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After a touch and go flight out of Blighty following a very white Christmas with the family in Scotland, we arrived in Marrakech on Boxing Day. A short taxi ride from the airport saw us arrive into the heart of the city. The cab pulled up at the edge of the medina and we were met by the Riad's porter who swiftly bundled our bags into a cart and off …
... his nose up at my 40 dirham cents. Looked as menacing as a skinny 16 year old can be bless him. Fooded in the square on some heavy gravied tagline and bits, all for about 7 pounds each? Word of warning, free refills of that amazing sweet mint tea will give you diabetes...or at least a buzz that will last a good length of time!! It's not 1:43am been a busy boy! ...
... out into the craziness of the Marrakech medina we opted for a Morccan beer on the roof top terrace first to reflect on how incredible the last few days had been and to brace ourselves to enter back into the hecticness of a Moroccan medina.
That night we headed to the square for what we had been told would be a very authentic meal. After a few "detours" we entered the hustle and bustle of the night markets. Despite being nearly 830pm ...
... 24/7. We then walked into the Medina to find our Riad. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an internal courtyard and I was keen to try experience one so thought Marrakech would be a good place to do it. This is because it is so lively at night and all the campgrounds are based quite far out of town so didn’t want to have to worry about getting back late at night. Well the Riad was hard to find (as there were no ...
... I would probably rank Morocco as quite possibly the overall worst travel experience of the over 90 countries that I have been to. And I’ve been to some pretty hairy places!
My original plan was to end the trip here and fly back to Dubai. BUT, I changed my mind and flights last minute and decided to head over to nearby Tunisia for a couple of days. Here’s hoping it’s a more positive experience, and that things will end on a better note.
Tunisia is next ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Farnatchi Marrakech
We read about the Riad in the Sunday Telegraph supplement and having researched Marrakech for accomodation it certainly appeared to be the best option. Lynn the hotel manager is excellent and is extremely helpful. The staff that work there are also excellent and not intrusive. I would highly recommend the Green room as we had a balcony which overlooked the pool and had sun loungers as the room opposite didn't seem to have room for loungers..The breakfast is excellent and we had lunch there which was also very tasty. Highly recommend the hamam and massage. Also the restaurant Le Fondouk is approx 50 yards away and a very atmospheric restaurant particularly if you are on the terrace. In summary, excellent hotel, staff, food and good value for money.
Gracious Service in a Fantastic Setting
We stayed at the Farnatchi over xmas and new years, three women and a 14 year old boy! All our individual needs were graciously catered for. Staff were amazing generous and welcoming. It felt like a home away from home. Food was gorgeous, we loved being served an elaborate breakfast as late as we liked (we used it as lunch after a morning's wander in the souk, just a stones throw away.) on the sunny roof terrace. Highly recommended!!
This was the finest hotel experience I have ever had. Our room was ridiculously spacious and absurdly comfortable, with a private terrace, deep tub, separate shower, king bed, amazing linens (the towels are so soft and aborbent that one is practically dehydrated after drying off from the shower)--with every modern convenience. I could not imagine that service could be so gracious, professional, warm and attentive, without excessive intrusion or obsequiousness, and completely lacking pretention. There is something very rare and special going on here, something that I have never experienced at any other "boutique" hotel. If I owned a hotel, I would want Lynn running it. If I needed a staff, it would be this staff. Every desire is met, often without having to ask. When you enter the (centrally-located) Riad, you are greeted with "what would you like to drink?" (drinks then arrive where you want them, accompanied by complimentary Moroccan pastries or hors d'oeuvres, depending on the time of day). The riad itself is beautifully and elegantly furnished, with a swimming pool, enormous roof deck and a hamman (which is available privately and free at certain times of day); you can dine poolside (the food was some of the best we had, and we tried many of the "top" places), on your terrace, or in the elegant private dining room (the included breakfast was first rate). I think I have been spoiled for life, as no other lodging experiecene will probably ever compare to this one (we stayed at another top-ranked riad as there was not availability at the Farnatchi for our entire stay, where the management mistook the guests for walking wallets, and our comfort and happiness were not even considered). I could go on and on as I have failed to include all that was spectacular here, but I presume by now you get the gist. Don't miss the opportunity.
When I saw a review of this hotel on this site comparing it to a Holiday Inn, I was astonished. Then I realised that it must have been written either by a bitter competitor, or at least someone with a grudge to bear. I was moved to write this review along with, as you can see, many other fans of this hotel. In my opinion, The Riad Farnatchi offers a unique experience, with quite remarkable, world class service.
Loved Riad Farnatchi
Loved Riad Farnatchi. Fantastic location, just behind Sook; friendly & informative staff; great breakfasts and large beautiful rooms, all with balconies - and the roof area with fantastic views of the old city (Medina) etc is an added bonus. Can't speak highly enough of this terrific little Riad.
We arrived in the middle of the heaving medina late at night and having come from the tranquility of Essaouria, felt a little apprehensive about what to expect. A member of staff met us from our taxi and took us through the winding alleyways to find the Riad. As we meandered through the labyrinth of side streets we could not imagine the peace, quiet and beauty that lay waiting for us behind the inconspicuous black wooden door of Riad Farnatchi....We spent 6 nights at the Riad and could find little fault. It is a beautiful property, tastefully decorated bringing together old and new Arabic influences. It felt relaxed and chic. A real jewel in the middle of the old town. The staff were attentive and friendly without being invasive, breakfast on the roof was lovely every day and dinner in the Riad was one of the best of our entire holiday. Little extras like our cream leather slippers and the endless Molton Brown products were nice little touches and the onsite Hammam was a source of tea time relaxation every night...shortly before a large Gin and Tonic in the courtyard! If you can't be happy here, you need to go have a long conversation with yourself!! We will be going back and hoping not too many people have found out about it in the meantime....
stayed over xmas 2004 3 nights
excellent interior-good food and service
on the bad side, location is difficult and over xmas we did not meet anyone which was a pity
i think the fact that Lynn was away made a lot of difference compared to somewhere like Fenn where it seems to be more of a house party which we would have preferred. However if you want luxury and want to be alone this is the place
One of top Places To Stay !
I have been working in the hotel and venue industry for over 15 years and I can not remember how many hotels I have stayed in ! The Riad Farnatchi is one of the best properties I have stayed in this year, the staff, surroundings and service were second to none. From the moment you land in Marrakech the Farnatchi will take care of you nothing is too much trouble for Lynn Jose - Manager and her staff. If you want to experience the delights of Marrakech and stay in a luxourious suite the Riad Farnatchi should be on the top of your list !
We just returned from a four night stay at Riad Farnatchi and I can honestly say that the entire experience was wonderful. The location is perfect for exploring the souks and the Riad itself is an oasis of tranquility when you need to escape the bustle. We decided to eat at the Riad on one evening and were not disappointed. Both food and wine were excellent. As we booked late, we were required to change rooms half way through our stay which worked out great as both rooms were beautifully fitted with real wood burning fires lit for us every night by the fantastic staff. If you need advice or help with anything during your stay in Marrakech, I find it difficult to believe you could find anywhere better. Definitely a 5 star experience.