The Riad El Fenn is really amazing. The people that work at the Riad are lovely and helpful. The rooms are huge (at least the ones we stayed in). We stayed in 18, 19 & 20. 19 has its own roof terrance with plunge pool. If available, it is worth the price. They are all decorated differently and have large bathrooms. The RIAD is a haven within a bustling city. We lounged on the roof terrace every day and when we needed a break from the sun, we went for a walk in the souks.
What I really loved about this hotel was the location. If you walked out the back door you could walk down a side street right into the middle of the souks without going through the main square which is very crowded. We personally loved the souks. It was fun seeing all the different shops. The salesman are a bit aggressive but in a very friendly way. It is a sport for them to barter on the price. And if you make it a sport as well, it can be fun. Some people found it annoying. My husband and I loved it. Everyday we went in a different direction and found something new.
When we booked this trip, we planned on staying in the Medina for 3 nights and then going to the Palmerie (desert 20 mins outside of old city). When we arrived at the next hotel, we were disappointed. We missed having the ability to walk into the old city and we really missed the Riad El Fenn. There wasn't any atmosphere at the new hotel (which was more expensive) and we felt like we were the only ones at the hotel. We called the Riad El Fenn and they had a room for us so we went right back.
The roof terrace is just perfect. You can sit in the sun during the day, have an amazing lunch (we had the hotel set lunch every day and loved it - but they have many other options as well) and have drinks and dinner at night. Or if you go out to dinner, it was nice to come back to the hotel and have a drink before bed.
Again, the staff is really great. The decor is exceptional. The food delicious.
As a side note, we went to have a drink at the Royal Mansour hotel which is right down the street. Crazy expensive but we wanted to see if it would be worth it for our next trip. The hotel just opened last year. beautiful hotel but no atmosphere and my husband said it was the most expensive drink I have ever had - 35 euros.
We also ate in the square one night. This was fun. It is crowded and you will be approached to sit in every food stand but try to ignore this and just enjoy the experience.
One last note. I packed many colorful summer outfits. I realized that when walking through the Medina, the best is to wear understated outfits. Otherwise you just stand out. I also wore short shorts one day and felt a bit strange since most people had their legs covered. So no need to bring heels or cute outfits to walk around.
- 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