I travelled with a group of friends for a long weekend (3 nights). The service is exceptionally good, we were very well received and shown around the hotel. It has lovely, though small, pools and very pleasant courtyards. The highlight is the rooftop. It has very beautiful views and it is a great place to enjoy sunset drinks. At first I was a little bit concerned that the rooms do not have locks but that turned out to be totally fine. The safe in the room is quite big and it has a key, rather than being electronic. The rooms we stayed at (I also got to see my friends' rooms) were very large with very large bathrooms. In this respect, I can highly recommend the more simple rooms as I didnt see much of a difference between the different ratings. The decoration is very smart as it is very basic but charming, nothing like a good colour of painting to create atmosphere. In this sense, I thought the hotel was a little bit overpriced as the rooms, though nice, are very far from luxurious. In any case, we hardly stayed in our rooms, and fully enjoyed the hotel's common areas (which is easy when/if you are with a big group). Internet worked fairly well. I thought the breakfast was outstanding. It is served until noon, which is a definite bonus. We always had it in the rooftop. There is fresh baguette and croissants, eggs, omelettes and pancakes, fresh orange juice, etc. Really good! It is a lovely place to stay if you are not planning to spend much time in the room, or else you may feel you are paying a bit too much for quite a basic, albeit large, room.
- 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