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Riad-Boutique Borj Dhab Fez
Ranked #29 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
“My second stay was just as enjoyable as my first!”
Reviewed 23 May 2011

Aprill 2011 was a return trip following an initial stay in December of last year. The Riad Borj Dhab in Fes was a great experience in every way, and the staff was unforgettable. It was sad to hear of the manager/restorer's passing upon my arrival the second time. Khalid exuded such great passion for the place, but left behind equally great staffers in Neboule (sp?) and Houda, a delightful young lady who's mom teaches French, but who chose to learn English instead. I very much enjoyed conversing with her at breakfast and getting tips on getting around the new city. Another staffer, who's name I did not get delivered hot mint tea up to the rooftop terrace one night, and as I leaned over the railing gazing across the amber lit medina taking in the crisp North African night air, mint tea in hand, I could not imagine a more wonderful experience! The riad is very near Place R'cif, one of the main entrance squares to the medina and near a main gate to the souk, or markets, with it's 9,000 plus passages. I considered staying at a different riad the second time, but elected to go with the know quality of the house Khalid built and left with the cherry and inquisitive personality of my friend Houda!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2011

Beautiful Riad, some part beautifully refurbished and others destroyed with plastic and cheap furniture - it failed on many levels. For 3 nights in December it cost me and my partner £650 including breakfast and dinner. The room we stayed in 'Lavender' was basic, damp and smelly. Beakfast was made of various types of breads and honey or jam, everyday the same, no fruits and terrible coffee. And dinner was bland, using cheap ingredients and very expensive (£30 a head with no alcohol served). The owner was sitting with the guests at dinner and trying to convince guests that his Riad is the best. Uncomfortable, expensive, really not worth it.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 16 December 2010

After traveling on a bus all night the owner/ master renovator, Khalid checked us in early with no charge! The delightful staff was very attentive to all of our needs! We were given a tour of the newly renovated riad and the history! Dinner was prepared every day by a hard working talented Moroccan lady, cannot say enough about how succulent both meals were! Khalid was delightful and even drove us himself to the train station! We absolutely loved this hidden gem!

We did have trouble getting there because we did not tell the taxi driver which entrance to the medina it was near. If you tell them the correct entrance you will have no problem!

Khalid set us up with an excellent tour guide! There is no way we would have been able to see everything we did if we did not have one! Make sure to do that!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 5 November 2010

We loved our stay at the Riad. The Riad itself was beautiful and has been restored with great care and the details are outstanding. Khalid was not only very accomodating - he went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and that our stay was memorable. The staff were wonderful and the food amazing. I would recomend the Riad borj Dhab to anyone travelling to Fes.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

We stayed here on a punt as it had no proper reviews anywhere. But the pictures looked great and the 30% discount offer was too good to refuse since most Fes riads are pricey (much more than Marrakech). It turned out to be newly opened by its Moroccan owner - hence the lack of reviews. The four of us were very happy with Riad Borj Dhab and it lived up to its promise. We took two double rooms and both were quite big with all the mod cons of a 5star hotel. We had one standard and one superior room. There are also large suites which we looked at - lovely but pricey and the rooms we had were fine for us in every way.
It only just opened this summer (2010) and has been renovated to a very high standard in traditional Moroccan style. The owner-manager Khalid was very eager to help advise and organise things for us. The riad was once his grandfather's home so he was passionate about its history and restoration.
We ate dinner in the Riad twice and had delicious authentic Moroccan food (more expensive than your average Moroccan restaurant at about 30 euros each, but worth it for the quality and serenity of eating in the lovely sitting room). Khalid even organised a recital of Moroccan music on our last night. Breakfasts were really delicious with french toast, Moroccan pancakes, orange cake and bread.
The location is also excellent as it is very near one of the medina gates. This meant we could quickly access the taxis to zip around to another side of the old city or into the ville nouvelle - very useful.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Riad-Boutique Borj Dhab Fez
Address: Derb Borj Dhab, R"cif, Fes 30200, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #29 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad-Boutique Borj Dhab Fez 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located, this house will take you through the times in her patio finely decorated with tiles and plaster, its huge carved cedar doors and panoramic terrace with stunning views of the legendary medina of Fez. Comfort and luxury suites and rooms with air conditioning, combined with a unique decor will rock your night of relaxation, nostalgia and romance. The hospitality of the manager, assisted by an attentive staff will make your stay in this house unforgettable... A peaceful haven, you will be rocked by the sound of water gushing from a beautiful fountain which beat the heart of the building. Furnished with three cozy corners of Andalusia style, this space will amaze you. ... more   less 
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