The Riad itself is lovely. An 18th century palace converted to a riad. Our room on the first floor was just remarkable, with amazing decor. There is a hammam in this Riad which is well worth it...be sure to book one along with a massage. Great value for your money and you will be incredibly relaxed. The terrace is lovely however the view is primarily of the rooftops of the medina and lots of satellite dishes. However, is it lovely to sit there and hear the azzan being called. The food is not bad either and reasonably priced. The staff is quite helpful, and will even run down to the market to make purchases for you. I highly recommend getting some of the olive soap used in the hammam to take back.
The only downside to this Riad is the location. It is located about 5-10 minutes walk inside the Medina, but not in a good area of the medina. There are quite alot of young men loitering about, which would make you feel very unsafe. I did not feel comfortable walking around at night, and even during the day , on occasion. If you wouuld like to stay at this Riad, I highly recommend you ask them to meet you at the train station or wherever your point of arrival is. Also, ask them too book you a tour guide to take you around the souks and anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad El Ghalia is a prince palace built back in the 18th century.Located in the heart of the old medina's Andalusian district, this magnificent 18th Century palace belongs to a well-known Fassi Family At Riad El Ghalia, all the rooms are organized around the central patio (space dedicated to main activities). There are a variety of different room types, each named after ancestors of the family who still own and run it. Each room is en-suite, and other facilities include lounge areas, internet access, and traditional hammam. On our terrace you can appreciate the Fes gastronomy while enjoying a unique view on the whole medina with its uncountable minarets. You can also relax there sipping a drink at any time of the day. Faithful to its culinary tradition, the palace houses a well-known restaurant with a table d'hotes of great finesse serving true Fassi cooking, the most famous of Moroccan cuisines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar El-Ghalia Hotel Fes
- Dar El Ghalia Fes