When you arrive at El Fenn it is like being let into a secret. It is situated a short stroll from the souks, you knock on a large, ornate wooden door, over which hangs a large colourful glass lantern. Inside the maze of rooms and corridors make it impossible not to want to explore. We arrived at night which makes this exploration even more wonderful. Clever interior design, subtle lighting, quirky artwork and the thrill of discovering unexpected plunge pools invigorate your senses.
It is incredible how you can immediately leave the hustle and bustle of the Marrakesh markets behind, and unwind with a glass of rose and various nibbles on the roof top terrace. I cannot recommend El Fenn enough; the accommodation, the staff and the location are all excellent.
- 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