What We Love
- The complimentary tray of tea and pastries, delivered to your room every afternoon
- An onsite boutique, stocked with stylish local treats like snakeskin kaftans
- The Saharan-sand scrub at the onsite spa
- The family of resident tortoises, who make their home in the garden
What To Know
- This is one of the few riads in the medina with a trio of swimming pools
- There are no telephones or televisions in any of the rooms
- Book Room 11 for its marble fireplace and private veranda
- Upon request, you can join the hotel chef on a tour of Marrakech’s food markets
- Free WiFi
The jewel-toned entrance at this contemporary riad—a vibrant blend of pink, crimson, and topaz yellow walls—serves as a perfect preview of your stay. Like its bold reception, this romantic Moroccan retreat, the brainchild of Vanessa Branson (sister to Richard) is unexpected, eclectic, and eye-catching. Rooms here are comfy, colorful oases, kitted out with tie-dyed plasterwork, hand-stitched Egyptian cotton linens, and art from Branson’s personal collection—in addition to homey flourishes like scented candles and babouche slippers. The breakfast spread here is just as delightfully over-the-top, whose grand spread includes homemade yogurt and granola, Moroccan pancakes, and made-to-order shakshouka, a local egg dish spiked with a piquant tomato sauce. After a morning of haggling at the souks (you’re within walking distance of Djemaa el Fna square and its neighboring markets), you’ll find respite in the afternoon pastries and mint tea served in one of the hotel’s three covered courtyards. Let the lazing continue at the rooftop pool, where a lounging area with Berber tents affords sweeping Atlas Mountain views.
In the Area
The hotel’s very central location in the medina (it’s also just a ten-minute drive from Marrakech Menara airport) means you can escape the tangle of Marrakech traffic—while also being within walking distance of most local must-sees like the Koutoubia Mosque, the red pisé walls of El Badi (a crumbling 16th-century palace commissioned by a Saudi Arabian sultan), the Jewish quarter, and Jardin Majorelle, the late Yves Saint Laurent’s 12-acre botanical ode to the city. If you’d rather explore via bike or a jog, staff can recommend routes and paths.
How to Get There
El Fenn will not disappoint on any level other than the price of a simple beer, €9! The atmosphere, design and staff are fantastic. We took the couples Hamman and facial, easily the best Hamman we had and a must for any traveller.
From the moment we stepped into the courtyard — with the gurgling water fountain full of the most beautiful roses — we fell under the magical spell of El Fenn. The hotel & our room were so beautifully decorated. The decor was dreamy, chic & cozy all at the same time. I want redecorate my whole home in “el fenn”!! The Rooftop Terrace was magical, the perfect place for an evening cocktail. The food was delicious, and by the second day, the wait staff even remembered how we took our coffee for breakfast. Belaid, Noah, & the front desk team were rock stars! They helped me organize tours, made dinner reservations, and even got us a fan at 10 o’clock at night! Every request was met with such grace and kindness. It was a magical 5 days... dreaming to return again soon.
Gorgeous property... a Riad. Staff was extremely helpful and beyond nice. Bel, Noah, everyone. Food was excellent, shade pricey. Decor was eclectic - Moroccan antiquity and contemporary at same time. Doors of rooms don’t typically lock. Personally love a bigger pool... not much else. Would definitely stay again!