My wife and I decided to take a trip without kids after a busy Christmas. We chose Riad Farnatchi for the great reviews it had received on this site and elsewhere, and are glad we did. Cliche it may be, but the Farnatchi really is an oasis of calm away from the madness of the souks: indeed I am not sure that the madness would have been bearable without the counter-balance of the Farnatchi. The staff were extraordinary: from James, the proprietor, and Myriam, Saida and many others we received an absolutely exceptional service, both friendly and professional. The food in the Farnatchi was so good (they have a great Berber cook) that we decided to "eat in" on most of our evenings there. Breakfasts on the roof or in one of the salons were a joy. The entertainment put together by James and his team on new year's eve, a group of Moroccan musicians, was great fun. Our principal outing, to the High Atlas mountains (with lunch in a Berber village) was also organised for us by the Farnatchi, and was a high-light of our stay.
We stayed in Suite 9, the largest of the suites in the Farnatch, which was absolutely beautiful: only two slight gripes, the first we should have spotted so is our (or rather my!) fault, the second was resolved. Gripe 1: the suite was on the ground floor of the Riad, and my wife had thought we had booked a suite with a roof terrace. It was consequently a little darker than some of the accomodation nearer to sky level (and of course didn't have a terrace, although it did have its own private courtyard, with fountain). Gripe 2; when we arrived, and for our first evening, the suite was very cold (which in late December/early January is normal once the sun has gone down). On our mentioning the issue, it was immediately rectified.
We are much seasoned travellers and stay in many 5 star hotels every year on both business and pleasure: the Farnatchi certainly ranks amongst the best of them. We would unhesitatingly recommend it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Farnatchi Marrakech
- Riad Farnatchi Hotel Marrakech