The Riad is down a small alley in a quiet part of the Medina. Stepping through the huge brown door into the Riad was a real surprise! It was so beautiful! The tiles, the lights, the furniture, fountains, everything captured the eye. We had such a peaceful stay. The rooms were clean and basic. Our room didn't have wifi but the courtyard had good reception, most nights you could find lots of people sitting, relaxing, playing cards, reading, talking. Breakfast by the pool every day was a huge selection brought to each table consisting of cakes, breads, jams and fruit! I wish I could eat breakfast like that everyday1The Riad doesn't sell snacks as such but there is a small tuck shop around the corner that's open all hours. They sold our favourite treats, pringles etc ;) so we stocked up and would bring them back to nibble while laying by the pool. It was such a lovely atmosphere. We had dinner one night at the Riad, we ate by the pool, chicken, salads, couscous, olives, dips, breads - there was so much to choose from, all was delicious. The remaining days we ate out, in the new town which was a quick and very cheap taxi ride away. The days were spent wandering the medina, which you can enter through the big blue gate, just around the corner. We spent 4 days in Fes, the first we arranged for a guide to take us through the Medina, Fadwa who we liaised with when booking the Riad, sorted the whole thing out for us. After the first day we were able to find our own way through the medina. Another day we took a tour with a driver, visiting the old town of Fes, and stopping at some points of interest - we got some great pictures. All in all we enjoyed our stay, Fes was so hot in September that the Riad was the perfect cool retreat. The small team of staff were lovely and worked so hard to keep everyone happy, and the spa treatment was bliss. We came away feeling relaxed happy and with happy memories.
BAD: Fes is old, dusty and dirty, the streets are not clean, there is rubbish on street corners festering away. It may come as a shock to some people who have only visited European cities, it is part of Fes's charm, the donkeys, the simple way of life. My advice would be to definitely wear closed toe shoes and take anti-bac hand gel.
BAD: The tour guides were lovely, friendly and full of information about the town. However I wish I had known about the ''Co-Ops'' the guides will ask you if you would like to see some traditional Moroccan Carpets, so of course you say 'sure!' then you get taken into the 'co-op' and pressurised to buy a rug!! Specify that you DO NOT want to go to any co-ops, unless of course you want to buy a rug / ceramics. The leather tanneries are an exception, it stinks but is so cool to go up to the roofs and see the Leather pits, all the colours...and then get pressurised to buy a bag ;) I bought a pair of Moroccan slippers which were lovely, but remember to haggle the price.
Morocco is a poor country, and the women stay covered so taking this in mind, don't wear anything too revealing, you'll just feel uncomfortable walking around in hot pants, when nobody else has skin on show! Also turning up in the latest designer clothes and bling is just going to attract attention from the wrong people, you will be pestered by salesmen endlessly in the medina. The best way to deal with any young ''tour guides'' ''salesmen'' is to ignore them, don't smile, don't make eye contact, don't say no thank you.
The best way is to blend in, take in the atmosphere, and enjoy all that Fes has to offer.
I would go back to Morocco for sure.
WIKITRAVEL AND VIRTUALTOURIST ARE GOOD SITES TO READ UP ON ALSO.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A True inspiration Moorish temple located in the heart of one of the four imperial cities of Morocco which is the Medina of Fez (classified as a historic monument by UNESCO).Baudelaire seems to have been inspired by this haven of peace ("Salam" in Arabic), with its crystal atmosphere fountains, mosaics, marble and stucco seem to have fixed the size of the Moroccan ancient arts.Beauty, quiet, luxury and pleasure are awaiting you as an invitation to a journey through time that will take you to the splendors of the Moroccan richest heritage.Hammam, Culinary Arts, Massage ... Let yourself be won by this festival of senses! ... more less
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