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“Beautiful escape from a hectic city” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Elias
Ranked #721 of 1,186 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Beautiful escape from a hectic city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

We first stayed at the sister riad, Riad Karmanda which was beautiful, clean and welcoming but this was even more beautiful and more upmarket, it had a small splash pool and a gorgeous sun terrace. It is a great escape from the busy city. We stayed in a suite which was comfortable and elegant. Definately worth the money. The staff were great and very helpful. They even arranged a taxi to take us to Pacha nightclub and wait til 4am to take us back! It is a very romatic place but also great for children as it is so safe. We will be going back for a shopping trip and we will be staying here again. definately worth a visit.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

I stayed at Riad Elis for 4 days with two other photographers when I was there photographing a wedding outside of Marrakech.
The staff at Riad Elias was VERY helpful and friendly. Excellent service!
Their WIFI connection didn't work properly at the time but they sorted out so we could use their personal internet connection the same day.
Charming! Beautiful! Great location!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2010

We stayed at the Elias over new year and a few days at the beginning of January, and it was wonderful, and still very warm.

We had a downstairs room which was very cosy and clean with lovely Morrocan detailing, and fresh flowers and fruit just for us. The bathroom was lovely, with a huge bath, which was very romatic and toiletries that were replenished daily. Imen and the team of staff were very friendly and helpful, and were more than happy to take your breakfast to the roof terrace if you wished, where they also have a traditional Hammam, which is very good, and get you wine, olives and anything else you wished for whilst relaxing in the seated area, or even to take back to your room.

The Manager also helped us greatly with taxis and phone calls to the airport when our luggage got lost at Gatwick, and also organised a trip to the Atlas Mountains for us with guests from another Riad at a very reasonable price.

The Riad is very close to the souks which is full of everything you can imagine like an Aladdins cave and the Jamaal El Fna square which is full of life and wonderful smells of insence and spices, not to forget the freshly squeezed orange juice and the local entertainment, and many lovely restaurants, some with roof terraces for the most amazing views.

Travelling back to the Riad at night can be a little scary, especially if coming from the souks, but fortunately it's easy to find and makes you feel nicely tucked away from the hussle.

It is a whole different culture and can be quite overwhelming, but also very out of this world as a first time experience, but we would definitely go back.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ella W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2010

Me and my partner stayed in Riad Elias for 3 nights in May.
We were abolutely delighted with the ambience of the place, our host was very welcoming and friendly, gave us good advice and helped to organise car rental - we can not understand that negative comment here!! The food was amazing, breakfast was a joy and we chose to have dinner at the Riad - best tagines we had all holiday!! We also had a hammam which I can't say enough about - truly an experience not to miss! The loaction is extremely good - a few minutes to the main place and souks; no worries about safely walking back after dark (which can be dodgy in Marrakesh...), very easy to find!
We would thoroughly recommend this Riad to anyone wishing to stay in Marrakech- and we will return!
Owen (GB) and Katja (Germany)

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OwenandKatja
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Oslo
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2010

We stayed in Riad Elias in Marrakech Medina from March 27th till aprl 3re, 2010, and we may recommend this Riad to people who want to stay in a nice, clean house centrally located in the Medina. In Riad Elias you can have a very pleasant stay and enjoy very friendly maroccan hospitality. The Host and everyone are very friendly. The rooms are nice and clean and the roof is a nice area for sun bathing in the Marrakech sun inbetween visits to the souk. You will have home made dinners in Riad Elias when you get tired of eating oout, and the house is a nice place to live. We will recommend it to everybody that wants to get to know Marrakech, which is a very interesting destination for travelling in Marocco.
Roald Roede and Randi Emaus

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ranem44
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2010

We found this Riad through Trip Advisor so thanks to everyone else for the recommendation. We really loved it and found it a very special place. The central courtyard with splash pool is gorgeous and the staff looked after us brilliantly - just the right level of being helpful and friendly without being too obtrusive. They recommended and booked a great restaurant for us (the Tanjia) as well as organising transport to and from the airport which was trouble free and only 15 Euros.

Our room (the Ankara) was lovely. Large comfortable bed with high quality sheets, spotlessly clean and intricate Morrocan carvings and detailing. Breakfasts were also good, especially when enjoyed in the company of the Riad's tortoise! We really recommend the hammam followed by a massage in your room - what a treat.

Riad Elias is only a 10 minute walk to the Jemaa al fna and right on the doorstep of the souks so you can't go wrong in terms of location.

All in all, a great choice and highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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crevillent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2010

The Riad had a beauifull architecture, it was clean and quiet. But the manager was disgusting. He was always watching us and he make us feel really unconfortable. He didn't let us smoke and drink wine inside the riad and asked for a fee. He wanted to cheat us with the taxi prices and museum visits.

Nice Riad but I can't recommend it at all.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank titox
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Property: Riad Elias
Address: 6, derb Noursial,Taoulat Ben Saleh | Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #721 of 1,186 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Riad Elias 4.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Elias is the ideal place for an exceptional stay in MarrakechRiad Elias, a magnificent riad located just a short stroll from the centre of the historic Old City and Jemaa el Fna square, is the perfect place for an unforgettable stay in Marrakesh. Tradition and modernism, inspired by Africa and Asia, modern comfort blends harmoniously with the elegant décor.Outstanding location. ... more   less 
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