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Riad Elizabeth
Ranked #191 of 502 Hotels in Marrakech
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Beautifully decorated Riad with a lush roof terrace to catch some afternoon sun after a busy day touring the City. The service was absolutely spot on and all staff couldn't do enough for you. The food was delicious and Samira's recommendations on where to dine out were fantastic too. John & Elizabeth were wonderful as well - I would definitely choose to stay at Riad Elizabeth again on my next trip to Marrakesh.

Room Tip: First floor rooms might be better as children like to play in the street to the front of the Riad at...
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

Very convenient location, stylish comfortable interiors, owned by a really genuine, lovely couple, backed up by a fab staff. Best tagine we had in Marrakech too.Elizabeth even took the trouble to give us an escorted tour around the Souk. Can't recommend them highly enough- would happily stay again-and again if given a hint of a chance!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

First rate riad, first rate service. There's not a great deal more I can add to the previous reviews , it really is a good as they say. There were 3 of us staying in two rooms, Louise and Olivia. One was one of the cheaper rooms, the other the most expensive. No matter - I would have been happy with any, they are all beautifully decorated and stylish. John and Elizabeth are fantastic hosts. They really want to you to get the most out of your stay in Marrakech. My husband went to the Bains de Marrakech and raved about it. We had a tour of the medina on our first day, to try and familiarise ourselves with the maze that is Marrakech medina. Having said that we got totally lost the next evening! Elizabeth kindly took us out again the next morning and calmed our fears, we never got lost again. Samira was an excellent manager and organised all our restaurant bookings. I can particularly recommend le fondouk, la salama and le cafe de la grande poste. She also recommended and evening at the lotus club, which was great. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Marrakech and will definitely stay there again when we return.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

his is my first ever review on Trip Advisor, but I was so impressed by the Riad Elizabeth, that I felt compelled to review my experience.
I was lucky enough to be recommended the Riad by a friend of mine who had stayed a year previous. I booked a four day trip as a surprise birthday present for my partner. From the moment I booked, the owners and staff at the Riad Elizabeth staff were on the end of an email and ready to help. They were able to recommend restaurants and trips and were kind enough to organise many of them on my behalf. A lovely meal was prepared for us on arrival and our traditional Moroccan breakfast each morning was yummy.

My partner and I were lucky enough to meet the owners, both of which were positively charming. John made a real effort each morning to speak to each of his guests, find out about their experience and be on hand to offer them advice. But I can't finish this review without mentioning the Riad Elizabeth's fantastic manager: Samira (hopefully I have spelt that right). She was an absolute star throughout our stay, going out of her way to ensure our transfers, taxis, trips, meals and anything else was booked for us. She offered to show us around the Medina to ensure we felt comfortable navigating the complex streets and was just generally a lovely friendly presence during our stay.

Couple of tips for fellow travellers: definitely take a trip to Le Bains de Marrakech Spa, it was the highlight of our trip. The medina is complex to navigate so an English speaking tour guide would be useful. When coming home at night (or for that matter in the day), don’t ask the locals for directions unless you want to pay for it. You may think they are just being helpful, but they expect to get paid.

As a girl, I was worried about unwanted male attention and also what to wear. There was really nothing to be worried about. There were female tourists dressed in a variety of outfits (some of which I wouldn’t have considered to be appropriate for Morocco) but the locals didn’t seem to mind.

I was dubious about such universally positive reviews, but I can honestly say that the service we received in the Riad Elizabeth was better than the 5 star hotels we have stayed in. We will definitely be back to stay in the near future. Thanks to all the staff for making our stay so special.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We have been visiting Marrakech & Esseauira since 2007, and have stayed each year at Riad Elizabeth since their opening in 2009. Each of the 6 rooms are named after John & Elizabeth's daughters, our favourite being Olivia. The Riad, albeit traditional in shape & structure, has been lovingly restored & decorated in a modern take of Moroccan style, colours and textures - pink walls on the Terrace, and black, red and grey in the Rooms and public areas. The Plunge pool is beautiful and is inviting following a day in the Souks & Sight Seeing. This year we arrived very late in the evening and Bahija, the fantastic Cook, had prepared our favourite Harira Soup, with bread, followed by a delightful Fruit Salad & Cream - a wonderful midnight Feast served by Yousef the Night Guardian.
Marrakech is our 'bolt hole' at the end of a busy year, and will continue to be so, in sha allah, with our old friends at Riad Elizabeth. Many thanks to John, Elizabeth and their wonderful 'Team' for making this stay once again, a brilliant one !!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

A friend and I stayed at the Riad Elizabeth for three nights in mid-September. It was great. The riad is an old mansion redesigned and redecorated by Elizabeth and John, and it is stunning. Breakfast (and dinner, if you like) is on the rooftop terrace, where there are chaises for just vegging out when you're tired of wandering around the medina. The riad is in the medina, about a 20 minute walk from Jamaa el Fnaa (the main square). Samira, the manager, is wonderful, and can arrange for anything and everything - restaurants, taxis (she let us borrow a phone to call her if the taxi driver couldn't understand our garbled French), shopping - you need. The rooms come with all mod cons, including a hair dryer, safe and AC. We couldn't have been better pleased.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fine.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We were lucky enough to stay at Riad Elizabeth for the first two nights of a 10 day trip around Morocco early September this year.
We booked this Riad after reading some great reviews and it totally surpassed our expectations!

John and Elizabeth (the owners) arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and driven straight to the Riad which is in the heart of the Medina.
John met us straight out of our taxi and immediately made us feel relaxed and very welcome indeed. It was close to 10pm when we arrived so we were shown
to our room then taken straight up to the gorgeous roof terrace for a delicious dinner which had been prepared for us. John talked to us for a little while- gave us
each an ice cold beer on the house (which was just what we needed!), wished us goodnight and assured us that Elizabeth would see us at breakfast the next morning.
The Riad operates an 'honesty bar' with a fridge stocked with bottled water, beer, other soft drinks and wine. Each room simply records what they take on a form
provided and the total is paid when you settle your final bill. This system made it so easy to grab water whenever we needed it and have a beer when we returned late
in the evening.

Our room 'Francesca' was fab- very stylish, clean and comfortable with a big bed and a great en suite. Breakfast was delicious- all freshly prepared by the in-house
cook (bread, jam, small pancakes/ potato cakes, fresh fruit, yoghurt, boiled eggs). We met Elizabeth who very kindly took us for a walk through the nearby souks
and out to the Jemaa El Fnaa- the main square (about 10/15 minutes if you walk without stopping to shop!). She told us lots about the area, showed us places of
interest and made sure we were happy with finding our way back to the Riad. After a fab day in Marrakech we went to a restaurant that Elizabeth had recommended and
booked for us- Fondouks- which was lovely; great Moroccan food on a gorgeous roof terrace.

We loved our stay at Riad Elizabeth. Welcoming and knowledgeable hosts and staff, a gorgeous, peaceful and convenient setting, fantastic value for money and John
and Elizabeth went the extra mile to make sure we were happy and comfortable. We will be recommending this Riad to all of our family and friends and to anyone else
who mentions they are travelling to Marrakech.

Thank you again John and Elizabeth and all of the other staff at Riad Elizabeth.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Elizabeth

Address: Derb el Baroud 33, Marrakech 40,000, Morocco
Region: 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: £55 - £70 (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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