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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 #29 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Overwhelmingly peaceful, tranquil and absolutely beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

My partner and I are frequent visitors to Morocco and in particular Marrakesh, and have stayed in many Moroccan Riads and hotels. Riad Farnatchi is by far the best of all the Riads we have stayed in Marrakesh. Tucked into the craziness of the Medina, once you are inside the door it is overwhelmingly peaceful, tranquil and absolutely beautiful. We stayed one night, after being on the coast at Essaouria (which I would also highly recommend) before travelling back to the UK. I booked the room as a treat for my partner, who has stayed at this Riad before and loved it. It did not disappoint, we had an amazing room, with log fire (which was lit for us) and a private terrace. The service was perfect, and the hamman was really worth doing. We stayed in and ate dinner at Farnatchi as we did not want to go out, the food, wine and service was equal to any of the good restaurants in Marrakesh. We will go back again, thank you James for a great stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Riad Farnatchi, what a stunning hotel. Located at the heart of Marrakech medina minutes from the souks, yet a haven of peace and tranquility, we were warmly welcomed by James the owner.. Superbly decorated and spotlessly clean rooms, log fires if requested, dining experiences to die for, and wonderful smiling staff. These along with James's recommendations for desert trips, gardens and places to visit, and from which stall to eat (no. 22) when eating out in the square, all made for a truly memorable stay. Neither my wife and I, nor the friends we travelled with could fault our stay at The Farnatchi in any way and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone as a base from which to explore Marrakech.

Room Tip: Our balcony room overlooking the inner pool could not be faulted and the en suite batroom absolutely...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Imagine stepping out of your cab (sent by your hosts, of course) because the streets are too narrow to continue into a cacophonous movie set. Your guide and staff trundle the luggage onto a hand cart and lead you on through dun colored walled passageways to a black door which opens to a quiet, cool, tranquil oasis...a tiled moorish courtyard and the sounds of singing birds and running water....and then things get better. The rooms are large, exotic and quite comfortable (top floor in winter is warmer). The staff thinks of everything so that you truly feel you are the most fortunate guest of the most gracious host in some enchanted realm. Located just at the edge of the souk, the riad somehow manages to stay a world apart. The hosts, Jamie, Marad and Muriam are pitch perfect, their recommendations spot on and always helpful. The food is superb and with only 9 rooms it seems you have your own chef for breakfast and, if you wish, dinner when and where you choose. There are so many nice touches, canapés on the balcony, hot water bottles in bed (it was cool this March). If you go out to dinner, they make the reservation and provide a cab to take you there and back. But then they walk you to the cab (parked in wider streets a few minutes away) and are waiting when you return.I could go on and on but how about this....after 30 years of upscale world travel, in the Riad Farnatchi and this management team my wife and I finally experienced perfect hospitality.

Room Tip: Choose a top floor in the cooler months they are warmer. And ask the staff. They are accurate inform...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

This was our first stay in Marrakech. Getting out of the taxi into the manic bustle of a market square for the 300 yard walk down narrow lanes to the Riad was an assault on the senses which melted away as we passed through the anonymous doorway. The inner courtyards and ground floor communal rooms are cool, quiet and beautifully decorated. The service is genuinely friendly and incredibly helpful and the food is amazing. Dinner was best we had in a week in the country and the home made granola at breakfast is itself worth the trip! It's not cheap but you get what you pay for! We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Our visit to the Riad Farnachi was fantastic! The Riad was calm and comfortable – a real sanctuary from the frenetic medina just the other side of the main door . The aesthetic is restored in impressive traditional detail, yet the riad is full of the little modern luxuries you’d expect from a top hotel. The bedrooms were unique in layout and full of creative design, each with its own private outside space allowing you the feeling of complete privacy, along with a stunning roof top view over the medina. We enjoyed a delicious Moroccan lunch in the pretty, open-air courtyard. The briouettes (soft minced meat and vegetables wrapped in filo pastry and fried) were our particular favourite, accompanied by a local rose wine which complemented the food perfectly. We found the staff to be exceptional; friendly and helpful yet discreet. Farnachi’s manager, James, could not have been more helpful, advising on everything from day trips to a Berber village the Atlas mountains, local cultural and historical information, which street food stalls to trust in the main square, and importantly a luxurious Hammam! My mother and I had a wonderful trip and would highly recommend the Riad to anyone looking for a top quality yet authentic stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

A sumptuous Riad, in a super location, nearby to the famous Marrakech souks. I am lucky to have a job that involves a lot of travel each year and this is definitely one of the best places I have ever stayed (I was on holiday this time, not working).

An architecturally stunning property, in which my wife and I had a cavernous bedroom, huge bath and shower - which had a glass roof, so I could see the blue Moroccan sky and green trees above in the morning.

Breakfast was substantial, delicious and served to us on our own private roof terrace.

Also included in the room rate was a car pick up from the airport and the staff were some of the most friendly and genuine I have encountered.

It's not cheap cheap, but I've never felt a place was so fairly priced and if it was in Europe it would be at least double the price and if it was in Capri/Monaco/Nice/St Tropez etc. I dread to think what a night here would cost!


Marrakech is a magical place and this Riad compliments the experience perfectly.

I think what I'm trying to say is that I'd recommend it...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My first visit to Marrakech and with not really knowing what to expect, Riad Farnatchi was this amazing secret hideaway that you would never know was there due to the unassuming, yet beautiful door leading out onto the streets of Marrakech. So close to the Medina and the souks, yet once inside you are in your own little world; stunning interiors, incredibly friendly and helpful staff and such spacious private rooms you could spend all day relaxing in them. I could write for hours on what a fantastic place it is, but honestly it really is so magical and if you haven't been yet then I think this should definitely be someone you must go and visit....I will definitely be going again and again.....

  • Stayed September 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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Additional Information about Riad Farnatchi

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:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#44 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#49 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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