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Riad El Fenn
Hotel Type: Riad / Dar
Number of Rooms: 10
Prices: from 1,700.00 MAD to 3,000.00 MAD
Marrakesh can boast places to stay that are as sophisticated and cool as anything in the major western cities. For proof of this, just visit the Riad el Fenn, a wonderfully located town house in the Mouasine area of the Medina. It may only be a few minutes away from the bustling main square of Jemma el Fna, but its fortress like walls, over 1 metre thick, shut out all sound. As soon as you pass through its beautiful blue door, you’ll know why its called Fenn. In the local dialogue this word means “cool”, to which in our opinion you can add the prefix “seriously”.
It really is a place of substance and style, yet notwithstanding the plethora of quality modern paintings throughout, arty touches and little details that surely cannot escape the eye - just witness the floor, made not from tiles or wood but real hide, no less – it remains intimate and cosy. This is in part due to the hospitality of Amina, Fatima and Abdelkarim, who look after the El Fenn and whose welcome is as warm as the local weather, but its also to do with the abundance of private spaces, in which guests can indulge in a bit of sunbathing, reading or even a snooze.
A great place for this would certainly be in the lush interior garden of the courtyard propped up by four lovely colonnades. Another location is the fabulous terrace which in addition to a rose garden, day beds and a plunge pool, offers some of the best views in town, including those of the Atlas mountains.
There are so many lovely corners that we’ve almost forgotten about the rooms. All the nine suites though individually decorated, share an ample size and come with a bedroom, sitting room, ensuite sculpted bath and king size bed. It all makes for a memorable stay. Six of the rooms come with a fireplaces, all rooms are equipped with cd players.
There is a heated 30 foot swimming pool with power jet and a hammam with cold pool, massage and treatment room. Riad El Fenn also offers a daily changing menu (Lunch 30 Euro per person, Dinner 45 Euro per person) with products of their own organic farm, the rest from daily markets. Food is fresh, simple, inventive and eclectic with an emphasize on modern Mediterranean taste.
Situated on a grand colonnade, overlooking the tortoise courtyard. Room 5 has a deep turquoise tadelakt bath in the room. The ceiling is covered with cedar wood beams.
Situated in its own private area of the riad on the first floor. Suite 6 is a split level mezzanine suite, reminiscent of a New York loft apartment. The bedroom is on the upper mezzanine level, its floors covered in hand-stitched camel leather, with a tadelakt bath open to the bedroom. Suite 6 also has its own private terrace and plunge pool.
Room 1Situated on the ground floor of the tortoise courtyard, room 1 has a round deep blue tadelakt bath open to the room. Big enough for two!
Situated off a large private terrace, suite 22 overlooks the tortoise courtyard. Suite 22 has a fireplace, cedar-beam ceilings and a freestanding Victorian bath in the room. The bathroom is private from the rest of the room and has a large walk-in shower and dual sinks.
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