Riad El Fenn
Vanessa Branson’s ultra-chic Medina hotel, Riad El Fenn, has fast become one of the most talked about riads in Marrakech. Situated at the edge of the Medina, close to the Bab El Ksour, the space has been designed as part family home, part artistic retreat and part commercial business. The 21 rooms and suites at Riad El Fenn are arranged around a typically elegant courtyard, while elsewhere in the deceptively large building are two heated swimming pools, a massage and hammam centre, a home cinema (with 10-foot screen), an organic garden, kitchen for cooking lessons, and WiFi internet throughout. The interior is unusual: simple tadelakt rooms presented in turquoise blues, deep reds and simple creams, with assorted decorative features that vary from Murano chandeliers picked up in the Portobello Road to works by acclaimed international artists such as Bridget Riley, Terry Frost and Fiona Rae. The combination results in a creative and stimulating environment with emphasis on comfort and style, provided by consummate team of hosts and managers, who together have ensured a Condé Nast hotlist rating for the place as well as a glut of other well-deserved accolades.