My husband and I spent five nights in early April of 2008 at the Ryad Mabrouka. The only thing we regretted was that we couldn’t stay longer. The ryad, built in the 1920’s, was formerly the home of Moroccan family. The present owners, who are French, spent two years restoring the house and have done a magnificent job. The interiors are works of art.
We rented the Attarine Room which has a sitting area and bathroom on the first level and a sleeping loft above. Although the split-level required going up some rather steep stairs, we liked the division between the two areas. From the loft, there is a view of the hills across the valley, although this wouldn’t be visible when the tree outside the window has leaves. The view from the rooftop must be spectacular all year, however, and the garden is a delightful place to enjoy mint tea and relax in the afternoon.
We found the staff professional, friendly, and helpful. Hassan and Fatima were pleasant and attentive and certainly didn’t give us the impression that we were disturbing them when we asked for something. Quite the contrary. We had several very interesting conversations with Michel and Pierre who told us the history of the ryad and about living in Fes.
The breakfasts were delicious: freshly squeezed orange juice, still warm homemade Moroccan crepes, fresh croissants, baguettes, (one morning, incredible pain du chocolate), coffee, a good selection of teas, plus unusual homemade jams.
Bathrobes were provided at no extra cost plus there was a hairdryer in the bathroom and a safe in the room’s closet.
The ryad is on a narrow street and accessible only on foot but the entrance to a large parking area (Ain Azliten) is only a hundred yard walk. We accepted Pierre’s offer of a taxi to pick us up at the train station when we arrived, but, after that, we had no problem getting our own cabs and finding our way back to the ryad. One of the accesses to the medina (which doesn’t allow automobiles) is from the Ain Azliten parking area which also has a taxi stand.
We did not use the services of a professional guide as we like to explore on our own but purchased from Hassan a copy of a Fes guidebook with an excellent map of the medina which we found helpful on our walks around the city. One day we contracted, also through Pierre, the services of a driver who took us to the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the nearby holy city of Moulay Idriss, about a one and a half hour drive from Fes plus a ceramic factory in the hills on the edge of Fes upon our return. We felt the price was reasonable as the driver took us wherever we wanted for an entire day.
We stayed at four small hotels during our visit to Morocco and, while all of them were wonderful, Ryad Mabrouka was exceptional. We would return in a heartbeat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ryad Mabrouka, is a traditional riad with a arabo-andalusian garden and a pool, it is located inside the walls of the olf town, 5 mn walking from the main pedestrian street of the medina.The riad offers an exceptional view from the terrace and from the dining room. It is located only 150 m from an easily accessible car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ryad Mabrouka Fes
- Ryad Mabrouka Hotel Fes