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Riad Farnatchi
Ranked #84 of 499 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Warm and welcoming!”
Reviewed 17 December 2011

Riad Farnatchi was a lovely experience! It was our first trip to Marrakech and having spent almost a full day of traveling in 3 different planes we were exhausted but excited!
Upon our arrival we were welcomed with hot towels and sweet moroccan tea. Checking in was a breeze! We got a quick tour of the Riad then were set up in our suite. It was quite cold in the suite but the staff were quick to start the fire place. It was nice to have complimentary canapés, a fruit plate as well as complimentary morrocon treats in our room.
We stayed 2 nights and changed suites each night.
Overall the experience was wonderful and we truly felt at home, the staff were warm,accommodating and everything was done to our liking..

John the owner was truly informative for entertainment and any restaurant inquiries we had and all his suggestions were spot on!

We'll definitely be back again..(inshala)

Room Tip: We particularly loved suite#6 its a duplex with its own terrace thats a wonderful spot for breakfast...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

We stayed in the Riad Farnatchi for two nights and were wowed by the lovely Wixes and their staff. The suites are five star all the way, offering a wonderful blend of Moroccan architecture and modern design. It's located five minutes from the souks, making it a great base for shopping. It's not cheap but it's worth every penny!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Four days spent in this wonderful riad was perfection. The accommodation is luxurious and full of character. It is an oasis of peace in the middle of Marrakech. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, with nothing too much trouble. James Wix, who runs it, could not have been more attentive.The food is delicious and imaginative. It is worth staying simply to have the massages.If you don't want to stay in a luxurious large characterless 5 star hotel but still want luxury and service, this is the place to be. Like previous reviewers, I simply cannot understand why this gem is not ranked at number one.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a verandah overlooking one of the internal courtyards
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

My girlfriend and I didn't stay here as were were booked into another hotel but it was recommended to us by some friends. We booked (by email) dinner on the terrace one evening which was simply awesome.

On arrival we were greeted by James, the owner whose good humour and extensive local knowledge were welcomed.

The food we had was excellent. clearly well sourced and cooked to perfection. We had to order in advance so they could properly source what we wanted. The wine was beautiful and reasonably priced (between 150 and 400 MAD) and the meal was also great value.

You can't beat an awesome view at dinner and Riad Farnatchi delivered on that front too. A perfect romantic venue and a must for any guy wanting to score some points with his lady.

The service was also top-notch and we had a tour of a room and the Hammam which has convinced us we'll be staying there when we come back.

Highly recommended to those wanting to sample what a beautiful Riad has to offer.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Imagine arriving off a flight into the stifling heat of the afternoon in a bustling North African city like Marrakech. Collected from the airport very efficiently by hotel representatives and car, you and your bags are escorted protectively into, and through, the apparent chaos of the Medina area. When the car can go no further, you are invited to accompany the hotel staff member on a brief walk down the busy little alleyways, until you come to an inconsequential archway that will become increasingly familiar over the next few days of your stay in Marrakech. Out of the gloom of a guard house steps a welcoming figure dressed in hotel livery, who reaches up to a bell on a huge, but discreet, ancient wooden door tucked into the wall. Within that huge door there is a smaller, more manageable one, that is opened by yet another smiling member of staff. You step through, and you feel the extreme relief of finding yourself in what can only be described as the most wonderful Oasis of Sanity in Marrakech. We were told by a tour guide that "Riad" means "Internal Garden (of Paradise)" and the Riad Farnatchi certainly is that! The hotel exudes luxury, right from the entrance, through the public rooms, to the bedrooms. The spaciousness of the bedrooms is almost excessive. The furnishings and artwork are stunning. The quality of the food was superb. And on top of all of that, the hospitality and the service, from all the staff we encountered, without exception, (and we have never stayed in a hotel before where we could honestly say that!), was extremely friendly, courteous and above all, efficient! Truly an "(Internal) Garden of Paradise". Would we go back? THAT is a rhetorical question!

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent value for money. Stretch the wallet to the best you can afford and you...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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bournemouth
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

Just returned from a superb 4 day trip to Marrakech. We cannot praise the Riad Farnatchi enough. From the moment we were picked up from the airport, we were cossetted by the staff - the service was welcoming, efficient and yet completely unobtrusive. Dinner, one night, on the roof terrace was amazing. Our suite was superb and the pillows to die for! The Riad is a haven of peace and tranquillity in the bustling souks. We enjoyed the hamam and a massage and if you have a chance to arrange a drive to the Atlas mountains the trip is well worthwhile.

Room Tip: We were in suite 3, the lounge area of which opened onto a terrace overlooking the pool in the centr...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

Being the first guests of the season was a treat in itself, we had the whole place to ourselves for the first night! This beautiful Riad lies in the heart of the Medina and has 9 amazing suites. The service is impeccable and incredibly personal with every detail well thought out and very individual. It is easily the most personal service I have ever received when travelling, it was brilliant.

Outside the luxuries of the Riad, anything we could think of or wanted to see/do could be organised, and on the days we wanted to explore by ourselves James and his staff were a wealth of information on the different areas.

I'm not usually one to dine where I stay, but the beautifully cooked authentic dishes beckoned to be tried and we found ourselves eating in more often than not! The wines were also good, the ones we tried were very tasty and were well matched to our meals. Oh and the dining room walls are a must-see.

Our most memorable moment in the Riad was a private dinner organised for our honeymoon by the staff on our final night. We dined in the elegant open air courtyard, lit by candles hanging from the tree... it brought a tear to my eye, so pretty and thoughtful.

We also enjoyed a hammam spa, which was a refreshing experience and one I would also recommend. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend staying here and hope to return in the future.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riad Farnatchi
Address: 2 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis | Qua'at Ben Ahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre 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
#64 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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