A Traditional Moroccan Stay: El Fenn, Marrakech

Situated on the outskirts of the medina, you’ll find El Fenn. Perfectly discrete, in a small alley, with a knock on the door you’ll enter an oasis right in the heart of what is, perhaps, Africa’s most exotic city- Marrakech.

The architecture is historic, paying homage to the rest of the old city. You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time upon entry. We arrived around 7pm and were greeted with warm Moroccan Mint tea on plush sofas, all making the check-in process, well… enjoyable and seamless. Shortly after check-in, we made our way to our room. One of 27 others.  Adding to that overall boutique feeling.

The following morning was when it all really sank in that I was in Marrakech, staying in a traditional style riad.

El Fenn

The Room

We stayed in an extra large room, also known to guests as the honeymoon suite, which overlooks the main courtyard. Each room on the property is unique, styled and furnished completely different. Copper, brass and stainless steel accents paired with plush fabrics and vibrant jewel tones. I honestly think the colors make this room. You won’t find a television here- encouraging you to disconnect.

The king-size bed was like sleeping on a cloud. A cloud that also doubles as a throne. I personally think a night in, with the fireplace and a bottle of wine would be perfect. See for yourself:

El Fenn

I chatted with a guest who had stayed in the ‘honeymoon suite’ on a previous trip to Marrakech and she mentioned how the riad is constantly evolving and seeking global inspiration. She said, the room looked completely different compared to her previous stay. I loved hearing that, El Fenn isn’t afraid to evolve- each time becoming a better version of itself.

I don’t normally discuss the bathrooms, because usually they’re nothing special. But continuing with the lavish, jewel tones let me take you to the bathroom. The space is well equipped for two people with his and her sinks, plunge bathtub, separate monsoon shower, and vanity area. The bathroom is this deep turquoise shade, so naturally I quickly fell in love. PS there is a towel warmer!

I found myself wandering around the labyrinth life property taking mental notes for my future homes décor and styling.

The Annex

Further down the same alleyway, you’ll find El Fenn’s Annex. This is a private riad with four small bedrooms and one medium bedroom, with a dining room, sitting area and picture-perfect courtyard. This is a great spot for groups traveling together, you can rent out the entire space and still enjoy all of the amenities of the main riad.

El Fenn

The Grounds

Completely enclosed, away from the craziness of Marrakech, you’ll find peace and quiet. A place you can truly relax in. El Fenn can cater to 70 guests at full occupancy, but something tells me that you would still feel like the only soul on the property if that were the case.

El Fenn

On a clear day from the rooftop terrace (as pictured previously), you’ll have views of the Koutoubia mosque and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in the distance. Accessed by a staircase or the lift, this is where you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast, a long lunch, or a drink accompanied by the evening prayer calls.

Starting at 3:30, you can enjoy afternoon tea in the main courtyard. Accompanied by homemade pastries. The perfect way to unwind after a full day of exploring in the medina.

Spa & Fitness

Experience traditional beauty and relaxation rituals in the El Fenn Spa. Choose from a black soap scrub to a ghassoul clay body mask to an indulgent massage, and so much more. After your treatment, enjoy mint tea by the spa pool. If you’re looking for something a little more active, the staff can organize you a personalized jogging or cycling tour around the sites of the medina. Or rooftop yoga or pilates! Looking for adventure? The Atlas Mountains are perfect for a day trip full of hiking!

Like I said, I found myself wandering the grounds of El Fenn taking mental notes for what I want my future home to look like. And now you can see why. This is perhaps one of the most culturally rich places I’ve stayed in to date. I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of Marrakech accommodations- everything from luxury hotels to well known riads. If I could redo Marrakech, the only thing I would change is how much time I spent at El Fenn, because to be quite honest it wasn’t enough time.

I was a welcomed guest of El Fenn Marrakech, as always, my opinions are my own. 

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