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Review of Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux

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Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux
Ranked #14 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fabulous, unique hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

This hotel is an old palace. It looks like nothing from the outside (down a small alley) but you walk into a magical place. The location is also great because it is inside the medina so you can walk out the front door and wander through souks and go to great restaurants. Each bedroom is unique. We had a bedroom on a staircase and the 4 kids shared a junior suite which was fantastic. The rooftop terrace is stunning for drinks too.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sao Paulo, SP
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142 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Overall architecture, decor and attention to details are impressive. Well located close to one of the Medina's entrances, it's not so hard to find - as soon as you step in you're wowed by how beautiful it looks.
Staff is really helpful and courteous. My room on the 2nd floor was really beautiful (wi-fi does not reach higher than 1st floor), had a good size and storage space, bathroom with double vanities and delicious welcome Moroccan pastries. The only thing that bothered me was the lack of a standing shower, which I had already noticed in other Riads.
Breakfast, although not extremely diverse, was really tasty and had excellent local products, such as the home made yogurt. We had every meal on site and everything I tried was excellent. I even took a cooking class, which was one of the highlights of my stay.
I never visited the fitness room, but they have a beautiful swimming pool and a nice spa, not big, but offering great treatments I had the chance to try.
With the Sofitel in desperate need of a remodeling, I believe Riad Fes is the best option in town. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cadi C
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

We stayed here as part of a small tour of Morocco. This was our first riad and we loved the uniqueness of it. Walking in by way of winding passageways was fun. Upon entering we were offered mint tea which gave us a chance to admire the public areas, which are beautiful. Our room was up two floors and we enjoyed a quiet, restful sleep with a great bed. The green tile bathroom was a bit dark, and the shower had a patch which made it feel as if one's foot might go through. I agree with other reviews that the shower was a bit unhandy and the tub had a really high side to climb over. Breakfast was in a pretty room and was very good. We loved the small tagines containers containing dates and sweets upon entering the first night. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

The Riad Fez does not disappoint but it is important not to have expectations which are based on European experiences of Relais and Chateaux. Before confirming check if your room is high up as you may prefer not to climb up to 60 stairs every time you forget something! The staff were courteous and helpful and the food was good. Breakfast was fine although freshly baked bread would have been even better. The Riad decor is tasteful and the courtyard lovely. The location is good if you want to be near the Medina but be prepared it takes time to orientate and be grateful for offers to lead you out to the main streets!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

Let's start with a few minor quibbles. It would be good if the swimmimg pool was heated over the Christmas period. The hotel wi-fi doesn't work well in the rooms. Some of the corridors to the bedrooms are very dark and so you spend time grappling with key and lock.....

You can see none of these are overly serious and I'm struggling a bit to find fault because the rest is superb. The hotel is wonderfully stylish yet comfortable. Our suite anyway was substantial though some are not so it's worth checking what you are getting when you book.

The food is excellent and imaginative and as with the best of Fez restaurants - with Moroccan and French influences. The service attentive and problem-solving. Reception and concierge - charming and helpful.

All-in-all it was a great place from which to explore the world's largest Medina - a UNESCO heritage site - and to spend Christmas under blue skies and pleasant 18C temperatures. A far cry from what was going on in London at the time!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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113 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

We were booked for two nights at this riad as part of a tour and enjoyed our stay very much. The riad is magnificently designed and appointed although this is not evident from the street. The public rooms are beautifully designed and decorated although a little chilly in early December. Our room was large and luxurious. Front desk service was efficient and helpful. The dining room offered a wonderful breakfast--a buffet on Sunday and table service on Monday. One dinner proved disappointing with the meal being expensive and not very tasty. The riad is right in the medina and well located to explore tha fascinating alleys and monuments of Fes. Recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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181 reviews
180 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

We stayed at Riad Fes for 3 nighst on a recent trip to Morocco and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is in a great spot in the medina and was an oasis of peace and quiet after a day navigating the chaos of the souks. The riad is beautifully decorated and has a fantastic roof top terrace with a great view over the medina of Fes. Our room was clean, comfortable and luxurious; we even had fresh bottled water in our rooms every day. The included breakfast every morning was great with a good selection of breads, pastries, jams, cook-to-order eggs and crepes, and freshly squeezed juices on offer. We had dinner at the hotel one night and the food was great. The staff were all very welcoming, friendly and very professional. Overall we would highly recommend Riad Fes if you're planning a stay in the city of Fes - this was easily our favourite hotel in Morocco!

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux

Property: Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux
Address: 5 Derb Ben Slimane | Zerbtana, Fes 30110, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Fes
#10 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#21 Family Hotel in Fes
#22 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux 5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Fes - Relais & Châteaux is renowned for its luxury, impeccable service and fine restaurant. Restored to its original glory, Riad Fès - Relais & Châteaux is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez. It has succeeded in combining refinement with inspiration and invites you to relax and enjoy your stay in a serene atmosphere with decor reminiscent of Arabian Nights. Riad Fes provides guests with the opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy the splendour and authenticity of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility. The prestigious history and refined civilization of this Imperial city are reflected in the Spanish Moorish architecture and attention to detail seen in the decor. With spectacular views of the Medina and the Atlas Mountains, Riad Fès - Relais & Châteaux is ideal for those travelling for business or pleasure.In the heart of a medieval city known for its diverse savory eateries, Riad Fès - Relais & Châteaux offers a fine dining restaurant that should not be missed when visiting Fez: l’Ambre. A haven of purity and tranquillity created by the designer Christophe Pillet, our Spa Riad Fès by Cinq Mondes invites you to enjoy a unique experience in luxurious and comfortable surroundings. With a selection of the best treatments, massages and traditional formulas marked by Quality, Authenticity and Ceremony designed and developed by Cinq Mondes, our Spa will take you on genuine Sensoriel Journeys.Riad Fes - Relais & Chateaux offers tailored golf holidays to golf enthusiasts. ... more   less 
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