Fes Travel Guide

Where to Stay

Riads, or hotels, are as grand as the royal structures of Fes. They carry that distinct brand of Moroccan luxury and Fassi passion. This list is a combination of multiple-starred hotels and budget accommodations that will suit your requirements.

1) Riad Le Calife

This is an elegant and tasteful riad with tree-lined courtyard that lights up magically at night. Rooms overlook this courtyard and the terraces provide wider view of the Medina. Breakfast is served on the roof terrace and it is a fitting start for a beautiful day in Fes. The hotel has very warm and accommodating staff and airport transport can be arranged. Room rate starts from USD130.

Address: 19 Bis Derb el Ouarbyia, El Makhfia

2) Riad Ahlam

This is a special place in the old city of Fes. The beautiful facilities and awesome customer service never fail to make a mark on the guests. Activities, tours, and need for guides are easily facilitated by the people working behind the counter. Food from the kitchen can also be customized to adjust to dietary needs. Room rate starts from USD120.

Address: 24 Derb El Miter, Ain Azliten

3) Riad Fes – Relais & Chateaux

There is a cup of mint tea to greet you when you arrive at this breathtakingly sophisticated hotel with fantastic views of the Old City on one side and a charming courtyard on the other. You can dine or lounge in the hotel’s bar and dining area while the musicians played. They serve superb cuisine, too. Room rate starts from USD199.

Address: 5 Derb Ben Slimane, Zerbtana

 4) Dar Hafsa

This is a beautiful guesthouse located very near the blue Gate of Fes. It is managed and owned by very helpful and accommodating people.  The rooms are comfortable and well-maintained. There is a rooftop terrace to enjoy the view of the Medina and the sunset. Breakfast is served for guests.  Tours and guides can also be facilitated here. Room rate starts from USD60.

Address: 34 Derb Sidi Safi Souiket Ben Safi, Talaa Sghira Mesdina

5) Villa Agapanthe

This villa is the perfect setting for a stay in Fes. A path behind the villa leads to the countryside. It is strategically situated near the busy center of Fes and the airport. There is a pool and a restaurant that serves delicious Moroccan food. The rooms are clean and very comfortable, with a pleasant mix of contemporary and traditional. Room rate starts from USD79.

Address: Route de Sefrou, Domaine Ben Abdellah

Like a veiled princess, the Medina does not readily show its full face. We see the colorful vats, the intricate zellij tile-work, the carved cedar lace-like etchings, and the labyrinthine alleyways of the old world. The sight of the ancient walls of Fes el-Bali clashes in harsh juxtaposition with the golden royal gates of the palaces. Between the two contrasting images are more than a thousand years of historical, religious, political, and cultural events. Fes cannot be understood merely from its majestic and colorful images. You must delve into it and understand what forces influenced it in the past, and what power and spirituality it wields in Morocco.

 


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Marv Perez