Marrakech Medina, Morocco
A grand, arty and contemporary hotel located in the heart of the medina, El Fenn is unique in Marrakech as it not only has a screening room, but is home to an exciting and inspiring contemporary art collection.
At a Glance
There is an abundance of private areas around the house for snoozing, sunbathing, reading, eating and drinking so you can always find a quiet place
El Fenn houses a super collection of art deco furniture and unique artwork collected over the years by the owner
Chill out on a hot afternoon in the cinema room with fresh lemonade in hand
El Fenn boasts two swimming pools
El Fenn is superbly located just at the edge of the medina making it easy to access Djemma Al Fna square as well as attractions outside the walls such as Jardin Majorelle
El Fenn is a stunning hotel located only a 5-minute walk from Marrakech's hub and main square, Djemaa El Fna. The hotel was originally an old, traditional townhouse and has walls over a meter thick that allow you to truly escape the hustle and bustle of the Medina. Inside is a haven of peace and beauty, decorated in an individual, distinctive and contemporary style.
There are 28 uniquely styled bedrooms and suites located around three large lush courtyards. All rooms are different yet have comfy seating areas and all are fully equipped with the finest linen and amenities providing the utmost in comfort. Two of the suites have private terraces with plunge pools for that added bit of decadence.
The rooms are complemented by gorgeous roof terraces with views over Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains and cosy areas with the most comfortable day beds that are ideal for reading and snoozing on. The leafy courtyards which attract songbirds are also wonderful places in which to relax in the warm sun. Inside, the snug salon with open fire is great for the cooler evenings. There are so many places here to tuck yourself away, you could be forgiven for feeling that you have the place all to yourself.
The food is fresh and delicious and much of the produce is sourced from their organic garden out of town together with the local markets. Breakfasts of freshly baked pastries and squeezed juices and light lunches can be enjoyed on the terraces and on at least one of your nights here you should enjoy the fantastic Moroccan dinners the chef prepares for guests who dine under the stars.
El Fenn has extensive facilities which include the restaurant and bar, two massage and treatment rooms, a hammam, well stocked library, three swimming pools and a screening room with digital projector. Guides can be arranged for negotiating the souks or for trips further afield which can include trekking, riding, quad biking and hot air balloon trips.
A new property called Little Sister has been added to El Fenn. Little Sister is a five-bedroom house three minute's walk from their main building with a pool, roof terrace, library and artworks. It has four double bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms plus a two-bedroom family suite with an interconnecting bathroom. Please note that they cannot host children under the age of 12 in Little Sister.
El Fenn has 28 rooms and suites, two of which have private terraces with plunge pools. They are all quite different but each has a small or large sitting areas and en-suites with showers and baths and all are stylishly furnished with Moroccan elements . A huge emphasis has been placed on comfort with the finest linen, scented candles, heady bath oils and large comfy beds in all the rooms, as well as mini bars, ipod docking stations and safes. All room include 600-count hand-stitched Egyptian cotton linen and bathrobes, complimentary wifi, Moroccan slippers and bedside mineral water, a personal safe, mini bar and hair dryer, artwork from Vanessa's private collection and air conditioning / heating.
Double rooms decorated in trendy Moroccan style. All have a tadelakt bath and monsoon shower. Some have real wood fires, the bed in another has been crafted out of tadelakt and one has its own private terrace.
Larger double rooms either with an oversized bathroom or an outside seating area. One has a hot pink tadelakt bathroom and the bed in another is backed by a huge Venetian mirror.
Some of the suites have an open fireplace, others have a hand-carved cedar ceiling or leather-lined walls. All of the rooms have a seating area. Other features in some of the rooms include hand-stitched camel leather floors, and artisan-crafted plasterwork.
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These spacious three bedroom suites measure 90 square meters, they are excellent for families as they have private roof terraces, TV rooms and fireplaces.
The Imperial Suites are around 60 square meters. They all have a lounge area, fireplace and a large bathroom complete with monsoon shower and bath. Each is individually styled – one has copper, brass and stainless steel inlaid into the polished floor, another boasts 23 carat gold leafing, as well as a free standing roll top silver bath for two.
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There are two Private Pool Suites. Both are around 65 square meters, and include a private terrace, plunge pool, kilim- covered beds, hand-stitched camel leather floors and sun loungers.
These two-bedroom suites are perfect for families or friends traveling together. With spacious master bedrooms plus a smaller second bedroom, they both have a private roof terrace and open fireplaces. One boasts a sitting room and bedrooms with en suite shower rooms. The other has a free-standing roll top bath and seating area in the master bedroom plus a spacious bathroom with five-foot rain shower. They are decorated with traditional tadelakt and furnished with twentieth-century classics.
The Riad Vanessa includes four double bedrooms, a private dining room and kitchen, wonderful courtyard, sitting room with huge TV screen and a roof terrace filled with places to lounge plus a plunge pool. A minute from the main hotel, you get to enjoy all of El Fenn's facilities plus your very own private house party.
El Fenn's Little Sister is a riad with 4 double bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms plus a two-bedroom family suite interconnected by a bathroom. Just a few minutes walk from the hotel, you get to enjoy all of El Fenn's facilities plus its own pool, roof terrace, library and artworks.
Children are very welcome at El Fenn and although there are no specific facilities for children they will love the pools and the cinema but not all rooms are suitable for families. Cots, children's meals and babysitting can be arranged on request.
Meals at El Fenn are kept simple, fresh and use only local produce wherever possible. With their own organic garden in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains they ensure that ingredients are of an exceptional quality. Breakfasts and lunches are kept fairly light and can be taken wherever you like around the hotel. Dinners are grander affairs and can be eaten under the stars or in the beautiful dining room. The hotel has two carrara marble swimming pools and one tiled 3x3m dipping pool, a restaurant and bar and restaurant with stage and pull down cinema screen, private screening room with extensive DVD library, library with fireplace and hand sewn leather floor stocked full of novels, art books and games, traditional hammam spa and treatment rooms and a passenger lift to the bedrooms and terrace.
Relaxing in the sun, soaking up the atmosphere and shopping in the souks are the main activities of a stay at any riad but the hotel can organize excellent guides as well as excursions for hot air ballooning, horse riding, golf, quad biking, hiking, tennis and visits to country clubs. They also arrange fantastic cooking lessons starting with a trip to the market to buy the ingredients before learing the Moroccan techniques. During the winter months, El Fenn is home to courses on photography, creative writing and drawing.
Location & Directions
Marrakech Medina, Morocco
El Fenn is located in the heart of the Marrakech medina, only five minutes walk from the Koutoubia mosque and the Djemma el-Fna square.
When to go
Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn, when temperatures are 20°C to 25°C by day and at least 10°C by night, and November to February, with cooler nights but similar daytime temperatures and light rainfall possible. The weather in March and April features sporadic, light rainfall with some sandstorms in April, while June sees dusty siroccos (desert winds) sweep through the city. From mid-June to August temperatures rise into the 30s and occasionally 40s.