As someone who loves visiting Morocco, I have stayed in the Hotel Batha in Fez several times, the last occasion being in June. The "Batha" Hotel is my favourite (incorporating the former residence of the English Consul) which I booked and paid for in advance, via the brilliant discount "Gala Hotels" website, for just £21 per room per night for a single occupancy (inc breakfast and taxes) or it would have been £29 per room for two people sharing (inc breakfast and taxes). It's Moroccan three star, which equates to UK two star, so don't expect luxury ! As other TripAdvisor reviewers have said, the main attraction of the Hotel Batha is its brilliant location, just a few minutes walk from the Bab Boujelou (the famous Blue Gate) which is the main entrance to the old town ("medina") with its souks (markets) and ancient medieval attractions. It's a hotel with a bit of character, as it's built round the building which was formerly the residence of the English Consul in Fez, adjacent to the Batha Museum, and entered from the square, where the Moroccan declaration of independence was drafted in 1944. Leading off the old Consul's residence building, the modern part of the hotel is set round a large, spacious courtyard, with fountains and a small pool. There are two bars, one in the former consul's residence building (very cosy in winter) and the other is part of the smaller courtyard on the far side of the old building. Given the difficulty of buying alcohol in the old town (the "medina") because of Islamic prohibitions on the consumption of alcohol, the hotel bars are very welcome after a hard day's sightseeing. The downsides of the hotel are the very mediocre breakfasts (the coffee and orange juice are pretty grotty) and the peculiar bathroom areas in the rooms, which involve climbing up a couple of steps to the bathroom level, and then the subsequent difficulties in reaching the taps on the "sunken" baths. However the rooms are perfectly adequate, with a Moroccan style and with basic air con and TV. Also the occasional meal in the snack bar of the smaller courtyard area is perfectly good. So, booking ahead (rather than just turning up) will get you a very good value deal, which you just couldn't get in any UK guest house or hotel, and a great base for exploring Fez's UNESCO world heritage sites in the imperial medieval city. And if you want an official guide(recommended), taxis, or advice on where to eat, just ask the concierge, who will be happy to oblige, for a small tip.
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- Also Known As:
- Batha Hotel Fes