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“Impeccable service & beautiful design” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Farnatchi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis | Qua'at Ben Ahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #31 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Impeccable service & beautiful design”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

Having stayed at a couple of other riads in the medina I was immediately impressed by the slick service. The staff all spoke excellent English, were speedy with any requests you may have, and very charming. Definitely make sure you have at least one dinner in the Riad as the women Berber chefs can cook up some serious home-cooked feasts. Try the Tangia - a local specialty slow-cooked in the nearby farnatchi (communal oven) for five hours and arrives as a kind of Moroccan hot pot.

Design is shabby chic but without the shabby. Everything from the furniture to the furnishings has been artfully placed and on closer inspection its obvious that the detailing has been lovingly created with high quality materials rather than jumbled together at some cheap workshop.

At night the place comes into its own with the smell of fires from the rooms and lanterns giving a gentle glow to the courtyard. The sound of the water trickling over the infinity edged pool is incredibly calming and worth sitting in one of the side covered areas soaking up the pure calm of the place knowing that you’re just footsteps away from the hubbub that is the medina – it is in one of the oldest parts and so excellently placed for all the action of the souk.

You may think you can find a cheaper riad but if you want somewhere that is impeccably run with beautifully finished interiors then you’ll be hard pushed to find anything that even remotely matches this little hideaway. The perfect long weekend and I will be making plans to book myself on the next eayJet flight out there!

Room Tip: My suite had a private terrace which got the morning sun (suite 6).
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

A truly magical place in the heart of Marrakesh. I will keep it simple and will just say that absolutely EVERYTHING was perfect. Location, Food, Massage (the best!), Style, Atmosphere and most importantly the Staff and Hotel Manager of Riad Farnatchi will make your stay unforgetable and magical. 10 out 10.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

On a long weekend visit at the end of January, we found Riad Farnatchi to be a magical, peaceful and comfortable hideaway in chaotically fascinating Marrakech. Its location is excellent, very close to the architecturally magnificent Medersa Ben Youssef and an entrance to the Souks.

The service was attentive while remaining both discreet and friendly - it would have shamed many a 5-star hotel. Staff appeared like genies from lamps – your every wish their command. From serving mint tea on the roof terrace with the Atlas Mountains as the backdrop, to lighting a roaring log fire in your suite, nothing seemed to be too much trouble.

Our stay was all too brief but James Wix and his team provided an experience that we wouldn’t have missed. Riad Farnatchi will definitely be our first choice when we return to Marrakech.

Room Tip: Photos of all the suites are on the Riad's website. Ours, number 3, was very luxurious and had...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

This is the most wonderful riad in Marrekech, From the location, decor, luxury, food, rooms......in fact, I cannot think of a single thing I would change. The service is perfect. Everything is possible. The staff is warm - never in your face, but always there. That is a testament to the manager who clearly loves the riad and what he does to make people feel right at home in all the magic and madness that is Marrakech.

In addition to the riad itself, on this trip I celebrated a milestone birthday and the staff arranged all outside activities for my friends and family. I had the good fortune to see each of the beautiful 9 rooms in the riad because we rented the entire riad for the weekend, Each room is unique. Each one is special. And all are fabulous!

The experienceI culminated with a fully catered party (complete with musicians, dancers, etc.) in one of the riad's spectacular courtyards - and I just cannot wipe the smile off of my face! The warm memories will be with me forever.

This is the place. Go.

Room Tip: All rooms are great, and I saw them all! Descriptions and photos on their website are accurate.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

Oasis in the glorious chaos of Marrakech. Wonderfully decorated and appointed riad with many cozy nooks and peaceful corners. The staff is fantastic and attentive without being intrusive. Every whim was brilliantly executed. One of the most wonderful stays of our lives. Go! be transported back in time and pampered like no place else. Best hotel manager, and massage hands down.

Room Tip: believe you can check the different rooms on line beforehand to choose you perfect fit. Room 4 has t...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

This beautifully restored Riad is in the heart of real Morocco, once you step through the front door, you feel instanstly "at home" and are greeted with a warm welcome and mint tea!. The Riad's have been lovingly restored to it's original style, with lots of quirky and stylish features for you to discover around every corner. I loved my 1 night here and wish that I could've stayed longer, although with my short stay, I must say we had an amazing time and very comfortable night and I am sure to return and heartily reccommend a stay here for a special time in Marrakech.

Room Tip: Every Suite is different, depending on your duration and occasion, discus choices with your travel s...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

You cannot do better in the Medina, in our opinion, than to retreat into the opulence and fine, simple service at RF. From the brilliantly designed private rooms and fun, glamorous public areas, to the soothing hammam and courtyards, one's eyes are everywhere delighted with Jonathan Wix's creation. A fire built in your suite? Done immediately. Tea wherever you happen to be sitting? Brought with a kind smile. Special requests handled without the slightest fuss or awkwardness, only grace and desire to be of assistance. My skepticism about such highly rated and raved over places banished almost instantly upon arrival. I defy anyone reasonable to be anything other than charmed and nourished by RF!

Ralph S

Room Tip: Suite 8 is beautiful and roomy.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis | Qua'at Ben Ahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room 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
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#46 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#53 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Farnatchi 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Farnatchi has been written up as "The City's Most Luxurious Riad" - Food and Travel Magazine 2013, "The Ultimate Hideaway" - Harpers Bazaar January 2012 and "Best Luxury Riad" - Conde Nast Traveller 2011. Riad Farnatchi been created out of five small Riads in the heart of the oldest part of Marrakech, some of our walls go back over 400 years. Riad Farnatchi with just nine suites has the feel of a beautiful, highly individual, private house, but the facilities and service of a world class 5 star "boutique" hotel. ... more   less 
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