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.
Formerly called Riad El Fenn, El Fenn began life as a large riad town house situated close to the Bab el Ksour in the street of the palaces and only five minute’s walk from the main square, Jemma el Fna. The hotel has three courtyards filled with trees and tumbling bougainvillea which hum to the sound of birds. There's also a huge roof terrace overlooking the Koutoubia mosque and snow-capped Atlas mountains.
There are twenty individually styled rooms and suites at El Fenn (10 with fire places and 2 with private terraces and plunge pools), and a four-bedroom private riad, all different but each with bedroom, small sitting room and bath/shower en suite. 'The douiria', is huge, with its own grand salon, en suite master bedroom, open fire, room for extra beds and a private roof terrace with small plunge pool enjoying a wonderful view. There are 3 swimming pools, a hammam and spa. The house has ancient walls over a metre thick, which shut out the sound of the bustling medina, and you enter a building of beauty and peace.
Vanessa Branson and Howell James have designed a house of which they could be truly proud, so the showers have power, the baths are deep, the heating/air-conditioning is effective and discreet, the mattresses firm, the pillows plentiful, the linen fine, the beds huge, the bath oils delicious, the candles scented.
The food policy at El Fenn is to keep it simple, made from fresh local products, with many vegetables being produced locally at an organic vegetable garden on a farm, in the foot hills of the Atlas Mountains. Snacks, lunch and dinner are readily on hand throughout the day.
El Fenn has an abundance of private areas around the riad for reading, eating, drinking, sunbathing, or snoozing. The lush gardens of the terrace and courtyards attract a mass of songbirds and also offer plentiful privacy. The magnificent terrace is the place to pass the day. huge and comfortable with a vast shaded soft seated area high above the city, a rose garden, daybeds, corners to make your own and a good sized plunge pool. It has the best views in town, a panorama of the atlas, Marrakech's beautiful mosque the Koutoubia, at dusk the city lights up and glows around you - you even see the steam rising from the food stalls in the square - then the moon rises. Start your holiday at El Fenn.
|All Year (except high):||6th January 2013 - 16th January 2014|
This is a central courtyard suite equipped with latest JBL ipod dock, fireplace, and a large custom bath tub with shower.
The 7 Courtyard Rooms at Riad El Fenn are fitted with a large king size bed 190x200 and feature a contemporary Moroccan design. They are also equipped with a sitting area; free WiFi access; IPod docks; air conditioning; a mini bar; a safe; a desk and a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a hairdryer.
|All Year (except high):||£ 234 per night||€ 267 per night|
This is a grand colonnade suite equipped with latest JBL ipod dock, fireplace, and a large custom bath tub with shower.
The 5 huge Colonnade Rooms at Riad El Fennare fitted with a large king size bed 190x200 and feature a spacious en-suite bathroom with a walk-in power shower. They also have a private daybed just outside the room and are equipped with a sitting area; free WiFi access; IPod docks; air conditioning; a mini bar; a safe; a desk and a hairdryer.
|All Year (except high):||£ 342 per night||€ 391 per night|
This garden suite is equipped with a JBL ipod dock, fireplace, large custom bathtub & shower. 17 ft high ceiling, vintage furniture from 30's to 70's + oriental, minibar, major contemporary art works in each room. Natural tadelakt walls, old wooden ceiling, light tan camel leather floors throughout, inlaid mirrors fireplace, sunken bath, large shower/steam room, sitting room, private veranda with lounging, and dining. Pictures by Michael Ashcroft.
The 5 huge, glamorous Suites at Riad El Fenn are fitted with a king size bed 190x200 and feature a larger sitting area; a fireplace and a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and hairdryer. They are also equipped with free WiFi access; IPod docks; air conditioning; a mini bar; a safe; a desk and a private veranda for lounging, and dining.
|All Year (except high):||£ 397 per night||€ 453 per night|
Private Pool Suites
The 2 enormous Pool Suites at Riad El Fenn are fitted with a king size bed 190x200 and feature hand-stitched camel leather floors; a private terrace and a plunge pool. They are also equipped with free WiFi access; IPod docks; air conditioning; a mini bar; a safe; a desk and a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a hairdryer.
|All Year (except high):||£ 482 per night||€ 551 per night|
Our approach to food is to keep it simple, fresh and made from local produce only. We cook the produce of our organic garden in the foothills of the Atlas mountains and the daily markets are brimming with herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits of exceptional quality.
Our charming Moroccan staff will prepare you a breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, strong coffee and the freshest croissants this side of Bordeaux. Breakfast can be eaten on the terrace, in your room or in a quiet corner of your choice anywhere in the riad.
We offer a simple lunch with salads and vegetables, a light fish or chicken dish, cheese and dessert.
Dinner is a much more elaborate affair as we source only the best the market has available that day. Your choice is limited but includes vegetarian options and guarantees excellent quality. This can be eaten on the roof terrace under the stars or in our beautiful dining room, preceded by cocktails and aperitifs at the bar.
Meals could not be more civilized with a carefully chosen selection of Moroccan and French wines.
Should you have any special dietary requirements (including Kosher meals) please let us know in advance.
"Vanessa Branson's ultra-chic riad is set to become the most talked-about maison d'hote in Marrakech. Situated at the edge of the medina, Riad El Fenn has been designed as a family home, an artistic retreat and a commercial business. The suites and rooms have been designed around an elegant courtyard, with two swimming pools, a massage and hammam centre, a home cinema and a kitchen for cooking lessons, as well as wi-fi internet connection: Hg2."
A Hedonist's guide to Marrakech
"The Riad was perfect, couldn't fault a thing. It was the epitome of luxury, the attention to detail, ...from the mint soap in the bathroom, to the breakfast cereals served in ornate jars! More than exceeded expectations. Our room was superb, the roof terrace was a joy and we spend most of our holiday on it! Food was first class. I can't praise it enough. The staff were so friendly. I am definitely going back."
"Riad El Fenn was quite simply superb"
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Please note: Local taxes of €2 - €3 per person per day are not included and are payable locally.
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