If you are looking for an oasis in the middle of the Fes Medina madness then look no further. This place is amazing.
Jean Claude was easy to book with via email and very considerate of what we might need for our arrival - dinner could be pre-ordered for 200 dhs each for a set menu. We decided to venture out locally for our first night but the smells from fellow guests eating in were mouth-watering. I paid one nights deposit for a double room prior to arriving in Fes (rest settled in dhs at riad in departure).
The Riad is sign posted from Place R'cif so you find it with very little trouble if on your own. We arrived via 4x4 after finishing a 3 day tour with Morocco Excursions from Marrakech and the very friendly Simone met us and escorted us to the Riad. The interior of the riad is beautiful. It took one year to renovate and I appreciated every tile. About 4 storeys high inside with steep stairs leading up to rooms on every level and a fantastic roof top terrace (replete with hammock and loungers!) that overlooks the Medina.
We were in double room Vanille which was exactly what we need - clean, air conditioned and spacious enough for us. We had our own corner of a floor with separate bathroom that had a fantastic shower - better than our one in London.
Jean Claude and Simone could not have been more friendly and could not have gone out of their way to make our stay any easier. Directions and a map were given if we wanted to self tour, which we tried, but also booked a half day tour through them and got the very professional Mohammed for a half day tour (250 dhs).
Breakfast on the terrace was fantastic and fresh soft cheese was offered instead of laughing cow - just one of the touches they think about.
On our departure Simone escorted us back down to Place R'cif to get into a petit taxi for the train station.
If you are indecisive about a choice of accommodation in Fes then look no further. We can not recommend this place enough. Place R'cif is more charming than Bab Bejeloud to be honest. The larger gate is rammed with more tacky tourist-orientated restaurants and you get a far more local feel at Place R'cif. Loads of banks etc. nearby too if you need to exchange money and its easy to get a petit taxi around to Bab Bejeloud to explore the main streets on the Medina (the easier ones to navigate by yourself!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A marvelous old house located in the heart of the medina close to the world's oldest university and the souks, built nearly 4 centuries ago. We offer to you 3 suites and 2 rooms with all the modern confort. Riad Laayoun is a marvelous place for your stay in the most beautiful medina of Africa. ... more less
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