We had a beautiful time at the riad, where we spent 5 nights during our honeymoon.
- We stayed in the Diamante room. It was absolutely gooooorgeous, with several stained glass windows and beautiful decor. You can tell they really pay attention to detail by the decorations throughout the riad. We have never stayed in such a beautiful room. Seriously, this is a gorgeous room. Look at the pictures.
- Complimentary chilled waters, sodas, fresh fruit and snacks were stocked in the room every day and appreciated.
- Good water pressure in the bathroom, with a big, separate tub.
- The location is close to a square where you can easily hail taxis.
- The location felt safe.
- They have a lovely courtyard with a running fountain. We could hear them cleaning it every day.
- We were able to book a couple of tours/guides, restaurant reservations, and concert tickets, very easily with the help of the staff. Really, they made it very easy and convenient.
- The staff tried to make our stay enjoyable, helping with whatever was needed. Everyone was nice, including the owners, front desk, housekeeping, clerks (especially Rene), etc.
- They sent up a nice bottle of wine and apologized when we had an issue with something in the room (see below).
- Tasty and generous breakfast, served on a lovely rooftop terrace overlooking the medina.
- Lovely soaps, shampoos, and even Q-tips and cotton pads that are avalaible are a nice touch.
- They gave good restaurant recommendations. (Try Palais de Fes, nearby).
- They serve alcohol.
- The bed was clean and comfortable.
- The drivers they recommended were excellent. Karim and Hamid were friendly and professional.
- We saw a big roach (about 2 inches long) in the bathroom for two of the five nights we stayed. We are from NYC and realize that in densely populated areas, uninvited critters are just a fact of life. But, you don't want to stay in a nice place and then be scared to even use the bathroom during the night. When we brought it up with them, they graciously apologized and noted they treated the riad and will have it treated again though sometimes it's just a hazard of being in that location. And with the attention they pay to detail, we do believe that they will get it taken care of promptly. They surprised us with a nice bottle of wine, which they didn't have to do and which we appreciated. (Side note: my husband and I named the roach Pierre, so if you see him, say bonjour.)
- The bathroom ran out of toilet paper on our last morning because it wasn't restocked. I also noticed that there was a hair on the bathroom floor (not ours) and it was there the whole time we stayed there.
- The staff was sometimes a little "too" nice, which can seem insincere at times. And they seemed to know too much information about us (i.e. the evening staff, who were not there when we left in the morning, knew what we did that day). It's a little more attention than we like.
- We had dinner there one night, and the food was good. I told them earlier in the day when we made dinner reservations that I am vegetarian, and they made a delicious vegetable "purse" entree. However, they brought me a big salad with non-vegetarian tuna fish in it for a starter.
- The room smelled faintly like raw sewage. We realize this is a developing country, and we've smelled that in Morocco more times than we would like to count. We noticed we didn't smell it when we turned off the air conditioner. But then the choice is to be cool and have a weird-smelling room, or have cleaner air and be warm. We were a little warm.
- The location wasn't super. There weren't a lot of things in the immediate vicinty (which can be good sometimes), and it didn't seem to be a "destination" part of the medina.
- Breakfast ends at 10 am - a little early for us vacationers, which meant we had to set the alarm to wake up in time.
- I had emailed months in advance (literally, months in advance) about scheduling tours. Specifically, we were interested in seeing the Cherry Festival in nearby Sefrou. They forgot when we got there, but it was no problem for us to coordinate it in person. But I wish they had gotten more info about the Cherry Festival. We ended up spending about US$100 on a driver and guide, and there weren't any Cherry Festival happenings at that time. Most of all, I wish we hadn't spent the time doing that when we could have explored other things in Fes. If we had known the Cherry Festival wasn't going to be going on at that time, we wouldn't have gone to Sefrou.
- The riad is not built for tall people. My 6'2'' husband bumped his head on several doorways six times throughout our stay. We know of other guests who faced the same problem. Watch your head!
- Also, because we need change for tips, taxis, etc, (and the ATMs give 200DH and 100DH bills) we tried to get change upon check-out. (It seems difficult to get change at times in Morocco.) They did not have the change available. They sent someone for change, and he brought back 2 50DH bills, which didn't solve our problem. It would be really nice and convenient if they had change available on-site.
Also, some things to be aware of:
- There was some construction near the front entrance when we came. I thought the door to the actual riad was missing and almost had a heart attack! :) But just be aware when you are walking through the alleyways that the actual riad looks much better than all the construction outside.
- We found in Morocco people just hand you off to someone else who knows the way. (This is very unfamiliar and a bit disarming to a couple of skeptical New Yorkers.) A driver handed us off to someone at the square (Cinema Amal) who had a wheeled cart to take our bags and show us to Riad Le Calife. It all happened very quickly and we were a little sketched out by it. Where we're from, that is something we would consider unsafe. But I guess that's how things are done here. Also, we weren't expecting it, so we didn't have much money to tip the baggage handler with, which made us uncomfortable. So just know you might be handed off to someone at Cinema Amal and prepare to have some money available for tips.
Ovreall, it was a nice place to stay and we would recommend it to others.
- 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