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Riad Farnatchi
Ranked #92 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
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179 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“We liked it but we could have loved it if ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

To be clear:
1. Great, very great building. Congratulations to the investors in creating this piece of art.
2. Perfect location in the middle of the Medina
3. Great experience in using a Hamam for the first time
4. Great, clean great-sized rooms with all possible services you need
5. Tailor-made, personal (mostly) service
So, yes, we would go back

The "if" is about food:
1. Breakfast is good to very good but eating 4 morning in a row the same thing (even if it was good) gets a bit "boring"
2. We had diner once. It was good, not great

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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7 Thank Lialis
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
I cannot pretend that this review is anything other than astonishing. Having spoken with you several times a day myself and talked you through all the options for your trip, from restaurants to sightseeing, via carpet sellers and the finer details of malfunctioning taxi meters, I was frankly shocked to read that there was anything that was less than perfect during your stay. It is, of course, fair to say that we don't offer bacon or ham for breakfast, as we consider it disrespectful to our Muslim staff to ask them to prepare pig meat. In its place, however, we offer a unique menu of 18 different egg dishes, from traditional Berber to classical French. Our breakfast menu is significantly more comprehensive than the vast majority of the world's great five star hotels. And as with everything else in Farnatchi, if you don't see it and you want it, all you have to do is ask. That is why we have 21 staff for 9 suites.

With regard to your comments about our food, I am a little less concerned now that I have done my research than I was when I first read them. One of the restaurants where we went to great lengths to find you a table that was not next to smokers was the ever popular Al Fassia. By popular consent amongst well heeled Moroccans, Al Fassia is the best a la carte restaurant serving traditional local food, even though it is certainly not the most expensive. The only place that our guests regularly rate (on TripAdvisor) as being better is Riad Farnatchi. Your somewhat parsimonious comments about Farnatchi's dinner became less upsetting when compared to the distinctly mediocre review you have just posted about the poor souls of Al Fassia.

I think that you know that our whole team would have moved heaven and earth to make your stay absolutely perfect if you had given us the slightest indication at the time that there was anything at all that you might have wanted to change. As it was, every indication was that your stay had been perfect - as you had every right to expect. I am therefore extremely disappointed that you have chosen to rate us below the average score of your fellow guests. Perhaps, on reflection, you too may feel that you have been a bit harsh.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This Riad is amazing and the attention to detail throughout is impeccable. We stayed for a long weekend in suite three and after walking around the souks there was nothing better than coming back to the tranquility of Farnatchi and enjoying some homemade pastries and mint tea. In our room we were provided with jelebas and slippers which we relaxed in whilst enjoying our homemade treats.

We booked a dinner with a group of friends on the rooftop which was the highlight of our stay in Marrakech. The service was attentive but not obtrusive, and the traditional cuisine was some of the best we enjoyed in Morocco.

I would highly recommend this Riad to anyone wishing to experience the heart of Marrakech whilst having a peaceful and relaxing experience once you exit the busty streets of the Souk. Excellent and will be back!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Anna H
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

From the moment I walked into the Riad Farnatchi with our group of friends and family, I was enchanted. We were so excited about our beautiful suites that we spent the first hour checking out each other's rooms, which were decorated in their own unique way. What struck me was the care with which each item, piece of furniture, color, mirrors , lighting were chosen. I seemed to have spent hours during my four day stay marveling at every detail which provided a feast for the eyes and senses.
Each evening we had delicately made hors d'oeuvres with wonderful wines to start our evening's activities. For the first night our group had an amazing barbecue on the roof of the Riad, which was an incredible feast. Breakfasts were perfect with freshly made yogurt, breads, fruits and eggs any way we wished...All served with a smile in timely fashion. What a way to start the each day!
During our stay, the staff was totally gracious and attentive....I can recommend Riad Farnatchi without reservation.
Treat yourself to a memorable stay in the Medina of Marrakesh.

Room Tip: Any room at the Riad Farnatchi is fabulous!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I enjoyed a great 2 nights staying at Riad Farnatchi, the staff couldn't have been more helpful and attended not only to requests in the Riad but also helped us get the most out of Marrakech. The Riad is stunning and rooms extremely comfortable. I would highly recommend a stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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2 Thank G1scot
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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

riad farnatchi provided the perfect balance - of privacy and service, of modern and traditional style. we only saw the staff when we needed them and they delivered all services promptly with a kind smile. although I believe there were several other guests during our staying there, we only ever saw one other couple, making it feel like truly a private retreat.

our suite with balcony (a perfect spot for breakfast) was beautiful, understated style, very quiet, and extremely comfortable with a luxurious bathroom and shower, and wonderful fireplace. the common areas - courtyard banquettes and rooftop were perfect retreats for afternoon tea and canapes.

dinner recommendations were great, especially the recommendation to dine in their incredible jewel-box of a dining room. we had a private meal there with some interesting and very delicious dishes.

we loved the location - we easily learned our way around the neighborhood with a few useful landmarks nearby, and so we were able to access everywhere within the medina easily by foot.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank giaraf
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I enjoyed two nights at Riad Farnatchi after three days trekking in the Atlas Mountains. It is the perfect solution for some peaceful relaxation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the souks. All of the staff were so helpful, allowing us to get the best out of our stay. They booked us a restaurant, gave us hints and tips about the city and showed us how to get around. We took advantage of the excellent on site facilities including a massage and the hamam. There is a roof terrace for enjoying breakfast overlooking the city or if the weather isn't so good there are various lounges to eat and relax in. The traditional decor is very impressive as well. Thanks for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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2 Thank simon r
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I stayed at Riad Farnatchi in February for five days. From the moment I arrived from the airport, their hospitality and attention to detail were exceptional. I stayed in Suite 8, and it was enormous. It has a beautiful living area, log fireplace (which was lit for me each night), balcony, comfortable bed and pillows, separate shower and toilet, sunken tub, Molton Brown toiletries, bottled water, fruits, snacks and a turn down service (with rubber hot bag to keep the bed warm...toasty and cosy). The canapés were delicious and served early evening every day. Breakfast and dinner were simply exquisite - perfectly cooked, very tasty, fresh and imaginative, and they served whenever you are ready and wherever your heart desires (in your suite, dining area or rooftop terrace). They also arranged private tour guides for me and gave recommendations regarding shopping in the souks. I had the Hammam/Gommage and an hour massage at the Riad which I highly recommend. The location is a short walk to many of the sights, and such a lovely oasis of calm and luxury. James, Murad, Mariam, Saida and the entire team did a fabulous job in making my trip so memorable and wonderful. No request was too much for them and always smiling. Riad Farnatchi is definitely the place to stay when in Marrakech.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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3 Thank yorkiebax
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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
#50 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#52 Spa 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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