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“Great location but questionable hygiene”
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Hotel Batha
Ranked #74 of 99 Hotels in Fes
The Hague, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great location but questionable hygiene”
Reviewed 26 July 2012

Overal I would say go for it as long as you are a bit focussed on the hygiene factor. The hotel is on spitting distance from Fes' old Medina. Being an Unesco site this is a must visit, though I strongly recommend to get a local tour guide, since you'll be lost forever in it otherwise.

On the pro-side the hotel itself is actually quit nice nice. The innercourts (on three levels) are done in traditional marocan style, the pool being nicely integrated in that. It's a little gem in the chaos of everyday life in the Medina. The front desk staff is nice and helpfull. You can order beers or wine poolside.

On the con-side there is the general hygiene which is on regretable low standard. We found huge coakroaches running around the room, to which the staffs solution was to hunt them out the room (with my towel) and squash them outside. The staff in the breakfast room was beating this by cleaning the glasses and spoons with the T-shirt they were wearing. No thanks. The bar-dude was notoriously famous for not returning the change money.

My take ? Book the place without breakfast. .. it's nice enough .. make sure the room you get is clean and otherwise demand an other one

Room Tip: Rooms on the lower level are located on the backside of the hotel and thus quit quiet and no hinder...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2012

I was very impressed with this hotel. The staff were helpful and the location is perfect. The pool was a blessed relief and is a in a great position to have the sun into the afternoon. The staff did not gape or approach me on my way too/in or from the pool.
The rooms are brilliantly furnished in Moroccan style, but with mod cons - air con, extra pillows, hot running water, towels, telephone, flushing toilet. The WC has a door, but the bathroom does not, so beware of this non-couples. The bath is sunken into the floor which was interesting. The bedroom itself had green painted shutters, authentic throw, wardrobe, dressing mirror and a day bed in the corner to sit on. The room was brightly decorated with Islamic motifs.
The hotel is large, with two bars, a lounge area (with traditional Arabic decor), two patios with sparkling fountains and a breakfast area. The hotel is famous as it is the British Embassy and residence of Winston Churchill during his visit in the Second World war.

enjoy your stay, i know we did.

Room Tip: beware of road facing rooms which are a little louder. shouldn't bother anyone except the lighte...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Fes, Morocco
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

I stayed in Hotel Batha the very first time I came to Fes. I was travelling with a group of friends (all female) and we all felt completely at ease here. As one of the larger hotels in the medina of Fes area, Batha's secure from touts, which isn't always the case in smaller establishments.

Batha is a large hotel, so it doesn't carry with it the traditional 'Moroccan' experience that staying in a Riad does. However, it's beautifully decorated (perhaps a tad dated) and extremely comfortable.

The hotel has a lounge bar and a nightclub, and it's one of the only places in the area to enjoy a beer or two. The nightclub operates until quite late, but most rooms are far from it and the sound doesn't carry. The nightclub has a separate entrance for guests and non-guests, but you'll certainly experience the local flavour there. Also, it has a beautiful courtyard.

Staff were friendly and helpful, and I felt secure there at all times.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2012

The front desk staff are very helpful in assisting you. Everyone speaks English, just incase you do not speak Arabic or French. It is located in a very busy area, but mostly all parts of Fes are busy. A post office, bank, cafes, and convient store are located within literally 1min of the hotel. Yes the wifi or wee-fee, as they call it, is located on the 2nd floor, but a little excercise won't kill you. If you are looking for a nice/safe place to crash this is a great hotel, but if you are looking for luxury, this is not the hotel for you.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Sheffield,England
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

The hotel is well situated at the entrance to the medina.An imposing building but the rooms need refurbishment and some general cleaning and decorating.The bed covers and the curtains are old and dirty and certainly need changing.The seperate toilet and bathroom need to be decorated with some fresh paint and the walls washed down properly.The windows`frames also are dirty and need cleaning.Hot water is only available from 6 to 10 and 18.00 to 22,00 daily.
Breakfast is basic.So no fresh fruit, no omelettes, no pancakes.Dinner menu is fine but repetitive and prices are very high. Hot drinks cost 25 dirhams.I saw the male staff standing and watching 4 young Japanese ladies while they were eating their dinner which could be most embarassing.The dining room floor was never cleaned during my 7 nights`stay there.
The reception staff is friendly and welcoming.

Room Tip: No door or curtains in bathroom.Insist that your room is cleaned properly every day.Beware of mosqui...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2012

We chose to stay at hotel batha because of its proximity to the medina. It's just around the corner from Bab boujeloud, le kasbah (where we ate most of our meals), and cafe clock (5 mins walk).

We paid 33euros a night through Gala Hotels which was suggested by a reader below. This rate included breakfast and wifi. Our room had a tv with a movie channel in English, two beds, and a separate toilet and shower. The shower didn't have a door, you were literally separated just by the curtain. Breakfast consisted of some bread, hard boiled eggs, pastries, juice, yogurt and coffee.

Our only complaints were:
-it's freezing cold in the winter and the heater and extra blanket hardly do anything.
-wifi is a long walk if you're staying on the side of the wall where the 5, 6, 7 and 8 rooms are. We literally had to walk to the other side of the hotel to the back of the bar and sit awkwardly with all of the kitchen/bar staff to use our devices.
-food in the restaurant is VERY expensive, 25dh each for mint tea. You can find mint tea anywhere in morocco for 10dh or less.
-no door in the shower room.
-not enough toilet paper.
-the concierge immediately pushed tours/guides on us the second we checked in. We had just come off of a 7 hour train ride from Marrakech and really didn't want to deal with that (ps, you do NOT need to have a guide for the medina! He tried to tell us that we couldn't go in without one!)

I would stay again, but I wish I had known the above info so I would've packed accordingly.

  • Stayed January 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

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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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Batha
Address: Place De l'Istiqlal, Fes 30030, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #74 of 99 Hotels in Fes
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Batha 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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