It was 2007 when I went to Fes. I sadly did not stay in the Royal Mirage hotel Fes. I stayed in a below average nearby Waseem Hotel, but discovered this gem from the first night and dined there regularly.
The hotel is at the north end of the most beautiful street in "New" Fes, King Hassan II street. Virtually in the centre of "New" Fes.
FAS’ L’ JDEED = New Fes. Pronounced with a "French J"
FAS’ IL’ BALI = Old Fes. Must be visited.
They do the best Bastilla in Fes (and probably the world) at only £7.30 a dish. It won’t fill you up unless you are a size 0 model. We had one every night, without any exception.
An excellent quality bottle of wine there is only £9.75. Service is first class.
In my personal opinion, their Bastilla is the best dish I have eaten in my life, ever. The quality never fluctuates on the successive days that we had them.
I am now drooling while writing about them.
You can have an awesome buffet dinner there for 200 Dirham (£12.20).
There is always a nightly professional BELLY DANCING and Arabic singing in its "Moroccan Restaurant".
Do not miss that.
You can dine in their Buffet at 7pm then walk the 30 yards to this night club and it is OK to sit and just order a tea (30 Dirham, or £1.80) and enjoy the rest of the night. No admission fees.
We had our Bastillas there
Very good and courteous restaurant service.
You can walk down King Hassan II Street in late afternoon / early evening. It is “THE” place to be seen and Fes families and youths go to for a stroll every evening.
On the street, you will find many Internet cafes.
The Moroccan youths are very courteous and the complete opposite of our British threatening youths.
If you are in trouble, expect everyone walking nearby to offer you help.
Avoid their street Restaurants and stick to 5 star hotels food.
The trip to old Fes is 15 min by a red (Petit) Taxi costing only £1 (15 dirham).
In contrast to Agadir and Marrakesh, the Fes Petit Taxi drivers are probably the most honest in the world.
Probably because there are not many of us to spoil them.
They always start their metre when you get in, and sometimes a few hundred metres later.
If the total is 51 Dirham, they ask for 50.
At the same time, if the total is 49, then they expect 50 and they do not consider that as a tip.
So do not say “keep the change” unless you are giving them more than 5 dirham.
But, generally, they do not expect tips.
If you do tip them, then they will not refuse and their appreciation is genuine.
Do not be surprised if a stranger invited you to their home.
They will genuinely feel “honoured” that you accept their hospitality.
Go for it. You will then experience the “real Moroccan tradition”
If you are invited to a wedding, you will be the luckiest tourist that day.
Weddings are awesome, and apart from taking your shoes off (if the others have done so) they are very understanding, respect your culture and do not expect you to behave in any specific etiquette.
Just go for it.
Fes is one of the safest cities on earth and it is 100% safe for a single young lady to walk on her own at 2 O’clock in the morning. But, she will look definitely odd.
When you are in Old City, and if you like pastry, you will love to taste hot TREED, which is a type of puff pastry made while you wait.
There may be a long Moroccans queue if you come at the wrong time of the day (late afternoon). Do not worry. They are quite quick and you will not wait too long.
You can negotiate with a (Grand) taxi can take you on excursions lasting all day and costs 500-1000 Dirham (£30.5 - £61). much better and perhaps cheaper than renting a car.
If you ever go to Imozar (30 minute drive from Fes), visit the extremely poor elderly lady who lives in a hole in the ground (if she is still alive).
The hole was probably made by rainwater sinking in the ground.
She is very welcoming, hospitable and keeps her very cosy “house” exceptionally clean.
She is frail and extremely deprived. She lives on selling rugs that she makes with her very feeble eyesight.
All white Taxi drivers in Fes seem to know exactly where she lives.
She will make you a lovely Moroccan tea and offer you to buy one of her rugs. They were not bad at all and quite cheap.
We chose to give her 10 times the asking price (about £30) and forgot to take the rug with us.
She will survive on that amount of money for a month.
It felt wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Mirage Fes Hotel is a modern hotel, but one which has been designed to reflect the rich past of the city in which it is situated. Its 271 air-conditioned rooms including 27 non smoking rooms, 7 Junior Suites and 5 Royal Suites, all modern, elegantly furnished and offer easy access to guests with wheelchairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pickalbatros Royal Mirage Hotel Fes
- Royal Mirage Hotel Fes
- Fes Royal Mirage Hotel