Riad Farnatchi, Marrakech
At a Glance
Above all Riad Farnatchi is supremely comfortable. A great deal of effort has gone into ensuring that although everything has Moroccan authenticity, it also reaches the highest standards of convenience and comfort
English owned and run, you can be sure of an exemplary 5 star welcome
Down a side street in the old medina, Riad Farnatchi benefits from being at the edge of the sometimes overwhelming hustle and bustle
Riad Farnatchi is perfectly laid out for the ultimate house party so gather your friends for a long weekend in Marrakech
Riad Farnatchi was once a home and it has retained that laid back vibe
All the rooms have fireplaces making this riad especially atmospheric and romantic in winter.Tracy Stevens
The roof terrace is a fabulous place to start the day - enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the sunshine.Scott Dunn team
The riad's owners have a fantastic breadth of knowledge on places to eat and things to do in Marrakech. So if you are short of ideas don't hesitate to consult the comprehensive printed restaurant guide in your suite or ask James and his team for suggestions.James Ferguson
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Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Riad Farnatchi
Through an unobtrusive wooden door in the heart of the Medina, Riad Farnatchi is a peaceful, stylish and contemporary riad. This luxury boutique property has been created out of three small riads and has all the features of a traditional Moroccan home, with its large central courtyard and abundance of authentic Moroccan touches.
The ten suites all vary in layout but all have the luxury of having seating areas and all but one has a balcony or private sun terrace. Nearly all the furniture in the riad has been hand made especially for the hotel as the owners believe strongly that everything should look authentic but should also have the added benefit from extreme comfort.
On the ground floor there are plenty of cosy sitting rooms and covered areas of the courtyard where guests can relax, known as B'hous. The style throughout the property is a fusion of traditional Moroccan with modern European design. Included in these communal areas is a candlelit dining room, a roof garden with barbecue and sun loungers and numerous other spots for private dining and relaxing.
There is also a roof terrace with stunning views of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains and this is where you can sip sundowners at dusk soaking in the sounds and smells of the city beneath you. Riad Farnatchi is a true haven from the bustle of Marrakech and offers a hammam with a fantastic range of treatments, as well as a swimming pool in which to relax after your sightseeing and shopping.
Your host will be the owner's son, James Wix, who runs Riad Farnatchi superbly - an amazing source of knowledge on Marrakech. He has also developed an array of experiences such as private lunches in the sahara, 4x4 trips into the Atlas Mountains, scanvenger hunts in the souks, cycle tours, cookery courses, perfume making, photography tours, horse riding and an array of other experiences. Riad Farnatchi is also a superb riad to take over exclusively for a special occasion and we will help plan a memorable selection of events for your whole party.
Riad Farnatchi's 10 suites all vary in style and have the common comforts of hand-made beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, air-conditioning and heating, TV/DVD players, Bose iPod docking stations, WiFi and simply stunning interiors. Every room has at least one sitting area and all but one have a private balcony or sun terrace. Suite 2 is smaller than the others with no outside space but is a duplex suite with heaps of character and plenty of natural light. All vary dramatically in layout but have plenty of space and wonderful individual features making it hard to choose between them. Suite 1 is like a mini riad with its own private patio and fountain, Suite 3 has a large private balcony overlooking the pool, Suite 6 is a duplex suite with large private sun terrace and Suite 9 is the grandest, a magnificent suite with a private courtyard and beautiful hand crafted plaster and metalwork. Suite 10 is the newest at Riad Farnatchi, and offers a private roof terrace.
A mini riad, with its bedroom and b’hou looking onto its own private patio, which has an unusual marble fountain and sunken bath. A contemporary feeling suite with a partially glass roof to let in plenty of light, high ceilings and intricate carving.
A duplex suite, smaller than the others and without a fireplace but with plenty of character. Natural light pours in from the large roof.
A suite with a separate bedroom and living room, large private balcony overlooking the pool with table and chairs. This suites also features a truly amazing art deco style bathroom with a dark granite sunken bath, huge mirror and twin sinks.
A wider than normal suite due to its location in the center of the riad with a rich palette and private sun terrace which looks over both courtyards.
A very large room with a fireside sitting area, approached via its private balcony which also features a table and chairs. Looks out onto the beautiful and peaceful rear courtyard from three aspects. The bed in this room is iron and glass.
A duplex suite, overlooking the pool from its living room and large private sun terrace (great for morning sun) off its bedroom.
A suite with a romantic four poster bed and living area with impressive fireplace and chimney, but a restricted view from the bedroom. Panoramic views over Marrakech from its private sun terrace.
The bedroom overlooks a small private patio with an olive tree and the living room has a balcony overlooking the pool.
The largest and most magnificent suite, located on the ground floor with a private courtyard and is intricately decorated with metal and plasterwork. A light and spacious feel due to the large glass windows onto its courtyard.
The latest addition to Riad Farnatchi, this suite has stylish black and white mosaic floors, and its own private roof terrace which definitely won't disappoint! The suite is on the first floor and has views over an internal courtyard garden.
Everyone is welcome at Riad Farnatchi, including children of all ages. The owners do point out, however, that the house's traditional architecture (such as stone floors, roof terraces and steep steps) mean that children will need to be heavily supervised. There is also no pool attendant. Meals and babysitting can be arranged on request.
Fresh Moroccan cuisine, purchased daily from the market can be served for dinner in the location of your choice as long as your meal is ordered earlier in the day. Riad Farnatchi has a white marble hammam and wonderful gommage, massage and beauty treatments are given by trained therapists. The 7m swimming pool has an underwater jet stream for swimming and is heated in the cooler months. There is also a beautiful pool and garden outside the medina where guests can go and spend the day.
Marrakech has plenty of activities to occupy visitors including museums, palaces, plenty of shopping and wonderful cafes and restaurants. Guides can be arranged for any outings within the city and also for excursions for trekking, mountain biking, quad biking, horse riding and even hot air balloons. One can also venture out to Riad Farnatchi's gardens and swimming pool located outside the medina for an afternoon or day as an alternative to the riad's pool and the bustle of the city's ancient center.
Location & Directions
Riad Farnatchi is very centrally located in the Medina, around the corner from the Medersa Ben Youssef museum.
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.