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“We felt at home in this jewel box of a place”
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Riad Ghita
Ranked #59 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2010

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!).

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

We stayed in the Lalla Zineb room - it was incredibly large and beautiful for a reasonable price. Breakfast was awesome - they give you like 3 breakfasts worth of food in one meal. We had to change the dates of our reservation several times and the owners were really cool about accommodating us. The location is perfect - it's in an alley on the edge of the medina, a short walk to where the action is without being right in the middle of it all the time. Dinner on the roof of the hotel is nice and convenient, although it's expensive compared to other restaurants in the area. Everything is well-kept, clean and comfortable. The only bad thing I can say is that I found the mattress a little uncomfortable to sleep on. But I would still highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

You feel like you're staying in a historic monument. It's beautiful, but a little dusty. Didn't detract from the great food and friendly staff. Could've been more helpful in assisting us in confirming our train travel, but I guess that would've been going above and beyond. The location is a bit dicey - not really walkable to anywhere and cabbies have trouble finding it. But still a short drive to everywhere.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

I can not sing enough praises for the Riad Ghita. The riad felt like a wonderful vacation home with a full staff on hand to help your every need. Samira arranged a wonderful (and cost effective) guide for us to tour the medina with. She also made arrangements for us at a hammam (also decently priced). We took most of our meals at the riad. The food served here is amazing. We enjoyed and loved every morsel. Nadia was on hand to serve and explain the dishes. The cleaning staff, cooks, as well as the doorman/porter were are congenial and helpful. The breakfast was delightful and filling. The rooms are beautiful and spacious.

Pro: the food, the food, the food, the service, the ambiance, everything!
Con: there were none.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2010

I stayed at a lot of nice places during a recent trip to Morocco, but Riad Ghita stood out as a memorable destination and a great value. The rooms and the garden are beautiful. The staff speaks good English, helped us make dinner reservations and were very accommodating overall. Eat at least one dinner there -- the food is great.

Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 July 2010

We were lucky enough to stay here for 2 nights with our teenage daughters and another family with their teens. We had 4 rooms (one for the teens and one for the adults). All were situated so everyone felt safe. The rooms were beautiful and beds were comfortable. I must encourage everyone to let the Riad staff prepare dinner for you. One of the best meals we had in Fes and the rooftop terrace at night is something to behold. Breakfast included in the price and nice choice of items. Owner and staff were friendly and polite. SO happy we made this choice.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Thank berniez
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

Riad Ghita, is absolutely gorgeous. From the train station our cab brought us to the Riad mid day and we were served the delicious mint tea and cookies. Everything is made fresh in their kitchen and my only regret is we did not have time for the cooking class. Our Suite Jawhara on the main floor was spacious (including 2 couches) with a very fine bathroom & plenty of hot water. Breakfast included eggs, yogurt, bread, Moroccan pancakes, cheese, and more. Service is perfectly delightful. We ate several dinners on the roof top and the menu of salads, tagines & other choices were as good as anywhere in Morocco. Plus, we did not get sick from the fresh fruit or salads. We'll stay longer next time.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank arteacher
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Address: 52 Bouajjara, Bab Jdid, Fes 55000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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Hotel Style:
#28 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#35 Luxury Hotel in Fes
Price Range: £52 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Ghita 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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