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“Riad Farnatchi” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Farnatchi
Ranked #90 of 511 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
1 review
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“Riad Farnatchi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

Absolutely beautiful, wonderful staff and an oasis of calm within the madness of Marrakesh.
This was our first visit to Morocco and could not have wished for a better place to stay. The Riad was close to the Souks and square. THe staff were very helpful with information regarding trips either within the Medina walls - which can be a little daunting to the uninitiated and also also further afield. Breakfast was great and very fresh. The pool was very welcome at the end of a hard days exploring.

The staff were wonderful, all of them. Everything was done for you, usually before you realised you needed something and in an unobtrusive way. Book a massage, I can guarantee you will love it.

The rooms were among the best I have stayed in. The beds, the lounge area, the products....everything! Will happily return

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

The Riad Farnatchi is quite simply superb. The rooms and courtyards are beautifully designed and the entire place has an atmosphere of elegant sophistication. After a busy, hot day exploring the souks it is heavenly to arrive back at the riad which is quiet, cool and peaceful and oh some comfortable. The staff are sensational. You are made to feel completely at home. One day there was a knock on the door of our room and it was a member of staff holding a pile of my clothes which i had left on the floor of the bathroom and the staff had washed and ironed them while i was out for the day. And of course there was no charge for this excellent service.

Make sure you eat dinner at the riad as many times as possible. The berber chef is a genius and the service makes you feel like royalty. We ate at one of marrakech's best restaurants but can honestly say the food there was not in the same league as what is being served at the riad farnatchi.

The staff also arranged for a large box of things we purchased in the souks to be shipped back to us in Australia. This was a great help and again was done with no fuss and a lot of care.

Do yourself a favour and stay a few nights at the Riad Farnatchi.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Garth W
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and I had planned 4 months ahead our first getaway to Marrakech, I read in details all reviews and tips from tripadvisor.
I divided my vacations in half of the time at The Medina and the other half at the tranquility of La Palmerai.
I picked Riad Farnatchi because reviews and pictures were fantastic, but, after experiencing the paradise of this riad I just think the comments were underestimating.
First don't get fool when dropped by the driver in the middle of the medina's labyrinth because once you transpass Farnatchi's wood doors you will find yourself in a calm, 'zen', stunning, moroccan riad, decorated with taste and introducing you with the indulgence of the culture.
Immeditely the staff members will greet you and will make you feel comfortable and "at home", they gave us suite #7 as I requested: spacious, outstanding room with a private terrace and an amazing shower, and the nice touch of welcoming gifts.
They guided us to pick restaurants, excursions, discovering walks and visits.
They booked everything for us : from taxi rides to restaurant reservations to hot balloon excursion!
The first night we decided to dine at the Riad and we loved the food, maybe one of our best meals and surprisingly very good moroccan wine.
We also decided to try out their hammam and was incredible!
You are always sipping on mint tea and snacking on moroccan treats.
The touch of free laundry: I love it!!!
We left after 2 nights to La Palmerai to "escape" from the busy Medina but next trip to Marrakech: nobody will move me from Riad Farnatchi"s cozy couches, their relaxing terraces and beautiful pool.

Room Tip: Check web site and email the staff requesting your top 3, they will please you
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PAO D D
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Falstone
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

More than just a break, staying at Riad Farnatchi was a sublime experience. From the moment of our arrival, when we were greeted with warmth and genuine hospitality, to our departure.

This was a special celebration combining both my 50th and our Wedding anniversary. A Birthday card was a lovely touch as was the general approach of all staff who were ever present but not obtrusive; providing the most excellent standard of service I have experienced.

This from a hotelier, who prides herself on meticulously high standards. Much to learn! Well done Riad Farnatchi, we'll be back for more.

Room Tip: Our stay was in room 3, a large and luxurious suite with a lovely balcony overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NickeyFalstone
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

We had 4 fantastic days in this magnificent oasis. Wonderfully friendly staff in one of the most stylish Riads in Marrakesh. Nothing was too much trouble and we always had helpful advice on where to eat and what to see. (Advice that we found you could really trust, Johnathan and his team have impeccable taste.) We had restaurants booked for us and they organised the most brilliant official guide to show us just what we wanted to see, on and off the tourist trail. Situated in the heart of the Medina it's brilliantly located and you get the total Marrakech experience. Just go.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

We spent 4 wonderful nights in Farnatchi and will return to Marrakech on our next trip to Morrocco just to repeat the experience. The staff were wonderful; very friendly, knowledgeable about local sights and bookings and forward planning within Morocco. Nothing was too much trouble for James and his team.The rooms were very comfortable. Our small group had booked 2 rooms and both were of a high standard. The food was delicious , and we enjoyed a choice of restaurant or al fresco beside the pool. Drinks and canapes were served in our room at 6pm and the 'hamman and massage' is a definite repeat event. It was amazing to find such peace and tranquility within the walls of the souk, and so close to the market areas. Thank you Riad Farnatchi for a most enjoyable experience!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Heather S
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

I have wanted to go to magical Marrakech for years after admiring the beauty and history in magazines and books and finally got there this summer. It sounds overly dramatic but when I entered Riad Farnatchi from the tiny alley (which looks like nothing special) my breath was taken away and I had tears in my eyes because it was more than I had even imagined the beauty of Marrakech would hold. The decoration is authentic but also modern. The owner has purchased incredible antique Moroccan pieces.There is nothing artificial or kitschy about the decor as I have seen in images of other Riads. My husband who is loves the comfort of a Four Seasons hotel loved the Riad which is testimony to the comfort as well as style of the place. There is a Four Seasons in Marrakech but it looks like it could be anywhere in the world based on its design and decor. You should definitely stay in a Riad inside the Medina and Riad Farnatchi is the best of the bunch. The rooms and bathrooms are to die for. The photos don't do them justice.

The owner James provided valuable guidance on what to do in Marrakech and where to find the best shopping and restaurants. Saida, was so attentive to us and our needs (even getting a special meal to our specifications when we fell ill.) All of our dinner reservations and transportation were easily and quickly arranged for us. It left us to soak up the sun on the beautiful roof terrace, dip in the gorgeous plunge pool, relax on our balcony, and explore the Souks and Marrakech as a whole.

We also had the hammam treatment and massages which were truly excellent. You must at minimum do the hammam experience to get the authentic Moroccan experience. Riad Farnatchi's is beautiful.

We initially arranged to stay 3 days and then go to the coast and then on our return to Marrakech to try another Riad. After I did more research I couldn't find a place that topped Riad Farnatchi so we went back for 3 more nights. We were welcomed back warmly. I will definitely return to Marrakech as I fell in love with the city and when I do I will return to Riad Farnatchi.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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
#47 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#50 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#59 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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