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Riad Jaouhara
Ranked #136 of 216 Fes B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 January 2013

This Riad was wonderful! We stayed 3 days in Fes and our suite was a very comfortable and decorated with a unique Moroccan style. The chef was incredible in preparing Tagine and it was a beautiful experience to have breakfast in the courtyard with the gorgeous fountain and the birds chirping all around. The Riad was a historical building with beautiful architectural material. The service was excellent, Zahra (manager) and Abdul Raheem (attendant) were wonderful and went out of thier way to meet our need. We had a great stay here and I would highly recommend this Riad to anyone who visits Fes!

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

A really cool little hotel. This was our first time at a Riad, and what an introduction! A real haven from the heat, noise and bustle from the city outside.

We had a suite on the first floor overlooking the pool and garden with a great lounge area; we were expecting only a bedroom. The room was furnished in the traditional Moroccan style yet it was modern and very clean.

The highlight of the stay was the warm service from Abdul. We stayed for three nights, eating dinner at the Riad for two nights. The food was excellent. The only advice I would give is come hungry! There was enough food each breakfast/dinner for a family of six, too much of the two of us!

This Riad really completed a great experience in Fez for us.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SbearCanberra
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Pleasant surprise -- and head and shoulders above the other "four/five star" hotels in Morocco. Beautiful grounds with gardens and a small pool in the courtyard which was immediately enjoyed by my two teenagers since it was 105-degrees outside. The whole thing seemed to be like out of the movies to us. You could choose where to be served in the courtyard, either in the open tables or the enclosed Sultan-like couches and tables behind the curtains! We lived without a/c the first night and it was incredibly hot but it's becase we weren't working the a/c correctly (our fault). After that, we got it going and it was a pleasant temperature. A great shower. Very spacious room: we booked a "triple" and it included a bedroom with one large bed, a bedroom with two twin beds, and a living room area in between. The bathroom was adequate as well and a nice size (though the water leaked out on the floor-- seems to be a common occurrence with European and Moroccan showers). The room was a little noisy as a lot of partying went on until the early morning on the street below. We coudn't believe how great the meals were. Elaborate yummy awesome Moroccan food, and so much of it! All cooked and served by the manager and his helper. Breakfast the next morning was just as awesome and elaborate. We toured Fes and loved seeing the old city, but after seeing the sanitary conditions, we skipped the "traditional" lunch at the restaurant in the city center and headed back to the riad where we, impromptu, asked if they would serve us a light lunch. We're thinking you know, cucumber sandwiches. Well, they whipped up a huge Moroccan meal again: cous-cous and vegetables, Moroccan salads, kafka beef meat balls in sauce, fruit and cheese for dessert, it just went on and on. And with each meal they brought us still water, sparkling water, Coca Cola (our request) and fresh mint tea. It was a wonderful oasis. Wifi near the reception area. Clean hotel. When we needed some special items on the spur of the moment, the beautiful young lady who handled reception took care of it for us and was so nice the whole time. I wish every place we'd stayed had been this awesome. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you stay here. From the grounds to the rooms to the staff to the food, I don't think you can ask for any more!

Room Tip: Choose a room low to the ground level when it's hot in summer; choose a higher room closer to th...
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Mushroom1234
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Such a suprise when you open the doors from the Medina to see this jewel! Such a beautiful staff and extremely friendly staff that went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of and safe! Loved eating in the courtyard and soaking our feet in the pool after a long day!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank julieleblanc13
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Reviewed 8 May 2012 via mobile

Great room, great hotel, great food, great service. Abdoul treated us like royaty. I would highly recommend this place. Still here, so I can't expand right now. I recommend using the travel source across the street for a guided tour which makes trying to negotiate this wonderful but complicated city even more of a pleasure.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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2  Thank Macdaddy770
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

Overall, found this to be really nice stay. We had a very large room/suite and Abdul (who made the picture complete in his Fes and babouches!) was very helpful. He helped with the luggage, escorted us to another restaurant one night, and served us breakfast with a smile. The breakfast was nice, with plenty of food. The orange juice in Morocco is amazing. We had dinner at the riad the night we arrived and it was also good.

It's also worth noting that the fragrance of citrus blossoms in the courtyard is intoxicating! Really a great treat over breakfast or as a welcome back after a day out touring. We found it amusing when we recognized that the photo on the front cover of our tour company's folder (Experience It Tours) was taken in the courtyard at Riad Jaouhara.

The down side? Granted, this was my first stay in a riad, but I was surprised at the lack of light--natural or otherwise inside the room. There are tiny windows with wooden shutters to help keep out the noise, but it was still very noisy outside throughout the night. I would strongly recommend not getting a room facing the alley, if possible. We could hear children and animals into the wee hours of the morning.

Room Tip: Choose a room away from the alley, if possible. It was very noisy.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank kirklandkat
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

I investigate our lodging choices prior to selection and I was a bit hesitant to choose this Riad mainly due to the small number of reviews, but I am so happy that we stayed here.
The Riad is beautiful, lovely courtyard and in an excellent location. Once you walk through the door you fall in love with the beauty and peacefulness. Our suite was large and clean with hot water in the bathroom and included a television (that we never turned on) and a minibar (no liquor served here but there is a bar in the nearby Hotel Batha). The meals were delicious. We stayed for four nights and had breakfast each morning and dinner on two evenings. The food was excellent with way too generous proportions. Such great service! Abdul handled everything for us (and others) flawlessly! He is truly the gem of this riad. He does it all from bag handling, reception, serves meals, etc. Several times we saw him running all in order to do multiple tasks and please the guests and with all this work he seemed so happy and eager to please. The location is ideal (and felt very safe) just step out the door and you are in the souk. The staff was very hospitable and eager to help and please however they could. We really enjoyed our stay and I highly recommend Riad Jaouhara.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Gralam
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Additional Information about Riad Jaouhara

Address: 11 Rue de La Poste | Place Batha, Fes 30030, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #136 of 216 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range: £64 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jaouhara Riad is a place where time suddenly ceases to run and we are drawn back harmoniously to live great memories of this historical site. The riad was built on early twentieth century by one of the well known families of the spiritual city of Fez, the Jouahri family. This is a place where fascinating traditional Moroccan art is joined by state of the art modern equipment for a maximum pleasure and relaxation. ... more   less 
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