I stayed at Riad Farnatchi with my adult daughter for five nights in early December and I must say that this is as close to perfection as a hotel can get. From the moment you arrive until you regretfully bid farewell, this Riad delivers in every way. We arrived in the late evening by train from Fez. We were picked by a driver arranged for us and arrived at the hotel to find a warm welcome and a lovely light dinner waiting for us. The Riad is as beautiful as all the descriptions and more. Our room (#7) had a lovely seating area and fireplace, a large private terrace with table and loungers, and all the modern conveniences (two flat screen TVs) as well. We had a chance to peek at many of the other rooms during our stay and every one was different but all equally lovely. Every detail is thought out in advance to make your stay perfect. For instance, they realized after the first night that we liked to have a fire after returning from dinner. Every night after that, there was a fire burning in our fireplace when we returned at the end of the evening. ( If you want to go out of the medina at night, ask them to get the taxi driver Samir to take you)The owner of the hotel has left a useful guide to local restaurants giving his honest and helpful opinions. The breakfasts are fabulous and can be delivered to your room or eaten on your terrace.
The Riad is very well located within the medina in convenient walking distance to museums, shopping and the square. Lynn Perez, the incredible manager of this wonderful oasis, will be glad to get you a guide (the price was very moderate, around $50) for a full day walking tour. I highly recommend this if you have not been to Marrakech before. She also arranged a terrific guide to take us into the mountains for an off road adventure which included visits to a number of tiny Berber villages. This was a magical day.
As wonderful as the Riad is, it is the staff who really make the difference and who distinguish this Riad from many other high end hotels. The manager, Lynn Perez, an energetic Canadian who has lived in Marrakech for 10 years, has one goal and that is to do everything is her power to make your stay perfect and her staff follows her lead down to the the very last person. What was really lovely is that they were always available but never overbearing and their was a real sincerity in their desire to make sure you had whatever you wanted or needed but they never pushed you in any way. I called Lynn before going to Marrakech to discuss some of what we were looking for in the trip and to get her advice. This is well worth it. She had great suggestions and also helped us plan had to make the best use of our time based on what we like to do. This is one fun lady who really loves her job and it shows. On our last night in Marrakech, my daughter got very ill at 4 in the morning (don't eat the snails from the street stands). The staff Called Lynn at home and she immediately swung into action. Within the hour, we had medication, hot tea, and she was already on the phone working to rearrange our travel home.
Restaurants we especially liked included Al Fassia (order the antipasto type appetizer and the chicken tangine with carmelized pumpkin and Kozybar (sushi and seafood). Go the the Hotel Maloumia for a drink (prepare for sticker shock) just to see the place. Take a walk in the beautiful garden.
Marrakech is an exciting vibrant place with something for everyone. Staying at Riad Farnatchi will take your trip to a different level. It's a slice of paradise.
- 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