22 to 27 Feb 2013
Set in gorgeous gardens, the Kenzi Farah is in a really good position for the main attractions of Marrakech. The atmosphere is of true Moroccan warmth and liveliness. The first night in the dining room, with its live local musicians, reminded me of a big Italian family restaurant. The hotel is built on a massive scale (700 plus guests) but clever architecture divides it into intimate corners and enclosures, for example around the big pool there are sheltered pergolas where you can have meals or mint tea and admire the unusual trees and shrubs in the gardens.
And the food! Even we four vegetarians found plenty of delicious, healthy and beautifully presented dishes at every mealtime, especially the ‘salades cuites’ so renowned in Moroccan cuisine. The desserts are out of this world high class French patisserie like Gateau St Honoré, Mille feuilles, Rasperry crème brulée…
The Kenzi Farah wears its five stars lightly, not in a forbidding way but in a warm, inclusive way. In the lobby, a man sits in traditional ‘djelaba’ dress waiting to serve you a complimentary glass of mint tea. A shoeshine ‘throne’ stands nearby. .
The rooms are spacious and comfortable but not remarkable – a lack of drawer space was my only criticism. However the plasma TV had many more English speaking stations than any Moroccan hotel we’ve stayed in, and the strong water pressure made for power showers and quick-filling hot baths.
The Kenzi exudes the best of Moroccan hospitality, not just in its comprehensive facilities, but in the many warm and thoughtful gestures of its staff, who anticipated our individual needs and tastes to a remarkable degree. On the day we left, they allowed us to stay on in our room till 4pm at no extra cost to allow a disabled member of our party to rest before our journey home.
As I write, I’m missing those desserts…
SJL Room 3002
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A classic venue, typical of the Imperial City, a haven of peace set like a gem in a 3 hectors’ private splendid park of luxuriant greenery and dappling hues and vivid colors, the mythical, iconic KENZI FARAH HOTEL is located in the very heart of the prime, trendy, cosmopolitan district “L’Hivernage”.Completely renovated in 2011 and thanks to its privileged location, the KENZI FARAH HOTEL symbolizes and strikes the perfect balance between business and leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kenzi Farah Hotel Marrakech
- Kenzi Farah Marrakech