El Fenn

Marrakech Medina, Morocco

From $900 Per person in low season
From $1000 Per person in high season

based on 7 nights

Per person for 5 nights based on 2 people sharing a double Courtyard room on a B&B basis, return airport transfers.

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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

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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.

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Insider's View

Our Preferred room is suite 19 with its private roof terrace and glass bottomed plunge pool which looks down into the suite below.

Look out for the resident tortoises...and their surprise tiny new arrival!

 There's a reason Madonna spent her 60th birthday here - this property has a cool, hip vibe, that is also very inclusive and welcoming.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to El Fenn or take a look at our itineraries to Marrakech

Description

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.

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.

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Accommodation

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.

Courtyard

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.

Colonnade

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.

Junior Suites

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.

Three Room Private House

These spacious three bedroom suites measure 90 square meters, they are excellent for families as they have private roof terraces, TV rooms and fireplaces.  

Imperial Suites

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.

Private Pool Suites

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.

Family Suites

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.

Riad Vanessa

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.

Little Sister

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.

Childcare

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.

Facilities

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.

Activities

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.

Reviews

4

Mrs Sarah Allen (Guest)

Riad El Fenn was beautiful and in such a brilliant location for exploring the medina and the guide arranged for us on Sunday through you, Mustafa, spoke fantastic English and had a great sense of humor, he made our first day there so interesting, showed us how to find our way round, and helped us get acclimatised to what to most Brits I would suspect find is quite an alien environment! The people in the office at Riad El Fenn were really helpful, they recommended and booked dinner at Tobsil which was a great experience of typical Morrocan food, it was just a short walk away but they kindly provided us with a chap to walk us there and back so we didn't get lost or accosted! The massages at the Riad were fantastic and excellent value. We ate in the restaurant there on our first night and although the food was very good the restaurant lacked ambience due to only a few other diners, but the bar for pre & apres dinner drinks was quite lively and the bartender was a great character - even serenading us on the piano when we came in for a nightcap. Their breakfasts and lunch on the roof terrace were excellent - although very leisurely and this could have been stressful if we'd been in a rush! Very attractive and authentic Morrocan bedrooms - I've attached a few photos of room 20. Whilst I wouldn't recommend El Fenn (or frankly Marrakech at all) for people taking young children it was great for our teenagers and they said it was one of the most interesting vacations we've been on. I fancy going back with a crowd of girlfriends - for spa treats and some Christmas present bargains another year!

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Kerry Willmer (Staff)

Sophisticated and cool are the words that spring to mind with this hotel.

I found that it was the little touches that made the hotel special, such as the beautiful rose garden and the stylish paintings on the walls

Experiences

  • A day in the life of Berbers

    Get to know Morocco's unique Berber culture by spending time in one of the authentic Berber villages. You'll have the opportunity to explore the Moroccan countryside and understand this traditional way of life.

  • Cooking lesson in Marrakech

    La Maison Arabe has a well established restaurant that opened in 1940 and its experienced chefs host cooking workshops. Have a go at making your own lemon chicken tagine and learn about traditional cooking methods using authentic Moroccan spices.

  • Day trip to Cascades d'Ouzoud

    Escape the bustling streets of Marrakech and head towards Demnat and the Cascades d'Ouzoud, a beautiful cascading waterfall. Stop for a picturesque Berber lunch near the waterfalls and visit a traditional water mill.

  • Day trip to Imlil - Jebal Toubkal

    Visit Imlil, a small Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains and located at the base of the highest mountain in Northern Africa, Jebel Toubkal. Explore the local area on foot or by mule including other Berber villages and their working co-operatives.

  • Dressage Experience at The Selman

    Enjoy a private class on horseback with an expert equestrian artist.

  • Historical Tour of Marrakech

    Spend the day exploring the winding streets and spice-scented souks of Marrakech with your expert private guide.

  • Hot Air Balloon across Moroccan landscape

    Drift gently over the incredible desert landscape of Morocco, appreciate the silence and views of Berber villages and snow-capped Atlas mountains on this trip of a lifetime.

  • Private Berber cooking class

    Our private cooking class takes place amongst hectares of olive groves and vegetable gardens in the Berber countryside in the verdant Amezmize Valley. Learn the techniques to make traditional Moroccan dishes as you prepare a two-course meal.

  • Souks and spices treasure hunt

    Embark on a tour of Marrakech's winding maze of souks in search of the perfect spices and ingredients. A food expert will help you source the freshest spices in this aromatic treasure hunt, before cooking in traditional furnaces.

  • Street food tasting trail

    Get to know Morocco's fascinating culture first-hand through its delicious street food! With local foodies as your guide, head off the beaten track to sample delicacies that most visitors don't get to try.

  • Trekking in the Atlas mountains

    The perfect way to explore the Atlas mountains is on foot. Trekking can be anything from a four-hour morning walk to a three day expedition, staying in trekking lodges on route.

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.

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