Palais Sebban is a magnificent Riad which dates back to the 19th century. Of the several places my wife and I stayed during our journey through Morocco, Palais Sebban edged out the other Riads/Kasbahs as our favorite.
Palais Sebban is located in the old Medina of Marrakech and is a short walk to the Jemaa el Fna, the Koutoubia Mosque, a variety of souks and ATMs/banks. A few turns beyond the Bab Laksour leads to the entrance to Palais Sebban. The reception and sitting areas are very comfortable and well appointed with gorgeous mosaic tile work, vintage Moroccan lanterns and plenty of seating for guests.
The sitting area leads to the open courtyard which includes the restaurant and a pool. Rooms are located throughout the property. Our room, Telouet, was on the third level facing the courtyard. This was a great location which afforded our room lots of sun. Our room also included a terrace with seating and an umbrella. Since our room faced the courtyard, we were able to access the wifi signal which did not reach the interior guest rooms.
The rooms are all unique, but all have pottery, metal work and wall art decorating the rooms. Our room had an abundance of storage and was very clean. As with all but one of the places we stayed in Morocco, washcloths were not provided. There were plenty of toiletries provided as well as hand towels and bath towels. Note that there are no televisions in the rooms---not something that we missed with all of the live entertainment available 5 minutes away at the Jemaa el Fna!
Our first night in Marrakech, we had an excellent dinner at Palais Sebban. We started with a plate of cooked vegetables which included carrots and eggplant along with Moroccan bread. The entree was an incredibly delicious fish tagine. For dessert we were served a light orange pastilla which was outstanding. As with all of my meals in Morocco, I capped my meal with a glass of mint tea.
The staff at Palais Sebban are outstanding. To a person they were friendly and accommodating in assisting with our questions and requests. In addition to the great staff, Palais Sebban has a special "mascot"; an adorable cat who has the run of the house.
As much as we loved all of our accommodations in Morocco, Palais Sebban was very special and a Riad we certainly hope to return to one day.
- 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