A memorable long weekend in this haven in the midst of the bustle of the Souk. Room 19 lived up to expectations; we loved the private roof terrace, rose scented soaps, bath oils, mud masks and big fluffy robes in the palatial bathroom. The fine linen sheets, open fires and rich Moroccan decor added to the sense of opulence.
The Riad has enchanting courtyards and lovely pools – although the water was a little chilly. We experienced an invigorating hammam followed by a blissfully relaxing massage. The afternoon tea is delightful and the terrace breakfast serves the most delicious spiced porridge, home made yoghurt and fruits.
We had a warm welcome from enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff and nothing was too much trouble which made our stay really special. An oasis indeed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 20 individually styled rooms and suites, a four-bedroom private riad, 3 swimming pools and its own hammam spa, El Fenn is a unique boutique hotel combining grandeur and historic architecture with hideaway nooks, terraces and gardens - making it the most peaceful place from which to enjoy Africa's most exotic city.Our story began with two friends on the hunt for a small riad to buy as a holiday home. It was 2002 when Vanessa Branson and Howell James walked into the almost ruined courtyard of one of Marrakech's formerly great private homes. Nearing dusk and with the sound of the muezzin's call to prayer echoing in the air, they instantly fell in love with the atmospheric house which was being sold with three smaller neighbouring homes. They soon realised that their holiday home was going to become so much more.At the time, only a handful of Marrakech's riads had been converted to small hotels and Vanessa and Howell knew they wanted to open a place offering something different – a home from home retreat that combined great food and service with the spirit of the building's past and a contemporary decorative twist. During a two-year renovation, local craftsman used traditional techniques to breathe new life into the building. Polished lime plastering was used in a rainbow of colours to create walls, baths and bed frames, original tiling was renovated and carved cedar ceilings restored. Retro furniture sourced from local flea markets was combined with one-off bespoke pieces to create a unique interior. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad El Fenn Marrakech
- Riad El Fenn Hotel Marrakech