Ticks all the boxes in terms of a Moroccan riad. Beautiful building, sensitively restored.
Rooms are simple, but well furnished and finished. The bathrooms are an absolute treat. Breakfast is also delightful and dinner, if you choose to take it, is very Moroccan.
The location is tricky and despite staying nearly a week, and being veterans of the Marrakesh medina, we didn't manage to find our way back to the riad unescourted the entire time - even during daylight. It isn't a problem as the hotel is happy to send someone to find you or you can avail yourself of one of the many helpful young boys who will guide you for a small sum.
My one complaint is that the website claims the riad has a pool and a garden, which would lift them above the standard riad and why we chose to stay there, but these are still in the process of being built and are scheduled to be finished for another three or so months. Check with this with them, if they are important to your trip.
What they don't mention on the website is that wifi is available in the courtyard, but you do need to bring your own laptop/ipad/ipod to access.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Bensouda is an authentic old palace in Fez, transformed into a charming guesthouse. Here you'll find exquisite traditional architecture harmoniously combined with all the comforts of modern accommodation. Dar Bensouda has two beautiful courtyards: the fountain courtyard around which eleven luxurious rooms and suites are arranged and the swimming pool patio with a leafy garden. Each room is individually decorated, air-conditioned, and has an en-suite bathroom with shower. The suites have a bathtub and a relaxing sitting room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Bensouda Hotel Fes