We found this riad after some research and by scouring the internet and finding the company- "The Best Of Marrakech". I spoke to Eli, who suggested that I have a look at the website of Palais Sebban, whilst he found suitable flights. The pictures/photos were very seductive and so we went ahead with booking.
Sometimes, when you arrive at an hotel, you find that all is not as you expected, and as we walked along the dusty, dark alley, following the man who was carrying our luggage, we were both wondering what we had let ourselves in for. However, behind the alley and the huge wooden door lay this treasure of a riad, which was everything that it had advertised.
We were met with mint tea, by the beautiful pool as the checking in process was happening and then taken to our room. It was cool and shady, decorated in typical Morrocan style with a tiled bathroom containing a copper basin.
We quickly unpacked and set off to explore our riad and to find something to eat. Every twist and turn of the place revealed yet another carved wooden panel, stucco and tiled wall and enchanting courtyard, and the roof terrace was wonderful, with its view across the city rooftops. The roof terrace became our afternoon haunt with its cushioned settees and multi coloured bougainvillea, where we lazed in the sun with a beer.
Although we explored the souks morning, noon and night, we still came back to eat at the Palais Sebban in the evening, as the dining room with its log fire was a real draw. The menu was quite limited but we tried everything and it was all delicious, especially the lamb tagine. As it was early in the season, we didn't brave the pool, but it looked very inviting.
We did, however, try the spa and had a hammam. This was reasonably priced and invigorating as well as relaxing.
The waiters were very attentive but not intrusive and the reception staff very happy to give advice or offer suggestions when requested.
The riad is very near the centre of the bustling city, though you wouldn't know it from inside.
After a day's hard bargaining, it was a real pleasure to step back inside the riad into the calm and soothing atmosphere that settled on us; the only negative was having to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The owner and former king in Sebban give his name to his beautiful Palace that has been care fully ma intained by his family for over a centery.In 2006 and efter 4 years of renovationand restoration, it became a Moroccan Andalusian architecture jewel. (Zellige,Marbre,carved plaster ,Berber carved wooden, ceilings and original ceilings (Glaoui period),Marbled fontaine ....Everything in this palace of a thousand and one night makes you dreaming and soak up the Oriental culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palais Sebban Marrakech
- Palais Sebban Hotel Marrakech