Riads, even this very fine riad, are not hotels nor are they meant to be. They are special guest accommodations ranging from the small and simple to the more elaborate, like Riad el Fenn, with several courtyards, three pools, air conditioning, wide range of rooms and suites. The medina (Old City) is densely peppered with riads of every size and range of amenities to satisfy every preference. For the first time visitor, choosing your riad is very much part of the adventure.
REF (www.el-fenn.com) is unusually large, having originally been several separate residences that were lovingly restored and discretely modernized. On our first trip to Marrakech, Me thought it would a “safe” choice in a place we’d never been and no idea what to expect. He predictably thought he’d be happy anywhere Me picked. It proved to be a great choice for many reasons. The location could not be more central, the property truly charming and comfortable, and the staff totally engaging and committed to making their guests happy. We liked it so much we’ve been there twice and can recommend splashing out for the terraced pool suites.
- THINGS WE LOVED: The atmosphere and décor; morning coffee on the terrace; evening dip in the pool: the gardens, birds and tortoises; evening lanterns; proximity to everything; excellent massages; caring staff, prayers emanating from Koutoubia Mosque.
- THINGS WE WISHED WERE BETTER: Larger choice of dinner/lunch offerings