Are you currently planning a magical stay in the vibrant city of Fes in Morocco? Then staying at one of the best riads in Fes should definitely be on your bucket list!
A riad is a traditional Moroccan home or palace with an atrium or an inner courtyard. The word riad stems from the Arabic word ryad, which means garden. The riads belonged to the rich people in town and can often be found within the medina of the city.
Staying at one of the best riads in Fes is also the best way to explore this city. The streets of Fes can be incredibly busy and its medina feels like an actual maze. After a long day of exploring and haggling your way through the streets you’ll want nothing more than to sit back and relax in the privacy of your riad.
In this article I made a personal selection fo the finest riads in Fes, all of them are aesthetically pleasing and have an excellent location.
So without further ado, these are the very best riads in Fes.
The 12 Very Best Riads In Fes
The Very Best Riads In Fes – Comparison Table
|Hotel & Spa Dar Bensouda||9.2 Superb|
|La Maison Maure||8.5 Very Good|
|Riad El Yacout||8.6 Fabulous|
|Riad Noumidya||9.3 Superb|
|Riad El Amine||8.7 Fabulous|
|Riad Moulaydriss et Giacomo||9.8 Exceptional|
|Riad Arabesque & Spa||8.4 Very Good|
|Riad Fes Baraka||9.3 Superb|
|Riad Fes – Relais & Châteaux||9.2 Superb|
|Palais Amani||9.1 Superb|
|Riad Rcif Alif Suite & SPA||9.8 Exceptional|
|Hotel Sahrai||8.5 Very Good|
The 12 Very Best Riads In Fes
1. Hotel & Spa Dar Bensouda
As soon as you cross the threshold of this incredible property, you will access a magnificent architectural gem. Thanks to the patience of Abdellatif Ait Ben Abdallah this luxurious 16th century Fez dwelling has finally found its original soul and revived.
Now accessible to all, Dar Bensouda is the ideal place for a memorable experience. The 18 rooms and suites with majestic doors, carved and painted wood ceilings, and zellij floors, all have private bathrooms for your convenience.
To enjoy and gather with your family or friends, Dar Bensouda has several common areas as well. The large living room with a fireplace, the vaste rooftop terrace with astonishing panoramic views of the entire Medina, the restaurant where we serve a traditional and refined Moroccan cuisine, and last but not least, the beautiful seperate pool patio to refresh yourselves at all times.
A private Hammam and Spa are also available for your convenience.
2. La Maison Maure
Immerse yourself in the heart of the medina and authentic Morocco in a Riad combining tradition and modernity…
When you walk through the doors of La Maison Maure, the magic happens instantly. A true haven of peace, the Maison Maure is ideally located in the heart of the old city of Fez.
A clever blend of refinement and elegance, this Riad with a total area of 750m2 is worthy of a luxury establishment, both in terms of architecture and service.
In terms of decoration, La Maison Maure is equipped with furniture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and its walls are adorned with original works of art, found by the owner during his own travels. In short, La Maison Maure is an invitation to a change of scenery all by itself…
Composed of 7 bedrooms (3 Deluxe suites, 2 suites and 2 bedrooms), 3 terraces and 1 solarium (250m2 in total), this one-of-a-kind Riad offers a panoramic and breathtaking 360-degree view of the medina , ideal for having breakfast under the Moroccan sun and enjoying the rays of the sun.
3. Riad El Yacout
Riad El Yacout is an old traditional formally residential home that has been carefully restored to provide hospitable, comfortable and affordable luxury accommodation.
This house was built by a famous researcher & professor at university of Quaraouiyine in the 16th century.
Ideally situated in the heart of the bustling Fez Medina near the large Batha Fountain, Riad El Yacout provides easy access to the Medina and the famous Blue Gate (Bab Boujloud).
Their Riad comprises of both Classic Standard rooms as well as royally furnished Suites. With a roof top panoramic terrace as well as a picturesque pool and pool side relaxation area.
4. Riad Noumidya
Riad Noumidya is a luxurious and charming guest house. Its architecture is in the image of a diversified Morocco in its cultural heritage. It is a successful combination of Andalusian heritage with its colored mosaics and Amazigh (Berber) heritage with its patterns and symbols steeped in history.
Offering a restaurant service, alcohol, a hammam/spa and a gym. Its exotic garden is accompanied by a swimming pool and BBQ.
The rooms are equipped with: mini bar, AC, Smart TV, high-speed Wifi, kettle, coffee machine, private bathroom)
Multiple excursions are organized on request in the mountains of the middle atlas, around fes and in the desert of marzouga.
5. Riad El Amine
Riad El Amine Fès is a luxury Riad located in the ancient Medina of Fez, an emblematic 19th-century building, in the Arabic-Andalusian style.
After 3 years of renovation by the most talented craftsmen of Morocco, they invite you to discover the incredible results of such a hard work.
All the facilities of the building have been completely replaced, resulting in a distinguished setting full of history, yet modern and comfortable at the same time.
6. Riad Moulaydriss et Giacomo
In a prime location in the Fes El Bali district of Fès, Riad Moulaydriss et Giacomo is located 1.7 km from Royal Palace Dar El Makhzen, 200 m from Batha Square and 400 m from Medersa Bouanania. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. The riad features family rooms.
At the riad, the rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. Complete with a private bathroom, all units at Riad Moulaydriss et Giacomo are equipped with air conditioning, and certain rooms here will provide you with a seating area. At the accommodation every room has bed linen and towels.
Guests at Riad Moulaydriss et Giacomo can enjoy a continental breakfast.
7. Riad Arabesque & Spa
This traditional residence exudes an air of nostalgia, and has views over the spiritual and intellectual capital of Fez and the Zalagh Mountains.
The Riad Arabesque was built at the end of the 19th century, and was recently restored, preserving its original features.
The elegant guest rooms are well furnished and spacious to provide you with a dreamy living space. They are all equipped with modern en suite facilities.
A guided tour in the Medina and other excursions can be arranged at the riad. Free private parking is available on site.
8. Riad Fes Baraka
Push the door of this guest house in Fez and discover the magical charm of a traditional riad in Morocco whose tranquility contrasts with the bustle of the surrounding streets.
Ideally located near the Batha museum, just a few steps from Bab boujloud, the charming Riad welcomes you in a friendly atmosphere.
It is the ideal address for a quiet stay in Fez, as a couple or as a family.
Equipped with a hammam, you will enjoy the benefits of traditional Moroccan treatments and after a day spent in the souks, you can read or relax on the terrace, where life is good to the rhythm of the Moroccan sun.
9. Riad Fes – Relais & Châteaux
Formerly the property of a notable of the city, this Riad was home to one of the most refined families of Fez. It is in the respect of the tradition that they restored this palace of the XIVth century to make you live a unique experience.
For 20 years, they have been at the service of their clients to help them discover Moroccan traditions in this luxurious and comfortable setting.
Riad Fès is renowned for its luxury, impeccable service and fine restaurant. Restored to its original glory, Riad Fès – Relais & Châteaux is located in the heart of the ancient city of Fez. It has succeeded in combining refinement with inspiration and invites you to relax and enjoy your stay in a serene atmosphere with decor reminiscent of Arabian Nights.
Riad Fes provides guests with the opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy the splendour and authenticity of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility.
10. Palais Amani
Palais Amani is an 18-room family boutique hotel, located in the former residence of one of Fez’s most prosperous families. They are proud of their policy of proximity at all levels: the staff members are from Fez and the ingredients and products they use come from the very close or neighboring region in order to commune with the Fassi community.
A large garden is at the heart of Palais Amani. Four vast flowerbeds planted with mature citrus trees, aromatic plants and local flowers are laid out in pure Arab Andalusian style.
A voyage to Morocco would not be complete without some serious exploration of its cuisine. And there is no better place to do that than at Eden, the Gastronomic restaurant at Palais Amani. Dine under the stars by the fountain, or in their refined dining rooms for a taste of some of the best Moroccan food in the country.
A world of sensations awaits you at Les Bains Amani, their on site luxury hammam and massage facilities.
11. Riad Rcif Alif Suite & SPA
Riad Rcif, guest house in Fez is one of the most famous old houses in Fez Medina (Former Pasha’s Palace), located 3 minutes walk from the R’cif gate, accessible easily through the main door BAB JDID in the old medina.
Riad Rcif in Fez was built in 1372 and was completely renovated by a noble family in 2012, who is passionate about preserving the historical site of the city as world heritage classified by UNESCO.
The Riad offer 8 rooms & suites that were restored & built according to the pure Andalousian-Moorish & Islamic architecture containing : Cedar ceilings, doors, hand-carved, columns and intricate plaster zellig ( mosaic hand-carved) brass lamps,exquisite embroidery and luxurious fabrics… etc
The panoramic terrace of 360° offers a breathtaking view over the medina by the southern fortress, where you can enjoy a good mint-tea with cookies or have your outstanding dinner woke by real home food & professional ladies.
12. Hotel Sahrai
Hotel Sahrai embraces the lifestyle of today’s travelers and offers enriching and unique experiences in the heart of Fez. The five-star Hotel Sahrai, designed by the architect and designer Christophe Pillet, enjoys spectacular views of the largest medina in the Arab world, taking in twelve centuries of the city’s history in one fell swoop
Awash in natural light, the rooms and suites at Hotel Sahrai imaginatively blur the line between traditional and modern, structure and space, extravagance and simplicity. Designed with glass-walled bathrooms, layers of sheer curtains allow you to conceal or reveal the different spaces as you desire.
Located in the heart of the hotel, the Givenchy spa is a true oasis of tranquility, beauty and relaxation. All spa treatments are created by Givenchy, using products from the brand’s range of cosmetics as well as certain specifically developed formulae.
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