This was our first visit to Morocco and we loved the location and the ambience of El Fenn. The rooms are amazing...each one different, but equally beautiful, comfortable and meticulously clean. The public spaces (of which there are many) are warm and welcoming. Lots of places to curl up with a book by the fire or relax rooftop and enjoy the view (and maybe a glass of wine or pot of tea), while listening to the call to prayer echoing from mosques all over the city. Each morning coffee and moroccan tea, with a tiny morsel of sweet pastry are left outside your room. What a way to start your day! Then upstairs when you are ready, to the rooftop for a leisurely (and delicious) breakfast before heading out into the hubbub of the medina. The service and the staff are excellent. One day we came back from the medina laden with purchases and before we set two feet inside, one of the staff had asked if she could wrap them for us for the trip home. Our goodies were delivered to our room safely and securely wrapped and ready for their trip. They also arranged and double-checked restaurant and transportation reservations for us, all of which added to the feeling of comfort and well-being that is a hallmark of El Fenn. I would recommend El Fenn to anyone who is looking for a unique and peaceful place from which to venture out into the wonderfully hectic city of Marrakech.
- 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