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Riad Le Calife
Ranked #2 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, UK
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at Le Calife. I have to agree with the other reviews of this Riad. A beautiful property, delightful rooms, wonderful hosts, great food, fabulous views over the Medina. If we return to Fes then we would not consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2010

This Riad is full of charm and character, the hosts have clearly thought of every detail in terms of decoration and comfort. We were offered refreshing towels perfumed in orange blossom upon our arrival. Yasmine and Alexandre are very nice, they made us feel at home and gave us advice that optimised our stay in Fés. The Riad staff are very courteous and helpful as well.

The room, and, the Riad at large, is clean and secure. We stayed in the supposedly "smallest" room, the Ambre, which we found to be roomy and nicely decorated in exotic colours and design with modern amenities such as flat screen tv, fridge/bar, proper lightings and a modern and clean bathroom. The bed and bedding accessories are all clean and very comfortable. The room opens on a nice patio with the relaxing sound of a water fountain and chirping birds.

Breakfast is served on the terrace where the breathtaking scenery of the Medina rooftops, minarets and surrounding hills all bathed in the sweet morning sunshine is just ... awesome! The breakfast itself is quite filling, consisting of fresh orange juice, eggs, pancakes, breads, cheese, dried fruits etc We had dinner on the terrace on our first night; the main moroccan dish consisting of tagine with apricots and sesame seeds met our expectations.

The Riad also has a little bar on the ground floor opening on the patio, where we accessed the Internet, and it's equipped with skype and has an in-built webcam ... oh yes it's all free!!

One thing to bear in mind is that the Riad is not located directly on the main road, it's a two minutes walk in the small alleys from the "Place R'Cif". The Place has "petit taxi" stand, bus stop, banks and money changers and one of the entrances to the main Medina. We had our transfer to and from the airport arranged by Alexandre and Yasmine, and we were met by a bellboy who carried our luggage to the Riad, very handy indeed.

This Riad is secure, reliable, clean, well-located ... very hard to fault.

We highly recommend Riad Le Calife from our experience staying there.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2010

Riad Le Calife is absolutely stunning--it's been designed gorgeously and with meticulous attention to detail. The rooms are beautiful. They are decorated in intense but soothing colors with modern luxuries (wonderful showers, wifi) incorporated. The courtyard is beautiful, and I could have spent hours just looking at it. The common areas (bar/gameroom, terrace, dining room) are no less, though we didn't use them as much. Both of the hosts were gracious and kind, and made us feel very at home. The breakfast was delicious.

The riad is in an out-of-the-way part of the medina, about a 30 minute walk to the main tourist gate (Bab Boujloude)...and that's once you figure out how to make the path efficiently, which took us about 2 days. The Fes medina is endlessly confusing (which is a large part of its charm!), so the walk to Bab Boujloude took us about an hour the first night. While we were given a fairly thorough orientation inside the riad by one of the owners, I wish they had walked us out and shown us the main path--it would have saved us hours.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2010

We spent 3 nights at the Riad Le Calife and had such a wonderful experience in both the Riad and in Fes. We've now been in 2 other cities and nothing has been as impressive. The owners are lovely and truly treat you like you are guests of their home, not their hotel. For the add ons, dinner was excellent, I wouldn't miss it. We did a full day tour with the guide they suggested, his name is Hussein - it was worth the money and the next day we felt totally comfortable getting lost in the Medina for a few hours, which may be one of the most fun things we've ever done. Hussein is also very well versed on the history of Fes, politics, etc. You end up going to some shops, but they are all coops, some with great demos, so we didn't mind buying some small things and he didn't care either way. Breakfast is included and is way more than anyone can eat. The location can't be beat - it's close enough to a major street that you can bop around until you are comfortable going into the depths of the medina. There is also a great little cart that pulls up to a sandwhich shop across from the cinema that sells snails with broth at night - we loved it. If it's too cool for AC you may be woken by the call to prayer between 4:30-5:30am, but it was worth a little interruption in our sleep to feel so immersed in something so unique. Except for the call to prayer, which is beautiful, it is a great little oasis away from the (wonderful) craziness happening on the street level.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Mackenbach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2010

Fes is an experience not to be missed, but at the end of the day you will definitely need a place to unwind and gather yourself. My wife and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary here and couldn't have picked a better place. You have the attention of a 5 star with the feeling of being at home. Unforgettable.
p.s. Try the cooking class with the Hotel Chef

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hopewell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2010

My wife and I are experienced world travelers - and not easily pleased. Yasmine and staff (and Darwinle petit chien) do a spectacular job of making everyone feel welcome, comfortable, and informed about what to do in Fez. The room was quiet, airy, and nciely appinted with artistic and one of kind decorations. The evening meals were quite good - lovely Moroccan/French dishes.

Our stay was marred by a serious accident - my wife broke her ankle walking the medina - and the entire staff could not have been more helpful in making her feel comfortable, preparing and delivering extra meals, helping me find crutches, etc.

The riad is in the southern part of the medina which might seem out of the way but it is not: once you walk to the southern gate, you are just minutes away from the center of the medina and only 5 minutes form Place Serrafine our favorite little section of the medina.

Given the 'strangeness' of the environment for the average modern westerner, there is nothing more lovely than to return to the riad and be so well treated. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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atlanta
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93 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2010

This place is the best. We tend to be motel people so the idea of a Riad was a bit intimidating. After researching the reviews on trip advisor the Riad Le Calife had an almost perfect record so we decided to try it. We loved it. Far more personal than a hotel, but you can go to your room and you still have your private time. They gave us directions, they did our laundry and had a breakfast that can only be described as fit for a king. Don't be hesitant to use a Riad in Morocco. The experience far exceeded our expectations. Down side? To get to the Riad Le Calife you have to leave the taxi in a very crowded area and the bellman meets you with a cart. The Riad is up a series of very narrow, and dark alleys. If this was New York City, you would never walk down these alleys but in Fez there is nothing to fear, Most of the Fez madina is a controlled chaos in small alley ways. It is kind of fun once you get comfortable with the people and area. We had the best time in Fez and the Riad.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank 2dogsAtlanta
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Property: 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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#15 Family Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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