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Le Berbere Palace

DSC_0020Le Berbere Palace is in Ouarzazate which is considered the “door way to the desert.  This hotel is about half way from Marrakesh to Rissani which is on the western edge of the Sahara Desert.

There appears to be this “palace” and a new Palace which I assume is as luxurious and enjoyable as this one. 

The lobby has an area for tea, a cute fountain, friendly and helpful staff, but more important ‘high speed wireless’.  Unfortunately I could not use wi-fi due to a hardware problem with my laptop but my trusty AT&T cell modem carried me through to the internet.  So that was the good news, the bad news was that my emailed synced and so I spent the next 3 hours dealing with that! DSC_0006

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After catching up on email I felt like I deserved to enjoy the pool area, some sculptures that have been used in some famous (locally filmed) movie productions and some fine dining (buffet style).

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My kind and generous host picked up the bill (it is wonderful to have friends in high places) and so I can’t share those details but I can share that this hotel was previously used exclusively to entertain guests of the king. 

One word of caution, with this hotel, and as with many others around the world, don’t trust their wake up calls. I carry two phones use those alarms to make me and it was just as well I did!  Apart from that minor hitch this is a great, luxurious hotel and the area is historic, interesting.

Le Berbere Palace
Quartier Mansour Eddahbi,, Ourzazate, Morocco
Tel: +212 24 88 31 05/88 21 39/88 29 67
Fax: +212 24 88 30 71
Email: mberpala@menara.ma
Web” www.palaces-traditions.com

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May 11, 2009 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Kasbah Hotel Aaluca

IMG_0169A true oasis in a desert.  This fabulous hotel has all the amenities (except a gym) but in the middle of the desert.

This hotel was on the journey from Marrakesh to the Sahara and so it was after a long drive that we arrived. 

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I have never had a camel come to dinner and animals in US/European restaurants would be unheard of but here is was charming, thoughtful and somehow appropriate.

We all enjoyed the trick (drinking water from a plastic water bottle), the photo op, and having dinner with my soon to be “ship of the desert”.

The pool, as you can see has a different aura by day and by night, both refreshing in the heat of the day and with the romance of the night: IMG_0162 IMG_0159   IMG_0165 IMG_0166   

Kasbah Hotel Aaluca
Address: Route d’Errachidia, Km 5 – Arfound, Morocco
Tel: + 212 2 35 57 84 50/51/52
Fax: + 212 2 35 57 84 49
Email: xaluca@xalucamaadid.com
Web: www.xaluca.com
GPS: N31 29’ 208” W 004 12’ 784  – it needs a longitude and latitude trust me!

May 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

The Peabody Hotel (Memphis, Tennessee)

http://www.peabodymemphis.com/ 

imageEach hotel has a story and the older the hotel the longer the story. 

The Story: In 1869 Robert Brinkley decided to build “the finest hotel in the South” and for it to be an oasis of elegance and good taste and name it after the financier and philanthropist George Peabody. 

I have been staying in this four star hotel this week (April 2009) and the hotel lives up to Robert’s dream and the South can be proud of this little gem.  The hotel is located just blocks from Memphis attractions like Beale Street, the Memphis Rock NO Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Fedex Forum and Sun Studio. And whilst you are in town don’t forget to make a trip out to Graceland and visit Elvis’s shrine.

imageThe rooms of The Peabody are well kept, the staff are wonderful, the food is exceptional, and the ambiance of the lobby reflects a warm inviting style.

If you are in Memphis drop in to the lobby, pictured to the left and enjoy the peace and style of the South. 

image If you are around at 9am or 5pm enjoy the The Peabody Ducks that march to and from the Grand Lobby twice each day in a time-honored tradition dating back to 1933.  It draws a crowd every day for something that is silly but fun.

So I’d say that this is a great place to stay to enjoy charming Southern hospitality and style.

April 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment


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