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“Amazing Riad ..But.....” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Lotus Privilege
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9, Derb Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch | Quartier Dar El Bacha, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #212 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Swansea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Amazing Riad ..But.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

What an oasis in a Hot bustling city, when you 1st arrive you wonder where they are taking you and then the door opens and you cannot believe what you see. A black and white marble courtyard with a beautiful pool and the most peaceful setting you could imagine.

We were very lucky so we thought as we were given the Green room which is the best of the 5 rooms. Our friend was given the Red room which is the 2nd best and the only two rooms on the ground floor. What hits you first about the rooms is the sheer size and the amazing 4 poster bed. The rooms are very clean and have a very large TV projected onto the wall plus a normal flat screen tv, you also get a B&O sound system so don't forget to being some CD's.

The food is very good but the menu doesn't change, so you have to ask for something different each night. We only dined there 2 nights as we wanted to try the main square one night and we had a meal in another Riad,

We both had a massage and it was done in our room at the same time i would highly recommend this.

Now to the down side, just hope a very important guest don't turn up when you are in the Green room or you will be asked to move to another room as we were and it was on our last night there as well, we were not told about this in advance and we had no choice we had to move, my wife was upset and there was no compensation or apology just a sorry from the manager who then ignored us the whole last day whereas before he was very friendly.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Marrakech, Morocco
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

I would recommend a long weekend break in this city.

A beautiful hotel, excellent rooms, food and the service is amzaing. All staff were professional, helpful and lovely people during the whole of our stay.

Can't recommend this riad enough!

Just go with the flow of the city and watch yourself crossing the roads!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2010

Returning to the amazing city of Marrakech since our first trip 3 ½ years ago we stayed in the splendid Club Sangho in the Palmeraie, the oasis of 150,000 palm trees north east of the Medina or walled City. This was a bit like Walt Disney does Morocco with the swimming pool pure Bedrock from the Flintstones. Nevertheless it was somewhat splendid. Highlight was a cooking course at the achingly stylish Riad Lotus Privilege, an art deco Riad, with a Dada, a traditional chef preparing a Moroccan Lunch which we later eat in photo shoot surroundings by the pool in the courtyard. Later we had afternoon tea in El Menzeh in the exquisite La Mamounia Hotel whose pool side scene would make the Beverly Hills Hotel look shabby. Al Hamra “The Red City” is still the most amazing of places.

I read about the cookery courses in a travel article and thought it would be a good way to get under the skin of the place and see a Riad. I sent off an email more in hope than expectation and was astonished to receive a call the next morning from the Manager Farida, who spoke perfect English, and 2 minutes later the deal was done. For 500 dirham each (c. 45 euros) we would be picked up by car at our hotel, brought to the Riad, spend two hours with the Chef and a translator preparing a 3 course Moroccan meal. Then we would enjoy a tour of the Riad, drinks by the pool and have the meal we prepared served to us. Afterwards their car would bring us either back to our hotel or anywhere else we cared to visit in the City.

This fantastically glitzy Riad is down an improbably dark lane in the northern part of the medina. As Simon led us down this alley way like many a Marrakech visitor before us we wondered what lay at the end of these seemingly nameless, random, twisting lanes and then we were met by a huge cedar door in a plain wall. As with most Riads, the street front is modest, this makes the courtyard seem all the more astonishing. Entering a narrow corridor hall nothing prepares you for the vision which greets you in the courtyard. Set against a pure white wall, two tall obelisks clad in mirrors stand sentry beside a pool in the centre of a black-and-beige marble floor. To either side are cream sofas, and a row of orange trees screens off the dining and sitting rooms.

Sated by these photo shoot surroundings Simon introduced to our Chef and Teacher the delightful Fatiha. Moroccan food is one of the most sensual in the world. It appeals directly and unashamedly to the senses of smell, sight and taste in a way that few other cuisines can match. The souks are magical places, with smells and sights that make one feel hungry just thinking about them. Around every corner, waft different smells to surprise and delight.

Our meal today was in that tradition, a starter course of three vegetable salads followed by three tagines and then a simple desert of layers of brick pastry interleaved with scented yoghurt and spiced fruit. All this prepared in the scrupulously clean kitchen under the watchful and skilful eye of our “Dada” Fatiha. In front of us were mini-spice tagines and where the recipes refer to spices it is a miniature spoonfuls from these tagines, equivalent to a pinch.

After that we enjoyed a tour of the suites and the hammam of this ravishing before enjoying a pre-prandial libation under the orange trees. Then we enjoyed the meal we had prepared at a beautiful table a deux set up beside the beautiful pool in the courtyard. Oh for more days like this!

There is not a single critiscism I could make and we are determined the next time we stay in Marrakech it will be in this wonderful Riad.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nailsworth, Glos
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2009

This is a beautiful Riad away from the hustle & bustle & is a must if you are visiting Marrakech. The entrance leads into a beauiful courtyard which is just stunning & each room has the most amazing decor. Breakfast was taken in the courtyard under the orange trees (bear in mind this was November) and our evening meal was seven courses, the most amazing we have ever tasted. The hamman experience was both envigorating and hilarious & would recommend to anyone At all times every member of staff were attentive to our needs or requests. We would definitely return if the opportunity arises.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

My wife and I recently spent a few days in Marrakech and we stayed at the Lotus Privelege. We had a superb stay there. The location was great, the rooms were very comfortable, and the service was excellent. We had dinner there one night and the food was superb. This is a beautiful riad, a 5 star experience all the way. And many thanks to the manager Mr. Farid Malaoui who in addition to his flawless English looked after us 100%! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Umbria
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

A truly elegant and beautiful town house, with reception and bedrooms outstandingly furnished, surrounding an eye-watering internal courtyard with pool, trees and dining facilities. The service is impeccable and unobtrusive, each person there friendly and under the excellent leadership of Farid, the general manager, for whom nothing is too much trouble. The hammam experience must not be missed, breakfast is worth breaking your diet for and the Moroccan lunch was delicious. Best of all, a special dinner prepared to showcase the skill of the chef, each mouthwatering and eyecatching course more delicious than the one before. Do not miss this heavenly place.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2009

Riad Lotus Privilege is one of the most magical places we have ever stayed. A traditional Riad built around a cool courtyard opens its doors to reveal an oasis of style and elegance woven together with all the exoticism and hospitality of Morocco. There are only 5 suites and rooms - each more luxurious and stylish than the next - so it's a fantastic location to go with a group of friends. The standards of professionalism are high and the staff look out for your every whim.. The manager, Farid, leaves no stone unturned in his quest for you to have the perfect break. Do have dinner here during your stay, the cuisine is excellent and tailored to your personal preferences. The Riad's location on the edge of the Medina makes it a true oasis of peace and calm after the hustle and bustle of the souks - the trouble is to tear yourself away from the Riad at all! What an incredible experience - and one we intend to repeat on a regular basis!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9, Derb Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch | Quartier Dar El Bacha, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#86 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#177 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Lotus Privilege 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
By unwrapping this new elegant and magnificent Riad, the Lotus chain embeds permanently its design in a spectacular universe of uniqueness. Positioned in an ideal location within the Dar Bacha District, the Lotus Privilege incarnates Luxury and absolute refinement. ... more   less 
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