5* Riad Palais Calipau

There is no doubt that on your first trip to Marrakesh, to get a real flavour of the city, you should stay in a traditional bijou boutique hotel in the heart of the Medina. These hotels once traditional houses or Riads look more like the Sultan Palaces than hotels, with their interior courtyards lined with lush orange trees, water features, thick walls and rooms decorated with mozaics, they are a true wonder of Moorish Architecture and design.

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The walls of our Riad were red and from its protective shell little could be known of the beauty that awaited us inside. Indeed, passing the dark heavy door and stepping into Riad Palais Calipau for the first time was like walking into paradise. It was cool inside, whereas outside it had been really hot and the sounds of bikes and street banter were replaced with the sound of running water. The turquoise the pool was still. It was calm here and so lovely. Big lanterns hung from vaulted ceilings, lush velvet sofas lay hidden thin net curtains. It was here that we received our complimentary mint tea served on a gold tray and yum scrum biscuits on our arrival.

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Our room was extremely large and was on the first floor. It wasn’t the best one, but wasn’t the smallest one either. The air con made our stay even more bearable as at night without it, it would have become quite hot. I loved the ceiling and the blue of the bathroom. Everything was new, from the fluffy feather pillows to the TV and the safe in the walk in wardrobe. The water was always hot and it felt really safe. In fact I wish my room at home was that nice and I came to refer to our Riad not as “our hotel” but “home”, which was quite awkward as it kept requiring clarification every time I made the error. The only slight criticism, if any, would be say that there was no mini-bar in the room and no dressing gown/slippers provided. There was however shampoo and soap stocked up daily and both the room and the bathroom were very clean.

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The hotel staff were really kind. They booked for us a Hamman & Massage spa treatment at the famous Les Bains de Marrakech, our taxi to the Majorelle Gardens, Agadir Gardens  and airport – with our taxi driver being so friendly and honest that he would charge us “only what we wanted to pay” even though he gave us some great info about the city as he drove us round. We didn’t have time for tours, but other guests we spoke to really enjoyed their day trips organized by the hotel to the Atlas Mountains, Essaouira and the desert. In fact I can’t wait to go back to do them!

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The breakfast was plentiful, with pancakes, jam, honey, omelet, yoghurt, fruit salad, as much fresh orange juice as you could drink and great coffee. We saw Moroccan families eat similar foods for their Ramadan breakfast in the evening and every time we walked passed seller’s of our morning feast, we noted with excitement “that’s what we had for breakfast”! In this respect the Riad really felt as if I was staying with a friend or a wealthy Moroccan family which really added a great experience to our fantastic holiday.

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I loved sitting down at night by the edge of the pool and gazing upwards at the open sky surrounded by candles and orange trees. After a long day bartering in the souks there was nothing better than to take a refreshing plunge after and a spot of relaxation on the roof terrace in the waning afternoon sun.  Hotel Calipau was the perfect location – close enough to the action but far enough removed to feel like an oasis of calm and a great place to relax and recharge. I really can not recommend it enough and as I had such a great time, my sixty year old parents have also decided to go and stay at Hotel Calipau for their visit Marrakesh next year!

I booked this gem through Expedia (flights included) for a great price, so make sure you check out Riad Palais Calipau’s website but also Expedia for some great last minute deals!

10 thoughts on “5* Riad Palais Calipau

    1. Oh, wow I hope you have a lovely time!!Marrakesh is such an excitting city!Yes I would really recommend this place, we had a great stay here!Best of luck with your trip and if you end up staying here let me know how it goes!All the best, Abi xxx

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    1. I hope you get to go there one day!Its a place that I know you will enjoy as there is everything a person could want and it caters to all types of holidays! Let me know if you ever go!Abi xxx

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  1. From the blue tile and ceramic work, to the crown molding around the ceilings, to the arched doorways; the superb craftsmanship and attention to detail came out on every shot you took. What wonderful accommodations!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely description and thoughtful comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed the pictures and the architecture of this fantastic building. I agree with you, it truly was wonderful accommodation and really enhanced our Moroccan experience.

      Again I really appreciate your comment, your words captured it all beautifully.

      Best wishes,

      Abi xxx

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    1. Hi Lena,

      I’m so glad you liked the hotel and your right, the pool surrounded by the arches and mosaics was fabulous. When I got into our room I couldn’t believe the ceiling! I am still wondering if anyone could recreate it back home for my own room, although I sort of doubt it 😥

      If you ever get to go to Marrakesh I would really recommend this hotel, and if you can’t get to this one then make sure if you can that where you stay has a pool, because it gets so hot!

      Again, thanks for leaving your comment and hope your enjoy my posts on my upcoming trip to Seville! 🙂

      Abi xxx

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