I did get a better price for Sheraton at Fes through their web page.
The hotel from a walking distance from the train station, with a good service.
Rooms and beds are really big but in general I did find this hotel ok but not great.
The breakfast is very basic. The morocco restaurant of the hotel was ok.
At the door of the hotel you will find guides to help you to go through the city's labyrinth. (as claudine "cbeaujean" have told me, it is normal to find guides at the doors of Fes' hotels)
Moment-moment - i just stayed here for the afternoon at the occasion of a business meeting. A perfect diner was served, tea or coffee at one of the many terraces and little private corners, encharmed by the Andalousian garden.
Quoting Lou Reed : "Just a perfect day"
In origin this unique palace was builded in 1879 as a residence for the Jamai Family
In 1930 the palace changed into a hotel and together with the Mamounie hotel in Marrakesh - it is the best you can get in Morocco
The marvelous Andalousian garden, a lot of fountains - a big swimmingpool with view on the city, and many terraces - where tea and some local specs are served.
Check out my Fes page for more details about the Riad Saada.
I highly recommend it.
Like most of our accommodations, the rooms were chilly (no heat in the winter) but they had space heaters, which helped a lot!
Meals were provided on request.
The place to stay in Fez. The hotel is an ancient palace that once belonged to a grand vizier to a 19th century sultan.
As you would expect the architecture is ornate, the gardens lovely, the rooms spacious, the service impeccable, the bar extremely expensive.
The call to prayer at 4:30 in the morning.
The medina has some fifty separate mosques and each morning the muezzin climbs atop the minaret to summon the faithful to morning prayer. The amplified calls echo and reverberate throughout the medina. It seems to go on forever. It is quite eerie in the still darkness of early morning, but also quite hauntingly beautiful
Of course the call is in Arabic, but translated it goes something like this: "Allah is great. I confess that there is no God but Allah. I confess that Mohamed is his messenger. Call for prayer, call for prayer."
Dar Roumana isn't officially open yet - but luckily for me, Jennifer Smith has begun welcoming a few guests to the beautiful riad she is restoring.
After a ten minute walk though the maze of the medina, down a nondescript hallway, Jennifer opened the door to a stunning courtyard.
The tilework, decorative carved stucco and decorations are stunning. Jennifer, a young American who has lived in Fes for three years, describes the terrace as the jewel of the house. It is a spectacular and comfortable place to relax and enjoy the view, whether while having breakfast or enjoying the sunset.
I suspect that Dar Roumana will quickly become one of the hottest properties in Fes - and deservedly so.
The facility is wonderful, but what made my stay unique was Jennifer and the atmosphere she has created.
From the time she greeted me to guide me through the medina, until the hug as I departed, Jennifer did everything possible to make my stay memorable.
Jennifer helped me find an ATM (no mean feat in the medina); took me to the public hammam; arranged a private cooking lesson with her housekeeper (with Jennifer translating); and joined in the fun and interesting conversations with a couple from Germany.
Without Jennifer's willingness to share her perspectives on life in Fes, I'd never have gotten such an interesting glimpse into this fascinating place.
I usually try to stay local and avoid chains. But this was right next to the train station, in a quiet area, and very comfortable, all for a good price.
None of present day accomodation may equal the ancient student houses, called medressa (the inner yard of one of them is in the picture beside).
Hotel Splendid - 9, Rue Abdelkarim el-Khattabi - (05) 5622148, fax 5654892
35 Euro for a double room, with hot running water, breakfast not included. They accept credit cards, but it appears the machine is commonly out of order (!). Anyway an ATM is 100 metres away along the same street
Hotel Ibis - beside the railway station, in the same place.
It is a completely new one. we did not go there, but it might be easy to reach and reasonably priced.
In the area behind the Post Office (Place Florence) and around the central Market, you will find a lot of hotels, not the fashionable ones, but the average standard one.
A very standard hotel in a centrally located position. Very pleasant, nothing outstanding either way.
We enjoyed the dinner here one evening, soup, tasty lamb and chips followed by the most delicious chocholate mousse for pudding!
This is a budget/backpacker Hostel at the Bab Bou Jeloud entrance to the Medina. The rooms are cheap and simple and the staff indifferent. The views from the terrace on the top are very nice though.
Prices are around 60 Dirhams for a single room and 120 for a double.
The staff at the street cafes outside the Hotel are very pushy and quite rude
Great views of the medina from the rooftop terrace
This is next door to Hotel Cascade and has similar facilities and prices, though a bit cleaner maybe. The owner is quite impolite though and a bit of a charlatan. He pretended there were no single rooms and tried to charge me for a double. Also, VT'er "arasnosliw" said he tried to steal her passport!
Prices 70 Dirham single, Doudle 120 ish
Our stay at Dar Roumana was exceptional! The hosts Jennifer and Sebastian were truly wonderful and made us feel at home right away. After being out all day in the hectic city of Fes you need that special place to return to and Dar Roumana was a perfect peaceful haven. The rooms are massive and decorated with such superb taste and style... as is the rest of the Dar (house). It feels as if you own the place because you hardly ever see other residents or the owners themselves! You may use their laptop to check your emails freely, browse through their extensive library or just relax on their roof terrace. Whatever you need, the hosts will be willing to make your stay a pleasant one.
There's a great view from the roof terrace and it's situated right at the edge of Fes el Bali not bang in the core which is perfect because you don't want to be right in the middle of it all. Within 5-10 minutes walk from the Dar your souk experience begins...
Jennifer will gladly prepare a packed lunch for you (at a cost) if you plan on heading out early the next day... and a pick-up from the train station can easily be arranged. If you intend to spend the night in you might want to buy some nibbles/wine from the supermarket in the new town as these may not be readily available from the Dar.
As we drank tea in the cool marble inner patio of Dar al Andalous, Mohammed Kadiri and his wife Nawal told me how they began converting this palace just two years ago.
“This is one of the few parts of the Fez medina that is accessible to vehicles,” Mr Kadiri pointed out. “It made work a lot easier - there was a lot to do, not only structurally, but also with fitting air-con and extra plumbing for the hammam and Jacuzzis in the suites. It is also a major factor for many clients who come here with hire cars and find that other riads are effectively off-limits to them.”
Riad al Bartal attracts more than its share of regular clients, many of whom return so frequently that they seem to look on this wonderfully relaxed house as their ‘second home.’
Mireille is one of only about a dozen foreign riad owners in Fez: “Although ‘foreign’ is a relative term,” she adds. “We often return to France on holiday but this will always be home. My daughter goes to school here. All her friends are Moroccan, she speaks fluent Arabic and insists that this is her country. I don’t think she could ever happily live anywhere else.”
“People love the fact that we are right on the edge of one of the greatest medieval cities in the world, with all its bustle and action and excitement,” Mireille points out, “- and yet they can come in here, sit in the patio, or sunbathe on the roof, and there’s nothing to disturb them but the chirping of birds.”
Ibis hotel is relqtively chea if you are not quite a backpackers. When we're travelling as husband+wife, a minimum degree of comfort and privacy is needed. Ibis hotel offers a cheap level of it.
Sorry no pics of the hotel.
It is also located right next to a train station that offers us connection to other cities. Exactly right next to it.
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