Why so chic?

Why travel experts chose this hotel
  • Sumptuous Moroccan cuisine

  • Individually decoratedrooms

  • Rooftop views of the medina

Chic Treats

Only when you book with Chic

Room upgrade

Early check-in/out

Welcome drinks

  • Overview

    El Palacio de Las Especias is a luxury riad in Marrakech housed in a restored 19th-century building in the medina. Once owned by a family of spice merchants before it fell into disrepair, today it has been transformed into an intimate and peaceful 7-room Chic Retreat with cool patios, a courtyard pool, fountains and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the city.


    Relax in one of the lounges, take a dip in the swimming pool and at dusk, grab a lounger on the roof terrace to watch the sun set over the medina as the swallows swoop over the city and the muezzin call to prayer fills the air. Staff at El Palacio de Las Especias can organise day trips to the Ourika Valley, the coastal UNESCO World Heritage town of Essaouira and the impressive waterfalls 150km north of Marrakech, Cascades d’Ouzoud. Within the riad itself guests can also sign up for Moroccan cookery lessons and yoga, among other activities.


    Dinner at El Palacio de Las Especias is a truly special experience, where dishes combine the flavours and spices of Moroccan cuisine with influences from desert gastronomy. The menu includes tagines, spicy lamb casserole, delicate briouats (a sweet puff pastry that’s usually filled with meat) and keftas (typically ground beef or lamb mixed with cumin, paprika and parsley).

  • Facilities
    • air conditioning

    • restaurant

    • spa treatment room

    • swimming pool

    • WiFi/Internet

    24-hour front-desk
  • Location

    35, Sidi Bouamar,, Quartier Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

    Nearest airport

    Marrakech Menara Airport, 20 minutes by car

  • Rooms
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    Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)

    At El Palacio de las Especias there are plenty of communal spaces for relaxing, from the 3 lounges spread across 2 floors to the patios and terrace. The lounge on the ground floor is equally warm and cosy in the winter and cool and airy in the summer, with large windows that open onto both patios, a library corner next to the chimney and a spacious area for dining. There is also a summer lounge with loungers around the pool and a final lounge on the top floor which opens onto the central patio.

    The 7 rooms are named after 7 of the gates in the medina and all have unique, decorative characteristics from the ancient copper bath in Bab Doukkala to the latticework of Bab Debbagh and Bab El Khemish. Bab Ksiba is on the first floor, has a balcony overlooking the fountain on the reception patio and a sitting area that’ is perfect for drinking a cup of mint tea. The ground floor Bab Er-Raha suite has doors that open onto the central courtyard, with a charming Rajasthani-style tea corner and a traditional hammam Arab bath in the bathroom. Bab Agnaou, named after the most lavish gate to the medina, is a first floor suite with an original, wood coffered ceiling and a four-poster bed (it also has a Rajasthani-style tea corner). This suite can also be made bigger by joining it to one of the lounges, effectively meaning guests have their own private wing. Bab Berrima is a room on the ground floor where the bed takes centre stage within an ancient eyvan (a vaulted 3-walled hall).

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  • Conditions
    Cancellation policy

    •        less than 7 days before arrival 50%
    •        less than 1 day before arrival 100% on the first night
    •        no show due to different circumstances (missing the flight, personal problems) one night payment
    •  Credit cards are not accepted

  • Rates
    Room Type Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018 Jul 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018 Oct 2018 Nov 2018 Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Feb 2019 Mar 2019
    Bab Ksiba $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 - - -
    Bab Berrima $117 $117 $117 $117 $117 $117 $117 $117 $117 $117 - - -
    Bab El Khemish $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 - - -
    Bab Debbagh $154 $154 $154 $154 $154 $154 $154 $154 $154 $154 - - -
    Bab Doukkala $173 $173 $173 $173 $173 $173 $173 $173 $173 $173 - - -
    Bab Agnaou $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 - - -
    Bab Er-Raha $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 $197 - - -
    Whole Riad $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 $1,232 - - -

    Rates indicate cheapest price for the given period and may differ dependent on number of guests. Prices have been converted from EUR at the current exchange rate of = provided by European inter banking rates. Please note: The hotel will quote prices to you in EUR.

     Rates at El Palacio de Las Especias are per room and night, breakfast included.

    • Rates for rooms Bab Er-Raha, Bab Agnaou, Bab Ksiba y Bab Debbagh are indicated for two people, with the possibility of hosting a third person with a supplement of EUR 40.
    • The prices include VAT, but do not include the tourist tax of EUR 2.50 per person per day.
    • There is a 10% increase during the Christmas and Easter holidays.
    • There is no minimum stay required for the Whole Riad between Monday to Thursday.



Each hotel selected for its unique charm by Lulu the founder.


Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.


If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.

Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)



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Need help? Speak to our Reservations Team on +44 203 397 0085 or email us
Opening Hours 09.00 - 18.00 Monday - Friday (UK time)