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Riad Le Calife
Ranked #1 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 November 2010

A wonderful experience our hosts were the best we came across in Morocco, even the dog Darwin was very friendly. If your going to Fes don't miss this. Also try to take a cooking lesson in the kitchen my wife really enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 27 October 2010

My husband and I will daydream about returning here. Yasmine and Alex make you feel at home from the moment you arrive. The whole riad is stunningly decorated with beautiful objects elegantly placed. From the roof terrace to the bar lounge to the individual rooms, the whole place is breathtaking. They have an in-house dinner which should not to be missed. From their great staff, massage accomodations, relationships with the best guides in the city, and brilliant dinner recommendations, I simply can not imagine Fes without Riad Le Calife.

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Reviewed 26 October 2010

Can't recommend Riad le Calife highly enough. Best place we stayed in Morocco.

Great location, stunningly beautiful Riad, super friendly staff for whom nothing is too much trouble.

Yasmine, Alex - we had a great time. Thanks so much!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

Riad Le Calife was one of the highlights in our 14-day trip around Morocco. The place is unique, combining the autenticity of the traditional riad with the charm and confort of a boutique hotel. Nice details, like a radio-alarm clock with a good selection of music that comes from a pen drive, a mini bar (not common in most of the riads), or the colorful bathroom, everything made the difference. Another reason for staying there is the hospitality from the owners, Alex and Yasmina, who from the very first moment helped us in every detail. One day we forgot to ask in advance for the dinner, so their staff improvised a very nice and delicious vegetarian meal, for a reduced price. The other day we were checkin our e-mails at the notebook that the guests can use for free and were surprised by a cocktail prepared by Alex and accompanied by a friendly chat.

Since the medina in Fes is probably the busiest in all Morocco, you can easily get lost or be intimidated by locals trying to get your money , so we hardly reccomend you to use the services of a guide suggested and booked by Alex and Yasmina. Our guide, Hassan, was very nice, and we were able to discover all the details of that nice city. Since we had to pay 400 dihrams to him and 300 dihrams to the driver that took us up and down the whole day, it may be expensive, but it´s worthy if you don´t have more than two days to know Fes. And the guide will also explain you why the doors in moroccan houses have two knockers...

After two nights in Le Calife our only regret was...not staying longer!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

Like everybody else who has reviewed Riad Le Calife we were blown away by it – the ambience of the place together with the warmth of Alex, Yasmine and the staff makes this the top place to stay in Fes. I cannot add to the reviews – they say everything about the place in terms of luxury, food (except you get too much) and location. The view from the roof terrace across the medina will stay with you forever both during the day and at nighttime. The advice and knowledge given by Alex and Yasmine is excellent and just follow what they say. Finally, the only thing that has not been mentioned in other reviews is that there is Wi-Fi in every room.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

We have never visited anywhere where we've had such warm and friendly stay. The benefit of Calife being a small place and the attention to detail that they put in means that you get a very personal experience. Yasmin and Alex have clearly put a lot of time and love into making a very stylish and intimate riad. The room we had was a good size (although was a suite) with lots of presonal touches. The breakfast that is included was great, especially with the view from the terrace. We also had an evening meal which was cooked by the their chef just for us - no menu just what was fresh in the market!
Great location too, 5 minute walk from the heart of the medina and without wanting to be cliched - it was an oasis of calm. Quite sad to be home!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

Riad Le Calife (and Fez in general) was the best part of our honeymoon. We stayed there 4 nights and wish we could have stayed longer, as we truly were sad to leave. The staff (headed by Alexandre and Yasmine the friendly owners) was very welcoming and helpful from our arrival on. One of the employees came to meet us to help us park our car and carry our luggage to the riad (very useful as you easily get lost in Fez).
The riad overall is wonderful, very quiet, amazingly decorated and has a peaceful patio with a fountain and a beautiful jujube tree ; it has two rooftop terraces with comfortable seating space and tables for breakfast and dinner, and above all, an astonishing view over the whole medina, the old city and the mountains in the distance. Every evening, at sunset when the muezzins call for prayer from all over the city, the sight of this ancient city is a truly mesmerizing experience.
But the best part may have been our room, the Suite Diamant, simply fabulous : huge, with two mosaic-covered columns and a fantastic wood-decorated ceiling. It was the perfect place for our romantic stay and it was a heartbreaker to have to pack and leave.
Finally, on the last day, we took a cooking class with the super friendly and talented riad's cook : it's free if you have dinner at the riad, and i highly recommend to try it once, especially since you get to choose the menu ! We actually had 2 dinners at the riad during our stay and they were by far the best we had during our whole trip in Morocco.
Overall, my only slightest criticism -- that's saying a lot -- would concern the absence of fruits at breakfast (apart from the freshly squeezed orange juice). Everything else during our stay was perfect and I hope Alexandre and Yasmine will keep the riad as it is for a long time.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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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: £84 - £142 (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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