It was my first visit to Marocco-Marrakech and heard so many things things about these Riad's that I decided to stay at one instead of at a 'one of a dozen' and standard hotel chain. After some research I decided to stay at El Fenn; it was spot on! As soon you enter the beautiful and very stylish decorated Riad -with stunning contemporary art in every corner of the property- you enter a whole different world; a mysterious world within the walls of the property. All the different buildings, corners, stairs and terraces give you the feeling that you step into a movie, but thankfully this was our home form home for some days. Each room is different decorated which makes the hotel so unique. After some strolling and shopping in the Medina (which is literally around the corner) it's a breath of fresh air to come back to Ell Fenn (where high tea with delicious cakes are waiting for you in the peaceful authentic courtyard) and relax on the roof terrace with stunning views over all the characteristic roof tops of the city. This is also the place where in the cooler months breakfast will be served; it was every morning a great start of what mostly became a lazy day. Especially this spot on top of the Riad is a hidden gem in the hectic and buzz of the city outside.
It was not only the amazing interior that made our stay so fantastic; also the staff is worth it every penny. They are well trained and every person we bumped into (from housekeeping to the security or Hassan the driver to the bar tender) are very well trained and extremely friendly.
We also visited some other Riad's purely out interest for the architecture or have a relaxing lunch or glass of wine, but El Fenn is by far the most beautiful and welcoming one!
El Fenn is absolutely the most stylish hidden gem in the middle of Mysterious Marrakech!
We will be back for sure!
- 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