We decided to stay in the Medina for our visit to Marrakech but with so many hotels and riads to choose from it was almost a case of sticking a pin in. We weren't sure what to expect but, my goodness, did we pick well! Riad el Fenn is just lovely. We won't repeat what all the other good reviews have said about it, other than to confirm that after all the hustle and bustle of the main square and the souks (which we loved), it's wonderful to return to the cooling and calming atmosphere of el Fenn.
We arrived late morning feeling pretty ropey after a middle of the night start but soon felt restored after a cool drink and good lunch on the roof terrace, accompanied by soothing and beautiful music, interrupted only by the intoxicating call to prayer from the main square.
The staff are discreet and friendly, and always helpful. They're all wonderful, but special thanks go to Mohammed, who couldn't have been kinder when (very late one night) I discovered I'd lost my cigarette lighter.
Yes, the tortoises and birds are delightful, as are the lovely touches of early morning tea and coffee, and the delicious afternoon complementary tea and cakes/biscuits.
Riad el Fenn is in a brilliant location - minutes' walk from the main square - and we're looking forward to a return visit. By the way, we really don't understand an earlier comment about there being no locks on the doors. We couldn't have felt more secure.