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“It's definitely got the "wow!" factor”
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Riad Al Bartal
Ranked #17 of 207 Fes B&B and Inns
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Washington, DC
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67 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“It's definitely got the "wow!" factor”
Reviewed 15 February 2011

This was our 2nd riad and Morocco and this was definitely the most impressive in terms of the grandness of the structure itself. We also had the best breakfasts here of bread basket, jams/honey, yogurt, coffee, fresh squeezed OJ, and omelette. The staff was very accommodating without being intrusive. It's larger and therefore not as intimate as the other riads we've been to. We arranged for a guide and we were given Abdul who was good. Of course we got taken to the usual shops but, in my opinion, visiting them really gave me a good idea of the products they sell there. We went to a weaving shop, a rug shop, a tannery, and a pottery shop. There was no obligation to buy, but I certainly did not have that kind of self-control! For 150 dirhams, we extended our tour to include the outskirts of the town which was worth it. Great riad in a beautiful ancient city!

Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2011

A beautiful interior - high ceilings, intricate carved wood and filing, central area filled with plants and antiques. Fabulous suite - a bit like staying in a National Trust property.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2010

I went to Fes in September. Having never been I searched high and low for somewhere to stay. Raymond at Riad al Bartal was very helpful with my several email enquiries prior to my stay.

A car was organised to collect us from the airport & take us to the Riad. On entering the Riad - you are WOWED. It's breathtakingly beautiful. Simply stunning and nothing like I've ever seen. The only thing I wasn't keen on was the resident bird! Thankfully it doesn't flap anywhere (which I'd have hated) but 'Bartal' means Bird in Arabic! So if you are scared... perhaps this is one to avoid!

We had a Mezzanine room which was great although the stairs were steep and I wouldn't advise anyone elderly or with young kids to stay in this room as climbing the stairs was a little tricky at times, especially late at night. But the rooms were clean and decorated simply with wonderful local articafts and colours. The lighting in the riad wasn't great - it's quite dark but then again, it did rain for 4 days so perhaps when the sun shines, one gets a different perspective.

The staff were/ are incredible. Bent over backwards to ensure we had a great stay. Organised guides, pick ups, airport transfers, massages, advised us on where to eat, where to go to etc...

The food was good but not excellent. Breakfasts however are fit for a king! You wont go hungry. INCREDIBLE!!

Can't reccomend Riad Al Bartal enough. Amazingly located amongst the 9000 streets in the Medina but our Riad was so easy to find and to navigate around - even with very bad sense of direction!

Stay here - you wont be disappointed at all. Thank you to everyone for a truly brilliant, full of laughter and colour, 4 days.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2010

Great place, an oasis in the fascinating Fes medina. Very comfortable and friendly.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

It is a beautiful place, fully updated, and the staff was fantastically kind.

The building is just fantastic, I think our room (the cheapest one in the place) must have had 30 foot ceilings, with zellige/plasterwork from floor to ceiling... The atrium is green and cool.

We did not get a chance to eat there but the dinner smelled fantastic.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

We had three nights in this extraordinarily beautiful riad and would recommend it to anyone. Although the weather was over 35 celsius the temperature dropped immediately we stepped into the shady courtyard. The rooms also had air conditioning so we slept wonderfully. The staff were fantastic - really friendly and helpful but not pushy. Food superb - we ate breakfast and evening meal here. We also asked the hotel to organise a guide for us which worked very well. We had a really interesting tour of Fez with Hassan - it's almost impossible to find your way around the medina without help. Apologies for the superlatives but I can't think of anything negative to say. I suppose the only thing that would have improved our stay would have been a pool, but that would have put the riad beyond our budget.



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  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC suburbs
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

The building itself is gorgeous, and the dining area is the courtyard in the picture.
The staff, Omar in particular, was great, very helpful and generally a great guy.
The loft room is the only small room, but still very nice. Our friends stayin in the parental suite, that was very very nice.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riad Al Bartal
Address: 21 rue Sournas | quartier Ziat, Fes 30000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 207 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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