We'd read some of the reviews so were really looking forward to staying here. We had a private transfer from the airport (part of a BA package) which dropped us just outside an archway and deposited us with a local porter. The walk to the Riad, as we'd read, was, erm, interesting. Narrow alleyways, looking far from a centre of Hotels... We entered through an ornate, but nondescript (in that there as nothing that showed it was a Riad) door into an indoors (mainly) alleyway before finally fining another similar door where we were greeted by the fantastic concierge. We were treated to mint tea (we were given the option of going straight to out room, but felt that would be rude) and a brief chat about what we wanted to do during our stay.
We'd both been to Marrakech before, but stayed in more 'western' style accommodation. Never again. This place was so beautiful. The room had bags of character (but no interior door once inside (so be aware of the implications for midnight toilet trips... you had to like each other not to get performance anxiety)
First night out we returned from the main square and were ever so slightly uncomfortable with the walk through the alleyways, but not so much that it stopped me going back out for chocolate. We met a couple the next morning who we became friendly with. They had come across a gent in high vis claiming to be ‘security’ and were wary of him. We asked the hotel and it turned out this was genuine and we came across him several times and he was good to his word in accompanying us to the hotel, with no pressure for a tip (we did give him one on the final night). I’m not sure he was needed as it was a friendly place, but if it helps reassure some people then great.
If we are ever to return, then we would look to stay here every time and that really is not like us. Superb.
- 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