Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux

Address: 5 Derb Ben Slimane, Fes, 30110, Morocco | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel, located on 5 Derb Ben Slimane, Fes, is near Bou Inania Medersa.
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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.

    Truly lovely


    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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    A travel blog entry by dles3222 on May 25, 2015

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    ... The town is on the Via Appia & has lovely arched gateways at the approaches & a huge victory arch also,
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    ... walking and walking. We eventually started to see more tourist type stalls with junk for sale and more tourist looking people - we fit in so well we feel part of the city versus those one day visitors to the medina. We got to one of the western gates and we all needed a breather. I explain on my photo of Caleb sitting where we took our break. We could see a good part of the surrounding neighborhoods to ...

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    Houssein and Said had prepared a simple but lovely breakfast for us. The riad was starting to feel like home and the two young men were delightful company.

    Mohammed and our guide for the day Khlafa, joined us at the riad dining area. Khlafa, an affable young man dressed in a spotless flowing white kaftan not only looked the part, but was knowledgeable yet easy going - and proved to be a very good guide. In Fes, as ...

    A travel day - Petra to Wadi Rum to Fez, Morocco

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    ... or trucks. We had a rough start here, as our room in the old section(originally built in 1879) of the hotel was dirty and substandard, and I tried to change rooms. We had four managers in the room, and I showed them precisely how dirty it was. They were indeed embarrassed and promised to upgrade us tomorrow, and give us a free spa service etc. The internet also didn't work and our power adapters didn't fit their ...