Accommodation Guide – Best Riads in Fes, Morocco
Sometimes it’s hard to decide where to stay when you travel to a new destination, and particularly when the accommodation is a bit different to what you are used to. In Morocco, you can either stay in a hotel or in a riad, a traditional Moroccan house converted in accommodation. My personal preference is always to go for traditional accommodation that can give me an insight on the local history and way of life. So here are a few recommendations for the best riads in Fes, Morocco, including a bonus entry at the end.
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Best Riads in Fes
Riad Fes (Relais & Chateaux)
By Teresa from Brogan Abroad
Located in the heart of the medina, Riad Fes is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the area without having to leave the city. It is the perfect oasis of calm and you will feel a million miles away from everything.
But what really makes it special is that Riad Fes is not just a riad. It’s, in fact, five riads that have been lovingly and sympathetically restored and converted into one. These buildings were traditional Moroccan mansions that once belonged to Fassi families, wealthy and highly influential families from 19thcentury Fes.
A member of Relais & Chateaux, you are guaranteed to spend your time in Fes in comfort and style. Each and every one of the 33 rooms in the riad is decorated in its own unique style, with a mix of contemporary and traditional designs. All the rooms are equipped with modern facilities such as LCD TV with international channels, minibars, free wifi and breakfast can be served in the room.
Riad Fes has one of the city’s best fine dining restaurants within its premises. Restaurant ‘L’Ambre’ Fez serves exquisite Moroccan cuisine with a twist specific to Riad Fes. I can personally recommend the chicken pastilla (a kind of chicken pie with filo pastry, cinnamon and icing sugar) and the sea bass with fine herbs and preserved lemons.
And despite being in the medina, which is mostly car-free, Riad Fes is reachable by car, so you don’t have to lug your luggage around.
Address: 5 Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana, Fes 30100
Riad Fes Maya
By Aurelia from Daily Travel Pill
Located within walking distance from all the major tourist attractions in Fes, Riad Maya is a true hidden gem. To get to it you will have to walk through some narrow alleys but once you open the entrance door, you will step into another world. While you’ll be too busy admiring the beautiful interior design, the staff will do anything to make you feel welcomed.
Luxury, attention to detail and incredible mosaics are just some of the things that make this place special. If you’re looking for some of the best views in Fes, head to the rooftop and you will be rewarded with a panoramic view over the entire city. The rooftop is the best place to have a romantic dinner. The food is delicious and you can enjoy it while watching the hustle and bustle of Fes from above.
Apart from its beautiful design, Riad Fes Maya has spacious rooms, with high ceilings decorated in the traditional Moroccan style. The beds are super comfortable and the service is impeccable. You’ll feel like royalty at Riad Fes Maya and this is what makes this place so unique. One last thing – don’t skip the breakfast, it’s delicious!
Address: Avenue Ben Mohamed El Alaoui, N°12 Derb Debbagh Bourjouaa Fes 30120
By Sandy from Tray Tables Away
Of all the amazing places we have stayed, Karawan Riad remains firmly in our Top 10 most extraordinary accommodation anywhere.
Once a former palace, the current French owners have worked tirelessly to return the Riad to its former glory as well as bring it into the 21st century. The renovation took 11 years and no expense has been spared on the design nor the restoration with stunning tile work, natural stone, hand carvings, sumptuous fabrics and textiles and luxury bedding throughout.
There are only 7 suites over two levels surrounding the large central courtyard. An amazing library has been installed at one end of the Riad, there is a charming day spa and an excellent restaurant is on site too. We enjoyed it so much we ate there two nights out of three.
On top of the incredible decor and architecture the location is hard to beat. Right in the heart of the world’s oldest Medina the mystique and atmosphere that makes Fes so special is just meters away. We visited during Ramadan which not only meant we got to experience this very special religious event but we also had the entire Riad to ourselves!
Address: 21 Derb Ourbia Makhfiya, Fes 30000
By Bella from Passport and Pixels
I discovered Riad Tizwa while visiting Fes on a two-week tour of Morocco. Riad Tizwa is a boutique guesthouse located inside the Fes medina, yet close enough to the outside to make it easy to find without getting lost in the warren of streets. Being inside the medina literally means you are in the heart of everything – it’s like stepping back in time and really getting the full authentic experience of medieval Fes.
The Riad itself is a converted traditional Moroccan home with 8 rooms beautifully-decorated with gorgeous Moroccan mosaic tiles and a roof terrace with views that stretch all the way to the Mid Atlas Mountains. Having breakfast up here; watching the storks flying over while eating homemade yoghurt and muesli is the perfect way to start the day before heading off to explore all the sights, sounds and smells of the Fes medina.
Yet as well as being traditional and authentic, the place has all the mod cons you need, including friendly staff who speak both English and French, and free WiFi.
My two favourite things about Riad Tizwa were that when you wake up in the morning there are flasks of hot tea and coffee waiting outside your door, and that you can have breakfast any time of day you like. Merieme, the manageress, said that once someone had it at 4pm. So there’s no need to set an alarm, you can just relax and enjoy your stay.
Address: 15 Derb Guebbas, Batha, Fes
By James from Travel Collecting
Dar Seffarine is, quite simply, gorgeous, and one of the highlights of my trip to Morocco. It’s down a tiny lane near Seffarine Square, which is home to the copper makers of Fes, in the medina. The Dar (different from a riad because there is no garden in the courtyard) is over 600 years old and has been fully restored in recent years. It’s one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. The level of detail in the zellige tilework, hand-painted cedar walls, intricate carvings and marble work is incredible.
There is a lovely lounge area off the courtyard on the ground floor and the bedrooms, which are all decorated and furnished with traditional Moroccan handicrafts, face the courtyard. On the roof there is a breakfast room and a terrace with lounges to relax and enjoy the incredible views of the Old Town. Enjoying a pot of mint tea on the terrace at sunset is one of my fondest memories of Fes.
The owner is an architect who is happy to regale you with stories of the house’s renovations and explain how the house is a classic example of Moorish architecture and the ways in which the architecture and culture are interconnected. He also hand drew us a map of Fes so that we didn’t get lost in the maze of the medina! This is a perfect haven from the hubbub of the souks of Fes.
Address: 14 Derb Sbaa Louyate, Fes 30020
By Claire from Curious Claire
Centrally located in the Old Town directly outside the Medina, Riad Toyour is the perfect place to stay when visiting Fes. This beautifully decorated riad will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a relaxing oasis.
The open spaced courtyard is full of beautiful trees and flowers that attract the local birds who like to sing in the trees and play in the water. Waking up to their playful sounds is the perfect way to start the day.
What also makes Riad Toyour a great place to stay is the exceptional service from the staff. Upon arrival they were extremely welcoming and accommodating. Plus, their homemade dinners are exquisite. If you want to try authentic Moroccan food, a home cooked dinner at a riad is the best way to experience it.
Address: 22 derb el Miter, Ain Zleten, Fes 30110
Le Cheminée Bleue
By Claire from Past the Potholes
The interior is beautifully decorated and each room is unique with an en suite bathroom. It’s located in a quieter area of the Medina but still within walking distance from the main tourist alleys and markets.
The included breakfast is delicious and plentiful and each morning we were asked if we wanted to eat a home cooked traditional dinner in the riad. We never did as we prefer to explore but I’m sure it would have been delicious!
The personal service was amazing. We arrived to a warm welcome of warm tea and biscuits along with a Medina map. Richard and Bouchra took the time to go over the map, marking our location as well as points of interest. They also booked us a tour the next day with a young local man they recommended.
As Richard is a Brit who also runs a tour company, he was able to give us good suggestions and even drove us to the train station the morning we left. Each evening he invited all guests to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the sunset call to prayer.
Address: 61 Zkak Roumane Bab Elguissa, Fes 30000
Bonus Entry – Hotel Sahrai
By Teresa from Brogan Abroad
Although not a riad, I felt that it was worth including Hotel Sahrai in this list, as it is a pretty spectacular hotel that has been designed with elements of traditional Moroccan architecture such as the use of lanterns and water throughout the property. This hotel will make the decision on whether to stay on a riad or a hotel hard.
Opened in 2014, Hotel Sahrai is a contemporary hotel that was built in the former site of a summer palace. It was designed by French architect and designer Christophe Pillet, and it feels very bright and airy but with an intimate feel.
This beautiful hotel is located away from the relentless medina, and it feels like a retreat where you can relax while you enjoy the expansive views of the largest medina in the Arab world. It is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, so you can trust your stay will be pretty special here.
There are 50 beautifully designed rooms with both intricate details and a minimalist look. I stayed in one of the Junior Suites which was extremely spacious and it had spectacular views over the pool and the city.
There is also a Givenchy spa onsite, so you can relax in luxury after a whole day exploring the delights of Fes.
Address: Dhar El Mehraz, Fes 30000
Planning your trip to Fes
Are there any other riads in Fes that you would add to this list?
Let me know in the comments!
Visiting Morocco? Check out my other Morocco articles
- Where to Stay in Fes, Morocco – Should I Choose a Moroccan Riad or a Hotel?
- Shopping in Morocco – 9 Unique Souvenirs To Bring Home With You
- Kasbah du Toubkal, a Berber Hospitality Centre for Trekking the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech
Disclosure: I was a guest of Riad Fes and Hotel Sahrai during my stay in Fes. As always, all views are my own.