Travel Blogs from Fes
... solution made from dove poo), and complimented us on our English (apparently, Americans generally don't know what a calf or wheat is, or they might not understand his accent).
We were so impressed with the Cooperatif's laid back attitude (the old guide actually rushed us past the products, seemingly without any interest to sell), that we decided to take a closer look and haggled a nice red briefcase down to a nice price.
On haggling and recommendations
... that was left on the table. I finally went back to the kitchen to ask for silverware and napkins. Oh well, we didn’t starve and we had one cup of coffee…. John dashed out to the ATM… Meanwhile Wells Fargo was calling: FRAUD ALERT! FRAUD ALERT! "Yes, thank you for calling and being vigilant but I told you about 6 weeks ago that we would be traveling to Morocco and using our ATM card. Please do not block any withdrawals." ...
... tile, stucco and wood. Each medersa has a grand entrance that opens up into a courtyard and then has small rooms for prayer or teaching. The medersas were so beautiful! It's quite the contrast to the busy medina streets that are crowded with people and usually quite dirty. I was really amazed at how packed each of the stores are in the medina. Most of the shops are barely large enough to hold a few people, but they are packed wall to wall with goods. ...
... and fourth century this was a budding city with a sewage system and fresh water in the residences. Our guide told the story of the ruins as if we were there and we could envision the houses, the streets, the shops, the public square. There were a mosaic tiled floors that are in amazing shape in dining rooms. We could see olive presses in many homes. On arrival in fes, we walked to our riad where we will stay for ...
... they rinse you off and they scrub you with soap and wash your hair. You're squeaky clean afterwards. By the way, Joe came with to the hammam and was scrubbed a bit harder than I was, he was a bit raw at the end. He can't wear his glasses so he was a bit sight challenged. But it was a nice to relax after a bit of a frustrating day. I told Ahmed that we haven't been happy with the time in Fes and this was not the experience that I stated we were looking for. We were disappointed in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Norma Fes
A lovely Experience
This Riad lived up to it's excellent reputation. My boyfriend and I stayed there for two nights in early September and couldn't have been happier with our choice. The riad is totally gorgeous. The staff are friendly and helpful, everything they recommended was amazing. I would recommend Norma to everyone!
We really enjoyed our stay in Fes and Riad Norma was a large party of our experience. Fes Medina is anything but simple; an incredible maze for even the most seasoned traveler. For this reason alone, Riad Norma is a perfect place to stay while visiting. After a long day wandering the crowded twisting streets of the Medina, or a day trip to Meknes, Riad Norma's peaceful environment, accented by local music, provides a great respite from the day's heat. The staff is wonderful with Monique (the owner) always present, and Abdelkader (the manager) extremely attentive. The rooms are spacious and the food is well prepared and very reasonably priced. Breakfast and dinner are served in a garden surrounding the pool. Finally, no review of Riad Norma would be complete without a mention of the house cat, Ti-Ti.
Riad Norma - Gracious Living.
My wife and I spent 4 days in Fes, staying at Norma - It is charming and everything one would hope for on a holiday. We were treated as if we were royalty. Monique, the owner, and Abdelkader, her Major domo, were caring, and meticulous in their approach to all amenities.
Monique's cooking was delicious, prompting us to have all our dinners there, at poolside (as were our ample Moroccan breakfasts).
We would return there in an instant - our stay couldn't have been more wonderful.
Larry and Sonja
Heaven in Fes
We just came back from an 8-day trip to Morocco, and Riad Norma was a particular delight in a marvelous trip. The review immediately preceeding this one captures much of our experience (down to the Tosca suite and musicians during dinner). Abdelkader, the hotel manager, was the most gracious host (as was Monique, the owner of the riad, but she was in France for part of our stay), and you may trust any of his recommendations-- he will really look out for you. We looked forward to the plunge pool in the lovely garden at the end of each day, and breakfast each morning. If we are ever back in Fes, this is where we will stay.
A truly beautiful place to stay. Well located - within the medina walls, but on the medina periphery away from the chaotic shopping areas. My wife and I stayed in the Tosca suite. Very opulent, with a twenty foot ceiling, a nice seating area, nice furnishings, a king sized bed and a large private bathroom with tub. Individual air conditioning at your control. Plenty of hot water. The riad has a nice central court where breakfast is served and an attractive garden with a small clean pool that is nice for a cooling dip. Breakfast (same breakfast each day, included) is fresh orange juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, a traditional semolina bread (texture of cornbread) and a chewy crepe-like pancake. There is strawberry jam, marmalade and honey, and coffee or tea as well. Dinner is available at the riad at 25 euros per person and very good local wine is available at 15 euros per bottle. The dinner offerings were traditional Moroccan fare (chicken or lamb tagines, couscous) and very tasty. We had dinner at the riad 3 of the 4 nights we were there. One night we went to a restaurant recomended by the riad that had traditional Arab and Berber entertainments - about 8 "acts" including various musicians, several groups of dancers (including the mandatory belly dancer), a magician, and a mock wedding. Food was OK and the sampling of music and dance from both the Arab and Berber cultures was interesting. Clearly a production for the tourists, but still a good sampler. The last evening we were there, the owner of the riad, an elegant French woman named Monique, arranged for the guests to be entertained by a pair of Berber musicians/dancers. Their entertainment was very good and different than any we had seen in the restaurant - very percussive. They invited all the riad guests to participate in the dancing. It was good fun.
A haven of peace in the medina
We stayed in this beautiful riyad for four wonderful days at the end of March. It took twelve craftsmen eight months just to restore the plasterwork and the results are exquisite. The beautiful garden, with its pretty pool, orange trees and flowers was a peaceful haven after a day in the medina. Monique, her excellent staff and her cat will make you feel very much at home. The food was delicious and we did not eat a better couscous anywhere else in Morocco. Abdelkader will look after any requests for guides or cars and was always very helpful. We will be back.
We booked this riad [townhouse]after reading other favourable reviews. We were not disappointed.
Most Beautiful Riad in the World
This is indeed the most beautiful place we have ever stayed. You will truly feel like you are a guests at a palace. The staff is excellent, Monique the owner is a true joy, and the food - from the elegant dinner to the Moroccan sweets - is delicious. The architecture and decor are stunning. We cannot wait to return.
For a special stay in Fez it has to be Riad Norma with staff preempting your every need, superb food, advice from hunting houses to actually accompanying us as translator and beds and linen from same suppliers as Royal Palace. I cannot praise Monique and her staff (all 5 star) highly enough and as for the Riad lovingly restored at great cost, it was worth every euro or dirham. We felt at all times like royalty and were treated as such, faultless hostelry.
A surprise awaits
From the outside you would not believe that a riad of any sort exits but once you step inside it's like you are in a different world. The owner is a French lady named Monique who has renovated this home to the riad it is now. The service is outstanding and the dinners are fantastic. The breakfasts were delicious especially the freshly squeezed orange juice. The room we stayed was called Lucia and was quite large with it's own private bath. Everything about this place was dream like and beautiful and I would give it a 10 out of 10.