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Riad Lotus Privilege
Ranked #593 of 1,177 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Marrakech, Morocco
1 review
“An Oasis in the middle of a vibrant city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2010

I would recommend a long weekend break in this city.

A beautiful hotel, excellent rooms, food and the service is amzaing. All staff were professional, helpful and lovely people during the whole of our stay.

Can't recommend this riad enough!

Just go with the flow of the city and watch yourself crossing the roads!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2010

Returning to the amazing city of Marrakech since our first trip 3 ½ years ago we stayed in the splendid Club Sangho in the Palmeraie, the oasis of 150,000 palm trees north east of the Medina or walled City. This was a bit like Walt Disney does Morocco with the swimming pool pure Bedrock from the Flintstones. Nevertheless it was somewhat splendid. Highlight was a cooking course at the achingly stylish Riad Lotus Privilege, an art deco Riad, with a Dada, a traditional chef preparing a Moroccan Lunch which we later eat in photo shoot surroundings by the pool in the courtyard. Later we had afternoon tea in El Menzeh in the exquisite La Mamounia Hotel whose pool side scene would make the Beverly Hills Hotel look shabby. Al Hamra “The Red City” is still the most amazing of places.

I read about the cookery courses in a travel article and thought it would be a good way to get under the skin of the place and see a Riad. I sent off an email more in hope than expectation and was astonished to receive a call the next morning from the Manager Farida, who spoke perfect English, and 2 minutes later the deal was done. For 500 dirham each (c. 45 euros) we would be picked up by car at our hotel, brought to the Riad, spend two hours with the Chef and a translator preparing a 3 course Moroccan meal. Then we would enjoy a tour of the Riad, drinks by the pool and have the meal we prepared served to us. Afterwards their car would bring us either back to our hotel or anywhere else we cared to visit in the City.

This fantastically glitzy Riad is down an improbably dark lane in the northern part of the medina. As Simon led us down this alley way like many a Marrakech visitor before us we wondered what lay at the end of these seemingly nameless, random, twisting lanes and then we were met by a huge cedar door in a plain wall. As with most Riads, the street front is modest, this makes the courtyard seem all the more astonishing. Entering a narrow corridor hall nothing prepares you for the vision which greets you in the courtyard. Set against a pure white wall, two tall obelisks clad in mirrors stand sentry beside a pool in the centre of a black-and-beige marble floor. To either side are cream sofas, and a row of orange trees screens off the dining and sitting rooms.

Sated by these photo shoot surroundings Simon introduced to our Chef and Teacher the delightful Fatiha. Moroccan food is one of the most sensual in the world. It appeals directly and unashamedly to the senses of smell, sight and taste in a way that few other cuisines can match. The souks are magical places, with smells and sights that make one feel hungry just thinking about them. Around every corner, waft different smells to surprise and delight.

Our meal today was in that tradition, a starter course of three vegetable salads followed by three tagines and then a simple desert of layers of brick pastry interleaved with scented yoghurt and spiced fruit. All this prepared in the scrupulously clean kitchen under the watchful and skilful eye of our “Dada” Fatiha. In front of us were mini-spice tagines and where the recipes refer to spices it is a miniature spoonfuls from these tagines, equivalent to a pinch.

After that we enjoyed a tour of the suites and the hammam of this ravishing before enjoying a pre-prandial libation under the orange trees. Then we enjoyed the meal we had prepared at a beautiful table a deux set up beside the beautiful pool in the courtyard. Oh for more days like this!

There is not a single critiscism I could make and we are determined the next time we stay in Marrakech it will be in this wonderful Riad.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank daithai
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Nailsworth, Glos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2009

This is a beautiful Riad away from the hustle & bustle & is a must if you are visiting Marrakech. The entrance leads into a beauiful courtyard which is just stunning & each room has the most amazing decor. Breakfast was taken in the courtyard under the orange trees (bear in mind this was November) and our evening meal was seven courses, the most amazing we have ever tasted. The hamman experience was both envigorating and hilarious & would recommend to anyone At all times every member of staff were attentive to our needs or requests. We would definitely return if the opportunity arises.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank msand
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2009

My wife and I recently spent a few days in Marrakech and we stayed at the Lotus Privelege. We had a superb stay there. The location was great, the rooms were very comfortable, and the service was excellent. We had dinner there one night and the food was superb. This is a beautiful riad, a 5 star experience all the way. And many thanks to the manager Mr. Farid Malaoui who in addition to his flawless English looked after us 100%! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dean100London
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Umbria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2009

A truly elegant and beautiful town house, with reception and bedrooms outstandingly furnished, surrounding an eye-watering internal courtyard with pool, trees and dining facilities. The service is impeccable and unobtrusive, each person there friendly and under the excellent leadership of Farid, the general manager, for whom nothing is too much trouble. The hammam experience must not be missed, breakfast is worth breaking your diet for and the Moroccan lunch was delicious. Best of all, a special dinner prepared to showcase the skill of the chef, each mouthwatering and eyecatching course more delicious than the one before. Do not miss this heavenly place.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank UmbriaVoyager
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2009

Riad Lotus Privilege is one of the most magical places we have ever stayed. A traditional Riad built around a cool courtyard opens its doors to reveal an oasis of style and elegance woven together with all the exoticism and hospitality of Morocco. There are only 5 suites and rooms - each more luxurious and stylish than the next - so it's a fantastic location to go with a group of friends. The standards of professionalism are high and the staff look out for your every whim.. The manager, Farid, leaves no stone unturned in his quest for you to have the perfect break. Do have dinner here during your stay, the cuisine is excellent and tailored to your personal preferences. The Riad's location on the edge of the Medina makes it a true oasis of peace and calm after the hustle and bustle of the souks - the trouble is to tear yourself away from the Riad at all! What an incredible experience - and one we intend to repeat on a regular basis!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jksassociates
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Cheshire
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights in June. We were the only residents for 3 nights so were upgraded to the ground floor "Red" suite with four poster bed, sitting area, and an amazing mirrored bathroom with walk in shower, bidet, his and hers basins, beautiful soapstone bath, and robes, handmade soap and lotions and potions. Oh and a complimentary fruitbowl and water. It was like having our own private riad, we could have breakfast at any time we liked in the beautiful black & white tiled courtyard under the orange trees next to the stylish pool (we chose this riad because it had a nice large-ish pool which was easily accessible). Breakfast was amazing, a fresh fruit salad with a vanilla yoghurt, pastries and coffee. The service was excellent; 2 small gripes, the aircon was not working or not very efficient and it was HOT in June and we had no hot water one day although this was immediatley fixed. Unlike some riads described, there was not along scary walk down endless alleys, the riad is not far off a "main" road so very easy to navigate back to although down the main road it is a good 10 minute walk to the Square. All in all a very beautiful, relaxing and stylish retreat in Marrakech.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jettyCheshire
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Property: Riad Lotus Privilege
Address: 9, Derb Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch | Dar El Bacha District , Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #593 of 1,177 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Lotus Privilege 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the edge of the patio, a sumptuous steam bath, decorated exclusively with very rare Moroccan marbles, invites you to the delights of the traditional welfare. Featuring an advanced system with a small music amid the fumes, you will taste the subtleties of the local exfoliating scrub. Massages are also offered in room or room in a cozy atmosphere, flavored with subdued lighting and soft music. ... more   less 
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