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“Wonderful, like a Moroccan home from home” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Elizabeth
Ranked #144 of 508 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
London
1 review
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“Wonderful, like a Moroccan home from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2009

At the risk of sounding boring, after all the wonderful reviews we have read of Riad Elizabeth, this place is truly wonderful. The owners are exceptionally kind and helpful...even answering my (many) questions prior to the visit, and sorting out all our trip and restaurant requests.
The Riad is gorgeous, and John and Elizabeth do their very best to make sure you feel looked after. No request was too much trouble. The other guests were all really friendly too, and and spanned all age groups.
I cannot recommend Riad Elizabeth too highly. We will definitely be staying again if we return to Marrakech, and I have already been advising all my friends and colleagues to visit.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2009

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!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KeptMan
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riadelizabeth, owner at Riad Elizabeth, responded to this review, 29 November 2009
We would like to thank you for all the positive remarks made about Riad Elizabeth.
We had already scheduled a linen buying trip, though all the sheets and towels are only 18 months old, we realise that they all need replacing.
The youths that are in all areas of the Medina looking for an opportunity to make money as unofficial guides can be very annoying, we have taken on board these comments and have arranged a meeting with the person responsible for our quatier, along with the chief of police, who will certainly have a strong word with the local children in order to put a stop to this practice.
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blackburn
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2009

If you want peace, luxury, excellent food, charming & engaging staff who smile, sing and chatter as they go about their daily duties, giving the place a feel of 'home from home'. Hosts for whom nothing is impossible or too much trouble to arrange, a perfect location away from the hustle and bustle of the main square, but yet close enough to some of the main attractions, a rooftop terrace with sun loungers and 'honesty bar', a place to make new friends from all over the World.....then look no further because this is a true Oasis in the hot Moroccan desert. This was our fourth visit to Marrakech in the past 3 years, and the second to Riad Elizabeth during 2009. This is the place we come to in order to get away from the daily chores at home. It is a true 'bolt hole' for us....and the short 5 day break feels like 5 weeks.........we returned home refreshed .....albeit to the pouring rain and a temperature of 6 degrees ! John & Elizabeth are truly caring Hosts.....and their friendly staff are an extension to their philosophy of not only making you welcome, but to ensure you that they are there at any time to make your stay a happy & memorable one. A car meets you at the Airport (additional cost) and returns you on time for your flight home. The best tables are booked at several fantastic Restaurants (The Foundouk being our favourite), and Chez Pascal. Lunchtime 'watering holes' are Cafe de la Poste and Elite Restaurants along Mohammed V towards Gueliz.....but a must visit is the Kosybar in the Place des Ferblatiers close to the El Badi Palace.....sit on the rooftop with a bottle of wine and a plate of Sushi.....and watch the Storks fly overhead, and then land again on the Palace walls within a few metres of your table. We truly recommend a visit to Riad Elizabeth...you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank deedeejones
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Billingshurst
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2009

We are just back from staying in Riad Elizabeth which I can recommend. All the rooms were of an equally high standard and suitable for group bookings. John and Elizabeth were extremely helpful booking taxis and restaurants for evening meals and escorting us through the Souks on the first day. The staff were charming and nothing was too much trouble.
I would certainly recommend this Riad with its lovely terrace and self service honesty bar.

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travelling_Ringers
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London
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2009

Stayed for 3 nights, our first stop in Morocco. The riad arranged our reasonably priced taxi from the airport (EUR15), who was duly waiting for our arrival. Seeing the driving in Marrakesh I was very glad we'd not decided to hire a car! John welcomed us to the Riad with a friendly local cuppa and a truly personal tour of the riad - including the relaxing roof terrace. The Riad also arranged dinner for our first night, a lovely introduction to Moroccan cuisine.
Being completely new to Morrocco, having not read a single guide book in preparation, it was wonderful to be able to ask John all our questions within fear of offending! Elizabeth took a couple of the new guests to the souk the following morning, allowing us to orientate ourselves without the need of an expensive guide. We were completely as ease finding our way around after this.
We stayed in the Olivia room - lovely big bed, nice bathroom, better water pressure than we get in London. The only small quibble was the noise of the air conditioning, which at times sounded like a force 10 gale, but we were so exhausted in the heat it didn't even disturb our sleep. I was expecting a riad so near the souks to be noisy throughout the night but not the case at all - everything was incredibly peaceful and we were very glad to be able to nap during the day as the heat was stifling (37c in october, unseasonably warm!).
All in all John, Elizabeth and their smiling staff made this a truly relaxing and easy break when my first impressions of Marrakesh were all quite overwhelming. All email correspondance prior to our stay was very promptly answered and I would have no problem at all recommending this Riad to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IzzyL0nd0n
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Norfolk
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2009

We absolutely loved our stay at Riad Elizabeth. John and Elizabeth are the perfect hosts. From the moment we were met at the airport we were made to feel so welcome. On arrival at the Riad we were given mint tea and home made pastries. John and Elizabeth then walked us through the souks to the main square giving us lots of advice along the way. They gave up maps with their mobile numbers on in case we got lost which was reassuring. During our stay they also organised taxis and recommended and booked restaurants. We also ate at the Riad two evenings which was excellent. The riad itself is absolutely beautiful and John and Elizabeth have obviously given a lot of attention to detail. Their staff are also excellent.
We would definitely recommend Riad Elizabeth, not just for its location and facilities but also for the invaluable advice and service that John, Elizabeth and their staff provide. Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank DeborahNorfolk
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London
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2009

Looking at the other reviews for Riad Elizabeth, there is a chance this one will be slightly repetitious! Everything about our stay was fabulous and easily arranged with John, Elizabeth and their staff at the Riad. From transfers to excursions, from restaurant recommendations to a personally guided tour of the hustling, bustling markets - nothing was too much trouble and it allowed us to make the most out of our 5 days in Marrakech.

The Riad itself was a home away from home. Stunning decor, laid back and relaxed you could sun yourself on the roof terrace or plunge into the (welcomingly) cool pool. We tried our hand at cooking a Moroccan tangine after shopping in the markets, spent at afternoon being scrubbed and massaged at the Bains de Marrakech and drove up into the Atlas mountains with the very friendly and knowledgeable Karim - all recommended and arranged by John. We visited a traditional Berber house for tea and witnessed driving rain and hail stones not 30kms from Marrakech on an almost deserted mountain side. We hiked our way through groves of walnut trees in the mountains to beautiful waterfalls - all ably guided (another recommendation).

Basically, John and Elizabeth's team at Riad Elizabeth gave us the chance to pack more into our holiday than we thought we could whilst allowing us to get some much needed R&R. Whilst there are some larger and more expensive Riads, Riad Elizabeth brings together all those "little extras" which allow a holiday to be truly memorable. The team at the Riad deserve great praise and yet another 5 star review.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BritOzTravel
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Property: 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
#71 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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