Hotel Kenzi Farah
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Everyone thought breakfast at this hotel, Kenzi Farah Hotel, offered the best breakfast so far and we needed it before our long, long day. Marrakesh was founded by the Almoravids and is one of Morocco's imperial cities. In fact, it’s the second oldest city in the country. First stop on the tour this morning is Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, a …
We arrived at Marrakech airport and heading in to our hotel, Kenzi Farah Hotel. A fine hotel with lovely gardens and pool. Jacqui and I headed out in our never ending quest to find vegetarian food. After a block or two we found a few restaurants on the main street in Marrakesh. We settled on one that offer a vegetarian couscous.
In the …
... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
... encapsulated the city.
After a few drinks, our tired bodies started to feel alive and we were finally in the mood for our dinner plans. Jane had pre-booked a degustation dinner at MAISON MK. It had been written up as Marrakech's best restaurant and very difficult to get into as reserves most of its dinner tables for it's inhouse guests. When we entered the Riad you could tell straight away we were in for something special. Although very ...
... We went up several floors to the roof top terrace to watch the sun go down and we had a seat right at the edge so could people watch on the busy street below all evening. I ordered a lamb, prune and almond tagine and it was the most delicious thing I’ve eaten here yet! The lamb just melted in the mouth and sauce was divine!
On Friday morning we left the Riad a bit earlier and headed over to the Dar Si Said Museum. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Kenzi Farah Marrakech
We just returned from the Kenzi Farah- as reported before, the staff prefer you to speak French.
Was v. worried about staying in this hotel after reading some of the other reviews. It is really not that bad, although probably more suitable for middle-aged people than the young, as there is not much happening at night except Bridge evenings (I am 26 years old). The breakfast buffet was nice, as is the bar - although expensive, and the service was generally great.
Smart hotel; but expensive to keep fit
The Kenzi Farah is good hotel with excellent spacious rooms and facilities, situated only a 20 minute walk from the medina and fascinating Djemm el Fna square in old Marrakesh. But we were amazed and disappointed that the indoor pool and fitness centre which the hotel proudly lists as being included in its excellent facilities are at an extra charge of 100 Dirhams per hour (about £7) - more expensive than our local gym in UK. So future customers beware.
John and Eileen Pepper
I was terrifed. I had booked a week at the Kenzi Farah and was happy with my choice until I found the previous reviews on this site!! I made my boyfriend promise me that if it was really bad we would leave and check in somewhere else for a week. I was pleasantly surprised when I got there (maybe because I was expecting the worst - i don't know!). Ok, it was not a 5* by any stretch of the imagination but it was clean and well looked after from what i saw. The gardens were well maintained, our room was cleaned thoroughly every day, the air con worked and we didn't experience any problems. Some of the staff were a touch on the grumpy side, but some of them were exceptionally helpful when it came to booking excursions and general info. In fact when we checked in we were given a room without a balcony. We asked the next morning at reception to be moved to a room with balcony and it happened straight away with no problem, no grumpiness.
Having read the reviews already logged I was not looking forward to my stay at the Kenzo Farah!
I work in travel and have visited many hotels on various trips for various reasons. Going to Marrakech was a much needed break for me, i divided my time between staying in the atlas mountains and sleeping in the sahara desert along with a few days in the kenzi farah. This dive ( can't use the word hotel as i would be lying ), was astonishing, from the worst 5 star rooms that i have ever stepped into ( broken shelves in the wardrobes , severe bathroom plumbing defects, air-conditioning systems that when they worked sounded like lawn-mowers....to the most filthy breakfast room not to mention the food which i wouldn/t serve to my dog. ) 1 night was enough for me, checked out the following day into a three star down the road and there was more going for that place than the kenzi. Got my money back instantly for the night i didn't stay after complaining to the hotel group when i got back as dealing with comlpaints about this hotel was 'routine stuff'. Don/t go there, it will take the shine of your holiday.
Dreadul Hotel - do not stay here
In all my years travelling, I have never experienced a hotel so eager to cut costs. Every possible feature or service at the hotel was designed to scrape as much money as possible from their guest. Asking them to recommend a day-trip to the Atlas Mountains, they suggested I buy a map from the gift shop and she would then show me where I could go. What 5* hotel has no toilet paper in its public toilets!!
Plenty of better and cheaper hotels within seconds - stay at one of those!!
p.s. an Expedia recommendation
The Kenzi Farah is a good quality hotel within walking distance of the main sights of Marrakech. This modern hotel has excellent dining facilities - the Moroccan themed restaurant (complete with belly dancers) is a must and the food in all of the hotels restaurants is of the highest quality - prepare to feast on numerous scrumptious desserts. The pool is great but make sure you get there before 9 am to be sure of a sun bed. The hotel is beautifully decorated and has some good facilities but is lacking in atmosphere in the evenings - despite its seemingly high population during the day, tourists appear to eat away from the hotel in the evenings and during a five night stay we did not see another couple in the hotel bar. The only down side of our stay was the poor service from the reception staff who were unfriendly and repeatedly diverted their attentions to preferentially deal with French speaking visitors.
If you are considering staying at Kenzi Farah, think again. My stay here was so distasteful that it tainted my initial impression of Morocco. This is the only review I have ever written and do so only because I wish to protect other travelers. Travel to Morocco is too long and expensive to put yourself through such misery.