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Originally designed as a private home by an award winning British hotelier, Riad Farnatchi is a charming boutique hotel in the central Medina district that retains the intimacy and character of a private home, while having all of the facilities, style and service of a five star boutique hotel.
The hotel started life as three small riads, which were then joined together to make one building, and many of the original features remain in tact, with some of the walls being over 400 years old. There are just nine suites in total, all spacious and airy with Moroccan touches complimented by comfortable European standards - Bose IPod speakers, WiFi and central heating can be found throughout.
Dining however is thoroughly Moroccan, with authentic local cuisine prepared to suit the guest's individual tastes (they are happy to prepare anything from steak to pizza on request but even the fussiest of eaters couldn't not be tempted by the Moroccan fare). The culinary genius behind it all is a Berber chef who also makes delicious home-made bread - known as khybz - and other treats such as pickles and pastilla.
The riad's central position in the Medina district is ideal for exploring the souqs and sights of Marrakech. Take a tour in a horse drawn caleche, or wander around on foot. On return to the riad, take advantage of the complimentary hammam in the afternoon, swim in the indoor pool or indulge in a gommage (Moroccan massage treatments).