My husband and I stayed at Riad Ghita with our nearly two-year-old son and it was our favourite accommodation among the seven places we stayed in during our time in Morocco.
Service: Samira welcomed us warmly by saying we were part of the family, and we certainly felt like it. Nothing was too much trouble for Nadia, who served the food, and Mohammed, the porter/doorman. The owner Mohammed greeted us as well on our arrival. The kitchen even lent us a large wash basin so we could sterilise our son's sippy cup, etc. with our Milton tablets. All the staff were very happy to play with our son too!
Architecture: The riad is decorated within in intricate detail with stucco carvings, carved cedar wood and zelij tiles. It is absolutely gorgeous, and staying there was like living in a jewel box, but at the same time it had a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Unlike the other riads we stayed in, the central courtyard was covered with a semitransparent plastic-type material (not open to the sky, but it let the light through). I guess this was to protect the dining furniture and carefully restored work inside. It didn't feel claustrophobic as the ceiling was very high.
Food: We were welcomed with mint tea, sesame biscuits and almond pastries baked in the riad's kitchen. The almond pastries were absolutely delicious. Breakfast was a generous spread of bread, honey, fig jam, two kinds of pancakes, goat cheese, olives, white cheese (store bought), yogurt (store bought), boiled eggs, a fried egg on top of a local jerky-type meat served in a tagine, and fresh orange juice. We could tell the cook knew her stuff because the eggs were perfectly boiled without a green layer. We later found out the riad offers cookery lessons and if we had known about this in advance we would have opted to have a lesson there.
We chose to eat dinner at the riad as we wanted to tuck our son into bed early after eating. The food was excellent, especially the cooked aubergine and the cooked bell pepper entrees for the set menus we had on the first night. Our mains were chicken pastilla (a local pie) and a very tender mechoui (slow roasted shoulder of lamb). To save money, we ordered from the ala carte menu the second night. The food was on the expensive side though, and we made the mistake of ordering bottled water with our first meal for which we were charged 20Dh (when you can buy it for 4 or 5Dh from a store outside).
Room: We stayed in the Panorama Suite -- the topmost room with access to a rooftop terrace with lovely views. There were no elevators, of course, so there was a lot of stair climbing involved. The room, we felt, was not as luxurious as the other rooms (but it may have been the case of us jealously peeping into the other open doors). Half of the closet was locked, possibly storing extra bedding. We were nevertheless happy with the air conditioner and fell asleep quite soundly on the bed. The TV is not flatscreen; the wifi worked. We liked the fact there was an electric kettle; not all the places we stayed in in Morocco had this. The shower was handheld (telephone-type) in a small tiled stall; there were no problems with the hot water in the ensuite bathroom.
Location: Although it is in the old part of the city, the riad is located on the outer edge of it. There is a 10- to 15-minute walk to get to the central part of the media where most of the sights are. It is not a case of stepping outside the door and finding the hustle and bustle of the souks right in front of you. This didn't bother us as we are used to walking, plus we appreciated staying in the riad's quiet local neighbourhood.
Other info: Hassan, our guide while in Fez, is well known to the riad's staff and was very charming -- he did not pressure us into buying anything or even tipping him (wow!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Ghita is a traditional, splendid house abode of notable one situated to the heart of the old city of F??s and fine neighborhood R'cif. Accessible by car with a big kept parking lot to proximity of the Riad. The Riad is built in a palace dating back to the 16th restored century with authenticity and respect of the architecture hispano moorish, perfectly equipped essential modern comfort to your well being ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Ghita Hotel Fes
- Riad Ghita Fes