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“Heavenly retreat!!!”
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Riad Al Bartal
Ranked #16 of 215 Fes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Heavenly retreat!!!”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Arriving in Fez after dark following a 7hr. train trip from Marrakesh, our taxi backed up a narrow, unlit lane and stopped at an inconspicuous door set in a blank stone wall. But the door opened and we were greeted by our smiling host standing in the warmly lit entrance and the fabulous aromas of dinner. Ushered down a broad staircase to a covered inner courtyard, we were seated at a candle-lit table among other guests in a garden of Eden. We had clearly arrived in Heaven! Our stay was fabulous in every way

  • Stayed April 2013
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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 June 2013

characterises this amazing restored Riad. I am a seasoned traveler and Riad Al Bartal tops my list for hospitality, friendly service, ambiance and meals. Omar and Mehdi, the managers, took care of our every need. One of the owners and his family was present and made us feel very welcome. It is like staying at a private home. The renovation is breath taking. A library, roof terrace and various seating areas allow ample space for relaxing, reading, visiting with guests or just enjoying the spacious tiled courtyard, bird songs and peaceful ambiance.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

A lovely little hotel located at the edge of Fez's medina, with a stunning courtyard. It's far quieter than the central area. Staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful. Definitely a hotel that stands out from others I've stayed in. Bring along the hotel map to show to cab drivers so they can find it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

From the moment we arrived at Al Bartal and were greeted with a lovely tea and cookies, everything was near perfect. The place is beautiful and quiet. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The location (at the edge of the medina for easy travel outside or in) is great and easily accessible. When we needed anything at all, they arranged it for us and at a very fair price, whether it was getting our laundry done, getting picked up from the train station, or ordering a car and driver to get us to our next destination. This place is fantastic. The only thing I would change is to remove the squawking bird from the main courtyard, he is a little too chatty.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

It was like walking into the Garden of Eden. Instantly we felt at ease and serene. Expertly designed and decorated. The courtyard is breathtaking. We stayed in the Nejjarine Suite it was the most beautiful room I have ever stayed in (I'm a seasoned traveler). Incredible for any price but unbelievable for 110 euros. Truly.

Service was impeccable. We had a 5 am flight back home and they arranged a taxi to pick us up at 3 am. We stumbled out of our room at 3 am to find a table arranged for us with freshly squeezed orange juice, cookies, coffee and tea. At 3 am we were greeted by a staff member with a smile. And the 50 dirham note we dropped on the chair the night before at dinner. Unbelievable. What a wonderful send-off.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

Huge rooms - so big they are almost creepy. There are a lot of stairs unless you are staying in one of the downstairs suites, We were there in winter so it all felt a little bit cold. In summer it would be brilliant because it would stay so cool. Really helpful staff - fantastic English with an American accent - and the best breakfasts we had in Morocco. Fez itself is huge - rambles all over the place. This is on the edge so it is very very quiet.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

I booked this riad based on feedback found in Trip advisor. For one night during weekend. And was not disappointed. It's recommended to arrange a pickup because it's hard to find.
Then to walk from the riad to the city center Zouk takes a bit of time through a maze of small streets almost guaranteed to get you lost.
The food was absolutely great as was the room. Almost a waste that I was by myself as it's absolutely romantic.
Staff was very helpful and made sure my short stay in Fes was not wasted a single minute. They helped arrange a guide that appeared to be great, knowledgeable and professional. Only limitation was that on such short term no English speaking guide was available so I settled for a French speaking one. Which is a bit more difficult for me but worked out very well.
All in all a memorable visit.
There is a kind of library room downstairs also.
Note that the rooms are not like in a hotel. It´s like visiting a very old large family house. Rooms centered around the inner courtyard. Doors of rooms seem generally open and accessible. It doesn't seem like things get stolen here ever but on the other hand... it shouldn't be very hard if anyone would try it.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Riad Al Bartal
Address: 21 rue Sournas | quartier Ziat, Fes 30000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 215 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Al Bartal 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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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