A very pleasant stay at end of January. From the moment we were greeted at the train station, to the moment we were hailed a cab to leave three days later, we wanted for nothing.
Entering the Al Bartal through a very unassuming door only heightens the surprise of the beautiful interior that greets you beyond the few internal steps. Elaborately worked plaster and mosaic decorate all surfaces of the central court (which serves as both breakfast and dining room) and its pillars, while the unusually high ceilings, of both ground and upper floors, add to the sense of grandeur.
The ground floor is guarded over by Poulette, the resident tuneful and inquisitive parrot. Breakfast was of the continental type with eggs anyway, but plentiful and tasty. Had dinner here on our first night, and that too was very well prepared and enjoyable. Also, look out for the well-priced wine list and good quality alcoholic drinks. We had one of the larger rooms on the upper floor.
As others have commented, rooms are well-presented, comfortable, spacious - all with high ceilings. Rooms are decorated in a rustic Moroccan style with a charming and eclectic mix of furniture and lighting. Aircon and heating with in-room control. Our room became a suite when we were upgraded because the riad is quiet this time of year. It had a large bathroom and a fabulous bath; with a supply of hot water to match.
Finally let me mention Omar and his colleagues looking after us. Great service and very professional in manner. All in all, great value for money and highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll be charmed by this riad in the Arab-Andalusian architecture. the limited capacity of 5 suites and 3 rooms, allows you to customize the contacts and to take the time to settle down in an harmonious décor. the patio filled with green plants offer more intimate corners for reading. A library is available and full of books on the history and cultures of Morocco and the art of oriental cooking but also something to prepare for documenting his visits to the medina and its surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Al Bartal Hotel Fes