Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux
Unsere dreiköpfige Familie (ein Sohn im Teenageralter) hat vom 10. März an vier Tage im Riad Fes verbracht, wir waren in den neuen Zimmern. Unser Flug kam erst sehr spät an und das Personal servierte uns dennach das Abendessen, das wir vorbestellt hatten. Wir haben jeden Abend im Restaurant gegesssen. Das Essen muss man zwar vorbestellen aber wir fanden, dass die Auswahl riesig war und es gab viele interessant Gerichte, ganz ohne Folgen (sehen Sie dazu die Kritik über das La Maison Arabe, Marrakesch). Das Hotel selbst ist einfach atemberaubend. Das Personal war freundlich und extrem effizient; fragte sehr verstohlen, ob wir mit dem Taxi und den Reiseführern zufrieden gewesen wären, die sie uns besorgt hatten. Ich kann dieses Hotel nicht genug empfehlen.
The most wonderful hotel ever
I spent 3 exceptional days at Riad Fes in June 2006. I am a fussy traveller and this is my first congratulation review for one of the hotels I stayed at. Bravo!!!
A haven in the medina
Riad Fes is a lovingly and painstakingly restored former palace in the heart of the medina with excellent rooms, food, hammam and service of knowledgeable local guides. We recommend that you take advantage of a guide, particularly if it's your first visit to the city as it helps with orientation. The owner and staff were friendly and helpful and keen to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Definately the best accommodation as we travelled through the desert and far superior to Les Jardins de la Medina and Riyad Al Moussika in Marrakesh. We recommend this riad very highly.
One of the Best Hotels - Worldwide
We spent 4 nights at the Riad Fes. My wife and I stayed at the Royal Suite. My 25 year old daughter stayed at the Seffarine Room. Arriving there, we were overwhelmed by its architecture. The restoration has been superbly done. Even in the rooms and bathrooms, the mosaics and the carvings are hand made. Piece by piece! It was only after we visited some artisans' ateliers in Fez that we understood why such an unbelievable work was still possible.
At arrival, we were received by the couple who own and manage the Riad. Perfect service. They arranged everything we needed: guide, transportation, suggested the visits, even spent 20 minutes talking to the guide to check where he would be taking us. They also called a couple of friends to open their palaces so that we could visit.
Their Moroccan breakfasts were superb. We hardly ate lunch during our stay in Fez.
Dinners at their restaurant were delicious. Menus changed every night. We only went out one evening, to have a mediocre dinner at the most famous restaurant of Fez. On our last evening there, they asked us what kind of dish we would prefer for dinner. I said I was very curious about the creative 'nouvelle cuisine' in Morocco and mentioned a chef in Marrakech where we have had dinner. No problem! Nouvelle cuisine it will be.
So far I have visited very few hotels like the Riad Fes in the world: few rooms, outstanding architecture and impeccable service. Places where - even in your very first visit - you are a Guest, with a name, not only a room number. In this category, I would mention La Postavecchia in Rome, Vila Patiño in Lisbon, Le Sirenuse in Positano, Villa San Michelle in Florence and Hacienda Benazuza in Seville. A short list. I was to happy to include one in Fez.
Our family of three (one teenage son)spent four nights at the Riad Fes from 10 March, staying in the new rooms. Our flight was very late yet the staff were still able to serve the dinner we had pre-ordered. We ate in the restaurant every night and although the food must be pre-ordered we found plenty of choice and lots of interesting tastes, with no dire consequences (see related review on La Maison Arabe, Marrakech). The hotel itself is simply stunning. The staff were friendly and extremely efficient; subtly checking that we were happy with the taxi and guide arrangements they had made for us. I can't recommend this hotel too highly.
Clean, sharp and beautiful!!
Recently stayed at Riad Fez after reading all the reviews. We wanted to experience staying in Riad or dar versus a typical hotel. Wow! What a Riad! We got a room in the newer wing which was perfect as those rooms have more privacy and better insulation/heating abeit less ornate. Fez was supper chilly when we arrived during a rainstorm. The Riad right away took care of our belongings and offered us hot tea and cookies. It was like stepping into a sanctuary. The staff was very prompt and curteous but not overbearing. They will cater to your every whim if you request and stay away at the same time for your privacy. They also hade the best meals ever at reasonable rates. We've tried both the low end, high end and homestyle meals (invited by a family)..and still this Riad was fantastic. We even had a hammam and the staff was super! I would definitely stay there again.
A magic experience
We first went to another riad, but we didn't like.
After what ,we had a wonderful experience at the Riad Fes. It's really a magic place. Great to go there for a romantic time. There is also a great fusion traditional-moderne bar where you can find a unique atmosphere in Fez.
The service is very friendly and personalised.
Great, great, great!
Beautiful archictecture and excellent service
This hotel is a beautifully restored moorish building with splendid attention to detail in style - bedrooms do not have televisions permanently installed because we were told they upset the design of the room (you have to ask for one)! Service was extremely welcoming from the start of our visit (although breakfast was a bit slow) - the staff in reception are remarkably friendly and helpful. Location is wonderful if you want to be within the medina, but be prepared to get lost at times! We visited when the weather was cold and the hotel has no central heating. Although the room heating was very good, the public areas could be a litte chilly in spite of valiant attempts to provide heating. Nevertheless our stay was thoroughly enjoyable. Recommended.
We stayed at the Riad Fez for 3 nights 6-7-8 November 2005. Truly a beautiful authentic restoration. Owned by a french architect. No detail overlooked, stunning food wonderfully presented. We stayed in the Sadiennes junior suite a beautifully furnished room with stunning fabrics. This is not cheap at 3000 dirhams a night ie approx $300 US. If you want to treat yourself this is the place to do it. Meals are equisite but again you get what you pay for.
Great Service and Stunning Architecture
I stayed at the Riad Fes with a group of friends. We were 3 gay couples (6 people in total) and at the beginning we were a bit concerned whether they would give us bad looks or something. They were totally welcoming and they made our stay truly pleasant. The Riad is a stunning building from an old family in the city and the owner is still there running the place and welcoming guests with the old splendour grace of a bygone era.
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We just relaxed at the restaurant for a long time. He even told us to move the pillows to the side for our backs and put our feet up, like home. He was so nice. It was very enjoyable there.
Eventually, we both needed to get going before we became part of the furniture. We walked around some more and shopped. We had a fun time bargaining for scarves. The man even said he had fun with us and that we were nice people (this was after ...
We had a guided tour around Fes. It is a huge medina with over 9000 lanes. The guide was great and showed us all the things on our wish list including the Palace Gates, Medersa Bou Inania, Medersa el-Attarine, the Chauowara tannery and a mosaic artisan workshop. The tour was great and we would highly recommend - we would never have found half those places without Mohammed! We have finished the day very tired and very ...
... the city of Fes, whose medina is made up of three parts. It's quite impressive and stretches quite long, and only the locals seem to be able to make their way around, including the children who could be seen walking along by themselves.
It was off to a nearby pottery village to learn how the pottery is made, from the preparation of the clay, to the sculpting, the baking, and the painting. Mosaics included an extra step that saw several artists cutting stone and assembl
... So rucksacks up the top and our carriage section filled up slowly. A German boy and a Moroccan boy opposite me and mum, then the godfather and his mate by the window! Only 6 of us to start with. There were blinds down on the windows and it was boiling hot! When the train started up its engine the air con came on and a new man that joined our carriage wanted the door shut as that makes a difference apparently. So there we were huddled up in this little carriage with a 7 hour journey ...
... Medina where only walls and doors greet its visitors. In the Jewish quarter, the buildings have balconies with elaborate designs and woodwork. On our visit, some of the balconies were being used to hang people’s laundry, most had satellite dishes pointing south (Time does not stand still).
Tired but happy with our day’s exploration we came home and rested for awhile before we set out to find something small to eat for dinner ...