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9:00 AM 9th November 2020

El Fenn Expands & Embraces New Way To Travel

Landmark Marrakech hotel El Fenn will unveil a sumptuous expansion this coming January, as it pledges greater commitment to supporting Morocco’s local economy, community and environment.

El Fenn now stretches across twelve interconnected riads, traditionally the stately city homes of wealthy citizens such as merchants and courtiers.

Amongst the new highlights is a heated rooftop pool
with panoramic views of the Marrakech cityscape, Koutoubia Mosque and Atlas Mountains. Four new suites plus a second bar and private dining room have also been added and the stylish in-house spa and store expanded.

“El Fenn has constantly evolved but we’ve always been about authentic luxury,” said managing partner Willem Smit, who has overseen the project build and design. “Our expansion honours that core philosophy along with an increased commitment to the wider Moroccan community.”

El Fenn now spans 2,700sq metres of the Marrakech medina and boasts 31 rooms and suites, plus a 1,300 sq metre rooftop.

Supporting the Local Economy, Community & Environment

A team of 70 local artisans have worked on the hotel to hand craft finishes including zellig-tiled colonnades, bright tadelakt lime plaster walls and stitched leather floors.

Everything at the hotel has also been locally sourced, from the bed linens and organic bath products to the freshly brewed tea and coffee served on the rooftop for breakfast.

On the food front, seasonal local ingredients will be used to create classic El Fenn dishes, such as the daily homemade tagine, in addition to a new daily-changing plant-based menu with optional meat and fish dishes.

The hotel is also developing initiatives to offset flight carbon emissions by planting trees in the Atlas Mountains and sponsor three children from local orphanages through school.

El Fenn ( +212 524 44 1210), including breakfast and afternoon tea, costs from €250 per night. In early 2021, more expensive rooms will be priced at a flat rate of €350 and guests will be able to choose the exact room they want to stay in. The hotel is also launching a range of packages for everything from digital nomad working weeks to weddings.