During our 4 night visit, we stayed in the Jnane rather than the riad itself although we dropped in every now and again to the riad to sit in the courtyard, get information from Jalal, and enjoy a magificent last night dinner on the terrace overlooking the Medina.
Both the riad and the jnane (house with garden as opposed to internal courtyard) offer quiet, cool relaxation after the adventures, noise, bustle of the medina. Returning to them felt like a reward after hours exploring, being jostled by donkeys, importuned by young men to let them be our guide, and the general wonderful overload of the senses that is the souk. The quietness of both houses is enhanced by the quiet but ready service of the staff. A terrific breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice was served on the jnane's side terrace overlooking the garden with its hidden place to relax and read if one so wished. The internal courtyard of the riad is everything one could wish of Islamic domestic architecture appealing to the senses with its fountain, trees, and bird-song.
Hassan's final dinner on the terrace of the riad overlooking the medina - and served with great refinement by Jalal - was a fitting final memory of this idyllic place.
The only heads-up for travellers: at the time of our stay (Oct. 2011), guests staying in the jnane rather than the riad, have to pay their bill in cash. We were not prepared for this and it caused a bit of last minute scrambling to get cash. However, Jalal told us they were working to fix this.
All in all, an idyllic time and highly recommended for other travellers.
Ann Murray, Chicago, Illinois
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Medina of Fez, in the residential district of Ziat, this guest house offers a range of 7 luxuous rooms, fully equipped and an unforgettable view that overlooks the heart of the ancient town. Suites range in size from 38 to 125m, they are chic and roomy, and have been recently renovated in the Fassi traditional style. For the gourmets, our chief will be proud to prepare for you the ultimate best Moroccan recipes. ... more less
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