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Riad Le Calife
Ranked #1 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We visited the Riad for a quick Anniversary break and to visit the Music Festival.
Everything was made easy and delightful from the airport pick up (do it) to the care and attention that Yasmine and the Team give to your comfort.
We had a fantastic meal on arrival and then settled in to our lovely room. I had a fall and was nervous before the trip but Yasmine moved our room to help me manage and could not have been kinder.

The directions and restaurant suggestions were spot on and exactly right for us.
Yasmine even saved us time and hassle by booking tickets for the festival for us.

All in all a beautiful, clean and wonderful Riad - amazing view from the roof terrace and staff that treat you with kindness and care. Perfect!
We will definitely be back - asap

A few days in Fez could be hard work but they made it easy!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Rubis suite which was lovely and at the top so easy for access to the terrace and r...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

I have stayed in Riad le Calife for 3 nights with my father in the end of june, it was excellent. everything all the way from the service to the cooking class with the Riad chef Fatima. Everyone is so helpful and friendly and really treat you like family. I will definitely come again.
Greatings to Yasmine and her husband from Zurich! :)

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We booked online only the day we planned to arrive and received a very quick reply giving clear assistance for parking near the Riad. On arrival and during our 4 day stay, everyone was very helpful, giving advice on things to see, offering to make reservations at restaurants etc. The owners are charming and clearly want their guests to enjoy both their establishment and Fez. A beautifully restored building, lovely decor and the bar is beautiful. Would not hesitate to return here and thoroughly recommend.

Room Tip: We stayed in Amethyste - but am sure all are great.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We spent two nights at Riad le Calife and would have happily stayed for several more. The riad is in the medina convenient to explore different areas. The building is a traditional old private mansion which has been converted to a hotel. Our room was very large and faced the central courtyard which meant it was quiet and protected from street noise. The bath was also large and elegantly designed. On the rooftop is an attractive terrace with a great view over Fes for breakfast, dinner and relaxing after a day exploring. The staff is very warm and friendly, and made every effort to make our stay a pleasure. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We had wanted to stay in a riad and chose Riad Le Calife based on the Tripadvisor reviews. We traveled by train to Fes and arranged with the Riad to be met by a car and driver. It is well worth it. Not only were we met at the train station but when we arrived at the closest place to the Riad where a car could go - not the front door of the Riad - there was someone with a luggage cart to transport our bags to the Riad. Otherwise I am not sure we would have found the Riad from where cabs can drop you off.

Everyone at the Riad is very helpful: Yasmine, Alex, Chaimae. Every day started with a conversaton with the owners, Yasmine and Alex ,where we discussed where we might go that day (we stayed four days, five nights) includng suggestions as to where to eat. While sightseeing in Fes not every place seems clean enough for westerners to eat so this was very helpful. They also provided a great map and explained how the various routes were color coordinated making navigation around the medina much easier (everyone gets lost but the signs make getting around much simpler). One day while looking for the tannery we were off course (although we did not know it) but ran into Alex who took time out to walk us - in the other direction - to the tannery. Whenever we needed a taxi for our travels, they sent a staff member to walk with us to the area where there were cabs - a short walk-and to tell the cab driver where we wanted to go. They really made staying in Fez very easy.

The Riad is a perfect location. It is near one of the main gates but not in the souk itself. The gate is a good starting place to explore the souk, While it is not on a main road it is near enough that you can get a cab and have your luggage transported to or from a vehicle. We definitely saw Riads that were not anywhere near as convenient.

Each day breakfast was served on the rooftop (and dinner when we ate there) which offered great views of the city.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Emerald suite which is on the top floor. It was a very nice suite. If stairs are...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is the fifth of eleven reviews in Morroco, following our stay in Meknes, and to be followed by another in Fes. Stayed on 24th to 26th April, 2014.

This is one of the top places we stayed in, and at the end of our trip, it has probably emerged as our favourite against some very tough choices. It is also rated the number one hotel (not B&B) in Trip Advisor, which is a significant achievement, since Fes has a larger pool of rated hotels, B&Bs and inns than everywhere except Marrakech. The Riad is technically a hotel, since it offers full meals cooked by a local lady who has been with the owner’s family throughout her career and whose cooking has become famous. But the hotel really looks and feels like an inn because of its intimacy and ambience; it is also superior to anywhere we stayed up to now. It is the only hotel on this trip from which we received both pre-arrival reminders and post-departure thank you notes, a sure sign of thoughtfulness and training.

Fatima’s cooking is just one of many reasons to stay here (more about that later). The rooms are exceptionally high – our Amethyst Suite is plush, but so are the others. The owners have discerning tastes. Having a father who owns the superlative Palais de Faraj provided Yasmine with the ability to spring for quality furnishings (and she has even managed to out-rank her owner father, which should make him proud!). The Calife also excels by the quality of her staff; Yasmine has a penchant for selecting not only competent, but pretty ladies to work at the front desk of the riad, and both spoke excellent English and are cheerful to a fault. While their names are difficult to spell, I took time to remember – Chaimae and Douae; Yasmine of course is gorgeous, and had lived in Paris with Alex, her French husband, whom we did not meet. She is elegant, professional, knowledgeable, informative and hardworking, all of them requisite qualities for a success in hotel management. The fact that everyone we ran into speak good English shows the owners’ willingness to pay extra for more educated, better trained personnel; there is even a resident basset (though I cannot vouch for its breed, and maybe other voyagers will correct me in due course), Charles Darwin, who was quiet and resting beside Yasmine during our conversations but were friendly and contributed to the character and quaintness of the establishment.

Before the trip, I made a conscious decision and booked for two nights at Le Calife, and a third night at the Riad Fes (the only Relais & Chateau in Fes) for comparison; when we mentioned that to Yasmine, she told us we are not alone, as many other travellers before us have done that same, and it was a place she enthused. So, on the second and final day of our stay, we met the charming and famous Fatima (she was off the previous night), and she cooked for us, and we were happy; the pastille was the best we had on this trip, and the fillings were actually moist while the crust remains crispy and chewy.

During our stay at the Riad, Yasmine offered us the opportunity to experience hammam at her father’s hotel at 20%, and on our last day in Fes, we took up her offer and booked for a session. As we arrived early, we rested at the courtyard of the Palais Faraj and ordered iced mint tea while we waited. We were surprised by Yasmine emerging from the hotel, just finishing her spa, and glowing with vibrancy. On her advice, we took the combination treatment of hammam, scrub, and massage. The experience was enjoyable, even though it cost more than the price of our suite! We also met her father, the owner-patriarch, who waived the charge on the mint teas.

By the length of this article, it is obvious that we have enjoyed ourselves thoroughly at the Riad le Califfe. Thank you, Yasmine, Fatima, Douae and Chaimae, and the rest of the crew! We will not forget any of you, and Charles Darwin, of course!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Riad Le Calife is highly recommended. We booked on line and arranged to be met at the station and taken to the riad, which is recommended as you will otherwise have trouble finding it. Chaimae was very helpful with our email queries before we travelled, and was there to greet us on arrival, making us very welcome indeed.

The room was lovely, and the whole riad beautifully decorated. Breakfast was excellent, and is taken on the roof terrace when the weather is OK. A cold beer on the terrace is also very welcome towards the end of the day, the views are good and the service excellent.

We ate one evening and that was good too.

Riad Le Calife is not cheap by Moroccan standards, but well worth its price!

Room Tip: The room we had, Opaline, is highly recommended.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Le Calife

Address: 19 bis derb el Ouarbyia | el Makhfia, Fes 30000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#15 Family Hotel in Fes
Price Range: £85 - £134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Le Calife 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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