With so many choices for places to stay in Marrakech, I ultimately chose to stay here because numerous friends had referred Riad El Fenn to me. It is in a good location. There are many interesting rooms to linger and relax in. I enjoyed the roof top terrace, and my room was spacious; but, I often felt there was much amiss. While the décor is indeed bohemian chic, it is tired, torn, and tattered. They are definitely needing to reupholster and buy new linens. While there is an artsy vibe, I felt like it was a hostel for adult bohemian wanna-bes; it seemed management and guests were all trying to put across a vibe of being cooler and hipper than each other. Which leads me to management. It seemed that their cool laidback attitude was actually lackadaisical. They seemed to be concerned with scheduling their social agendas and scoping out VIPs instead of attending to all their guests needs. When I would ask to arrange for a guide, directions, reservations, or even tea…I would need to remind them at least three times and then still it might have been forgotten.
- 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