My husband and I came here on our honeymoon, and Riad Le Calife was our only stop over in Morocco before returning to Spain for the remainder of our vacation. Our time at the riad was truly incredible, and we owe it all to the hospitality and generosity of Alex & Yasmine.
My husband had booked our room (the Diamante Suite - SPECTACULAR!) and made our travel arrangements as a surprise, so I knew very little about what we were doing in Fes and when. Upon arriving in the city and seeing the hustle and bustle of the streets, I was a little bit intimidated. The riad driver picked us up, gave us a little background on the area and dispatched us to the riad. We followed the waiting staff through the winding streets to the yellow building and when the door opened....WOW.
Alex & Yasmine warmly greeted us at reception (along with their little dog, Darwin), and gave us a brief tour of the property. They inquired about dinner reservations, tours and other interests, and before i knew it, we had plans to go to Riad Arabesque for dinner (one of the most unique and exciting meals I've had) and a tour the following day of the city and the medina (incredible!).
Aside from the owners and staff catering to our every need, the property was absolutely beautiful. Yasmine explained that they had bought the riad and renovated it over the past few years...the courtyard with the koi pond and fruit trees was amazing...the roof deck provided panoramic views of the entire city....even the lobby/study and dining rooms were well-appointed and well-decorated. Our suite had every little luxury we could imagine. Little fez hat boxes with jordanian almonds on our pillows. Bath products with rose water and orange blossom. intricate tile ceilings with carved wood beams and furniture like you have never seen. truly unique and unforgettable.
and the food was absolutely on par with everything else. delicious breakfasts and dinners that took into account the moroccan culture but also contemporary gastronomy. service was flawless, and meals were so quiet and romantic at times, you barely noticed the other guests and felt like you were alone in the riad. My husband is still raving about the cornes de gazelle cookies and roasted cauliflower soup.
one note about the city...when we ventured out on our own, we occasionally fell into tourist traps. Yasmine & Alex gave us great guidance on where to go & what to do so we avoided these sorts of things moving forward. although the city is safe, we had riad escorts hail us cabs, walk us to the atm at night, carry our bags, etc. which made everything all the more pleasant.
I don't feel that I can adequately do the riad justice with this review, because our vacation was that wonderful. Everywhere we went, the people seemed to know of our riad and the friendly owners. We even received a very nice email from the Alex & Yasmine upon our return to the states, thanking us for our visit. I find it hard to believe that anyone could write a review on this riad that wasn't a five star review - but go see riad le calife for yourself!!
- 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