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Riad Farnatchi
Ranked #87 of 495 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Fantastic stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

I have just returned from Morocco and from 2 nights at Riad Farnatchi with a couple of friends. I don't normally write reviews but our time at the Riad was exceptional so I thought I would get online and write one!
We had been trekking in the Atlas Mountains for 3 days beforehand with a fantastic guide recommended by Riad Farnatchi but after a few days in a mountain refuge we were looking forward to some TLC when we got to Marrakech.
Riad Farnatchi did not disappoint. From the second we arrived the staff couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The room was amazing, with a beautiful living area and a wonderfully comfy bed. Canapés were served both evenings and a toasty fire was lit in one of the salons where decided to have pre dinner drinks.
The staff were only too happy to give advice on places to eat and shopping/bartering tips for the medina- all of which is a short walk away.
Both mornings we were served a beautiful breakfast. We had it once in the fire-warmed salon and then on the second day, wrapped up and enjoyed it on the roof top terrace. The terrace is fantastic and a wonderful place to absorb the ambience of Marrakech.
We also had a Hammam followed by a massage at the hotel. The Hammam was a great experience but the massage was incredible-just what we needed to ease the trekking aches and pains! Apparently Riad Farnatchi is to open a new spa in the future which I'm sure will be equally luxurious.
For a luxurious tranquil retreat in the heart of Marrakech Riad Farnatchi would certainly not disappoint. My only regret is that we couldn't stay any longer!

Room Tip: We had room number 6 which had a lovely roof terrace and was lovely and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your whole Moroccan experience and that the guide that we set you up with in the Atlas mountains was a success. We certainly try to make sure that there is nothing that we cant organise for our guest, if Marrakech allows it we can normally find it!

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write this review, I hope that it will inspire lots more people to take up the challenge of climbing Mt Toubkal in winter conditions!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

I have just returned from Marrakech after a 4 day magical trip to celebrate my birthday. 15 of us stayed at the Riad Farnatchi . I am not sure words can express just how amazing this beautiful exquisite Riad is. James and his wonderful team made our stay unforgettable . The rooms all 9 were sumptuous and decorated in traditional style with beautiful sitting rooms and open fires. The bathrooms were just stunning and the best bed I have ever slept in. The service is impeccable with attention to detail being the order of the day. The food was sublime and James ensured the my Birthday was truly special . If you go to Marrakech you must make this your place to stay . Superb thank you James, Murad, Saida and the team.

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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
We all so enjoyed having you and all your friends here to celebrate your birthday with us. The house is made for private parties with all its little hideaways and we love having all types of parties at Riad Farnatchi. I hope very much that you will all come back and see us again soon. Thank you again for choosing us and for taking the time to write us such a lovely review!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

We had five days here - the room was lovely, our comfort and happiness was the priority of all the staff members. No request was to much for them and met with a smile. I can't speak highly enough for them. Our room was a joy to be in. The winter fire made it cosy and hard to leave. Great location - you can get to everywhere quickly without facing huge crowds the moment you step out of your sanctum.

Room Tip: Suite 5 is terrific
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
We are all delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at Riad Farnatchi and hope that we will be able to welcome you back to Marrakech soon. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write your review, every one really counts and we are all very grateful.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

My boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Marrakech and throughout our holiday we stayed in 3 different Riads, two of which were considered 'luxurious'. This was definitely the case for the Riad Farnatchi where we spent our final evening.

The service was impressive, really 5* quality and made the experience that much better. We were taken aback with how much guidance was offered for our trip, information on places to visit, tricks for getting cheaper taxi fares, and so on. We stayed in room 6 which is one of two suites with a private terrace...perfect for sunbathing and outdoor lunches or evening drinks. The room was enormous, over two floors with main reception and fire place on the first floor, rainfall shower + separate bathtub and beautifully decorated bedroom on the 2nd floor. For those of you Molton Brown lovers, bathroom comes fully equipped! Upon arrival the owner left a booklet for us to read through, everything you need to know about the Riad, lunch, dinner and breafast menu which pretty much offers any type of egg imaginable and a personal (and quite humorous) guide into the best restaurants to visit in Marrakech. Would recommend eating elsewhere than the Riad as there are some amazing restaurants with better food and value, but we are aware that the owner is expanding and will be opening a new restaurant alongside the Riad and I'm sure that will be something worth experiencing.

If you fancy a movie after a great night out, they also offer a portable disk drive with great selection of US and other foreign films (just ask reception).

The luxurious and personal experience ended with the owner (James) personally driving us to the airport!

FYI, if you are in a dilemna or torn about which luxurious Riads to choose from, then look no further than the Riad Farnatchi!

Thanks again for a memorable stay!

  • Stayed January 2014
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review of Raid Farnatchi! We are all hugely grateful for your kind words and delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. I was particularly happy to note your thoughts on our service which is something that we are constantly striving to improve. With 20 staff to 9 Suites we hope to make sure that everyone gets a very personal service. Many thanks again.
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

I cannot express in words the outstanding excellence of the Riad Farnatchi Everything including staff is/are to the highest of standards and it is faultless from the moment of entering "the Hole in the Wall" to exiting is PERFECTION to mind body and soul.

Carolyn Seel.
November 2013

  • Stayed November 2013
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you so much for your very kind words it makes such a difference to all the team to know how much their efforts are appreciated! We very much hope that you will be back to visit again soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

My daughter surprised me with this most Amazing Riad and we felt so at home. Nothing was too much. And done with such love and friendliness. We were in suite 6. Huge bed. Log fire. Blazing when we requested. Late late breakfast. When we wanted. No is not a word ever used. Such luxury in the whole place. Last but not least total luxury of a gorgeous sunken bath. James you have reached perfection. Your staff are the best. A must to do after a long day - A Hamman.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
I can't thank you enough for taking the time to not only write this review but correct it when there was a problem with the system, we are all hugely grateful as every great review makes such a difference! I really hope that you will visit Marrakech and Riad Farnatchi again soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

What a wonderful experience. We celebrated our ruby wedding with our grown up children and we were blown away by the amazing suites and the professionalism and friendliness of all the staff. What a happy place to stay and so well situated in the Medina. Can't imagine how anyone would wish to stay in a hotel when you get such comfort and attention in this Riad.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
What a super review, thank you very much! I am so glad that you had such a great time in Marrakech and at Riad Farnatchi. I really hope that we will be able to welcome you all back to Marrakech again soon. Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review!
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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
#45 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#50 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#62 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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