I spent 3 nights with friends at this Riad. It is situated in the medina, the old city of Marrakech not too far from a parking area. The approach by foot is not that pleasant at night, but we were welcomed by a member of staff when our taxi dropped us off & he escorted us to the riad. The building itself is beautifully renovated in excellent taste, with a mix of Moroccan and Spanish furnishings, the rooms are pleasant and the bathrooms are well equipped. I had the large copper bath you see in the hotel's photos. It takes ages to fill with water and it must be said the water pipes make a lot of noise when you flush the loo or fill the bath or use the hand shower.
The bed was very comfortable and the general atmosphere was tranquil. We had pre-booked a supper there for our 1st night as we arrived late, mainly due to the very long & slow queues at passport control at the airport which lies about 15 minutes' drive away. This was a good idea as the meal was a delicious taster of wonderful Moroccan cuisine accompanied by excellent local red wine, rather too copious so late at night though. The staff at all times were charming and helpful and speak numerous languages to help make the guests feel welcome.
The main problem is the internet connection at the riad. In the mornings it works quite well, in the evenings often not at all. One of the other guests who was in Marrakech for business became very annoyed & frustrated as he couldn't connect to the wifi. Despite a booster router on the upper floor it still won't work properly upstairs & this is something the owners really need to address. They were absent during our stay, so we couldn't talk to them directly about this.
The overall experience was very good, but another time I might choose to stay outside the medina. I would like to thank the staff who looked after us brilliantly & wish them well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Palacio de las Especias recovers the splendour of a building erected in the 19th century. The building was originally owned by the Echerid family, who were spice merchants but, unfortunately, the years and neglect had taken their toll. Today, respecting the original building, but adapting it to provide the comfort that an establishment of this nature deserves, it opens its rooms from within the heart of the Medina, in order to provide its visitors with the enjoyment and relaxation they are looking for. The decor of its rooms, the coolness of its patios, the murmuring of its fountains and the peaceful evenings on the terrace mean that resting inside its rooms becomes the happy ending to a perfect day. ... more less
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