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“Lovely Riad; lovely service” 4 of 5 stars
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Palacio de las Especias
Sidi Bouamar 35, Quartier Riad Larrousse, Medina, Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #12 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Lovely Riad; lovely service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We stayed out of season in January but it was nevertheless a lovely place to stay at this time. The roof terrace is warm and sheltered and is a great place to relax before heading out to the Souk or places of interest.The Riad is well located in the NW sector of the Medina and a walk around the Souk to the main square is about 20 mins or once you've mastered the navigation through the Souk, a direct (if you don't get lost) route to the square is really interesting.
The breakfasts are superb and the service by the staff is first class And they are thoroughly helpful whatever your requests.
The only slight downsides are that noises get transmitted through the Riad - but that is probably true of all of them - and the prices of ancillary items (bottles of wine, tours etc) are a little high.
But notwithstanding these points - highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Hello
Thanks for sharing your review with TripAdvisor readers.
We are happy to read comments as good as yours.
It is true that in Morocco alcoholic drinks are expensive, This is because in this country the alcoholic drinks are forbidden and the authorities apply high taxes.
With respect to the excurtions, we try to offer the best price with the best quality.
We want to thank you for choosing us, and for sharing this great review.
We hope to see you again in Palacio de las Especias.
Best regards!!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

A supernice experiance, lovely riad, beautifully decorated, small and cosy.
Great service from Muhamed during the day who served us breakfast and made us feel so welcome on our first visit in Marrakech, a very friendly soul who made us feel right at home.
Special thanks also to Driss who took such good care of us, helped meet our every need and pointed out places to go and the likes. He even spared his private time in leading us on the right track when we were lost in the souks at night :). A great man who we really connected with and who worked very hard to make our holiday a real pleasure. We will miss the riad, the city and Muhamed and Driss and we hope to meet with you again if and when we come back.
Thanks for a great holiday
Maria and Markus Stuxgren
Sweden

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, December 31, 2013
Hello Maria & Markus

Thanks a lot for sharing your opinion with us.

We are glad that we have made you feel good in the our Riad Palacio de las Especias.

Driss and Mohamed are happy to read your lovely review.

Hope to see you back in the future.

Happy New year 2014!!!

Best Regards

Jose & Higinio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

We had an amazing time there. The restaurant was so good we only dined out once and the Moroccan bath was perfect right after dinner. Friendly service, they sort out anything you need if you want something for your room or you want to plan a day trip and it's the perfect place to come back and relax after a long day out.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Hello Sebastian.

Thanks a lot for sharing your review with TripaDvisor community.

We are happy to read your fantastic opinion about Palacio de las Especias our staff will be happy if you feel like home.

We are glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you back another time.

Best Regards from Marrakech
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Really enjoyed our stay here. Very tastefully finished riad, the courtyard and the roof particularly lovely. Service was friendly, location - great, breakfast - tasty. No complaints from this customer. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Hello Aaron
Thanks a lot for sharing your opinion with us and the TripAdvisor users, While reading your review, we have the feeling that you have really enjoyed being in Marrakech and in our place.
Thanks for choosing Palacio de las Especias and for your fantastic review.
Hope to see you back one day. Thanks a lot once again and Best Regards from Marrakech
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Our second Riad in Marrakech and they couldn't have been more different. Our first was dark and dramatic and this one light and elegant. Our room on the ground floor was very sweet and beautifully decorated as was the whole Riad. Lovely linens and towels and the best shower ever. Breakfast was delicious and the courses just kept coming - a bit confusing as to what was coming when as we found ourselves eating the sweet before all the savouries had arrived. Best orange juice. Sadly didn't have a chance to experience cocktails on the beautiful terrace but did have mint tea there before we left for the airport. The whole Riad is beautifully and artistically decorated and the staff quietly efficient, helpful and friendly. All in all a fabulous last night in Marrakech and we will certainly be returning.

Room Tip: Our room was on the ground floor and although very lovely may be a little public if the Riad is full...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Hello Kristina.
Thank you for your wonderful review.
We're excited.
We are happy to read that everything was perfect and that yourexperience with us was nice.
If you decide to return to Marrakech, we will very happy to see you again in Palacio de las Especias.
We send you warm greetings from the whole team.
Thank you for the confidence & thanks for enjoying our riad.
Best!!!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We highly rate this riad. We stayed there for one night and arrived late after a relatively long and tiring flight with our 3 year old daughter. From the moment we arrived we felt so comfortable and relaxed. The staff were so friendly and hospitable and even prepared a delicious dinner for us at 11pm as they realised we hadn't eaten. Our room on the first floor was beautiful and my daughter felt like a princess. Breakfast was also delicious. Overall we were so happy and would like to return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Hello
Thank you for your great review.
We are happy that your experience at our riad was so good.
We like to read that you liked Palacio de las Especias and our service.
Thank you for choosing us for your vacation.
If you return to Marrakech we love coming to your presence at the hotel.
Best regards!!!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We spent 4 nights in Palacio de las Especias celebrating my wife birthday!
Everything was wonderful! The Riad was beautiful renovated with an exquisite taste. Breakfast was delicious everyday, and the staff very friendly, attentive and helpful for everything that we needed.
We enjoyed a special traditional dinner the first night, and the food was very good. Also, we had tea at the fantastic terrace a couple of time.
Our room was in the main floor next to the patio and small pool.
We had a great time. Thank you very much.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Google Translation
Gracias a ti sebipla
Nos ha gustado mucho tu estupendo comentario, nuestro objetivo es que nuestros clientes lo pasen genial en nuestro riad más aun cuando se trata de ocasiones especiales como fue el aniversario de tu esposa.
Queremos darte las gracias por tu amabilidad y por habernos elegido para tus vacaciones.
Te mandamos un afectuoso y cariñoso saludo esperando volver a verte en palacio de las Especias.
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Address: Sidi Bouamar 35, Quartier Riad Larrousse, Medina, Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
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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