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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... on the stoop of a closed storefront. Caleb then had the line of the trip - he was a bit hot and tired and as we sat blurred out..."We come half way around the world just to see t-shirt for sale with a picture of J-Lo on it... groan".
We got packed up in the afternoon and then went down for our 6pm soccer game. Some of the vendors were not too happy with the ball rolling in to their goods for sale and at one point a fellow threw the ...
... arrived in Fes we taxied it to our hostel. The check in guy had asked for 440 dirham...I handed it over, tired and delirious from the train, not to mention my awful number skills. Then I thought, no, that's wrong. He had charged us for two nights, not one. I had emailed at 6am the previous day asking if we could cancel due to sickness, the reply I got was "not problemé" they tried to tell me the owner would be there soon and he'd sort it. ...
... second class tickets now that we have sussed out the system. The carriage is fine, small compartment same as first class except that it has seats for eight rather than six. There are just four of us in the carriage. Half an hour later we rattle into Fes station, book our onward bus tickets (this is where the fun will no doubt start, look out for future blogs) and take a taxi to our hotel (again with bags on the roof but this time the driver is in a fearful hurry!)
We arrive ...
... neon yellow (a Moroccan specialty), hot pink and others that you would not be caught dead in! Just like a strategically stationed souvenir shop at the end of a visit to some places, you cannot leave until you have walked through every laden room in the store.
Fes became a refuge for Jews in the 14th century thus creating a mellah (Jewish quarter) just outside the medina. Many Jews played an important role in the imperial court and the community did enjoy the favor ...
... sexual Kama Sutra".
I was the first of the group to go - and I was glad after the fact, because I would not have gone for that "massage" if I had seen what was about to happen to me! Pulled and jerked every which way, it was like a wrestling match with a clear winner - not me. The old man cracked bones I didn't even know I had! Locking legs then pulling me up by my arms way beyond my stretching point, pushing my leg behind me and in front of me in ways ...