated with a collection of old coffee grinders, or on the terrace in the ocean breeze.

    To know

    At the time of our visit, the French owners were planning to open a tea room close to the hotel by the summer of 2013.
    Visitors can rent bikes to explore the city or just enjoy a bike ride. Wi-Fi Internet access is free throughout the hotel, including in the guest rooms. Guests receive a free welcome drink in the church nave, and also benefit from special rates at El Jadida's two golf clubs.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa

    • Meeting room

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