My fiancé booked a 4 night stay at the Palais Sebban for my 30th birthday, and as it was our first time in Morocco we were super excited about the whole thing!
The journey to the riad itself was a little scary at first as it is down quite a few winding streets - but we later learned EVERYWHERE is like that - location and outside appearance seem to have very little impact on what a place is like once you step foot through the door! So don't be put off by first impressions!
The definition of a ‘Riad’ is basically a central courtyard with rooms stacked high around it – there is usually a terrace on top too – we were told that we should stay at a riad for a more traditional experience in terms of cuisine and lodgings. We were not disappointed!
The Palais Sebban is like some sort of perfect paradise - from the mind blowing beauty of the mosaic tiling, to the delicately perfumed air of jasmine, to the labyrinthine terraces for exploring....pure heaven! Especially after a hard day haggling in the souks, this place has a magical ability to instantly relax and calm the mind and body...
We stayed in the ‘Telouet’ room which has a private terrace above the pool area – overlooking the main courtyard. It is perfectly decorated in green polished plaster, orange mosaics, intricately painted wooden doors, and beaten brass fittings. We had everything we could possibly need, including fluffy bath robes, a giant bed, and a safe for all our travel documents and spare cash (not that there was any of THAT left by the end of the trip!) I am absolutely in love with the ‘Telouet’ room and would definitely ask for it again!
The riad staff were attentive and well mannered – they all went to any length to make our stay special... and we can both recommend the onsite restaurant, bar, and mini-spa! I had henna designs drawn on my hands and feet and they were absolutely gorgeous - I chose to have this done at the spa rather than cheaper on the street, as I have heard that the black henna the street vendors use contains chemicals - being a sensitive sort I stayed on the side of caution! We ate breakfast each day at the riad which was wonderful - lots of ham, cheese, fruit, and a selection of crepes - I recommend the savoury Moroccan crepes with lashings of spready cheese and a sweet hot chocolate... yum! We tried many of the tagines on the evening menu too - including a speciality version that had to be ordered 48 hours in advance so it could be cooked slowly in a bakers oven in the medina...it was pure heaven to eat - the meat simply fell off the bone...truly delish and heavily recommended!
Basically I could rant about our trip all day long, so in short - we visited many of the sights in Marrakesh and did most of the ‘recommended activities’ all of which were a dream – if like us you are just two Brits in search of a ‘different’ place to visit I cannot recommend the Palais Sebban and Marrakesh enough – we most definitely be back as soon as possible!
- 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