Where to begin?! This was our first trip to Morocco for my 25th birthday and I guess we were slightly apprehensive about our arrival following some of the reviews on TripAdvisor recently - especially one concerning the quality of the rooms as we had booked one of the cheaper rooms. We couldn’t have been happier as we had room 12, a courtyard room on the top floor with its own large terrace with a dining table for 6 and seating area for 10 (felt like we should have had an entourage!) The room had a beautiful stained glass door and whilst not as epic as many of the other rooms (which looked stunning) it was perfectly fine for the two of us. One note is the bathroom and bedroom are open-plan – the shower is in front of the bed and the toilet is not separate. When we arrived (the Riad arranged an impeccable airport transfer) we were introduced to the staff and given some lovely fresh orange juice and gave us a tour of the raid. Though I’ve included lots of pictures it is difficult to capture the true beauty and tranquility of the numerous terraces and courtyards of this building. The Riad is located perfectly for access both to the new town and the souks of the medina and there is a taxi rank outside the main gate and corner shop and ATM 2 minutes down the road.
We also had a hammam for two (be warned ladies this is a boobs-out experience!) and a massage and pedicure all of which were excellent. In the bedroom too was a DIY hammam kit which was really cute. Overall the staff could not have been more helpful in every way and always went the extra mile. In fact on the last night the Riad had a private function on the roof terrace but they were happy for us to have drinks there too and at the end of the night offered us whatever we would like from the buffet on the house which turned out to be the best food we had our whole trip so I would definitely recommend the chef here! A real highlight was going to bed knowing that in the morning we would wake to find a cute tray of tea, coffee and croissants waiting on our terrace in the morning. Breakfast on the roof is fresh and tasty and varies each day but the yogurt is delicious and I wish I’d had chance to try the Berber pancakes (next time!) It is fair to say there is an exclusive feel to this place (whilst we were there we met Vanessa Branson and a very famous American actress who was staying there with her young family) but this was not in any way pretentious, but comfortable and private. Furthermore we were really surprised by what good value our stay was when we got the final bill considering we had used the spa and had several bottles of wine/beer and cocktails over the few days as our package included the hammam, transfers and breakfast for free. We really felt well looked after and cared for unlike in other large anonymous hotels and had a lot of fun as well as a relaxing time. Even my boyfriend who has never traveled in this part of the world and found the souks initially intimidating said this was his favorite holiday to date for the pure beauty and restfulness of the Riad and friendliness of the staff.
- 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