Riad Farnatchi

Marrakech, Morocco Book from

Small, chic riad with the style, service and spa of a 5 star boutique hotel set in the oldest section of the Medina (9 rooms)
Since Marrakech has become a Mecca for high-fashion shoots and swanky celebrity parties, the number of stylish riads has rocketed, as owners try to lure designers and stars to this exotic and classy city.

Award-winning British hotelier Jonathan Wix (creator of 42 The Calls in Leeds, the Scotsman in Edinburgh and Tremoille in Paris) bucked the trend and spent two years converting 3 small riads into a holiday home for family and friends. But then he was converted and convinced that his creation should be shared. And so Riad Farnatchi was born.

The original triplet of riads stood on one of the oldest parts of Marrakech and some of the walls are more than 400 years old. But there’s nothing ancient about the sleek lighting and crisp decor in this chic, intimate retreat – it has the feel of a beautiful private home and the facilities of a world-class hotel. And mere mortals are just as welcome as models or movie stars.


  • Exquisitely decorated and pristine rooms with the feel of a luxury hotel
  • Beautiful white-marbled hammam
  • Complimentary Moroccan robe (djelaba) and fez hat
  • 7m pool with jetstream for exercising
  • New in 2016, the Farnatchi Spa now neighbours the hotel building and overnight guests have direct access


  • More expensive than most riads (but worth it, as there's lots of free goodies)
  • Can get booked up quickly
  • A very peaceful ambiance so families with boisterous kids might feel self-conscious

Best time to go

Farnatchi is closed in August but any other month it maintains its chic retreat status. The riad's powerful air con is most welcome in the hot May to July period.

Our top tips

If you like to lie in the sun, suites 6 and 7 have private roof terraces.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Riad Hotel
  • 10
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • Allowed but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Farnatchi's suites have been specially designed to comfortable European standards while retaining that classic Moroccan soothing sense of space. All have airy sitting areas and roomy, hand-made beds with Egyptian cotton sheets.

We stayed in room 4 which had a modern, almost masculine feel with its stark steel fireplace, black velvet bed-drape and grey wood headboard with Arabic script. We loved our little balcony overlooking the indoor pool and across from us was the larger balcony of suite 3 with its stunning olive green interior and twin baths - Scarlett Johansson once stayed in this suite! We also had a peek at room 5 with its opulent iron & glass bed and boudoir-red curtains.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Tv
  • Wifi internet


Riad Farnatchi has a Berber cook who bakes her own bread (khybz) and is the creative genius behind all the food in the house, from preserves to pastilla to pickles. We'd had a big, late lunch in town so the tasty bissara (pea & bean soup) served at night (with no complaints from the kitchen) on our private balcony hit the spot.

If we'd arrived earlier, we could have indulged in the complimentary pre-supper canapés - eaten in the candlelit dining room, the B'hou (covered sitting area with one side open to an internal courtyard) or the roof garden, with its traditional Moroccan barbeque. Lunches and dinner are arranged individually for your particular palate, although only Moroccan cuisine is served. The riad can arrange for other food to be brought in, plus there's free tea/coffee, mineral water, fruit and pastries throughout the day.

The roof terrace is the perfect sun-lit place for breakfast: lots of strong hot coffee, fresh juices and jams, crepes and cereals.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Set aside an indulgent afternoon and take advantage of the Farnatchi Spa - there are 2 marble hammams, treatment rooms, a wide range of treatments and healthy lunches on offer. The luxury Ila products are organic and handmade, with ingredients including Moroccan argan oil

  • Dine in lavish surroundings at one of Marrakech’s grand palace restaurants - or have the Farnatchi chef prepare a special dish and dine a deux on your balcony

  • Take a tour in a horse-drawn caleche around Marrakech’s main sights - guests taking the whole riad will have free use of one during their stay

  • Show off your souk shopping bargains to the other guests over the complimentary canapés in the sitting B'hou

  • Swim in the pool and enjoy the underwater jet stream

  • If it's a day where you just want to lounge about in your djelaba, tune into the satellite tv in your room - videos can be provided too

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming


The Riad accept children of all ages, but it's not ideal for younger ones as the pool has no attendant and the furnishings are not really kid-resistant. Babysitters, extra beds and cots can be provided if necessary.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Cots available

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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