Riad Farnatchi, Marakesh Morocco
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A tastefully designed, quality orientated country house style riad with specially commissioned furnishings and fabrics. British owner and his son take pride in ensuring the highest standard European fittings are used, including state of the art bathrooms and sturdy handrails on the stairways.
Attracts well travelled, discerning guests who appreciate attention to detail, lavish, tasteful surroundings and personal service, which extends to complimentary pastries, canapes and even souvenir slippers for guests. Use of the designer hammam is free in the late afternoon.
Flat sided pink wall has a small arched, dark wood doorway in a corner. Two inner courtyards are in a traditional Moroccan style with extensive attention to detail in the slender columns and sweeping arches.
Roof terrace is especially spacious, offering splendid views across the Marrakech skyline.
Property type: Hotel
Built Year: 2002
Two grand looking lounges off the main courtyard have plush designer fabrics and comfortable sofas and armchairs. Additional alcoves provide intimate seating for early evening drinks or pre-dinner canapes.
There are two small dining rooms, one with ornate, modern, carriage style seating and the other with more traditional decor and furnishings. Decor is of a very high standard throughout with a mix of Moroccan and European designs.
Small rectangular pool with a fountain is located in one of the courtyards where green and beige tiling adds style and character. Fountains provide even more authenticity along with flowering shrubs and plants.
Many of the guest suites have a delightful private and often secluded garden with sun loungers. A roof terrace is well furnished with sunloungers and tables which provide a popular venue for al fresco breakfasts.
Area Type: In the very heart of the ancient Medina, surrounded by other riad style properties, numerous tourist shops, local museums and mosques. Approached along a short, narrow street which leads off one of the old city’s main pedestrian streets with the famous Jemma el Fna 250m away, through the maze of souks selling every item imaginable. Airport transfers are included in the price and taxis park just under 200m away.
Map Ref: 8
- A la carte restaurant
- Rectangular (7 yds)
- Public facilities
- Internet terminal(s)
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)