My wife and I stayed here on a week long trip in Morocco. We stayed 4 nights in Fes and then 4 in Marrakesh, 3 nights were here at Riad Elizabeth.
Pros: The Owners (service!), Rooftop Terrace (an oasis in the city!), good value for money
Cons: Location, Aged Linens, Some Love It or Hate Style
First off, the owners, John and Elizabeth helped us plan our trip from start to finish. We were booking everything last minute and were having some issues finding nice places without spending a fortune. Elizabeth went well beyond what is expected and indirectly found us our lodging in Fes (see the riad, "Dar Melody"), found us another riad nearby for a night we couldn't stay at Riad Elizabeth, gave us a guided orientation in the souks, and much more. The other staff didn't seem to interactive much with the guests, except when serving breakfast.
The roof top terrace here was truly an oasis in heat of Marrakesh. There are sun loungers, café tables, and a circle of sofas/chaises in one corner around a fireplace -- many comfortable places to relax! There is an honesty bar with very cold drinks (a rarity here!) at very reasonable prices. One night we opted to enjoy the open air of the roof top and discussion with other guests versus finding a restaurant outside the riad.
Our room (Francesca was the name of our room, I think) was nice. The bed was comfortable, it had a great air conditioner, and ample closets (one with small safe.) The bathroom was similar to others we had in Morocco -- simple, on the small side, and with a stand-up shower in the corner. There was plenty of water pressure and hot water. One negative: both the sheets on the bed and the towels looked and felt a bit worn -- the sheets had some slight discoloration and the towels were getting thin in some spots. The rug in the bedroom looked like it needed a good cleaning. Given that Morocco has some serious water shortage issues, an ethical traveler should probably overlook this -- but we didn't have this issue at the other places we stayed.
The location of the riad is good and bad. It is very near a few major attractions (especially the Ali ben Youssef Medersa) and in a quiet area. The souks are between the riad and the big square (Djemaa el-Fna) -- we found that during the day when the doors were all open to the souks, getting between the hotel and the square (and many of your guidebook dining options) was easy. At night, though, the doors to the souks close in some places and it becomes more difficult to get around. Add to that the problem that as soon as you look the least bit confused or consult a map, you will be plagued with several youths who claim to know where you are going and the best way to get there. This was a considerable aggravation for us -- the kids don't take "no" for an answer and became increasingly aggressive with their tactics. We were told several times that way we were going was "closed" and that we couldn't get through only to find that was exactly the way we needed to go. I think the owners of the riad recognize this as somewhat of an issue and make a notable effort to arrange dinners at night and transportation to and from the riad. They made good recommendations and in general, we had good meals.
The overall styling of the place was modern and had some interesting touches here and there. Some of these, I liked and my wife hated -- others were vice-versa.
All in all, a great value for money, great service, great roof top, and everything else is average or better. Recommended!
- 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