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“Calm, discreet, exotic.” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Farnatchi
Ranked #85 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Calm, discreet, exotic.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We truly loved Riad Farnatchi. It was authentically exotic, beautiful and discreet. From the moment Mafoud, (sp), collected us at the train station, we had a very good vibe of where we would be staying for the next four nights. The Riad itself is of country. You know you are in Morocco. It is what my husband and I look for when we are exploring a city. The property has an excellent location in the medina. The service was superb. Oh, and James the proprietor is like meeting an old friend... Very warm, extremely helpful, and behind the boyish grin, one knows he is sharp as a tack. We are in a different country nearly every month. Travel is about exploration and being of ones surroundings, albeit temporary. To experience Marrakech for us, meant being in the walled city, and Riad Farnatchi. C and T Bohn

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This was our first trip to Marrakech and our relative who works as a guide for a large travel company recommended us to stay in this Riad. Having never stayed elsewhere in the city we cannot compare it to other places. However, it is hard to imagine that any other Riad would offer a better or more enchanting experience. The suite was spacious and extremely comfortable; the food excellent and the charm, efficiency and attentiveness of all the staff faultless. Being accustomed to exactly the opposite conditions in our own country enhanced the excellence of what was provided. We both had a massage from allegedly the best masseur in the city that was unforgetable. The Riad is well situated for a good restaurant (Le Foundouk) a few minutes away on foot as well as photographic museum and, of course, the Ben Youssef Medersa.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

A wonderful Riad, an oasis of calm.
Very professional staff who looked after our every need.

On our first night we found the running water in the pool a little noisy in the quiet of the wee small hours otherwise I could not rate this place more highly.

Room Tip: We have only knowledge of suite 4 which is magnificent.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We spent a thouroughly enjoyable 2 nights here in Nov 2012. Saida, Morad and team were extremely helpful and made sure that everything we needed (taxis, directions, hammam etc) was taken care of. Breakfast on the roof terrace is fabulous!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed three nights in this delightful, peaceful Riad in November 2012. We were made to feel very welcome by James and his staff and well cared for during our stay, particularly by Saida, who was full of helpful advice and happy to help by making restaurant bookings, organising taxis, guides, hammam etc. We felt we were genuinely valued visitors.

The Riad has been ingeniously designed and remodeled from several different dwellings to create a unique place to stay; a series of enticing courtyards, welcoming sitting areas,unexpected cubby holes and corners, all beautifully decorated and furnished. Best of all were the roof terraces which offered a series of sunny spaces among flower beds bursting with catci, agaves and flowering shrubs, from which to admire the view over the city rooftops towards the mountains.

Riad Farnatchi is a wonderful place to stay and an antidote to the hurly-burly of the streets of Marrakech.

Room Tip: Suite 4 is spacious, overlooks two courtyards and has its own back door with a flight of steps up to...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

Fortunately our booking for Riad Fen was cancelled. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with James Wix. He was very welcoming and his staff could not have been more helpful. The meals were so tasty and not heavy. On our first visit we were in a ground floor room which I wasn't thrilled with but on our return they accommodated us upstairs. The Riad is charming in every way. On our last night it was chilly so a fire was lit in the dining room and please notice the lovely carving on the walls of that cosy room. We would definitely go back- home from home.

  • Stayed November 2012
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights October 2012, as part of a week that also included the kasbah du Toubkal. The Riad is beautifully appointed, the welcome warm and inclusive and oh so helpful for first time travellers to Marrakech as we were, the service perfect and unobstrusive and nothing a problem. We will be back. A jewel of tranquillity in an ocean of colour and exuberance.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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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
#46 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#50 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#54 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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