My wife and I spent 5 nights here. The building itself is an amalgamation of several and I frequently got lost in the courtyards and corridors. It is a fun place with a staff that really seemed to enjoy meeting the needs of its clientele. One example is that my wife had a very nasty and persistant cough and I was worried about it developing into pneumonia just as we were going into the desert; on a Saturday evening on our first day there, they arranged for a doctor to come to the riad and for the picking up of the medicine he subscribed.
Other reviewers have noted the early morning coffee outside our rooms and the roof top restaurant. Mention should also be made of the location - a short walk to the main square and the souks begin a few meters away.
Before our arrival, the hotel staff put us in touch with a charming Berber who drove us, sometimes on the fast side, over the High Atlas to the dunes and back. On short notice, they arranged for Azziz to take us on a tour of the souks and he proved a well-informed guide. We also had an excellent Moroccan massage.
The bottom line is that this us a first class hotel without losing its Moroccan soul.
- 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