What We Love
- Traditional Moroccan breakfast and private airport transfers are included in the rate
- Sip mint tea on the roof terrace, gazing past the stork nests on the citadel walls to the Atlas Mountains
- Immense suites with private breakfast areas and large, comfortable lounges dressed with handmade furniture
- Great for couples and honeymooners
- The wonderful hammam is free from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, and extensive treatments are available on request
- The 23-foot swimming pool has an underwater jet stream so you can actually swim
What To Know
- Located in one of the oldest quarters of the medina
- Finding your way back to the riad after dark can be a spooky or exciting experience, depending on your outlook
- No formal restaurant, but meals can be prepared on request
- Stay long enough to explore the city and have quality time in the riad’s irresistibly comfortable suites and attractive facilities
- While children are welcome, it is far from an ideal child habitat: lots of narrow corridors, rambling stairways, split levels and expensive artifacts
- No attendant at the swimming pool
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
With a stay at Riad Farnatchi in Marrakech (Medina), you’ll be minutes from Maison de la Photographie and Marrakesh Museum. This 5-star riad is within close proximity of Ben Youssef Madrasa and Shrob ou Shouf Fountain.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 9 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring fireplaces. Your Select Comfort bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Satellite programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries.
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, a steam room, and a fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite to eat at the riad’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a pool view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). You can also stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily.
Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-in, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
How to Get There
I continue to go to Riad Farnatchi not only for the wonderful hammam but for the best massage... I find they have some of the most experienced/ in-tune, massage therapists that I have experienced during my years in Morocco. I can't say enough good things about this place. Its a gem and I will continue to go back each time I visit this city.
I have known my wife has wanted to visit Marrakesh since the day I met her, this was our first trip without children and I wanted it to be special. Riad Farnatchi was certainly that!
Situated in the heart of the Medina and the chaos that it brings - this Riad is calm and peaceful. Just what you need after a day exploring the old city. From the minute the hotel's driver collects you at the airport (complementary) the service is exemplary - the car can only go so far, so you are escorted on foot down the last couple of streets to the property. This is the perfect introduction to the fast paced city life, and then you find yourself within the serenity of the Riad with a mint tea in hand. Now breathe.
Upon arrival, once you have had a chance to gather yourself you are given a quick tour of the Riad, and told about its offerings - Restaurant, Haman etc. Meanwhile your bags are taken to your room.
When you get to your room you are given a folder of information (restaurant reviews,local wine guides, Haman options, taxi rules, money changing services and more) for the local area. If you do nothing else, read the restaurant reviews by the owner, written in a frank but humorous fashion - it really brought a smile to my face, and having put his wine suggestions - they were excellent. Ultimately - the information was valuable and insightful all earnt from a long period of residency rather than a travel guide written by someone who has made sporadic visits.
Our room was split over two floors with a living area below and the bedroom and bathroom upstairs. We had windows overlooking the pool in the centre of the Riad, and a roof terrace over which we enjoyed wine and canapes on several occasions.
The complementary breakfast is fresh fruit, breads, yoghurt, jams, honey and a selection of eggs - order whenever you want and eat it wherever you like. We picked the floor in our living area most mornings and it was perfect. A great start to the day.
The real thing that makes this property though is the staff. They are on par with those you would expect to find at an ultra high end hotel in Asia. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and they always had a smile as they went about their work.
Lunch and dinner are also options in the hotel, or in the 'partnered' hotel on the street opposite - where the food and staff again were fantastic.
We asked them to provide us with a guide so as to get a taster to the city - and help us find our way back! He was booked for 3 hours, we used him for 6, was incredibly informative, and did't take us to shops run by friends and family. All for 400MAD (£30) plus tip.
On another evening we had them book us a table at a restaurant out of the Medina for some food and entertainment. They arranged the table, suggested a time so as to see the entertainment, and sorted the transport - including the fare and ensuring an easy journey back to the property at the end of the night. Including being met and walked back when the taxi could go no further down the narrow streets.
All in all, if you want a small (9 rooms i think) property in the heart of this fantastic old city, then I couldn't recommend Riad Farnatchi high enough.
This boutique hotel is interesting as it would be difficult to find without help as it is tucked away in a narrow side street. If you are out on the town, I highly recommend using a tuk tuk taxi to get there as it can drive you almost to the door stop. As you walk in you are greeted by what I thought was a fountain but is actually a pool that you can swim in. The hotel itself is a labirynth of hallways with secluded alcoves for relaxing. The staff are very courteous and will offer you the infamous Moroccan mint tea upon arrival. The suite that we stayed in was very spacious and clean, In our suite, there were stairs that led up to a private terrace on the roof but there was no view to speak of. The public terrace on top has the best views. The only issue we had was that the electricity kept going out on us which I am told is not that unusual. The staff were very quick to fix it each time. The breakfast they serve is really quite good. Overall, we enjoyed our stay very much.
Situated inside the medina, Riad Farnatchi is a well-run operation with beautifully renovated facilities. Our room was expansive, a real suite with separate sleeping quarters and living room, two terraces - one overlooking the interior courtyard - and large bathroom area with separate shower and bath rooms and a private toilet accessed off the hallway leading to the bathroom. Truly luxurious and decorated tastefully in a distinctively Morrocan aesthetic but with a modern touch.
The dining room on the ground floor (we had a very nice dinner there the day we arrived) had walls with insanely intricate stonework - simply stunning. The staff couldn’t have been nicer or more welcoming and James Wix, the British owner and hands-on general manager, was a thoroughly engaging presence throughout our 4-day stay. James’s family operates several boutique hotels around the world, but he made it clear that Riad Farnatchi is his baby to which he dedicates all his time.
There is a Hammam next door, accessible from the hotel’s interior, and an excellent sister restaurant immediately across the narrow alleyway - the newly opened “Trou au Mur”. The fare is both traditional Moroccan (often with a creative twist) as well as some international menu items, and the space is bright and inviting - worth a visit.
Access to the hotel requires a five minute walk from a drop off point (inside the medina and as far as automobiles are permitted before the alleys become to narrow and congested) that immediately thrusts you into the frenetic hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Baggage handlers with carts are readily available to help you to the riad, and a staff member was on hand to guide greet and guide us to the hotel.
All in all a delightful, quiet stay where, with only ten rooms, tasteful public areas (including a peaceful roof terrace) and a highly attentive staff (including the owner) you feel like you are the only guests.
After having read the super review on the travel section of the goop website, we booked Riad Farnatchi for our Marrakech trip, without even looking at other places. It surpassed every single one of our expectations!
The arrival is an experience in itself: we were dropped off by our driver in the middle of a bustling street in the old town, and escorted for the 2 min walk through the busy streets to our destination. A door and a plain wall in a little quiet alley do not give any indications of what lies behind... There were gaps of delight by our party when we saw the gorgeous Riad - beautiful Moroccan architecture, a gorgeous pool with flowing waters, orange trees in full bloom in the courtyards. Our suites were even more impressive! Massive by any standards, totally individual, traditional with all the modern amenities one needs. I especially loved the sunken marble bath in our little 'courtyard' within our room.
Breakfasts are sumptuous and served anytime, anywhere. We chose one of the booths in the courtyard by the pool, and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, interrupted only by birdsong.
The proximity of Riad Farnatchi to the souks (literally 2 mins away) make it perfect for exploring, and one really gets a real feel of the old town. Despite the bustle surrounding it, the Riad itself is very quiet and makes for a perfect night's sleep.
I cannot thank James and his staff enough for everything they did to make our stay truly perfect. Their recommendations and the arrangements they made for our day trip to the nearby Agafay desert were spot on, and catered to our desire for non-touristic activities.
Having visited Marrakech previously and stayed at La Mamounia (which is undoubtedly a stunning property), I would choose Riad Farnatchi over it anytime!