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“Enchanting derelict beauty”
Review of Glaoui Palace

Glaoui Palace
Ranked #13 of 86 things to do in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

This wasn’t very easy to find and not much advertised or promoted by our riad, but I had seen it mentioned on trip advisor and the lonely planet website and thought it sounded worth a visit. I was say it is a must for anyone visiting Fez. We paid 50 dirhams for entry for 3 adults and were allowed to explore on our own. This is a hidden beauty. Many of the rooms are in need of total renovation, but the size of the palace and the mosaics and wooden artefacts that are present are gorgeous. Brilliant photo opportunities too! We thoroughly enjoyed experiencing this grand palace, even though it is in need of some love and repairs!

Thank Katie S
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

This is a old palace here.The palace has the similar architecture around here but not properly maintained. You have get the guide to help you to get in.

Thank SE s
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We visited the palace in early morning but already quite many tourist over there. The mosaic wall was very beautiful. The guide explained very clearly what is the symbol stand for of each pattern. Very interesting to know the history.

1  Thank clui888
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

We stumbled across this beautiful palace whilst wandering through the residential parts of the old medina. The lady who lives here gave us an educational tour of this lovely home which has obviously seen better days but is still a home as evidenced by the modern toiletries in the the late 19th century bathroom. Many of the original fittings ( including original English porcelain washbasin set in a broken Onyx surround, toilet and bath ) are still there and this combined with glimpses of exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and mosaics gave the place an almost magical air. There were no other visitors when we were shown round and this added to the charm. The palace is home to Abdul who paints abstract acrylics which are on sale to help raise more money to restore more of the building but there was no pressure whatsoever to buy them - even though we did. I particularly liked the eclectic collection of cameras hung on an ancient piece of furniture in the gallery covered by the dust of decades in a way that would have interior designers drooling. Go here - you will not be disappointed by the 25 Dirhams it costs for the experience.

2  Thank Pete D
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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

This slightly faded palace came to life and became my highlight of the trip when our guide ( who lived and had been brought up here) opened up the doors and shutters and showed us the rooms inside. Without her guiding we would have had no idea what was there. The stories behind the different rooms, the natural dies and colours on the wood work and the beautiful tile mosaics as well as the french style kitchen and radiators were fascinating. The rooms were stunningly beautiful in a slightly faded way. Definitely worth a visit.

3  Thank ann s
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