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Riad Elizabeth
Ranked #185 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Reviewed June 4, 2009

My husband and I stayed here for only one night while passing through Marrakech. It was recommended to us by our guide and the Riad was wonderful. The owners are a well-travelled British couple who are very friendly and willing to go the extra mile to ensure you have a pleasant stay. They prepared a map, complete with their cell phone numbers, of the medina so that their guests don't get lost in the confusing marketplace. The food was a high point for us that sets this Riad apart. We aren't much for spices and had been getting tired of the very flavorful Moroccan food, plus I am a vegetarian which can be a challenge while traveling. We informed the Riad in advance, and they handled the request very well, making a sweet rice dish with nuts and dried fruit. They checked in to be sure that I had enough to eat and they warned me which dishes had spice in them. That was the only night in Morocco that I didn't go to bed hungry.

The decor of the hotel is very stylish and well thought out, with fresh flowers everywhere. There is a black and white motif with a checker floor in the lobbies and staircases. The chandeliers, knick-knacks, tables, etc are all well matched and tidy, with the sytle being chic, modern, and simple with some homey touches. Rose petals were sprinkled everywhere in the bathroom and bedroom, which was very romantic. It has plenty of Moroccan ambiance to avoid the feeling that some chain hotels have (of being a sterile, boring western hotel with no local flavor). They have a lovely roof-top terrace where meals are served. The linens and premises were very clean (I am a germaphobe, so I have high standards). There was some minor water spotting on a few of the tiles in the bathroom, which I think was only due to the style of shower. Throughout Morocco we had open showers where water ends up everywhere, so there's really no way around the water on the floor unless you take a bath. I never did understand why no one puts up a curtain, but this was consistant throughout the country in hotels ranging from 3-5 stars and didn't bother me.

Overall, I would definitely stay here again. My husband and I had really just needed a basic room for a night in order to catch a flight in the morning, but we were pleasantly surprised to find such a wonderful gem in Marrakech. In fact, we are considering coming back to Marrakech just to stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2009

Myself and a friend stayed at Riad Elizabeth on a 4 night mini-break ( First time in Marrakesh) From the time we were picked up at the airport it felt as if John and Elizabeth, the owners, had taken responsibility, not merely for providing us witha beautiful and friendly place to stay but also for making sure that we had a fantastic stress-free holiday and made the most of our time. if you want a great location,personal friendly service, tasteful decor, authentic ambiance and fantastic food this is definatly the place for you!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 2, 2009

One of the nice things about staying in one of the many riads in the medina of Marrakech is seeing how the owners have infused their own personality into the style and décor of the property. Riad Elizabeth is no exception. From the moment you enter through the otherwise typical medina door, you know you are somewhere special. The courtyard with its minimalist design and almost regal colour palette is immediately calming and the pool very inviting.

My wife and I stayed in the room called Olivia, which had a very comfortable bed and gorgeous fireplace that would no doubt be lit on chilly winter nights. In the corner of the room was a small window that looked out onto the derb below. This gave a fascinating glimpse of life in the medina as people made their way to and from the markets, school and work. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis but chose to eat in two nights. The meals were fabulous and plentiful as was breakfast.

Elizabeth and John who own the riad are a very likeable couple and made us feel very welcome during our 3-night stay. Their staff are excellent too – very discreet and attentive.

The riad is in an excellent location and allows you to walk to Djemaa el-Fna via several routes. It also has the (rare) advantage of having vehicular access nearby.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 1, 2009

We got back from Riad Elizabeth a week ago and had an amazing stay with John and Elizabeth. We went for a ten day honeymoon and had such a lovely welcome, we were made to feel at home and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts or the lovely staff. The food at the riad was really lovely and the effort to advise on trips and activities was brilliant. We told John that we would like to go to the Atlas Mountains and he completely arranged a day out, transport, guide, lunch, no effort for us at all. Likewise for an amazing Hamman experience. The Riad is perfectly located, Marrekesh has a really confusing layout but the Riad is central and a tour from our hosts on the first morning gave us a good grounding for exploring. We were also staying when John and Elizabeth had a few days off (like the previous entry) and I just wanted to say that Sam who looked after us while they were away was just lovely. She couldn't have been more helpful or friendly and, like everyone at the Riad, very professional and charming.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2009

We stayed for a few nights at the Riad Elizabeth right in the middle of Marrakech. We were warmly greeted by the owner John on our first night - but unfortunately he had to leave the following day to return to England for a wedding. The staff were all very helpful. Rooms were beautifully decorated and well equipped (although the twin room was a little cramped). Lovely roof terrace (although no views of the city due to high walls). Swimming pool was inside in the main entrance. Due to narrow roads taxis cannot go right to the door but the taxi drivers are very ghelpful with luggage.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

My partner and I stayed at this wonderful Riad in March. We loved Morocco and we loved this Riad. It's in the perfect position. John and Elizabeth are a lovely couple and Elizabeth was a wonderful and informative host. Marrakech is an amazing city warm colourful and hypnotic. And our room was a little Oasis to retreat to after exploring and drinking in this magical city. Go to Marrakech. Stay in this Riad. It's as simple as that.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2009

There were 12 of us that went to Marrakech for my best friends hen Weekend. When we arrived at the medina it was hustle and bustle cars, bikes people everywhere, we were met at the airport which was arranged for us by the lovely John and Elizabeth who own Riad Elizabeth. John met us from the taxi and took us to the Riad as soon as we stepped in i knew we were in for a treat. I have never seen anything so beautiful, the decor was fantastic and john and Elizabeth gave us a very warm welcom with cakes and tea what more could you ask for. Every bedroom was stunning and very comfortable. John showed us around the markets and was a great guide. We went to many restaurants Jad Mahal which was amaizing and then Pacha to dance the night away. After a heavy night breakfast was served at the Riad by the most delightful staff.
I would recommend having dinner cooked for you and spend a night at the Riad as the food was delicious and not to be missed.
I would recommend Riad Elizabeth to anyone who is taking a trip to Marrakech, we will most deffinateley be returning.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: Derb el Baroud 33, Marrakech 40,000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#49 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#70 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: $73 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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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