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“Beyond Our Expectations”
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Ryad Mabrouka
Ranked #22 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Chula Vista, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Beyond Our Expectations”
Reviewed 31 July 2008

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!

  • Liked — The staff, house itself, the gardens, rooftop terrace, comfortable room.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 July 2008

Very well located. Good and friendly hosts. Great Breakfast -Beautiful rooms very clean and large. Like all Ryads needs some airing. Beautifully decorated and a gem in the city. Arranged a guided tour for us which went well . Has good views from the terrace. Remember if you are staying on the ground floor rooms then you can hear and be heard too. Would I stay there again ? Yes I would !

  • Liked — decor - gives a good experience of traditional Morrocon life
  • Disliked — rooms needed airing
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 8 July 2008

Beautiful riad, great balance of location, comfort and price

Had the Merinides Suite and Bayda Room on first floor - clean, pretty, bathrooms with towels, etc; great breakfasts (a little too much to eat) and lovely dinner; refreshing plunge pool

Entrance to old medina was about 2 mins walk away, and riad is located close to Bab Boujloud where a number of cheap cafe/restaurants are located - convenient for dinners

All staff were very friendly and helpful, and the owners let us check e-mails in their office.

Whilst more expensive than more budget hotels/riads, it was less expensive than quotes we got from other more well known 'luxury' riads - overall, happy with the value for money

  • Liked — Comfort, decor and location
  • Disliked — Extra tax which wasn't aware of (600 DH between 4 people)
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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1 Thank abcd08
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Reviewed 6 April 2008

There is a great sense of relief when entering the Ryad from the gloomy alley on which it lies but don't expect an overwhelming welcome if you the ask for something like a coffee. The staff are Ok, but Hasan, whose role we never discovered but seems to be some sort of Manager reacts in a way which makes one feel that the request has been made at the most inconvienient time in the history of mankind without saying a word.

Dinner, which we had once was good but expensive.

Breakfast was basically the same every day and we were glad to move on after our 4 days.

Overall impressioon - very tastefully restored and clean but very pretentious.

  • Liked — Tranquility
  • Disliked — Pretentious manager
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Stortons
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2008

The Riyad Mabrouka in Fes is a blissful; from the moment you step through the big doors into the courtyard, to the moment you leave. We stayed in the Royal Suite, mainly because there was none other available at the time, and we had a regal time for a reasonable sum. The room was sumptuous, in a very Moroccan way: tiled, rugged floor, delicately carved stucco walls, fabulously, but subtly decorated ceiling. There were candles in the candelabra, and, matches to light them. The bedlinen was spotless and beautifully ironed, the bed comfortable. As it was March when we stayed the room was initially a little chilly, but the friendly and professional owner quickly rectified that situation. The bathroom was superb, an experience in itself, right down to the local 'black soap' and a kind of hair conditioner cake in beautiful pottery containers. More candles in there, and even an incense cone ready in a silver container, actually replaced when we used the first one. The gardens downstairs, incidentally are fragrant and fine.

The one thing we worried about when we arrived, i.e. that the room would be noisy because it overlooked the courtyard and was on the same level as the restaurant turned out to be not a problem. You could hear the clatter of the pots at breakfast time, for sure, but it just added to the sense of this once being a real home with all the family sounds etc.

And the peace in the evening was absolute. Watch the sunset frm the terrace and marvel at the roosting birds, like it says in the Rough Guide,

Maybe, though the food is very very high quality, don't eat in every night unless you check the menu first, we had chicken tagine for the main course twice in three nights.

Mainly though, we loved the Mabrouka (as you may have guessed). And no, we aren't family or on the pay roll.

Last thing, don't go there if you like big hotels and all that go with them, it's not the point of this place. And don't go if you want a huge pool for your power swim in the morning. A swim here would be fragranced by orange blossom, but it would be a more a cooler than a work out.

But if you want a gorgeous, gentle, calmly romantic experience, just go!

  • Liked — Decor, location, service, cleanliness
  • Disliked — Err... can't come up with anything
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank rebsaroo
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London, England
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Reviewed 26 February 2008

Coming to Morocco for the first time is a true assault on the senses. And if you want a haven then there is no doubt that this Ryad is peaceful.

Good things:
1. Great breakfast, delicious pastries, jams, coffee etc, attentive staff.
2. Dinner was excellent (we had it twice), great wine list and wonderful food. The balcony level where you eat is very nicely designed.
3. Both rooms we had (we were asked to switch for some reason) were lovely. Lots of space, cool air, and lovely bathrooms.
4. The sheer calm of it: running water, moorish designs, blissful indoor space.

But is Mabrouka the complete paradise I had been led to expect from the other reviews? In my view, not quite:

1. Day to day business when we where there was handled by Hasan, not Michel, who only dropped in once to shake a few hands. Hasan is obsequious but to my mind sometimes disconcertingly so. It felt during the day as if you shouldn't have been cluttering the place up bothering him. Asking for juice at dinner time and not at breakfast got you a pained smile with your yes. On our first arrival at dinner, Hasan smilingly asked us if we could sit at a table with another couple because they had run out of tables! Ok, this wasn't a disaster, we got on with it, but it wasn't a great first evening, and I didn't feel it was handled diplomatically enough.

2. I just didn't think that much of the plunge pool or roof terrace, both places for possible sunbathing. The roof just feels basic and very exposed to a not very nice cityscape; the plunge pool only has full sunlight first thing in the morning. Again, I just felt the Ryad wasn't particularly welcoming as a place to pass the time during the day unless you wanted to just sit in the central courtyard and read a book (if you're middle-aged and fancy that, good for you). Ultimately, space outside is strictly limited; remember, this Ryad is in the middle of a (medieval) urban jungle.

3. Maybe I'm naive, but I wasn't impressed with the guide that the Ryad arranged for us. A very cosy deal for guide+hotel I'm sure, but despite our protestations that we were there to see cultural sites our man took us on the usual round of shops to buy the usual things, including an unpleasant encounter at the carpet shop which our guide had the chutzpah to say he "rescued us" from afterward!

The truth was that he assumed if we were from the Ryad Mabrouka then we were rich, naive and probably American - and therefore suckers. In fact we are young people who splashed out on a nice place to stay. Finally when it came to paying our guide, he looked hurt when we paid him the amount the hotel said he cost. Well I'm sorry but I won't be accused of being a cheapskate for paying a rate that I'm sure is being supplemented by backhanders from the hotel management anyway. They shouldn't let him get away with fleecing tourists for extra cash.

4. Ultimately, I think I'd hoped that the Ryad staff, including the largely absent Michel, would be a little bit more proactive in helping us with what we wanted. In fact trips/excursions/guides are all dealt with rather cursorily; it just looked like everyone else was getting on with it and, frankly, the staff would rather you did the same, left them alone and just turned up to dinner (sometimes it was actually hard to find anyone at all to ask anything, particularly in the period between breakfast and dinner).

Maybe you know all this - maybe you know a Ryad is actually more of a very smart, small guesthouse, with personal and not regularised service, and friendlier to the experienced traveller than the newbie. But it's worth pointing out, I think.

  • Liked — The rooms
  • Disliked — The service: not rude, not inefficient, just not quite active enough.
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Neil_Wotan
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London, United Kingdom
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381 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2008

Situated on the northern edge of the Medina, Ryad Mabrouka offers a warm wlecome, attentive but unobtrusive service and attention to detail.
We stayed for four nights toward the end of January 2008 - after some difficulty finding the Ryad (a not uncommon problem in Fes!), we walked into an oasis of beauty and calm that proved to be a wonderful retreat from the streets over the rest of our stay.
With seven rooms only, most overlooking the tranquil (and traditional) central courtyard of the ryad, the owners and staff made us feel remarkably welcome. Our very large room was comfortable and functional - and had access to a rooftop terrace overlooking the medina.
The continental breakfasts included in our room price were fresh and delicious - and, on the occasions we chose to eat in the ryad, the food was fresh, Moroccan and uniformly delicious - served with a choice of Moroccan or European wines.
We organised two guides through the ryad - one to show us around the medina - arranged within 30 minutes of our request - and, a few days later, a guide to the Middle Atlas, Sefrou and Bhalil. All money well spent.
I would recommend a stay at the Ryad Mabrouka as an intregral part of a stay in Fes - truly a hidden gem of the city!

  • Liked — Spacious & peaceful
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ryad Mabrouka
Address: No 25 Derb el Miter | AÏn Azliten, Fes 30110, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#16 Family Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ryad Mabrouka 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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