Photo by Kasia Gatkowska
Where Art and Shopping and Dinner Collide
You don’t have to be a guest at El Fenn's hotel to relish the eclectic surroundings of its gallery and boutique—all ruby red tadelakt around a gleaming silver bar, with a chest-high fireplace and a trompe l'oeil of strutting pink flamingos. As spaces go, it’s a work of art in and of itself. Put it on your list for lunch, dinner, or drinks so that you can also delight in the frequently changing exhibits of contemporary Moroccan and international artworks. Recent highlights featured a showcase of the best of Essaouira art naïf painters and the late, great photographer Leila Alaoui’s moving portraits entitled simply The Moroccans. Peruse the boutique for a carefully curated selection of made-in-Morocco housewares, fashion, and gift items by local designers and artisans before heading upstairs for a long, lazy lunch of market-fresh salads and grilled meat and fish served family style on the rooftop. If it's too cold for dining alfresco, grab a perfectly crafted negroni from the bar and snag a spot by the fire for an intimate tête-à-tête.
By Tara Stevens, AFAR Local Expert
El Fenn - Beautiful riad near the medina
El Fenn is one of the best places I have ever stayed in. The service is so personal and friendly; the amenities amazing! Several gardens, 3 pools, beautiful rooftop deck. It is very modern and arty, but definitely still has an authentic feel. Imagine a luxurious hotel in the States, and then imagine if that hotel were unique, had only a dozen rooms and more staff then guests who really listen to you and know what you want even better than you do. It is not cheap, but it was't too expensive either, try a couple of booking options to find the best price.
Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco