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Riad Elizabeth
Derb el Baroud 33, Marrakech 40,000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #16 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco
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“What a delightful riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

What a delightful riad. It was easy to find on the map and we were able to park our hire car nearby and walk the short distance through the residential back streets to the front door. We were welcomed by Kamal, the riad manager, who made us feel very welcome whilst we chatted over mint tea and Moroccan pastries.

Our room was on the ground floor and was comfortably equipped with everything we needed for our stay including air conditioning, which was especially welcome as the outside temperature was 38 degrees Celsius!

We had arranged to eat at the riad on the first night and we were presented with a lavish feast of Moroccan salads, couscous and tagine. Breakfast was also plentiful with choices of different Moroccan bread and loads of freshly-made coffee.

Kamal ensured we had a map to find our way to the souks (and more importantly our way back!), but thankfully we already knew our way around. He was more than willing to help and made sure we had his mobile number should we need it.

Elizabeth and John were wonderful hosts and always stopped to have a chat and make sure we were enjoying our stay. as they did with all the guests.

All in all, Riad Elizabeth is a great place to stay and we would highly recommend it. The décor is very modern and the whole place has a feel of calm and peace, which is welcome from the busy city outside.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

We really enjoyed our time at Riad Elizabeth. The Riad itself has been amazingly rennovated and the decor is fantastic. John, Elizabeth and Kamal are on hand if you have an questions or want recommnedations. I would say definatley go with their recommnedations on restaurants we had some amazing meals.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2010

Riad Eizabeth was fantastic, John, Elizabeth Camal and staff made sure our stay was worry free and could not have done more for us.

They arranged transfers to and from the airport, took us for our first visit into the souks and ensured we would not get lost when we made it back by ourselves! We were provided with a map of the riad's location and a list of their phone numbers which was a great reassurance.

Ther kindness made our stay completly worry free making us free to enjoy all the wonders of Marrakech.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2010

Location & Access: In the northern part of the medina in the heart of Marrakech. No more than 15 minutes walk through the souks to the Place Jemaa-el-Fna. Approximately 20 minutes from Marrakech airport by car/taxi. Taxi transfers cost from150 Dirhams each way. The medina is a maze of streets and passageways and it is strongly suggested that visitors make use of the transfer service offered by the Riad as, for anyone unfamiliar with Marrakech, the property would be extremely difficult to locate. Due to the narrowness of the street vehicles are unable to drive directly to the entrance and have to park a short walk away. There are steps to the entrance and the property would not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems and is not wheelchair accessible. The area is safe and predominantly occupied by local residents and you will find children happily playing on the streets. The property cannot be viewed at street level on Google Earth. Overview: Architecturally the hotel is a restored traditional 3 storey Riad (a Moroccan house with an interior garden/courtyard). Apart from a nameplate the building is anonymous on the exterior. Inside the guest and other rooms on the ground and first floors range around an open courtyard containing a splash pool which has a dramatic mirrored wall as a backdrop increasing the impression of space. The pool was unheated and the water temperature extremely cold! The unique interior design reflects the tastes of the owners and, on a mainly black and white theme, is very stylish with a selection of contemporary art works paired with traditional Moroccan features. Reception and Public Areas: This is not a hotel and there is no formal reception area. Guests are met personally by the English owners or the manager who provide a superb personal introduction to the Riad and to Marrakech (including an “orientation” walk to the main square). Staff are available at the property all day. In the evening a doorman is on duty. Around the courtyard/pool are seating areas and a formal lounge/dining room. The roof terrace on the second floor is enclosed and completely private with no view. As the Riad is located a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the medina the terrace is a relatively tranquil and peaceful place to sit and relax at any time of day. There is a kitchen/bar and a covered seating area with open fire. Books, magazines and a range of board games are available for guests to use. On the open terrace there are sun loungers. Food & Drink: Breakfast is served on the roof terrace and includes freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit, toasted French bread, crepes, preserves, traditional Moroccan items and tea/coffee. The Riad will provide a 3 course evening meal on request. Served on the roof terrace under candle light this is delicious homemade Moroccan cuisine and excellent value for money. An “honesty” bar is a fridge stocked with cold soft and alcoholic drinks. There appears to be only one locally recommended restaurant within walking distance (Le Foundouk). Marrakech has an abundance of restaurants and bars (many of which do not sell alcohol). To visit these in the evening a taxi is recommended which the Riad will organise. The Riad also offers cookery courses. Rooms: Six in total all named after the owners’ daughters and all individually designed. My Room: On the ground floor was reasonably spacious and airy and benefitted from air conditioning. A good sized wardrobe had sufficient hangers and contained an electronically lockable safe (too small to take a laptop). A handy chest of drawers provides useful storage for other items. Dark wooden furniture, some paintings, a small mirror and black and white chequer board tiled flooring result in a minimal design theme. There is only a small amount of natural light from a narrow high level window. No outside views but wooden shutters open on to the courtyard. However these need to be kept closed to maintain privacy. Lighting was excellent with a main light and dimmable spot lights over the bed. The bed was firm and comfortable and pillows and linen were of good quality. A range of scatter cushions adds an element of luxury and comfort. There is no mini bar, fridge or tea/coffee making. One complimentary bottle of water is supplied. No TV, radio or clock. An iPod docking station is provided. WiFi available but connection was intermittent. Noise insulation is nonexistent and is a slight issue. Noise can be quite a disturbance, not only from external sources i.e. children playing in the street outside but also from other guests and visitors who gather in the court yard area from early morning and sometimes late in the evening. In addition it is impossible not to hear the movements of the occupants of the room above and the noises from the drains/plumbing. However, this criticism has to be tempered by the location of the Riad (see the comment above regarding the roof terrace). Unlike other reviewers I was not disturbed at all by the calls to prayer from nearby mosques! The tadellakt walled bathroom was basic. No bath, a shower with good water pressure, a small washbasin with awkwardly positioned taps, a WC and a good sized mirror. Ample towels but only a small amount of (good quality) complimentary toiletries. Room cleaning was undertaken every day. A nice touch was on the first evening rose petals scattered on the bed and decorating the bathroom. A vase of fresh roses in the room for the entirety of my stay. Summary: The accommodation is competitively priced in relation to similar Riads in Marrakech. It was interesting to stay in a traditional style property close enough to the centre of the bustling city and yet be in a quieter residential area. Light sleepers will have an issue with noise. The unique interior reflects the impeccable design taste of the owners and the property is maintained to a good standard. X Factor: The owners and staff are very welcoming and friendly and they go the extra mile to satisfy the individual requirements of their guests providing all necessary advice and assistance for an enjoyable visit to Marrakech and Morocco in general including arranging taxis, excursions, booking hammams and making restaurant reservations using their immense range of contacts. Overall a great little oasis of calm and tranquility.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

Arrived at the Riad to be met by the wonderful Kamal who continued to be an absolute star for our entire long weekend away.....John and Elizabeth were always around at breakfast time and were great to chat to, along with the other guests who we met at the Riad. In fact, it was wonderful to sit in the sun on the terrace with the use of the honesty bar, chatting to everyone!

We highly recommend having dinner cooked for you on arrival as it was simply lovely, with a selection of Moroccan starters, tangine with beef that melted in the mouth and a lovely dessert! We could n't eat it all but tried our best!

We stayed in Alessia (Twin on the first floor) which was nice but could have been a bit cleaner to be honest. Also, take ear plugs as you WILL be woken up by the (In order!) Call to Prayer by the Mosque (About 4.30am ish..), the birds singing and chairs above us being scraped across the floor on the terrace (This has been mentioned before and it really is annoying as it happens at 6.30am!)

The location is great and we didn't get lost once after enjoying a quick spot of shopping with Elizabeth before she left us on our own ~ no need for a guide at all!

All in all, a friendly and very relaxed Riad ~ the service from Kamal was 5*.....!!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

What a wonderful experience. The riad is just as lovely as the photos. Our bedroom and ensuite was scattered with petals,and a large bottle of water was in the room. The owner John was so helpful, he gave us mint tea and morrocan biscuits/cakes on arrival(lovely). John took us to the souk and square, booked restaurants and taxi's. Breakfast and evening meal were Morrocan and enjoyable. We had a memorable stay and felt so relaxed. All the staff were friendly. I couldn't fault this place, location, atmosphere,staff all fantastic.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

From the moment you arrive here you feel like you are part of a family. The wonderful manager Kemal is full of all the information that you will need for your time in Marrakech. Also John (the owner) was very welcoming and recommended some great places to visit & eat (try Le Foundouk). Our room was spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated and we ate dinner and lunch at the Riad which were fantastic, also breakfast was different every day.

This was our first visit to Morocco and it was a great taster to what looks like a beautiful country with really friendly people, great food and architecture. We never had a chance to visit any other Riads but in my opinion you would be hard pushed to find a better one than this.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Derb el Baroud 33, Marrakech 40,000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#50 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Elizabeth is an elegant and chic riad located in the heart of the ancient medina of Marrakech. An oasis of style and a calm refuge from the feverish pace and excitement of the souk.British-owned Riad Elizabeth offers modern comfort and facilities whilst maintaining an air of exotic Moroccan charm and romance.The riad offers six en-suite bedrooms, each tastefully and individually furnished to a high standard. For your comfort, all rooms are equipped with controllable air conditioning/heating as well as crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, complimentary toiletries and an iPod dock. Just a short walk from the Medersa Ben Youssef and Musée de Marrakech, Riad Elizabeth provides everything needed to make your stay in Marrakech enjoyable and relaxing. ... more   less 
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