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
With my daughter I visited Marrakesh and we were lucky to stay in Riad El Fenn. Everything about this Riad is great. Decorations are fabulous, rooms are great and make you feel like you want this back home, staff and service are the best, we loved the rooftop where we had breakfast drinks and dinner. Location is very good and centrally located in the Médina. Close to Djemaa el Fna square.
We hope to go back soon
We have been extremely happy to spend our time at El Fenn. Thank you so much Mister Belaid who welcomed us with great kindness. Our room was absolutely beautiful, very quiet (during Ramadan period), under one of the swimming pool. We have been upgraded. The restaurant was perfect and the team was dedicated all the time. Thank you for this bubble of oxygen ! It was marvelous ! One thing is certain : we will come back to El Fenn as soon as we are in Marrakesh. A très bientôt.
I was more than pleased with El Fenn. Our room was absolutely gorgeous. The staff went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. Being at El Fenn was like being in a fairytale. I would come back in a heartbeat.
I went with my husband to visit el fenn boutique, I was very happy to visit as it’s been a while it’s on my list of place to go to in marrakech.
Once I got there the looks of the manager were already very negative and unwelcoming, i selected few articles while my husband was on the phone so he tells me his opinion before I decide if I am taking them.
Of course nobody offered help or assistance. I asked a young gentleman if I can take pictures of videos to talk about the place in my social media as I am a lifestyle blogger he nicely suggested to ask the manager. I have friends that suggested me to visit that took videos and photos in the boutique so I thought it’s fine to ask the lady, her reply and looks were sooo arrogant and unpleasant, she said we Have ENOUGH followers, while looking at me up and down and doing a weird face.
To be very honest I was very shocked from this reaction. She could have told me the policy of the house is no pictures no videos in a friendly manner (i am wondering though how they decide who can and who can’t) but instead she chose a very arrogant way. I am a hotelier as well and I know that if you don’t love people you can’t work in this business. While I love visiting riad el fenn I find that their choice of how to manage the boutique is really very bad. I am not the only one to think that as when I shared my disappointment on social media I had reactions from other people about the same person. I of course ended up not buying anything and leaving the place very frustrated. And I am for sure going to let my entourage know how we are now welcomed in el fenn while everywhere else we go we are very well taken care of. Definitely the only unfriendly concept store I’ve ever been to!!!
I stayed for a combination of business and pleasure. My son and his friends joined me during my stay. The entire visit was marvelous. The staff is superb - understated and always available. Wonderful recommendations for meals and terrific service with taxis and transport. Delicious food. Marvelous room. The common areas and pools are just the right size and scale. It was a fantastic stay.