We stayed for sadly only 1 night at this amazing hotel. It consists of 4 courtyards, all joined to make an amazing riad. Although it has 21 rooms, you can find so many little quiet and beautifully decorated corners. It takes at least a day to soak in all the sights of just this riad, let alone the busy chaotic world outside the doors. The art, and collection of books in every room and the library, the rooftop terrace and dining, the family of turtles in the courtyard - all invite you to just relax and soak up the ambience. Not to mention the spa - I have never felt so clean in my life as after the hammam experience there.
But even better than all that, the service was fantastic. Genuinely friendly and cheerful staff. I was particularly impressed that when one of the people in the office found out that we were leaving after only 1 night, and that our flights out of Marrakech weren't until late the following day, she quickly arranged for us to relax in another room for the day, as our suite was being rented the following night. All without us even hinting that we would like to do that.
I would HIGHLY recommend this place for a fantastic experience. It ranks up in the two 2 hotel experiences of my life!
- 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