Great location and felt safe--convenient access to Medina and taxis. Samir, one of the riad staff, was always friendly and welcoming. Aside from that, everything else about Riad Tizwa was mediocre and very commercial. We stayed 5 nights--in Room 4 and Room 1. The rooms were okay, but they were not well laid out and there was always something that was not quite right. Room 4 was on the terrace level, smaller, but offered more privacy. The bathroom had a bathtub only, so when you showered, even when you're kneeling in the tub, the water would spray all over the bathroom and so the toilet, rug and counter all got wet. Room 1 was large with a sitting area and the bathroom was up a steep set of stairs. This bathroom was awkward: 1) The only place to put your stuff was in an original built-in tile shelf that didn't look like it got cleaned much 2) There was no separation between the small shower area and the rest of the bathroom and the shower head didn't work well, so water would spray all over the toilet and the entire bathroom floor (tile, luckily) would get wet. 3) the sink faucet was also warped, so water didn't flow properly and splashed as well. I'm under the impression that the current owners of Riad Tizwa bought the dar in decent condition and freshened up the building with very minor renovations--or perhaps more accurately "decorations", as it looks like they put in new items such as toilets, sinks, faucets/shower heads (ones that don't work properly), rugs (to cover the worn out areas of the floor), ceiling lamps and king size beds. Some reviews raved about the in-room robes and slippers, but the robes didn't look all that clean and had a few pieces of hair dangling. The latches on windows also didn't fit or shut properly. Breakfast was fine except that the cutlery and dishes were always dirty, so every morning I had to wipe off any residue or stain before eating. One time, there was a sizable red stain on a spoon and the riad staff noticed it, looked at it closely, stuck it right into the jam and made sure to stick the spoon deep enough into the jam as to hide the red stain--yes, this was part of our breakfast and happened right in front of us at our small table. Another time, the butter was served with cereal crumbs on the dish possibly from the breakfast of another guest? The riad also came across overly money-oriented--from the moment we were picked up, the riad driver asked us about our plans with the intention of selling us tours, and upon arrival at the riad, the staff seemed keen on offering their recommended companies and seemed quite protective over that--when we informed the riad that we had arranged on our own a driver to pick us up upon check out, they asked a bunch of questions. If you're looking for a riad that is clean, designed with guest comfort in mind, chic and priced appropriately for what you get, then Riad Tizwa is not the place for you. Riad Tizwa is not terrible, but it's definitely not anywhere close to a 4-star experience, nevermind the 5 that they claim they strive to be on their website.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stylish, calm sanctuary Riad Tizwa Fes is located in what is quite simply the best area of the medina - Batha. Situated only 50m from car access, the house is both easy to find and simple to get to, leaving you to discover the beautiful UNESCO world heritage walled old town. The wonder of the medieval souks awaits. There are 9 rooms in total in this painstakingly restored, stylish and spectacular traditional Faisian Dar. ... more less
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- Riad Tizwa Hotel Fes
- Fes Riad Tizwa Hotel