Location & Access: In the northern part of the medina in the heart of Marrakech. No more than 15 minutes walk through the souks to the Place Jemaa-el-Fna. Approximately 20 minutes from Marrakech airport by car/taxi. Taxi transfers cost from150 Dirhams each way. The medina is a maze of streets and passageways and it is strongly suggested that visitors make use of the transfer service offered by the Riad as, for anyone unfamiliar with Marrakech, the property would be extremely difficult to locate. Due to the narrowness of the street vehicles are unable to drive directly to the entrance and have to park a short walk away. There are steps to the entrance and the property would not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems and is not wheelchair accessible. The area is safe and predominantly occupied by local residents and you will find children happily playing on the streets. The property cannot be viewed at street level on Google Earth. Overview: Architecturally the hotel is a restored traditional 3 storey Riad (a Moroccan house with an interior garden/courtyard). Apart from a nameplate the building is anonymous on the exterior. Inside the guest and other rooms on the ground and first floors range around an open courtyard containing a splash pool which has a dramatic mirrored wall as a backdrop increasing the impression of space. The pool was unheated and the water temperature extremely cold! The unique interior design reflects the tastes of the owners and, on a mainly black and white theme, is very stylish with a selection of contemporary art works paired with traditional Moroccan features. Reception and Public Areas: This is not a hotel and there is no formal reception area. Guests are met personally by the English owners or the manager who provide a superb personal introduction to the Riad and to Marrakech (including an “orientation” walk to the main square). Staff are available at the property all day. In the evening a doorman is on duty. Around the courtyard/pool are seating areas and a formal lounge/dining room. The roof terrace on the second floor is enclosed and completely private with no view. As the Riad is located a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the medina the terrace is a relatively tranquil and peaceful place to sit and relax at any time of day. There is a kitchen/bar and a covered seating area with open fire. Books, magazines and a range of board games are available for guests to use. On the open terrace there are sun loungers. Food & Drink: Breakfast is served on the roof terrace and includes freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit, toasted French bread, crepes, preserves, traditional Moroccan items and tea/coffee. The Riad will provide a 3 course evening meal on request. Served on the roof terrace under candle light this is delicious homemade Moroccan cuisine and excellent value for money. An “honesty” bar is a fridge stocked with cold soft and alcoholic drinks. There appears to be only one locally recommended restaurant within walking distance (Le Foundouk). Marrakech has an abundance of restaurants and bars (many of which do not sell alcohol). To visit these in the evening a taxi is recommended which the Riad will organise. The Riad also offers cookery courses. Rooms: Six in total all named after the owners’ daughters and all individually designed. My Room: On the ground floor was reasonably spacious and airy and benefitted from air conditioning. A good sized wardrobe had sufficient hangers and contained an electronically lockable safe (too small to take a laptop). A handy chest of drawers provides useful storage for other items. Dark wooden furniture, some paintings, a small mirror and black and white chequer board tiled flooring result in a minimal design theme. There is only a small amount of natural light from a narrow high level window. No outside views but wooden shutters open on to the courtyard. However these need to be kept closed to maintain privacy. Lighting was excellent with a main light and dimmable spot lights over the bed. The bed was firm and comfortable and pillows and linen were of good quality. A range of scatter cushions adds an element of luxury and comfort. There is no mini bar, fridge or tea/coffee making. One complimentary bottle of water is supplied. No TV, radio or clock. An iPod docking station is provided. WiFi available but connection was intermittent. Noise insulation is nonexistent and is a slight issue. Noise can be quite a disturbance, not only from external sources i.e. children playing in the street outside but also from other guests and visitors who gather in the court yard area from early morning and sometimes late in the evening. In addition it is impossible not to hear the movements of the occupants of the room above and the noises from the drains/plumbing. However, this criticism has to be tempered by the location of the Riad (see the comment above regarding the roof terrace). Unlike other reviewers I was not disturbed at all by the calls to prayer from nearby mosques! The tadellakt walled bathroom was basic. No bath, a shower with good water pressure, a small washbasin with awkwardly positioned taps, a WC and a good sized mirror. Ample towels but only a small amount of (good quality) complimentary toiletries. Room cleaning was undertaken every day. A nice touch was on the first evening rose petals scattered on the bed and decorating the bathroom. A vase of fresh roses in the room for the entirety of my stay. Summary: The accommodation is competitively priced in relation to similar Riads in Marrakech. It was interesting to stay in a traditional style property close enough to the centre of the bustling city and yet be in a quieter residential area. Light sleepers will have an issue with noise. The unique interior reflects the impeccable design taste of the owners and the property is maintained to a good standard. X Factor: The owners and staff are very welcoming and friendly and they go the extra mile to satisfy the individual requirements of their guests providing all necessary advice and assistance for an enjoyable visit to Marrakech and Morocco in general including arranging taxis, excursions, booking hammams and making restaurant reservations using their immense range of contacts. Overall a great little oasis of calm and tranquility.
- 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