Four Seasons Rabat Opening Late 2023

Four Seasons Rabat Opening Late 2023

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Four Seasons has just announced its newest hotel, which will be opening in Morocco’s capital later this year.

Basics of the Four Seasons Rabat, Morocco

Plans have officially been announced for the Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr, with the property anticipated to open in late 2023. What I’m most excited about is that this isn’t a newly built property, but rather it’s a converted historic property. That means you should get the charm of an old world property, while still getting all the modern amenities you’d expect from a newly opened Four Seasons.

Four Seasons Rabat exterior
Four Seasons Rabat exterior
Four Seasons Rabat food & beverage outlet

Kasr Al Bahr means “castle of the sea,” as this was built as a royal summer palace in the 19th century, before later becoming a military hospital until 1999. Since then, the 12 acre cliffside property has undergone a significant renovation, and will finally reopen as a 204-room hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr will feature seven restaurants and lounges, a spa, an indoor pool, several outdoor resort-style pools, as well as conference and event space.

For those not familiar, Rabat is Morocco’s capital city, and it’s located on the Atlantic Ocean. The city holds a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, and is known for its historic landmarks reflecting its past French and longstanding Islamic influences.

Kasbah of the Udayas fortress in Rabat

The Four Seasons Rabat will be a 20-minute drive from Rabat–Salé Airport, or a 90-minute drive from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. There’s also a high-speed train between Rabat and Casablanca, which takes just 45 minutes.

I find the timing here to be really interesting, with the hotel expected to open in the coming months. Has the property just been undergoing a full makeover in anticipation of becoming a hotel, with no brand chosen until now? Or has the deal just not been publicly announced until now? Usually properties like this are announced years in advance, though it’s certainly nicer not to have to wait so long.

This will be Four Seasons’ third property in Morocco

Four Seasons’ portfolio in Morocco is growing nicely, as this will be Four Seasons’ third property in the country. It complements the Four Seasons Casablanca and Four Seasons Marrakech.

Four Seasons Marrakech

In fairness, the two existing properties probably aren’t Four Seasons’ most remarkable ones — I’ve heard the Four Seasons Casablanca is decent (but nothing amazing), while Marrakech is a very competitive luxury hotel market, with properties like Royal Mansour being tough to compete with.

Royal Mansour Marrakech

Bottom line

The Four Seasons Rabat will be opening in 2023, and should be a great resort. It will combine a historic property with (hopefully) the amenities, design, and service you expect from Four Seasons. I’ve been meaning to take a proper trip to Morocco for quite some time now, and I’d certainly consider including this as part of the journey.

What do you make of the Four Seasons Rabat? Has anyone been to Rabat, and if so, is it worth visiting?

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  1. Jody Guest

    In any event, this will be an improvement over any hotel currently in Rabat. Most unimpressed by that city and accommodations then any other in Morocco

  2. Stuart Guest

    The biggest drawback of the Casablanca property, and why they have a difficult time with the property, is that it's a dry hotel. It's proximity to the Mosque there has resulted in an inability to obtain a liquor license. The only FS property in the world which can't serve liquor in any of its restaurants or rooms, including in the Middle East. Other than that the hotel is quite lovely and well positioned. I imagine...

    The biggest drawback of the Casablanca property, and why they have a difficult time with the property, is that it's a dry hotel. It's proximity to the Mosque there has resulted in an inability to obtain a liquor license. The only FS property in the world which can't serve liquor in any of its restaurants or rooms, including in the Middle East. Other than that the hotel is quite lovely and well positioned. I imagine this is why you call it a property with "mixed reviews."

    Marrakech FS feels a bit like a planned community. I was not overly impressed. In fact, many of the new properties there, like MO and the upcoming PH, all tend towards the sprawling Arizona style resorts.

    I prefer Dahkla, the hidden gem of Morocco, even though it's "technically" in the Western Sahara. There are some great new properties that have opened up there and it is becoming a jewel. It has less of the overhyped Disneyesque cultural traps and more natural beauty. As well some of the best kitesurfing in the world.

    1. Jeff Guest

      I believe there are Four Seasons in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also, which are completely dry countries.

    2. Gemsbok New Member

      Riyadh FS and Kuwait FS are also dry.

    3. Jerry Diamond

      That's crazy because nightlight in Casa is otherwise pretty rowdy.

  3. pstm91 Diamond

    They actually announced this quite a while ago but I believe it kept getting delayed. The newest announcement seems more like an update with regards to an opening date.
    I loved my time in Rabat and this will be an amazing addition to the city.

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Jerry Diamond

That's crazy because nightlight in Casa is otherwise pretty rowdy.

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Stuart Guest

The biggest drawback of the Casablanca property, and why they have a difficult time with the property, is that it's a dry hotel. It's proximity to the Mosque there has resulted in an inability to obtain a liquor license. The only FS property in the world which can't serve liquor in any of its restaurants or rooms, including in the Middle East. Other than that the hotel is quite lovely and well positioned. I imagine this is why you call it a property with "mixed reviews." Marrakech FS feels a bit like a planned community. I was not overly impressed. In fact, many of the new properties there, like MO and the upcoming PH, all tend towards the sprawling Arizona style resorts. I prefer Dahkla, the hidden gem of Morocco, even though it's "technically" in the Western Sahara. There are some great new properties that have opened up there and it is becoming a jewel. It has less of the overhyped Disneyesque cultural traps and more natural beauty. As well some of the best kitesurfing in the world.

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Jody Guest

In any event, this will be an improvement over any hotel currently in Rabat. Most unimpressed by that city and accommodations then any other in Morocco

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