Riad Tizwa - the title of my review sums it up!
A much needed holiday before my friend and I had a nervous breakdown from work related stress and cancelled holiday in April due to the volcano, we were looking for somewhere that would treat us kindly, enable us to feel relaxed, provide beautiful surroundings and for not exorbitant amounts of money! Tall order? No! From the moment I fired off the first email enquiry, a reply shot back from Richard which immediately provided peace of mind of the efficient and hospitable service we were to receive from then on.
We arranged through the Riad to be collected at the airport and upon our arrival were greeted warmly by Miriam, a lovely warm and friendly local lady who manages the Riad with an air of calm. Whilst Miriam poured out our freshly brewed mint tea she explained the layout of Riad Tizwa, asked us what we would like to do and how she could help in any way to book guides, told us the best places to go for views, for shopping and for a wonderful hamam spa treatment.
Riad Tizwa is restored to a high standard, reclaiming original architecture and features, providing modern touches of decor in a simplistic and stylish manner - splashes of colour from cushions and soft furnishings, echoing the fabulous colours of the stained glass panels above the windows and the beautiful Moroccan lamps that were to be found in every room. The soft glow of the candles that were lit every night transformed the central courtyard into a magical place to come back to after an evening out or whilst having a fantastic meal in the main salon.
The dinners were probably the best we had whilst in Fez, certainly in the Medina. The ingredients freshly bought that morning in the souk, and served at a time of our choice (just as breakfast is - such bliss), the rose petals strewn across the low tables and the all the little bowls of hot and cold dishes that were served as a starter was just subliminal. The main dishes of rabbit and lamb were divine and the Moroccan wine was an excellent choice to wash it down. All served by a terrific guy called Taha, who usually had an exotic choice of material wrapped around his head because in his words 'his hair is a little bit mad'!
We had booked another 2 nights at Riad Tizwa at the end of our 10 day trip around northern Morocco and the response to our knock on the big oak entrance door was met by Taha, who welcomed us with a huge smile and lots of hugging, saying 'welcome home'! It did indeed feel like coming home, back to our familiar room and surroundings.
Back to the wonderful breakfasts served on the roof terrace, looking at the great views that surrond Fez, the life going on around us on all the other roof terraces - it was another world and one that I would highly recommend to anyone.
The location is absolutely perfect, a safe district, close to the Petite Taxi rank and easy to walk in to the souk and other areas. Our thanks go to Miriam and 'all her boys' who help run the riad and make it such a special place. We send her our very best wishes for the birth of her first child and hope she returns very soon as she promised us.
Riad Tizwa I will be back!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Tizwa Hotel Fes
- Fes Riad Tizwa Hotel