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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hezzian | Bab el Ksour, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #48 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

This was our first trip to Marrakech and we weren't really sure what to expect. Picked this place based on the recommendation in Conde Nast as well as the reviews here on tripadvisor. The riad is off a narrow alley practically in the heart of the Medina, but once you're inside it feels so calm, quiet, and luxurious. Lots of... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012 via mobile

We stayed a week at Riad El Fenn on our second trip to Marrakech. We took a cheaper standard room and then upgraded to a deluxe room with rooftop patio and heated pool. The Riad is arty and beautiful. Lots of spaces to find privacy. Great hamman and spa - very good therapists.

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Los Angeles, California
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21 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

One of a kind property with exceptional service. The Riad is full of contemporary art, paired with an eclectic decor that is just right. It is chic without being snooty, and extremely welcoming without being too much. This Riad is very service oriented (you are welcomed with fresh oj, and there's a lovely tea each day at 3:30), and the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

This is my first time in Marrakech and I usually don't like going to the same place twice, but the hotel made it for me. It was an experience on it's own, that it looks like I will be coming back for a second or even third times. Home away from home. The rooms were beautifully coloured leaving you with... More

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Oxford, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

This was our first trip to Marrakesh! The Riad was recommended by a friend after spending trawling through websites looking for the right one. We were collected by the Riad's driver as soon as we arrived, whisked into the city and greeted by Allessandra and her staff. Welcoming green tea and pastries and a candelight Riad awaited us. The room... More

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sf, ca
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

With so many choices for places to stay in Marrakech, I ultimately chose to stay here because numerous friends had referred Riad El Fenn to me. It is in a good location. There are many interesting rooms to linger and relax in. I enjoyed the roof top terrace, and my room was spacious; but, I often felt there was much... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

Beautiful with lovely patios, a dreamy roof terrace and beautiful rooms. Lovely idea, terrible execution. Infuriating mix of good and bad fixtures, style over practical comfort (huge room, minute hanging closet, nowhere to unpack and leave bags). Trying too hard to be British hip, complete with tongue in cheek, without attention to detail. The manager warned us the shower might... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

My friend and I stayed at El Fenn for four days and had the best time. the staff were amazing and there were so many cosy places to just sit and relax. you can be served a meal anywhere in the riad and at any time. the breakfast up on the top terrace was a great start to the day... More

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Rabat, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

We came here for a weekend and had the most amazing time. The riad was pretty quiet - we barely saw another guest all weekend. We were given a beautiful suite including a magnificant bathroom with a bath made for 2! My husband was somewhat peturbed that there was no TV but there was an iPod docking station in the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

This Riad is absolutely beautiful and I would defy anyone to find a problem here. It was absolutely breathtakingly stunning. When we arrived we were brought through this big door into a courtyard with orange trees and two wee tortoises. I only knew we were actually outside because I could hear the birds singing - we were brought a drink... More

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Also Known As:
Riad El Fenn Hotel
Riad El Fenn Marrakech
Riad El Fenn Hotel Marrakech
Riad El Fenn
Address: Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hezzian | Bab el Ksour, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#23 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#63 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#73 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — El Fenn 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With 20 individually styled rooms and suites, a four-bedroom private riad, 3 swimming pools and its own hammam spa, El Fenn is a unique boutique hotel combining grandeur and historic architecture with hideaway nooks, terraces and gardens - making it the most peaceful place from which to enjoy Africa's most exotic city.Our story began with two friends on the hunt for a small riad to buy as a holiday home. It was 2002 when Vanessa Branson and Howell James walked into the almost ruined courtyard of one of Marrakech's formerly great private homes. Nearing dusk and with the sound of the muezzin's call to prayer echoing in the air, they instantly fell in love with the atmospheric house which was being sold with three smaller neighbouring homes. They soon realised that their holiday home was going to become so much more.At the time, only a handful of Marrakech's riads had been converted to small hotels and Vanessa and Howell knew they wanted to open a place offering something different – a home from home retreat that combined great food and service with the spirit of the building's past and a contemporary decorative twist. During a two-year renovation, local craftsman used traditional techniques to breathe new life into the building. Polished lime plastering was used in a rainbow of colours to create walls, baths and bed frames, original tiling was renovated and carved cedar ceilings restored. Retro furniture sourced from local flea markets was combined with one-off bespoke pieces to create a unique interior. ... more   less 
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