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Riad Fes, Relais & Chateaux in Fes, Morocco
Strategically located just 25 minutes from Fès Airport, the Riad Fès exudes an air of refined serenity amid the bustle of the city. A perfect example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture, the stylish hotel is arranged around four distinct patios. Ornate courtyards ranging from sober baroque to dazzling mosaic patterns and an impressive Fassi lamp flanked by artfully carved stucco arches fuse Andalusian whimsy with age-old Moroccan design. Begin your day on the rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the Medina with its minarets against blue skies and the gentle green curves of the Atlas Mountains beyond. All 30 rooms are individually decked out in sumptuous textiles and warm-hued wooden furnishings. Filigreed bedside lamps next to traditionally carved or tufted precious cloth headboards reflect meticulous attention to detail, enhanced by must-have modern amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen satellite televisions, and elegant Tadelakt or Italian Carrara marble bathrooms with plush bathrobes and slippers. The Riad Fés beckons you to relax in lavish oriental style at its Spa by Cinq Mondes. Unwind by the outdoor pool, in the cleansing steam of the Hammam or take that much-needed time-out and book a pampering massage.
Cuisine at the Riad Fés equals the sophistication and exclusivity of its surroundings. Secure a seat on the patio near the reflecting pool at L'Ambre restaurant. Serenaded by the tinkling fountains and soft sounds of traditional music, feast on a modern interpretation of fine Moroccan cuisine such as pastille of pigeon and shrimp tajine. You do not need to leave the hotel in search of a nightcap. Instead, retreat to trendy L'Alcazar Bar located on the Andalusian Patio, which is reminiscent of the Alhambra. For oenophiles, the Riad Fés houses a Wine Bar featuring a comprehensive selection of exquisite Moroccan vintages. If you are looking to take home more than store-bought souvenirs, partake in a Moroccan cooking class hosted by the hotel's chef. Before learning how to assemble a delectable three-course meal, follow your instructor to the town's busy souks to pick the best and freshest ingredients. No matter how you choose to spend your time, each experience is certain to be special at the Riad Fés.
Location of Riad Fes, Relais & Chateaux
Nearest Airport: FEZ
Amenities for Riad Fes, Relais & Chateaux
- General Information
- 26 Guest Rooms
- Outdoor Dining
- Room Service
- Bar & Lounge
- Wine Bar
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Laundry Service
- Gift Shop
- Fitness Center
- Outdoor Pool
- Rooftop Terrace
- Car Rental
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Direct Dial Telephones
- Hair Dryers
- Mini Bar
- Bathrobes & Slippers
- Cooking Classes
- City Tours
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
Reviews for Riad Fes, Relais & Chateaux
Once inside the medina, entering Riad Fez brings to mind an exotic secret royal palace. There is nothing minimalist here. This painted, gilded, carved, tiled and polished palace with an embarrassment of facilities is an exercise in opulent excess that would sate the tastes of Cleopatra. Aiming so high, thereâ€™s bound to be an Achilles heel and there is. A flaw which robs it â€“ disappointingly â€“ of perfection. The good: reception was polished and polite in the best Moroccan fashion. The opulence of our king bed junior suite (Vizir) with private balcony was just sufficiently restrained to ensure comfort. It was also spacious, conspicuously clean, quiet and relaxed. Everything expected was there and it mostly worked as expected. The bed was comfortable, the linens plush and the bath linens ample and luxuriant. The bathroom was spacious, well laid out, well provisioned and the lighting was good. The few small requests we made during our stay were attended promptly and graciously. The included wifi worked OK on all our devices. We opted for an included dinner in Fez Riadâ€™s Moroccan dining room on the first night of our stay and the outcome was up to expectations in every way. Breakfast was an agreeable buffet with eggs to order taken in a delightful dining room overlooking the pool courtyard. The less good: there is no elevator in that section of the building where our suite was located so there are three floors of stairs to negotiate. Fez Riadâ€™s staff did all the heaving lifting for us but be aware if youâ€™re stair-phobic. The disappointing: itâ€™s regrettable that if there are to be problems in Moroccoâ€™s finer lodgings it will be in the bathroom â€“ as it is here. Tastefully finished with mosaic tiles in the local style, some of the fit and finish â€“ particularly in the shower/toilet area of the bathroom exhibited very patchy workmanship to which copious amounts of silicone had been inexpertly applied to stem the leaks resulting from a defect â€“ of which see below. The toilet pan was not securely fixed to the floor and rocked around disquietingly during use. The stylised toilet roll holder was just an irritation until sufficient paper had been consumed to render it usable. But the big issue was the inept shower door installation which delivered any and all water sprayed onto the door out onto the bathroom floor. Same door was so clumsily fitted as to prevent the bath mat from being laid outside the shower. The upshot was that any even slightly vigorous showering would flood the floor outside the shower requiring a gymnastic exit into that part of the bathroom where the bath mat could be laid. Having dried yourself off the bath mat then had to be sacrificed to dry off the floor ready for the next episode of the same debacle. After the first day of this we were very cautious with our shower usage. We donâ€™t know if this issue afflicts other rooms or suites but it cost a star in our estimation because they seem to have applied more effort to fixing the leaks than fixing the problem that caused them and we are assuredly not the first to encounter this irritating defect.
Tedstravelblogs - Sydney, Australia
We were fortunate to have been able to stay in this beautiful historic former home. The main lobby is majestic, and beautifully furnished. The bar area opens onto a lovely reflecting pool. There is a roof top terrace with sweeping views of Fes(z) and the Medina. And a swimming pool and gym. We did not use the spa service but the breakfasts were varied and generous, the servers solicitous, and the dinner we had was delicious- a variety of Moroccan and international choices. We had a JR. suite which was sumptuously decorated with a 20â€™ ceiling and enormous windows and doors onto what would have been the open Riad in the center. Our suite was a bit dark, but our relativesâ€™ suite was light and airy but not as beautifully designed. All in all, a very special experience.
janeaustinNY - new york
We stayed at Riad Fes for 4 nights over the New Year's holiday. Beautiful common spaces and perfectly located. Service was excellent, particularly Junior and Wahiba at the front desk. Its important to know that all the rooms are different. We were disappointed in our "junior suite". While it had a nice terrace with a small table, the room itself was long and narrow and quite drab. We requested a change but were told the hotel was fully booked. We did have an opportunity to peek into other rooms, many of which were larger, brighter and much prettier. In addition to the lobby areas, the hotel rooftop is lovely with gorgeous views - don't miss it. We had breakfast in the hotel each morning - food was good but not up to the level of the other two properties we stayed at on our trip.
CS C - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oriental dream. Very nice hotel. Great service. We got an upgrade to a junior suite without asking. Good foot, especially the breakfast, within the Hotel Restaurant. Good starting point for a trip within the MÃ©dina.
We stayed here for 3 nights and had a wonderful time. The rooms are all unique with incredible detail and charm. The staff was very helpful and kind. Before we arrived, my 74 year old mother was there one day by herself and did not feel well and the staff checked on her multiple times and took care of her like a family would. The food was terrific as well. The location is perfect for exploring the Fes Medina.
TamiCass - Carbondale, Colorado