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“Opulence and Simplicity” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Farnatchi
Ranked #90 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Opulence and Simplicity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

You cannot do better in the Medina, in our opinion, than to retreat into the opulence and fine, simple service at RF. From the brilliantly designed private rooms and fun, glamorous public areas, to the soothing hammam and courtyards, one's eyes are everywhere delighted with Jonathan Wix's creation. A fire built in your suite? Done immediately. Tea wherever you happen to be sitting? Brought with a kind smile. Special requests handled without the slightest fuss or awkwardness, only grace and desire to be of assistance. My skepticism about such highly rated and raved over places banished almost instantly upon arrival. I defy anyone reasonable to be anything other than charmed and nourished by RF!

Ralph S

Room Tip: Suite 8 is beautiful and roomy.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I recently stayed with Riad Farnatchi and had the most enjoyable stay. This is a brilliant luxury riads in a perfect location. I was made to feel extremely welcome and I would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Andy W
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

The noise and hustle and confusion of the streets, the high no-windowed walls of Marrakech were a bit of a shock, only highlighted by the warm welcome we received as the large carved door opened, and we were introduced to a calm and amazingly authentic world apart.
The tranquility of the pool, the carved dining room, the suite we were in on the ground floor was so comfortable, a bath room to stay in all day, it's own sitting room a nd private courtyard, slippers and a robe to take away, little cookies and things to devour...amazing.
The best bits were the staff who made you feel so at home, lighting wood fires, offering drinks, cool towels, and the roof garden wsa fantastic with it's views to the snow capped Atlas mountains, a great place for a cocktail...we sipped there for ever.
The longer we stayed, the better it became..I wish home was like this!
A real oasis of calm, fantastic service, and all traditional, and such warm smiles

Room Tip: every suite seemed to be very different..web site shows them, so have a look there
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank christopher t
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

Riad Farnatchi

We had 3 wonderful days in this excellent Riad. We were welcomed by James, son of the British owner, who personally showed us around and then to our suite, one of only 9 in the Riad. Ours, Suite 5, was on the first floor, overlooking the quiet second courtyard. In fact, we had three sides of that courtyard, one taken up by our balcony on the way into the main room (taking up another side of the courtyard) and the bathroom taking out a third side.
The room itself elicited a response of ‘Wow’. It is huge, with wonderful high ceilings and a sitting area (3 sofa/chairs) in the main room. There was a TV but we didn’t use that (or the films apparently available for free on demand). The bathroom includes a separate shower with a domed ceiling in the centre of which is the shower head - excellent design. There was a selection of Molton Brown products in there too (but sensibly these are refillable bottles, rather than ones that guests might take home). What you can take home is the slippers and robes provided for everyone - and we also managed to get different sizes of slippers from a quick call to the reception.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is served within 5 minutes of a phone call saying where you’d like it, and we were told we could have it any time of the day we wanted. Certainly there was no problem with our 11am dining.
We had dinner at the Riad on our first night, which was excellent, and accompanied by a wine list (with a down-to-earth guide in the room to explain what was worth trying). Whilst you need to order food earlier in the day, and officially the first people to chose effectively determine what will be available to everyone else, flexibility was shown to us, and even though someone else had ordered, we were still given the full range of the menu to chose from. The Moroccan salads and lamb tagine that we had were very good - better we thought that at the well-known Al Fassia in the Nouvelle Ville, though the Riad’s were not perhaps as enormous as their portions.
Taxis were arranged for us, with an excellent driver (we had Samir) who drops you off at the door - this is quite impressive when you see how narrow some of the streets are, and you wonder how you get round some of the bends without the car getting scratched. When a parked car prevented us getting to the Riad door on the last night, the taxi driver escorted us on foot to ensure we got back without incident.
The Riad is well-placed near the Ben Yousef Madersa, which is a helpful landmark to find your way back through the chaos of Marrakech. We were left with the dilemma of whether we should stay in the Riad and enjoy its facilities, or get out and see the city. A bit of both was ultimately what was necessary!
The Riad has one courtyard with a swimming pool (but we were there in November when it was a little cool for that), another courtyard with lemon and other trees growing in it, with alcoves and rooms off these in which you could have a meal or just sit and read, enjoying the free tea and coffee on demand. Other little freebie nice touches included pastries, fruit and bottled water replenished in your room each day.
If quibbling, I would question what is meant by ‘free use of the hammam’. Unsurprisingly, you do have to pay for this (430 Dirhams per person), and it is also something that you need to request in advance so that the room can be warmed up properly. The price of the dinner was something that we could not see stated anywhere in the room literature, though no doubt you could ask and be informed.
Overall, an excellent place to stay - if we go back to Marrakech, we won’t want to try anywhere else.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Charles E
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

Riad Farnatchi was a lovely experience! It was our first trip to Marrakech and having spent almost a full day of traveling in 3 different planes we were exhausted but excited!
Upon our arrival we were welcomed with hot towels and sweet moroccan tea. Checking in was a breeze! We got a quick tour of the Riad then were set up in our suite. It was quite cold in the suite but the staff were quick to start the fire place. It was nice to have complimentary canapés, a fruit plate as well as complimentary morrocon treats in our room.
We stayed 2 nights and changed suites each night.
Overall the experience was wonderful and we truly felt at home, the staff were warm,accommodating and everything was done to our liking..

John the owner was truly informative for entertainment and any restaurant inquiries we had and all his suggestions were spot on!

We'll definitely be back again..(inshala)

Room Tip: We particularly loved suite#6 its a duplex with its own terrace thats a wonderful spot for breakfast...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Taloli
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singapore
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

We stayed in the Riad Farnatchi for two nights and were wowed by the lovely Wixes and their staff. The suites are five star all the way, offering a wonderful blend of Moroccan architecture and modern design. It's located five minutes from the souks, making it a great base for shopping. It's not cheap but it's worth every penny!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

Four days spent in this wonderful riad was perfection. The accommodation is luxurious and full of character. It is an oasis of peace in the middle of Marrakech. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, with nothing too much trouble. James Wix, who runs it, could not have been more attentive.The food is delicious and imaginative. It is worth staying simply to have the massages.If you don't want to stay in a luxurious large characterless 5 star hotel but still want luxury and service, this is the place to be. Like previous reviewers, I simply cannot understand why this gem is not ranked at number one.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a verandah overlooking one of the internal courtyards
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Riad Farnatchi

Property: Riad Farnatchi
Address: 2 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis | Qua'at Ben Ahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#41 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#50 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#51 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#58 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Farnatchi 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Farnatchi has been described as "The City's Most Luxurious Riad" by Food and Travel Magazine, "The Ultimate Hideaway" by Harpers Bazaar and "Best Luxury Riad" by Conde Nast Traveller. It was created out of six small Riads in the heart of the oldest part of Marrakech, with 400 year old walls and 21st C comforts. With just 10 suites Farnatchi has the feel of a beautiful, highly individual, private house. The 2016 addition of a new Spa with private Hammams and en suite Massage rooms has taken Farnatchi to the level of a world class 5 star "boutique" hotel. ... more   less 
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