This was our first time in Marrakech and our first experience of riad style accommodation - we were not disappointed! The taxi met us at the airport and whisked us off on the short journey to the riad, he even accompanied us to the door. Once inside the cool black and white interior, our holiday experience began!
We were welcomed by Samira the manager, who gave us mint tea and Moroccan cookies to kick start our stay. Afterwards we were shown to our room - Lucy room - which had a lovely comfortable four-poster bed. The decor was simple and elegant, reminiscent of Morocco but with a modern flair. The standards of cleanliness were excellent. We loved Lucy as for us the two windows to the outside were perfect, and gave a lovely through breeze from the bathroom to the bedroom. This was great at night as we didn't need to use the air-conditioning. There is some noise in the alleys of the medina, but it is atmospheric and didn't disturb us at all, and to be expected from staying in this ancient part of the city.
The whole team led by John and Elizabeth were absolutely wonderful. As owners they are definitely in the right job. Their hands-on attentive style was welcoming and unintrusive - they were there when and if you needed them with helpful advice and tips. We looked forward to their breakfast round of the tables for a chat and any arrangements required for the day were dealt with efficiently. We even got a lift with Elizabeth when asking for a taxi - where would you get that kind of service other than here! We also enjoyed a lovely afternoon chat over a glass of wine with John and Lucy - the real-life namesake of our room! - which made us feel like we were in their home rather than just guests. Samira too was everything a manager should be, calm and efficient, nothing too much trouble from guiding us throught the labyrinthine alleys of the souk to organising taxis and a much appreciated late check-out.
We had dinner in the riad every night and shared a table with other guests on two occasions. Both occasions made for a very enjoyable evening of interesting conversation - one French and one English! Bahija's food was mouth-wateringly delicious! Her salads for starters, always varied, were so tasty and the tagines to die for with couscous that was so far removed from anything you would make yourself! The honesty bar was a great idea, with fridges stocked with great Moroccan wines, gin, vodka, beer and soft drinks. Again, this really made you feel at home as you could have a drink whenever the mood took you on the pretty roof terrace which we very often had to ourselves. Breakfast too was lovely and served in the open air. The food was varied each day and was light and tasty with fresh fruit, yoghurt and Moroccan breads. My husband liked an omelette every morning and this was done without fuss, even if it was not on the menu for that day.
The location was very convenient for the souks and the Djemma el Fna. We soon became familiar with the route through the souk after an initial guided tour with Samira. We were also able to walk to the Koutoubia and the new town, although this is a little way and not for the faint-hearted in the heat of the day. Taxis were ordered by Samira for forays a little further afield such as the Saadian Tombs and the Palace, but were cheap and even came back for us to a pre-arranged spot, waving at us like friends - thank you Omar!
In conclusion, we shall definitely be back and shall have no hesitation in recommending this riad to friends. Well done to the whole team!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Elizabeth Marrakech
- Riad Elizabeth Hotel Marrakech