Very nice place, well-run, excellently constructed (never had such good showers in a hotel before, perfect airco). Rooms are a bit dark, and there is no in-room tv, but there is excellent speedy WiFi and a window openingon the courtyard. Nice roof terrace, you can take your own drinks. Best of all: cook that served the best food we've had in Morocco. Owner John is wonderful: experienced hotelowner, integrous, kind & knows all about the city and where to go (and not on the basis of commission!). Staff is very friendly (only they left our door/window unlocked after cleaning --since the riad is accessed by a very limited number of people (only one other room (of six) was in use) I don't think it was a big risk, but you might consider not leaving valuables inside. There is a tiny safe with keylock.)
The riad is in the Medina (old city within city walls) which means that, when you take your own taxi from outside the area you always have to walk the last bit--and will get hussled by the many young men wanting to earn some money. So they'll ask for 5 euros to guide you--taking a long tour, when the riad is just around the corner.... Learn to find your way as fast as you can and do take a recommended guide when you go into the soukhs the first time, best advice I can give. I regret very much we didn't take a guide: what happens is this: gentleman makes a kind remark, like expressing concern for your safety in the street, next you get invited (but I am not a guide! they say), then hassled, yelled at when you try to gracefully decline : it gave us a very bad mood and dislike for the area. If you go along with a guide in the street you need constant negotiating and you might still end up in the wrong place. If you need someone to help you on your way: settle what you give first, and don't pay till you are at a point where you really know the way yourself- you could otherwise just be left anywhere with some invalid instructions.
The taxi that the hotel relies on, by the way, has a deal with respect to charges (40 dirham n the Medina, 70 out). Outside the medina however you find taxis with metres, they are extremely cheap (for example 8 dirham for circling half the city). The friendly taxi-driver from the hotel also tries to get more money from you (like everyone in Morocco it seems), only he is very friendly if you disagree...
- 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