Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux
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... the same few people ummmmmmmmming and aaaaaahhhhhhing over everything in the store. While being methodically lied to with the same precision and smoothness that the artists working in the physical realm had just demonstrated. I walked out and stood on a pile of shards staring out over the valley filled with places identical to this factory. But don't worry – the pot you bought is handmade and therefore unique.
Finally the highlight ...
... i wanted. Having not paid a fee, i was expecting to be challenged by the security guard who came over but he didn’t seem bothered after our quick chat. Even as i left, no one seemed to care. So, i had walked 3 miles to get there for some photos of average ruins and mosaics and now i had to walk 3 miles back. I almost wished i hadn’t bothered. If i hadn’t been so hot or had the insects left me alone, it might have been a different story. As it was, Volubilis ...
The campsite in Fez had its good points, one of which was showers. A lovely thought after 5 nights of getting personal with a packet of baby wipes. Unfortunately, if more than one person had a shower at once it was a cold shower!! I'm sure that’s not a problem in the height of summer but when you’re wet and cold and a little bit sorry for yourselves its extremely character building.
Tim and I had already visited Fez some years ago ...
... middle ages. Spices sold by the scoop, butchers all in a row with beasts hanging over the counter with no refrigeration. Visited the obligatory carpet shop and tannery but managed to escape without buying anything. The markets really were an exciting and interesting place. Our room is a lot like our room in Havana in Cuba, shower water running across the bedroom floor and cases being hastily heaved up on to the bed! ...
... house owned by a very wealthy man (with three wives). In the center it was huge and open, three stories high and rugs hung all around us. Persian rugs, hand-woven rugs, camel hair rugs…everywhere! It was beautiful to see all of the vibrant colors. Two men gave a huge presentation, throwing rugs out on the floor to give us a view of the different types, colors and styles, piling them one on top of the other as we sat on benches surrounding the ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.