Sally Symons

El Fenn

with Sally Symons
  • Where:Marrakech, Morocco

  • Why:A much needed vacation.

  • When:August 2016

  • Who:My boyfriend Nik and me.

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Highs & Lows

  • The entire staff was lovely--very friendly and helpful.

  • There are tons of little communal spaces to hang out and read or have a drink.

  • The boutique is amazing. They have a great mix of local crafts and clothing and jewelry by independent designers.

  • We loved the morning breakfast spread and the mint tea and cakes each afternoon.

  • The hotel charges a service fee for any restaurant reservations or bookings the staff makes for you, which we weren’t aware of prior to receiving our bill.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Super stylish Riad.

  • Vibe

    Relaxed chic.

  • Location

    In the medina, walking distance from Jemaa el-Fna and lots of cultural sites and great restaurants.

  • Rooms

    28

  • Music

    Mix of Moroccan and jazz.

  • Year Opened

    2004

  • Designed By

    Vanessa Branson and Howell James with architect Amine Kabbaj

  • Pool/Gym

    3 pools and a hammam for spa treatments. No gym.

  • Restaurant

    Yes

  • Bar

    Yes

  • Minibar

    No mini bar, but each room has a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival and drinking water that’s replenished daily.

  • Wifi

    Yes, and it’s free.

  • Children

    Bring them and book the family suite at El Fenn’s “Little Sister” property down the street.

  • Price

    Very reasonable.

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