Riad Lotus Privilege Hotel

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

22 Fhal Zefriti, Quartier Ksour, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 63% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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3 Day Desert tours

by Lizette102


Can anyone recommend a good company to do the desert tour with from Marrakech.

Also a reputable guide for Marrakech???


Re: 3 Day Desert tours

by karan17

Hi there,

I can recommend a English company based in Marrakesh dealing with Tours and excursions with English/Moroccan guides, and very good service 2nd to none.
For more information please email at naa511@hotmail.co.uk

Re: 3 Day Desert tours

by pfsmalo

Sorry, but why would you need a guide for Marrakech ?


Re: 3 Day Desert tours

by angiebabe

for 3 day tours to the desert you could rent a car and drive yourself or i would recommend www.africaoverlandtours.com, www.bareminimumtravel.com, or www.cameltrekking.com, or www.riadzagora.com. or even the tours that Hotel Ali in Marrakech vouch for.

If you want a guide for marrakech you are better off with an official guide - not a faux guide - though as you walk around the souks you will be generally approached by a local or locals who work or live around the medina - and like we did utilise their services to show you around the souks and tanneries. very useful but as they are not legally allowed to take you around in view of the Tourist Police they will usually discretely take you around the areas where they are less noticeable.

So otherwise you are best to aim for an official guide and your hotel can make the appropriate contact for you - or you can contact the tourist office. You will be told a price and that means that - though you still need to be aware that they will happily take you to go shopping with the idea that you will be caught up in the excitement of it and they will not only get a commission but not have to do toomuch for their fee either. So you might want to stress that and when they do start taking you into carpet shops be strong on your guns that you want to get going and see sights.

(i think buying a carpet is an excellent souvenir - just not in marrakech unless you have to - i know better places around the country towns.)

but the tips from VTers on their travelpages for Marrakech plus a good guidebook such as the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide are designed to enable you to see Marrakech well independently! plus theres a hop on hop off bus unfortunately in business in marrakech too these days.

Re: 3 Day Desert tours

by pfsmalo

Smells like SPAM....

Re: 3 Day Desert tours

by ivalinki

Hi there.We booked it with this company http://forum.virtualtourist.com/discussion-384338-1-1-Travel-0-0-Marrakesh-discussion.html?s=2&p=1&l=2111278.We were 7 of us and the guys maked it very special.If you need more information i would be glad to assist if i could.Good luck

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Mint Tea???

by TomorrowsAngel

Mint tea is the drink of choice in Morocco. It is made by boiling water with green tea leaves and fresh mint. Once the pot is boiled, it is poured ceremoniously from a great height into the tea glasses. You then add the appropriate number of sugar cubes.
The sugar tends to enhance and sharpen the yummy minty taste. So if you're not into sugar, just add 1/4 of a cube like me!!

no taximeter

by ugt

Unlike Fes or Casablanca, do not waste your time trying to find a taxi that would open the meter. It does not exist. Instead, determine an amount that you are willing to pay, and bargain for that. Just like in other forms of shopping, ask them what they want and offer half.

Sophisticated cafe in Gueliz

by SWFC_Fan about Grand Cafe de la Poste

I ate at Grand Cafe de la Poste at lunchtime on my last day in Marrakech during a visit to the city in February 2007.

This upmarket cafe is located in the modern Gueliz region of the city, just off Ave Mohamed V, opposite McDonalds and just a short walk north of Place du 16 Novembre.

Due to its prices, which are significantly higher than the typical local cafe, this place seems to attract mainly tourists and the better off locals (many of whom were in business suits). Despite its generally high brow appearance and clientele, it does not have a dress code, so the waitresses were happy to show me to a table in my shorts and t-shirt.

An online menu can be found here. Befitting of its upmarket status, dishes on the menu include:


Monkfish carpaccio: 85 Dhs
Shrimp "Provencale" tart: 90 Dhs
Salmon tartare: 115 Dhs
Oualidia oysters: 190 Dhs for 12


French croque monsieur, turkey or ham: 80 Dhs
Potato tortilla with artichokes and basil: 95 Dhs


Spinach fusili pasta: 95 Dhs
Roast red mullets, saffron rice and peppers: 115 Dhs
Wok sauteed chicken and vegetables: 120 Dhs
Skewers of beef and ratatouille: 115 Dhs


Pear Charlotte: 80 Dhs
Classic Tiramisu: 80 Dhs
Apple tart: 65 Dhs

The impressive drinks menu includes a long list of fruit juices (mango, kiwi, orange, melon, grapefruit, apple...), a large selection of local and imported red and white wines and very expensive beers. The cheapest beer was Kronenbourg at 55 Dhs a bottle, with Casablanca and Heineken at 60 Dhs a bottle and Corona and Bud at 70 Dhs a bottle. There is also a long cocktail list (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a selection of vodkas, whiskys and other spirits.

There are a few tables out front on the pavement, shaded by umbrellas, a few dozen tables on a shaded raised terrace and more tables inside. I sat on the outdoor terrace. The staff are friendly and there are plenty of them to service your every need. I opted for:

3 fried eggs and bacon with sauteed potatoes - Cost: 65 Dhs

On a menu with lots of fancyily named dishes and expensive prices, good old bacon and eggs looked the best value option for a Sunday brunch to me! As its name suggests, the dish consisted of 3 fried eggs in a bowl, topped with 4 or 5 rashers of bacon and a bowl of about 30 small sauteed potatoes covered in herbs. Accompanied by a bowl of fresh sliced bread.

Jus D'Orange - Cost: 30 Dhs

Ice cold fresh orange juice served in a vase, enough for 3 decent sized glasses.

Comfortable surroundings, an upmarket ambience, good food and an excellent drinks menu. Very expensive by local economic standards!

Koutoubia Minaret

by johnsakura

The Koutoubia was made with Almohad construction style, with a slightly decoration of simple Andalucian elements. The minaret rises 77 metres above the ground.
While it has a strict appearance in red stone today, it some people say that originally was covered with plaster.

The Jewel of South Morocco

by scanos

"Getting There"

I flew from Barcelona to Casablanca. At Casa airport I was ripped off for a sandwich - I should have asked the price in advance - 5 pounds. I took the train to Oasis - circa 25 mins - and changed for Marrakesh. I shared a carriage in 1st class with 5 friendly Morrocans. The journey took 3 hours. I then picked up a petite taxi from the station to get to Djemma el Fna. The trip which was like a car chase from a film- I got off at the main square where taxi driver ripped me off 30 dm - 3 euros which should have been 7 dm , because the driver had not used his meter, but everything is relative. Not having booked a hotel in advance, I went to the south side of the square - The Minaret end - and found a hotel directly on the square and haggled for a lower price. This time it worked. As is well publicised, the square and souks are just out of the Arabian nights. The whole city is like Naples on speed with petites taxis and mopeds speeding in all directions - there is no clear delination between machine and man- so do look out. That said, the experience is magical and whilst initially intimidating, be firm and polite when badgered and you will enjoy your stay.

"Eating Out"

On the main square,Djemma el Fna I feasted on soup, dates and tea with locals for 9 dm - -50 pence uk -Tourists tend to eat from the kebab stalls which were more expensive. On advice, I stayed away from meat products and thus avoided any tummy aches. On my second and last night I joined the locals in the square for
1- spiced potato and egg bap with tea 7 dm - I was the only non local
2 - lentils and tea 7 dm
3- Ginseng tea and spicy gateau 4 dm
You should really try these before eating at the more western touristy kebab stalls.

"The Souks"

Inevitably, you will at some stage in your sojourn find yourself lost in the Souks , so it is a good idea to explore them in early morning.Unfortunately, you will get hassled if you show any serious intent to purchase so look around first. Secondly, do venture further into the souks from Djemma el Fna where you will see everything but local craftsmen and hamans.


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Address: 22 Fhal Zefriti, Quartier Ksour, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco