We spent a weekend in Marrakech at the Riad El Fenn with a group of friends for my 40th birthday. We could not recommend it enough... such an unusual and different place, but at the same time offering unbelievable levels of comfort, service, warmth and flexibility for guests.
From the outside it looks like a large door in an alleyway as is typical of the architecture in the medina area. Inside it is an oasis of colour, unusual design touches, water features, palm groves, peaceful courtyards and little secret nooks.
It seem to be a very personal expression of the owners desire to create a space that goes beyond being a hotel. Every room is different, with eclectic designs, quirky furniture, lovely comfortable clean beds and lots of piping hot water. In the morning they leave a flask of Morrocan tea and coffee outside your room with delicious local biscuits. The breakfasts on the roof are very special with local, french and western food in plentiful supply. The swimming pools on the roof and in the courtyards are refreshing cold, but the weather is so hot it's the ideal way to cool off. And there are lots of design, architecture and Morrocan history books placed around the place encouraging people to sit and just dwell in each little courtyard, comfy sofa or hammock.
It's a very very special place that so good it should almost be kept a secret!
The staff were very helpful and offered to organise trips to restaurants and the medina. We however used a company called Boutique Souk who were separate from the hotel and who did an amazing job getting us the best tables in the nicest restaurants.