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“A heavenly cloud in Marrakech”

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Palacio de las Especias
Ranked #25 of 1,146 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
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“A heavenly cloud in Marrakech”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

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.

Room Tip: If possible choose rooms up stairs, and within these, Bab Agnou or Bab Doukala. Notwithstanding Bab...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Hello Afonso,

Thank you so much for your kind remark, it has touched us a lot.

We are very pleased everything was so perfect. Palacio de las Especias works so hard for having everything perfect. We pay a lot of attention in the little details which make the difference in order to our guests had the ideal holidays.

Is our pleasure to have kind and charming clients like your friends and you. Driss, Yassin and all the staff greet you.

If you visit Marrakech again we will be delighted hosting you again. Having wonderful clients and friends as you make our work a real pleasure, So, what to say, just thank you.
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

If you're visiting Marrakech don't even consider staying anywhere else but here! From the moment we stepped through the door we knew this was a beautiful place. All the staff were so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The riad itself is stunning, we stayed in the El Khemish room which was gorgeous. Breakfast was delicious - a different selection of yummy baked pastries every day. After a busy day exploring the amazing city, walking through the riad doors is like being greeted with a warm hug! I really can't rate this place highly enough. Go now!

  • Stayed March 2013
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
Hello Emma!!!
Thank´s a lot for your kind opinion. We feel happy to see another satisfied visitor.
We are happy to read your great experienc, it´s the reward of our work.
We wish to see you back again and of course we will be glad to receive your family and friends.
Our team sends you a warm greeting, (Driss, Youssef, Yassine, Loubna, Fatima, Jamilla)
Best Regards.
Jose & Higinio
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This wonderful riad is the perfect spot to visit the amazing city of Marrakech. Not only because its perfect location in the old town but also because its charming atmosphere, nice staff, comfort and care in every detail.
The breakfast memorable, and my room with a tub like that you see only in the movies so I took pictures and sent them to all my friends ( it's better if I don´t show those photos here, ha ha!!)
One of the nicest places I have ever been in my life. I'll be back (hopefully soon!)

Room Tip: tell them to get my room!! one with a brass bathtub...(I don´t remember the name)
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Hello Alberto!!!!
Thank you so much for your advisor. We really appreciate them. We are very happy you had a great time in our hotel boutique. We work hard to have everything perfect for our clients.
Hope you see you back soon in Palacio de las Especias.

Best Regards,
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

My girlfriend and myself were so lucky to be the first to stay in this amazing Riad!!

The luxurious Riad has a great location about 10 minute easy walk to Djemaa el Fna. Includes breakfast & Free WiFi

Palacio de las Especias was opened in Dec 2012 after a couple years of meticulous renovations by the owners. Jose did a wonderful job of keeping the historical integrity of the Riad. As you enter a feeling that you have walked into a luxurious palace from the 18th century transcends. There are doors and other accent pieces throughout from hundreds of years ago that decorate The Riad . The guest rooms were designed with great detail, including lighting, bedding and local wood work. In the bathrooms there are bear claw bathtubs.

Jose and his team provided second to none service even inviting us to go out to dinner with him.

The detail and service is truly what separates this Riad from the hundreds of others in Marrakech. After a long day wondering the souks this is a perfect Riad for relaxing.

On my next trip to Marrakech without a doubt I will be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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jose b, Gerente at Palacio de las Especias, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Hello Bryan!!!
I hope you are fine.
Thank you very much for your advise. You was our first client and now you are again our first adviser, so clearly you are the NUMBER ONE.
We will be happy if you decided come back to visit us again, for us it will be a pleasure and sure we can open one bottle of good wine while talking.
Best regards!!!
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Property: Palacio de las Especias
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 1,146 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Palacio de las Especias 4*
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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