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“A fantasy of calm, cool, quietness & absolute tranquility”
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Riad Farnatchi
Ranked #90 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 June 2009

Riad Farnatchi is an absolute hidden gem situated in the heart of the bustling & very busy Medina of Marrakesh.

From the moment you step through the heavy, beautifully carved wooden door, you leave all traces of reality behind and lose yourself in a fantasy world where only absolute calm, quietness & tranquility exist.

The courtyards, where the trickle of water fountains are ever present, are in a word: breathtaking! By trapping the cooler air inside, these courtyards create a welcoming, cool oasis in a world where almost unbearable heat seems to be the norm.

The rooms are very well appointed & spacious with lots of modern amenities. It even come complete with an iPod dock! Although each one is individually decorated, they have managed to weave the Moroccan theme very cleverly throughout. I just absolutely loved the pair of soft cream Babouche slippers & Djelaba gown I got to take home as souvinirs!

Then there is your very own private rooftop terrace, complete with rose bushes, palm & olive trees, where you can sunbath, enjoy meals or just take in the views of Marrakesh.

We enjoyed most meals at the Riad & the food was fabulous while the staff were very attentive, yet discreet. The firm hand of ever present & very experienced and capable management can be seen throughout the Riad.

In a nutshell, our stay was awesome & an experience well worth returning to...

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

I really don't know where to begin. My experience was so wonderful at Riad Farnatchi that I dream of returning. I had a chance to see all of the nine rooms, one lovelier than the next. A few days at Farnatchi is a true escape to another time and place. The staff is low key ,ever attentive and constantly at your beck and call. Lynn Perez,eRiad manager, is probably the most helpful person I have encountered in all of my many years of traveling. There is no problem that Ms. Perez can't solve. She is easy available for suggestions and solutions. She will make things happen for you. Riad Farnatchi is a place that I look forward to returning to very soon.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2009

Not only was it my first trip to Marrakech, but my first time travelling alone. A friend had recommended Fernatchi to me as a great place to unwind and be gently introduced to the sights and sounds of the medina. As soon as I set foot in the door any anxieties that I had melted away and with expert guidance from Lynn Perez, who posesses an encyclopedic knowlege of all things Marrakech, I knew I could not fail to have a good time. Coming back at the end of the day to the riad's luxurious and peaceful facilites, where service is highly professional and pre-emptive and the rooms so beautifully decorated and comforting, I really wouldn't want to have stayed anywhere else. One tiny detail that I love is the locally made Verbena soap. A joy to the senses!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

I have been to Marrakech many, many times. There are so many riads that photograph beautifully. Yet, they disappoint in reality.

Among the handful of truly stellar places in Marrakech is Riad Farnatchi, and over the years it has become among my favorite places to stay.

First of all, it is incredibly beautiful. You are in the heart of the medina, you feel the breath of Morocco and you get a feeling unlike anywhere else. That is something of which I never tire.

Second of all, its level of service is among the highest in Morocco. Its staff is well trained and delivers exceedingly well to a discerning clientele – and always with a smile and a “no problem” attitude. I have seen them handle all sorts of clients from all over the world – some easy, some not-so-easy – always with grace and efficiency.

Third of all, its manager (a Canadian who has lived in Morocco nearly 10 years) is one of the most authoritative individuals on Marrakech. In Morocco, management is everything and it is rare to see a place that truly functions well.

Most importantly, perhaps, it has a certain energy, a certain vibe. It is a heartfelt hospitality. A sense of being in your own home. A place of great beauty and serenity, yet a place where you can feel 100% comfortable to relax and be yourself and curl up on the patio with a good book and some iced mint tea.

As someone who knows Morocco better than most, I think Riad Farnatchi embodies the very best of Morocco.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 May 2009

Riad Farnatchi is probably the best run Riad in Marrakech. We've stayed there numerous times and have been amazed each time by the level of service and attention to detail. Lynn Perez is a great host who will go to great lengths to fullfill any requests (as long as they are decent of course). It's a hidden gem in the Medina and those who are lucky enough to book a room will enjoy a great stay. The rooms are superstylish and have that lovely smell one can only find in Marrakech. It makes us want to go back each year.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

Another great stay at Riad Farnatchi, our fourth - this place just gets better and better. Thinking of a break in Marrakech, there's no better place to stay. The location is great - minutes from Ben Yousef Medersa and the Museum of Marrakech; only 5 minutes away from the souks and 10 minutes from Jemma al Fna. The beautifully restored Riad is a fantastic place to relax with luxurious suites. The staff provide a service second to none - descrete but nothing is too much trouble. The food is delicious and on this visit we ate at home more than in the vast choice of restaurants around. The place is incredible and worth every penny. We are already planning to return and looking at flights for our next visit.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

I stayed at Riad Farnatchi after reading The Times had named it the hippest hotel in Marrakesh. I had high expectations given Angelina Jolie was a former guest and hoped the pictures were a true depiction of the hotel itself.

My partner and I stayed here to welcome in New Year 2009. All I can say was that the Riad absolutely made the trip. We were collected at the airport and taken to the Riad via a 4X4 followed by an expedition on foot (helped by a local boy who actually refused our tip as it wasn’t enough!) Marrakesh is a mad city, with monkeys, snakes, and scooters, and so may not be to everyone liking. Yet the Riad is an oasis of calm, peace and tranquility, complete with all mod cons from iPod dockers, DVD libraries, and Molton Brown toiletries.

The staff treated us like film stars and will organize anything you like from club nights at Pacha, to restaurant reservations.

Our room was super-huge with a shower that could have accommodated a whole football team, and a bath deep enough to get lost in. The bed itself was the size of a New York hotel room and we had our own outside space.

The roof terrace is a fabulous place to enjoy a breakfast – easily one of the best I’ve had and the service is understated and immaculate.

We had a truly memorable trip, and the staff were the most welcoming and attentive I have ever encountered. Thank you Riad Farnatchi!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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:
#31 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#41 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#48 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#68 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range: £235 - £365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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