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.
- 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