This hotel is an elegant oasis amidst the colourful confusion that characterizes the wonderful old medina of Fes. Located within the medina, it is easily accessible off the lower main street that runs through the medina. It is a magnificently restored merchant’s mansion. The cream walls leading to it give no hint of the delight of this place. The public lobby area is grand and elegant, and showcases the oldtime grandeur of the wealthy merchants’ mansions. It appears to be a complex of both old and new buildings.
The top terrace of the hotel, with bar service, provides spectacular views across the medina. It is quite a breathtaking panorama. The room was part of the old complex, and was very elegant, with beautiful antique (or at least antique-looking) furniture. Rooms do not have numbers, rather, names. I had a high room reachable by a lot of stairs! ( a bit tricky and treacherous at night as the lighting up these steps was not all that good). It was quite luxurious. Room fittings with traditional ceramics and art work and carpets were a very nice touch. The bed with its mountain of pillows was very comfortable. Bottles of water were provided each day in the room, and there was a welcome tagine containers of local cookies and fresh dates provided on the first day. There was also an in-room safe for valuables. It had a separate bathroom with a tiled shower unit, but no bath tub. Vanity space was small, but adequate for one person. Nice bath toiletries were provided. Internet was provided free of additional charge, but was not available in my room, (although you could get a weak service from time to time) and lobby access to wifi was at best slow and spotty. I expected better, given the standard and price of this hotel. The staff were very courteous and helpful at all tines, and provided necessary information to help you make sense of this enormous medina. The hotel has several open courtyards complete with sculptures and orange trees, and fountain pools. Buffet breakfast was provided and this was quite adequate. Eggs were made to order. Hot food provided in the buffet trays was luke-warm, even cold. Nice selection of fresh fruits, fresh fruit juices, pastries, and breads.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Fes Hotel Fes
- Riad Hotel Fes
- Fes Riad Hotel