There should be more opulent Riads in Fes than Le Calife. The way Yasmine and Alex treat you though is what makes the difference. This elevates even the most ordinary abodes into a princely home. The couple were very helpful and attentive. It also helped that Yasmine's father owns a spa nearby (part of a hotel) so one can enjoy a hammam in a friendly establishment. It is called Palais Faraj.
It is located in the southern part of the medina of Fes and close to Avenue Recif. So it's a short convenient walk to any motorised transport. This is important if you intend to use motorised transport going from north to south of the medina.
We stayed in the Emaraude Room of Le Calife. A very elegant room, it has a spacious bath and good view of the patio. If one has difficulty in climbing stairs, however, ask for the Amber Room or the Opaline one. The former is on the ground floor while the latter is near the breakfast terrace, on the top floor.
The breakfast is served on the terrace which has a a panoramic view of the surroundings. With generous servings, one gets to be full enough to start the arduous task of walking through the souks of Fes. Occasionally Yasmine has special dinners like the one we had. Yasmine has a chef who is very good in roasting lamb. I did not get to taste it but my family who devoured the lamb, swear by it. Ask Yasmine about these dinners when you book. On the other hand, Yasmine's father owns L'Amandier Palais Faraj so you can head over there for an elegant dinner.
There is also a small bar on the ground floor if you want a drink in a very cosy and romantic atmosphere. A cup of coffee in the patio will also settle those frayed nerves from all the haggling one does in the souks.
If you are looking for a Riad with a pool and opulent bathrooms, Le Calife is not for you. If you are looking for a place with generously-sized rooms and suites and in one where you feel you OWN the place, then Le Calife is perfect for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the authentic world of the Riad Le Calife, and relish in its harmonious alliance of tradition and modernity. Located in the historical centre of the Medina (old city) of Fez, the Riad is a traditional home of the last century recently converted into a charming guesthouse. The house includes three prestigious suites and four charming rooms, three lounge areas, a well-being space and two terraces with a stunning panoramic view of the Medina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Le Calife Fes
- Riad Le Calife Hotel Fes