I stayed at Riad Farnatchi in April 2013 for a design inspiration trip focused around Marrakech. My initial reaction was that I didn't need to bother with the rest of the city as there is enough inspiration in the road alone. From the intricately ornate plaster work to the architecture, furniture and art work - it was all beautiful. The service was also to a level i have not received before. Attention to detail was key and the staff could not do enough for us, without invading on our space at all. Breakfast is always wonderful in Morocco - but i would say this riad is a go to destination for its home made yoghurt alone and being a pain, i have a wheat intolerance so i was treated with home made gluten free pancakes for breakfast - a real treat. We also had a Hammam in the spa of the hotel. Do not give this a miss - it was pure indulgence and a real experience. We were there for 2 nights and both nights took options given by the proprietor, James and his lovely manager. The first night we went to le Comptoir where the food was the nicest i have experienced in Morocco - apart from the fresh grilled sardines in Essaouira. However i did find the atmosphere a tad crass, with the belly dancing routine being the nail in the coffin, however all fun and games and the food definitely made up for it. The next night was the real deal though - only a few yards from Franatchis door is Le Fondouk. We sat on the roof terrace and were blown away by the location. I would long go again if we could sit here as its truly spectacular. The food was great - not as nice as le Comptoir, but it didn't matter as we were overcome by the place. Both great recommendations by the team and very different. On our final day we had had enough of the heat of Marrakech and the hotel organised for us to go to The Beldi Country Club, just outside the city. It was an oasis filled with flowers, a massive swimming pool and a gorgeous restaurant. I real must. Thank you so much Riad Farnatchi!!
- 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