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Photos Morocco Erg Chebbi Dunes are located in Moroccan south west, right next to the villages of Merzouga, Hassilabied and Khamlyia, 50km from Erfoud. Around the dunes settle 3 Berber villages that still remain with true Sahara Berber traditions from South Morocco. "The Blue Men" still exist here in Sahara. All these villages are build in clay construction, the typical construction of the region, a mix of mud, clay and wheat straws.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi constitute a magic destination, full with magnetism and mystery, with easy access for all travellers. If you want to visit Morocco, this jewel of the Sahara is a place is not to be missed under no pretext.
Erg Chebbi is a natural wonder with unique views where its thin orange sand dunes pop up from the black volcanic cobalt desert of the great Hamada du Ghir. Approaching these dunes is like arriving to a different planet where you think that what you're approaching is not real. Indeed this Nature Wonder is immense and your dreams about Sahara will here come true.
Villages of Merzouga, Hassilabied and Khamliya
Around the dunes settle 3 Berber villages that still remain with true Sahara Berber traditions from South Morocco. "The Blue Men" still exist here in Sahara. All these villages are build in clay construction, the typical construction of the region, a mix of mud, clay and wheat straws.
Merzouga village is located right in front of the big dune of Erg Chebbi and its green oasis contrast with the orange sand from the dunes. Today, Merzouga is the most developed village around the dunes.
Khamliya also known as « village des hommes noirs » its a very interesting settlement as its inhabitants are black-African descendants that settled here when caravans from sub-Sahara still crossed the dunes for business proposes. Every year there's a big party where people gather to play drums and sing, reminding Gwana and west African traditions.
Hassilabied is located 4km of Merzouga and its nowadays a residential village for nomad people that through time settled along the dunes.
The Riad Fes was an absolutely outstanding guesthouse, The staff and facilities were excellent. Everyone accomodated all requests and this added to our enjoyment of the city of Fes. The musician "Bono" and the "Microsoft CEO were booked for two days after we left. treat yourself to a wonderful stay. Jack and Pam Ward
Quality time with family
We spent 5 nights at Riad Fes end of February. We are a family of 3 and our daughter shared the room with us. The room was in the new part of the riad and it was very spacious and comfortable. The decoration was exquisite with very warm colours and very chic bathroom in tadelakt and zillige. I specially liked the copper mirror frames and sinks. We were a little anxious at first, thinking that our stay might be too long for our 8 year old daughter, but the riad organized our schedule every day with very interesting guided tours of the medina and trips outside Fez.
Food was excellent in the restaurant with fresh pastries and home made jam in the morning and delicious Moroccan dishes in the evening. The service was very friendly, efficient and discreet at the same time. They always offered extra attention to our daughter making her feel very important. She adored Fes and the riad and we couldn’t be more satisfied.
I was very surprised to read the comment of one guest saying that the new pavilion looks like a 5 star hotel. The new pavilion is the most stylish place I have ever seen, a unique oriental and modern mix that you can find only in very few if not any of the riads in Fes. I booked our room on the hotel website where you can easily choose from the room types they propose and you will get exactly what you look for.
All in all we had a extremely pleasant stay at Riad Fes and we highly recommend it to everybody who visits this medieval town.
In a word - Breathtaking!
My girlfriend arrived before I did and called me immediately. The only adjective she could find to describe the beautiful entrance hall of the Riad Fes was "Breathtaking!"
I arrived a couple of hours later and found no fault with her analysis. The soaring hall is meticulously restored with the fine plaster carvings and mosaic tile work that define old Moroccan houses. Adjacent this hall is an equally exquisite courtyard which seamlessly adds some modern touches to the old Moroccan theme.
Our room, the Ambassador Suite, continued this new-old theme with great success, to the point that we took an afternoon off of touring just to hang out in our room and enjoy the ambiance. The bathroom was also a work of art.
The service was very friendly, very welcoming, and the front desk arranged an informative and professional guide at our request. The food was wonderful, and my girlfriend and I found the service very friendly and equally able to discuss the food in English or French.
My only complaints: the Brazilian-heavy soundtrack that played in the restaurant and lounge area, I would have preferred a more eclectic mix. The bar is a bit pricey. We came in March, when it is still a bit chilly in Morocco, and the heater in our room only functioned about half the time. To their credit though, the Riad did provide us with a helpful space-heater as soon as we reported this.
All in all, a magical stay in a Riad I would very highly recommend.
A peaceful haven
Our four day break at the Riad Fes lived up to all our expectations - and the previous reviews we read when deciding where to stay. Speedy airport pickup and smooth transfer ensured that we arrived in a relaxed mood at the Riad and is to be recommended as we were aware of arriving in a very different culture where it would not have been easy to instantly negotiate our way around independently.
At the Riad we were directed into the large reception area where mint tea and pastries were brought out to us while we admired the wonderful architecture and peace of our surroundings. Service was superb, though unobtrusive, throughout our stay and we felt so well looked after. Guides and taxis were arranged by the hotel as we required them and ,on the last day, lunch was arranged for us on the terrace overlooking the medina. We ate all our meals at the hotel - having failed to find anywhere else nearby that we liked the look of. However we were not disappointed as the restaurent was delightful, the food varied and cooked to order - particularly liked the plates of moroccan starters and the mediterrean fish.
Rooms were as pictured on the website. Though quite dark, they were clean and welcoming with a bowl of delicious, fresh oranges. We were a little concerned by the absence of hot water on the first night but it was not a problem for the rest of our stay ( most likely a combination of lack of sun to heat the solar panels and other very clean guests!) We made up for the lack of a view from the room by going up onto the roof terrace each day and looking out over the medina to the hills beyond - wow, all those satellite dishes!!
Venturing out of the Riad took us immediately into another world. We wandered around by ourselves and got lost on the first afternoon but ,by the end of the stay,realised that there are marked trails around the medina which are easy to follow. We enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere and side stepping the donkeys! People were keen to sell their wares if you showed an interest but a purposeful walk with a shake of the head and eyes fixed firmly ahead did the trick.
To get the best out of your stay do nvest in a guided tour of the medina (half day = 150 dhrams, full day = 250 dhrams) - we learnt so much about it's history and the islamic religion that we would have otherwise missed and saw sights behind the big cedar wood doors that we could not have imagined, or found, by ourselves. On another morning, we also had a guided tour of the jihad, royal palace, ceremics factory and a superb view from the military fort that is soon to be opened up as a museum. Travelling from site to site in a 'petit taxi' cost about 100 dhrams altogether and it was useful to have the services of a guide who knew where he was going! Make certain you have some coins handy to tip people who open doors for you and answer your questions as you go around - and maybe also a pocket of sweets for the children! Be aware the guides will leave you in various craft places as you go around - (leather, rug-making, embroidery, brass works) - where you will have opportunity to buy (and no doubt they get commission). Don't avoid these places as they give you a good insight into the working culture of the place but be ready to walk away firmly when you have seen enough.
We also rented a 'Grand taxi' for the day and visted Volubilis, Moulay-Idris and Mekenes (800 dhrams). This is not to be missed as it gives an insight into the rest of this area - even better if you can join up with another couple and share the cost and the experience. I think the medina would have got very claustrophobic if we had spent all the time in it.
Overall this is a holiday break that I would unreservedly recommend to friends. Despite the mixed weather and cool temperatures, it was relaxing, educational and gave us a much needed memorable, short break.
Great Riad, mixed service levels
The Riad Fez is a dream in morrocane architecture, located centrally in a quiet part of the 1000 year old medina.
The service at the front-desk was always very professional, altough some of them were not good english-speakers.
Service at breakfast & dinner was quite ok, but they also had problems in english. They just did there servings without speaking too much. Breakfast had not lots of choice, they had no buffet and served some pastries, fruits & yoghurt direct on the table.
There is a free PC & Wifi area in the lobby, the pool was too cold (early march).
As perfect a hotel as I could have expected to see in Morocco
This hotel was the absolute perfect location of the seven hotels we saw on our trip to Morocco.
Despite the story I'll share below, it was perfect. The decor was stunning, the service perfect, the spa excellent, the food outrageously good, the bar service awesome...just perfect. And everything chic and modern without lacking any comfort. I'll leave it short and simple: perfect.
Their parking lot, however, is not so well attended. We left our car there for our two day trip and when we got back to leave, we found our car "had a flat." I ended up paying the parking guys to fix it and some tips amounting to $50US (Hertz said they would reimburse us), but I don't buy that there was anything wrong except a little Moroccan hustle. Not much we could do but pay and resent the experience. It's a frustrating scam to deal with, because short of trying to find someone to "fix" the tire myself, we basically had to pay up. A shame that the hotel cannot exert more influence in protecting their guests' cars.
A nice Riad but too many rooms - lacks warmth
We stayed for 4 nights in early March. The old part of the Riad is gorgeous --- a real masterpiece, but most rooms are in the new section and look and feel like a 5 star hotel room with beige tile and marble and none of the colorful tiles and fabrics one goes to Morocco to enjoy. We would not stay at this Riad again for that main reason. There are too many beautiful riads to stay at that offer a much more colorful accomodation. The dinner food was excellent on the one night we ate there. Breakfasts were good but the SAME EVERY DAY. I can't understand why Moroccan riads can't seem to offerr a better variety. Four days of the same poor rolls and dry bread and plain yogurt in a plastic cup became a reaL drag. At least ask the customer what flavor yogurt they want. Also, with all the wonderful and inexpensive fruit available in the Fez area why not provide a delicious fruit plate. We were also offended at check out when the management asked if we took some wash towels. No, we had not taken any towels (they never provided them) and even if we had why ask such a question as who in their right mind would admit to it. Our suggestion is for those seeking a Riad in Fez to look elsewhere.
Heaven on Earth
We picked this hotel after reading TA reviews and it exceeded expectations. It is stunning,just what a Moroccan Palace should be. We stayed in the two rooftop terrace rooms and it was fabulous. Great view from there. Very comfortable. The service is friendly and helpful. I have one possible caveat. We all got food poisoning early in our trip and it was either the hotel restaurant or one other place where we had lunch. The meal here was magical and tasty but possibly tainted. Bkfst should not be a problem. It was a nice continental bkfst-not a buffet. They also have a lovely small pool-not good for laps but fine for cooling off when it's warmer. We got a good price of $195 which was great for such a nice place. The bar is nice when it's warm since it's outdoors. The location is perfect as well, quiet but right in the medina action.
We had four nights at this Riad in room 'Nzala'. It was a great place, centrally located, very clean and in a stunningly maintained old Riad. The staff were very friendly, helpful and professional. The bar and restaurant were excellent (the food was the best we had during our trip to Morocco).