Located inside the medina but close to city walls and gate make it very comfortable also to arrive by car if necessary. Once you enter through the doors of the hotel you are immediately put at ease, a great sensation after the chaos of the medina. The rooms are great, all very different, there are various beautiful courtyards, each one makes you want to sit and enjoy them. We went during ramadan, we were worried that the service would suffer due to that, but it was not an issue, as a matter of fact it made it better for us. Things start late enough during ramadan so that your day is very long so you can actually enjoy the breakfast, pool etc without being in a hurry to exit. The breakfast is very good, the staff is very nice, sometimes on the slow side but it didn't matter because the place was great and they were very nice and polite. We had dinner one of the nights on the roof top restaurant and it was magical, food was very good. Try the hammam. We liked that there are no tv's in the rooms, we also liked the morning coffee and croissant they leave outside the door of your room every morning, and we also liked the afternoon tea set up.
On the improvable side, but nothing that should make anyone angry (and possibly attributable to the Ramadan period) is the replenishing of the amenities (we had to ask on the second day for additional shower products) and the time it takes to get a drink in the evening at the roof top is a bit long. Everything else was top.
Our stay was great, thank you El Fenn for a great weekend.
- 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