Moroccan break: El Fenn

Set in lush courtyards with orange and lemon trees, riad El Fenn is a boutique home beside the Bab El Ksour gate of Marrakech, Morocco (Africa). A traditional moroccan complex with old walls, the riad is in a quiet area and really easy to access the Medina.


The two owners, Vanessa Branson and Howell James, renovated seven traditional Moroccan houses, maintaining the original style. They created an fabulous hotel with modern elements, to favourite sustainability and authenticity. In fact, the external and internal part of the riad have moroccan objects, mixed to colourful texture and walls. The rooms and the outside space is with bright colours, Moroccan mosaic tiles and artisanal cedar wood furniture. Moreover, guests can enjoy Vanessa Branson’s private art collection and hand-crafted pieces.

El Fenn offers 31 rooms and suites in different buildings, with bright walls, Moroccan furniture, colourful carpets and design elements. Every room has a seating areas, some have fireplaces and private terraces. The suites are perfect for families with different sleeping and living space. Moreover, the riad offers Annex apartments with different space and rooftop terrace with a little pool.

The El Fenn restaurant has a menu with traditional Moroccan food and seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables. Therefore, guests can taste their menu in the courtyard area or at the rooftop terrace. In addition, every afternoon they can enjoy mint tea and plates of homemade patisserie.

What to do

The terrace has a heated rooftop pool and an amazing panoramic views of the Marrakech. Here visitors can relax and enjoy lounging areas with colourful sofas and sun beds. The riad also offers a small pool for children and on the ground floor another heated one. The hotel’s spa has a menu of beauty rituals and massages with natural ingredients.

Thanks to its central spot, El Fenn is great as a starting point to discover Marrakech and its souks. From here visitors can organise day tours to visit the monuments or explore the tiny alleys of the medina and find artisan and food vendors.

Info:– Room price: double room from 200 euro, incl. tea, coffee, afternoon tea and Wi-Fi – Services: breakfast and airport transfer

Photo Credit: ©David Loftus, Joanna Vestey, Liesbeth van der Wal