Riad el Fenn, Marrakech
Five Riads converted into one
There has traditionally been a choice for travellers staying in Marrakech: the traditional but perhaps ‘compact’ accommodation offered by the riads within the Medina, or one of the luxurious sprawling hotel complexes just outside the city walls. Riad el Fenn attempts to bring the best of both, offering traditional charm with modern indulgence – it is in fact five riads converted into one. As such it has a variety of boutique rooms, 3 swimming pools, two bars – even a roof-top putting green in the shadow of the Koutoubia mosque tower!
The décor is a genuine mix of modern luxury and traditional Moroccan craft and each area of the hotel is treated sensitively and offers a different vibe. It retains plenty of nooks and hideaways for reading, snacking, sunbathing, or snoozing. Just as much attention (not to mention investment!) has been paid to the pieces of art which are dotted at every turn and include works by Bridget Riley, Terence Donovan and Antony Gormley.
The fashion conscious amongst you will be impressed by the matching Ralph Lauren polo shirts and Birkenstock sandals worn by the ever attentive staff! Riad el Fenn has an excellent location close to the main square (Djemaa el Fna) but also to the city walls, making it quick and easy to find when you arrive in this disorientating city, and also easy to navigate your way out for a day trip.