We stayed at this beautiful hotel for four nights with our three young children.
The plain black entrance door does not prepare you for what you will find inside: a magnificent collection of riads, some of them still being restored, with delightful inner courtyards, all surrounding the very beautiful gardens with roaming tortoises and big pool. The hotel is, overall, very spacious and provides a real sense of relief from the bustling streets of the medina (and a safe line with our children).
Our room, the Chant des Chants, is beautiful and spacious enough for two extra beds and a cot to fit in very comfortably and has a beautifully decorated bathroom (with lots of fluffy towels, bathrobes and expensive soaps). The Citadelle, where my mum stayed for one night, is also very spacious and has a beautiful bathroom. The rooms have a definite luxurious feel.
We received a very warm welcome upon arrival and the rooms had lit candles, which was a really nice touch. But although the level of service was adequate throughout, one felt that you were a bit left to your own devices during your stay, like when we resorted to putting cushions on the sun deck chairs by the pool ourselves (every morning) and had to solicit for towels.
And what Riad Alkantara truly lacks is a special dining experience, which would make it an absolutely faultless place to stay. Dinner is strangely served in what seems to be the bar lounge, which feels very unwelcoming with its row of leather chairs and general decoration mismatch. The food is pleasant but very much average and, again, the service is slow and often absent. But this is only meant as a constructive criticism and it must be mentioned that the person who is in charge when the owners are absent is a beautiful charming young woman whose manners will enchant you - she also has the use of a wardrobe fit for a princess and she will change into her beautiful clothes several times throughout the day!
Riad Alkantara is so beautiful that it will not fail to impress: make sure your digital camera has a large memory card as you will not be able to stop taking photos!
With cheap Ryanair flights departing from London, we will definitely consider visiting Riad Alkantara again for a long weekend in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Alkantara is an exceptional location within the walls of the medieval city of Fes; it is a hidden enchantment in the heart of a shaded area surrounded by 5 riads of different periods and architectural styles that have been restored with patience and passion to unite modern comfort and the splendours of the past in an exquisite alchemy. The garden has a vast swimming pool surrounded by greenery and supplied with pure spring water, there are many fountains and patios, where you can relax and listen to the birds soothing singing. At nightfall the delicate light breeze from the Atlas Mountains highlights the assorted fragrances of musk, jasmine and honeysuckle. The oriental sweetness and delicacy is revealed. In the vein of Italian theatre, the esplanades located at various levels are very well adapted to all types of events, whether cultural, artistic or just for amusement. Riad Alkantara also has its lounge bar and smoking area on a shaded terrace, a restaurant where cuisine inspired from all over the world is served, traditional Moroccan cuisine which is served in the guest dining room, a shop selling traditional Moroccan clothes and decorative items ... more less
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