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Algila Fes
Ranked #14 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 May 2014

We really enjoied the ospitality of the owners and their "smiling " staff ...
everything was perfect ,included location ...that allow to forget the car ...
THey organized everything for us included a great guided tour of Meknes and Volubilis ,the Roman ancient town ,with great professionality .THanks to Naema ,the owner ,we enjoied a great Hammam ,not for tourist ,but for local people .It was the best hamman i have never been in my life ,very well organized and clean at a very good price.
Breakfast in the hotel was various and high quality .Same for the dinner .I want to be back soon and I will reccomend for sure to my friends!

Room Tip: Our room was very silent ,bathroom very clean and everything was confortable .
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We recently stayed five nights a this beautiful riad and loved it! The team is doing their outmost to make you feel at home and to provide excellent service to their guests. We traveled with our two kids (2 years and 5 months old) and they were cared about incredibly cordially by Soukaina and the team, which made our departure day even more sad than it already was. The three connected typical houses were renovated carefully and furnished and decorated with love and style. The location is perfect to explore the beautiful Medina of Fes. Being situated in the Medina it is not directly reachable by car but the team will be happy to organize someone to pick you up and to transport your luggage if you require it (it is around 250m from the nearest place where taxis can stop). Don't forget to dine on the rooftop, the chef will prepare a typical dinner for you with fresh ingredients from the market if you order it early enough (usually before noon). We also appreciated very much all the sightseeing and restaurant tips, all of them were perfect. You can also book transfers or tours at the Riad, prices are moderate and they chose their partners very carefully in order to make sure the guests receive high quality services also when booking those external offerings.
To make it short: We absolutely loved our stay at Algila Fes and we would like to thank the team for the days we spent there. For our next trip to Fes we will hopefully be able to book this Riad again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

I really spent a marvelous time with NAeema &ZAkaria hospitality @their beautiful riad (alGila) fes that was on 9to12 April 2014 .
Those who like cozy , calm,excellent food,kind people like Sokaina &cheif HAnan must take nearest chance to visit that lovely place ,,it's really unforgettable .

Room Tip: Irresistible rooms ,,what ever you choose
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank H A
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Riad Algila Fes excellent service and accommodations were just what we were looking for in our first visit to Morocco. We found the people here open and warm and there was more personal service (unlike the Sofitel where we later transferred since we could not get all nights at the Algila Fes). That's why this Riad is very highly rated. We were amazed when we we saw the intricate tilework and carvings throughout the common rooms and our bedroom. Our room was on the upper floor ; we could have slept forever in the comfy bed, the fine cotton bedding. There is a programmable safe and mini-refrigerator in the closet , which we found handy. The bathroom amenities were great, with Argan oil in the soap, shampoo and conditioner. Hot water was perfectly fine - sometimes it took a few minutes to get the hot water, but that's the same thing in my house in the US. Breakfasts in the common rooms was a spread 4-5 types of home baked breads ( carbs don't count in Morocco, you'll work them off walking around), jams, honey ( likely from the honey souk), omelette, olives and olive oil, butter, yogurt and coffee or tea.

The staff are generally excellent - very fluent in English and French. Soukaina one of the day managers, was really fun to talk to and helped us book a half day guide. When it turned out the official guide wasn't available because we hadn't pre-booked, she helped us with a simple map and basic instructions on getting around the old Fes Medina ( going towards the Blue/Green gate, Bab bou jeloud, turn right at the small shop ( on the left side), there are black signs for the Riad , one is located above the wooden shop shutters, then go straight on until you get to Batha place, turn right at the fountain, follow that road / path and bear left going uphill slightly until you see the gate. That's a main reference point and near the beginning of the main thoroughfare, Telaa Kebira). We actually were able to navigate fairly well, having to re-trace our steps just a couple times. We went all the way from the Blue gate at one end of Telaa Kebira to the big old mosque (quoirroine)/ university and Nejjarine wood museum. Used descriptions in the guidebooks ( we used Lonely Planet ) to see the sights along the way. We were able to get back fairly easily by re-tracing our steps - the Riad is very well located to this area ( about 10-15 minutes walk each way if it's crowded).

Soukaina did book the half day guide on the next day, and then we were taken on many of the smaller streets and mazes, through the color souks, tanners, brass, wood furniture, weavers, tailor souks. We got to see the caravanserai, formerly was a place to overnight the caravans and pack animals which traders used to haul raw materials and finished goods; the ancient equivalent of a truckers rest stop. Those caravanserai are now places where foodstuffs or crafts are made and sold. We were taken also to the leather shop which surround the actual tanning area to observe it ( it does smell, but it's not overwhelming and they give you mint to sniff on). Not sure if you can see that area any other way than through the surrounding shops and it would not be worth seeing at ground level ( overview from above is best). They explain a bit about the different vats. Yes there is an interest to sell to you, but quite frankly how would they manage the business otherwise. We just said we weren't interested and they didn't pressure us. If you start asking about prices, then sellers see this as a signal of buying interest ( which makes sense, right? ), then they would try to sell more. Had we been better prepared, we would have broken down bills into coins for handy tips to assuage some of our own guilt, but on the other hand they know they will not get a sale every time; that's the price of doing business. Same goes for the rug shop located in a former residence, where they show you the weaving. A note on the "silk" made from the agave plant (yeah the same one Mexicans use to make tequila). They call it silk and it's pretty silky in texture and it takes color well, but it's not the silkworm type of silk. In Europe or US we would call it sisal. Still it's a natural fiber, but it's a bit of marketing to call it silk. We liked going with the guide because he was knowledgeable and witty, and it would have been a lot more difficult to get around to the side streets, and crafts.

We'd love to go back again and Riad a algila Fes would be a top choice for location and service.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Great place, fantastic rooms, superb service! Naima and Giovanni really go out of their way to please, assist and help. Located in the very heart of the Medina, it is the ideal starting point for an exploration of this incredible city. We had dinner there twice and the food was delicious so was the real Moroccan breakfast every morning. We will go back!

Room Tip: We stayed in room Nenema (or something similar). Very cofortable indeed.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

This is a very nice hotel in the Medina of Fes whose two hostesses greet their guests warmly and maintain that warmth throughout their stay.

We had a wonderful time during our time there (we stayed at this as well as another also excellent Riad in Fes in March 2014) and were impressed with the originality, quality and attention to detail of the rooms and also of breakfast and dinner as well of Algila Fes. It is within close proximity to many of the central sites within the Medina of Fes including the tanneries of which Fes is among the best in all of Morocco and is located just a few blocks away from the din of the market streets - so you would never know it from how quiet it is around the Riad, yet you can get to the markets very easily.

From the warmth of the staff, to its great location - we highly recommend Algila Fes to anyone seeking a Riad in this wonderful city.

Room Tip: The Superior Rooms are excellent
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

The riad was extremely beautiful, clean, and located very nicely in the city. The service was also exceptional with Sukaina on hand to help with anything me and my friends needed. Definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: 1-2-3/17, Akibat Sbaa Douh, Fes 30110, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #14 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Price Range: £88 - £184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Algila Fes 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled at the end of a quiet street, near the heart of the ancient labyrinth of the medina of Fez, the Algilà Fès offers a charming base for exploring the souks and monuments of the loveliest of Morocco’s imperial cities. The hotel is comprised of three inter-connected 18th century residences, each an architectural gem in its own right, offering modern comforts in a traditional setting. The hotel’s five suites and seven guest rooms are arrayed around three separate courtyards fitted with fountains, palm trees and sitting areas.This unique configuration lends itself to individual travelers and couples as well as to families and small groups, as parties requiring four or more rooms can reserve a section of the building for their private use. ... more   less 
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