We recently returned to El Fenn, our previous stay being more than 4 years ago. It has always been our favorite riad in Marrakech. It still looks stunning with the beautiful and bold use of colour, amazing art by renowned artists and has a relaxed laid back feel and a great buzz about it. This time we had a court yard room which was very spacious and tastefully furnished. We loved the art installation on the wall, like we were sleeping in a galery. We spent most of the time outside our room though, hanging out on the roof terrace during the day and sitting by the fire in one of the courtyard salons in the afternoon (where they provide complementary mint tea and a selection of delicious cakes every afternoon).
We were very impressed with the new manager Willem and his staff. The riad is run like clock work, but it all seems to be done effortlessly, which is a great achievement.
- 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