We stayed here for one night before going on to Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas mountains; of the two, Riad El Fenn is the one we definitely plan to come back to.
The Riad has many charms, the principal of which is its tranquility so close to the heart of a bustling city; it really is a haven of peacefulness. We liked the almost anonymous entrance, which lead through into connected courtyards; each one was a delightful surprise. The perfect restorative after a two hour wander round the souk was a hamam at the Riad, followed by a delicious light lunch - and then we were ready to venture into the Souk again. Breakfast on the roof terrace was a delight, as was an evening drink and dip in the plunge pool.
If you are looking for a safely predictable, anodyne, could-be-anywhere-in-the-world hotel, then this is not for you. We loved its character, the warmth and great kindness of all the staff, and its proximity to all the rich vibrancy of the city. We definitely plan to come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Special Offer From 11/05/ 2016 to 31/08/2016 DIRECT BOOKING OFFER We assure that you'll always get the best rate available when you book directly with us. Whether you book online or by email, our team are on hand to answer all your questions from pre-booking to check-in and even after you're gone. With 20 individually styled rooms and suites, a four-bedroom private riad, 3 swimming pools and its own hammam spa, El Fenn is a unique boutique hotel combining grandeur and historic architecture with hideaway nooks, terraces and gardens - making it the most peaceful place from which to enjoy Africa's most exotic city.Our story began with two friends on the hunt for a small riad to buy as a holiday home. It was 2002 when Vanessa Branson and Howell James walked into the almost ruined courtyard of one of Marrakech's formerly great private homes. Nearing dusk and with the sound of the muezzin's call to prayer echoing in the air, they instantly fell in love with the atmospheric house which was being sold with three smaller neighbouring homes. They soon realised that their holiday home was going to become so much more.At the time, only a handful of Marrakech's riads had been converted to small hotels and Vanessa and Howell knew they wanted to open a place offering something different - a home from home retreat that combined great food and service with the spirit of the building's past and a contemporary decorative twist. During a two-year renovation, local craftsman used traditional techniques to breathe new life into the building. Polished lime plastering was used in a rainbow of colours to create walls, baths and bed frames, original tiling was renovated and carved cedar ceilings restored. Retro furniture sourced from local flea markets was combined with one-off bespoke pieces to create a unique interior. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad El Fenn Marrakech
- Riad El Fenn Hotel Marrakech