Fes is remarkable because it's like coming to Bethlehem in the middle of the desert, The narrow, quaint streets have a charm and atmosphere we just didn't find elsewhere in Morocco.
Riad Versus is a fabulous small hotel right inside the Fes Medina, a 200 metre stroll from the Blue Gate and the two main streets in the Fes medina.
This traditional Riad is charming: central courtyard, beautiful islamic mouldings, tiled faience, rooftop terrace. The room was large enough for a kingsize bed (very comfortable, slept well), sofa, LCD TV, and fridge. The bathroom was in traditional Moroccan riad style - all functional - all good. Breakfast was great, but the pastilla we had for dinner was the best we had in Morocco - light, delicate and flavourful. It was excellent.
The real charm of this riad is the owner Leonora. It was such a comfort to have an English speaking host who saved us from the professional tourist touts with her excellent emailed advice on how to find her hotel and what hazards to avoid. By taxi from the station, it was quick, easy and cheap (a surprise given our experience with Moroccan taxis). We survived with "La Shukran" (no thankyou) and managed to cope with the endless pressure from 'would-be' friends who only want your tourist dollars. The touts rely on fear, uncertainty and doubt to frighten you into accepting their services. Leonora had a good network of guides who were honest, reliable, and fun. And contrary to the touts' fearful advice, they weren't more expensive. Yes, there are four flights of stairs to the terrace, but Joseph is incredibly fit and manages to carry 25 kg cases to the top with ease. Fantastic support for weary travellers.
If you're looking for a traditional riad experience, we would recommend Riad Versus in Fes not only for the establishment, but for the service, the price (good value for money) and the sense of safety it provided.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HAPPY STAY RIAD - Atmospheric restored palace in the heart of the Fes Medina. Beautiful ensuite and dorm rooms in traditional design and one of the best panoramic Medina views from the sun terrace. We cater both for the upper backpacking market, Semester at Sea groups, Foreign Groups and young couples who search for quality accommodation at low prices. No corners cut. So much fun to be had here! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Verus Hotel Fes