it is difficult to convey how stunningly beautiful El Fenn. Furthermore it's like being the cherished guest in someone's beautiful Marrakesh home. We arrived in darkness and were led through courtyards twinkling with candles. Stunning room. Fantastically comfortable spaces on the roof terrace the next morning to sit and read. This is our fourth visit to Marrakesh (two friends) and is by far the best located and beautiful place e have stayed in. One particularly delightful aspect of this riad is you don't need to lock your room so it did feel like staying in somebody's house the house of somebody who really wants you to be having a lovely time.
We stayed for three days. It was at the end of our holiday when we returned to Marrakesh after a week away in Essaouira that we most appreciated how kind and effortlessly charming the staff are. Willem (manager) and Karima looked after us- even though we were no longer staying there but were leaving our bags and having lunch on the way back to the airport. I was a troublesome guest and forgot something-which was sent to the airport for me with no sense of this being a nuisance. Wonderful. Memories of El Fenn will keep us going until next January.
- 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