Meryanne Loum-Martin Owns the Only Black Woman-Owned Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco

A Parisian lawyer-turned-entrepreneur is the only Black woman to own a Motel in Marrakech, Morocco.

Black Enterprise reports that Meryanne Loum-Martin is the founder of the Jnane Tamsna. It’s a boutique hotel located in Marrkech.

Loum-Martin and her husband purchased land where the hotel was built in 2000 and less than a year later, they built the Jnane Tamsna from the ground up.



“At that time, I was a Black woman in a country with a low percentage of Black people,” Loum-Martin told Black Enterprise. “I didn’t speak the language and the field of construction was very much a world of men who are known to ignore women.”


Now, all of Loum-Martin’s hard work has paid off. In addition to five-star reviews, the owners have enjoyed having their business featured in various publications like Elle, Town & Country and Vogue, to name a few.

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The venue has been the location of events such as “The IMARA Retreats: the Colored Girl”, which is a Black female empowerment retreat.

Loum-Martin told Black Enterprise that she has no problems of slowing down.

For more information on the Jnane Tamsna, visit



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