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With the main square of Jemaa el-Fnaa just a ten-minute walk south, British-owned Le Farnatchi is well placed for a deep dive into the medina while staying in luxurious comfort. Expect good Moroccan cuisine, professional spa treatments, a delightful breakfast on the roof terrace and just ten large and romantic suites.

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You're deep in the heart of the medina; Rue Souk el Fassis isn't easy to find but if you call the hotel they will send someone to meet you and carry any luggage. Transfers from the airport are complimentary and take 20 minutes. There is no parking. The excellent Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech is close by as is Ben Youssef Madrasa, a historic Islamic college, is one of the city's top sights.

By plane: direct flights from London to Marrakech Menara take around 4 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Book flights to Marrakech.

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Built around three courtyards with multiple staircases, Le Farnatchi takes some working out but has plenty to enjoy including a pool, roof terrace and spa. Interiors exemplify the skills of Moroccan craftworkers in a splendid array of carved wood and plaster, patterned tiles, ornate metalwork and richly coloured textiles.


The ground level, 22ft swimming pool is perfect for a cooling dip after tramping the souks. The riad employs over 40 staff and service is fast and friendly. Guests are given a local mobile phone which is handy in case you get lost or need advice. Tea and coffee are complimentary throughout the day.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Games room
  • Free Wi-Fi


Eight of the ten suites have a terrace and all are colourful and individually designed using local crafts including handmade beds, carved plasterwork, metal lamps and traditional rugs. Some have grand bathrooms; showers feature a choice of six Molton Brown toiletries while amenities include robes, safe, water, fruit and a yoga mat.

Room types: Suite 1-10

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, air conditioning, TV, docking station, phone, Wi-Fi


Across the street, Le Trou au Mur restaurant is set on three levels with a roof terrace. Open for lunch and dinner, it serves well-prepared Moroccan classics plus comforting alternatives such as pumpkin ravioli and chicken curry. Cocktails hit the spot and both drinks and dishes can be delivered to your suite.

Le Trou au Mur: rooftop restaurant, Moroccan and international cuisine. Dishes include Tagine of the Day and stuffed poussin. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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