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Much of the charm in visiting Fez is to experience a city much unchanged since medieval times; but even the most history thirsty traveller would presumably want the whole Middle Ages thing to stop at their door of their hotel. Fortunately, in Riad Fes they can retire to one of the finest riads in Morocco, let alone Fez.
Riad Fes, part of the Relais & Chateaux group, is a perfect blend of Moorish and Andalucian styles with all the quintessential riad features present and correct - think fountains, hammams, courtyards, elegant tile work and roof terraces with spectacular views. And as with all good riads, Riad Fes is an oasis of calm yet located right in the heart of the narrow lanes of a medina.
There are 15 rooms and 11 suites in three differing styles - Moroccan, Oriental and Baroque-Andalucian - each different but always tastefully thought through and executed. The rooms and suites branch off from three patios, and all have sumptuous beds and well appointed en suite bathrooms.
The restaurant specialises in Moroccan cuisine and excellent buffet breakfasts while the small but perfectly formed Cinq Mondes spa offers treatments from massages to hammam steam room sessions. A decent sized lap pool and sophisticated bar complete the very, very alluring picture.
The restaurant is so good that guests often choose to eat in rather than sample the wares on offer other medina eateries.
Isabel, Original Traveller