Thursday, November 19, 2009

Riad Fes gains international recognition

Riad Fes in the Douh quarter of the Fez medina has recently been accepted into the worldwide, prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection of the world's finest restaurants and hotels.

There are only four other hotels in Morocco that have reached this standard: Dar Ahlam near Skoura, Ksar Char-Bagh in the Palmeraie of Marrakech, L'Heure Bleue in Essaouira and La Villa des Orangers in the Marrakech ville nouvelle.

Riad Fes has three distinctly different sections. The original house is a superb rendition of the traditional Fassi style. There's a new shop just off the central courtyard, and outside is the pool and garden.

the shop at Riad Fes

and the garden

The Andalous section of the Riad is modern, with sculpted plasterwork modeled on the Alhambra in Granada. There's a beautiful reflecting pool in the bar area.

the Andalous patio

On a recent visit, The View from Fez team was introduced to the newest section of the Riad, the Baroque patio. It's very different: traditional Moroccan architecture combined with baroque style. There are grey tadelakt walls, remarkable black zellij blended with veined black marble, crystal ceiling lights, candles and large ornate mirrors.

the new Baroque patio

Riad Fes has a very special offer of three nights for the price of two, from now until 15 December; from 5 January to 15 February and from 20 June to 31 August. To make a reservation, see the Riad Fes website, or book through Fez Riads.


Anonymous said...

Having spent three nights there this past summer I would respectively disagree with the choice of this hotel as a Relais & Chateaux. Far better choices in the Medina of Fes than this place.

Anonymous said...

We've just returned from an amazing week-end in Fez; and I must say I am not at all surprised Riad Fes became a member of Relais & Chateaux. It is, undoubtly, the most lavish and authentic hotel we've ever stayed at.

Gatsby said...

While there are many excellent Riads in the Medina, Riad Fes is undoubtely the most exclusive one, and the preferred choice for the traveller in search of luxury and glamour, certainly not for everyone, but just the place where Gatsby likes to dress up and enjoy life like in an Agatha Christie play. But without the murder.

Anonymous said...

Gatsby is quite correct that Riad Fes considers itself very exclusive and will therefore attract a certain type of traveler...they also make it quite clear that they "prefer" celebrity type of clientele as evidenced by some of their comments in response to comments about the place on Trip each their own!!