A bit of history
In 1971, Mustapha Segueni, a man of business and culture, purchased the palace, or more precisely the most beautiful wing, that in which the caïd had received his circle and held celebrations.
In 1972, he organized the first Hassan II golf trophy. He was a passionate connaisseur of music, and brought the greatest artists of the day (Italian soprano Katia Ricciarelli, French pianists Guy Touvron and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Nadir Elie, Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires, countertenor Gérard Lesne…) to Marrakech. He inaugurated the first classical music festival of Morocco, which he financed personally without benefit of sponsors, and which he baptized “Music in the Sahara”.
In 2004, Driss Segueni, his son and graduate of the Lausanne Hotel School, inherited the palace and assumed its direction. He was determined to find rank among the best tables of Marrakech, as well as maintaining the tradition of sponsoring fine music.
He undertook a major remodel, restored ceramic mosaics and floors, redesigned the entrance hall around a magnificent fountain of ottoman inspiration, and embellished the halls with richly embroidered Turkish fabrics. As a collector of arabo-muslim antiquities (ancient textiles, 19th century caftans, Syrian inlaid-wood furniture) as well as contemporary art, he introduced a richness of decorative elements to the traditionally austere rooms.
Years of experience