Going to Marrakech for a weekend (Fri-Sun) I thought would not be long enough to see the city properly and enjoy all is has to offer. Luckily my boyfriend and I were staying in Riad el Fenn. Being picked up in a brand new Land Rover we were driven to the hotel. Walking down a very non-descript alley a small door was opened and we stepped into the oasis of calm that is Riad el Fenn! The set lunches are delicious, and being only a 5 minute walk from the Souk was so convenient (the hotel arranged a great tour guide a very reasonable cost). The hotel is gorgeous inside, it feels like someone's very stylish art-filled house, with so many different places to sit and chat, the main courtyard fountain is filled with fresh flowers every day. One of my favourite aspects was the mint tea and home made cakes and french patisserie delights that are put out in the courtyard every day ... bliss! Our was gorgeous, sapphire blue with a bathtub in the room. Dainty Moroccan glassware holds Moroccan bath goodies for you to use while you are soaking. The staff were charming and very amenable to all our requests. Every morning they put a flask of tea and coffee with a small selection of baklava to keep you going until the delicious breakfast (I highly recommend the porridge with cinnamon and flaked almonds) And I can also thoroughly recommend the 2 person Hammam. We had such a magical weekend, I cannot wait to go back. Without staying here I have no idea how we could have enjoyed Marrakech has to offer over 3 days. I cannot wait to spend 7 days here next time! Worth every penny :)
- 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