We travelled, May 1- to May 5, 2013, 8 decade long friends for a celebration. Having organized everything, my self, I was anxious that the Riad stand up to expectation as the web pictures can always look fashinating.
The Riad is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. It exceeds any web presentation.
The light within it; its light, balanced, heritage mind soothing ambiance - almost ZEN - of cool tranquility and efficiency.
It is spotlessely clean on arrival, and always during one's stay.
An efficient staff, which one lightly takes notice, given their discretion, whilst catering for one's every needs and requests. Their genuine sympathy and committment to resolving any matter thrown upon them, be it securing a booking for a venue, contracting a guide, or whatever else.
Driss and Yashmin were absolutely excellent.
We had an initial evening dinner in the Riad with music and entertainment which went excellent: timely, genuine, excellent guitarists, and very good professional dancers.
Out of curiosity we visited two other Riads (one just down the road) and the comparisson was overwelming; Las Especias is ever so much better that there actually is no comparisson.
We are still in the cloud of the Riad's quality and balance.
I can not recommend it more. A must. It went so far as after having an afternoon tea in Mamounia a member of group mentioning, literaly: I would not trade if for Las Especias.
A last note to emphasise that one feels literally at home. It makes one wish to go back almost immediately.
Thank you José Bernal for all your efficent handling leading up to the visit; for creating such a delightfull place.
- 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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