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Riad Le Calife
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   19 bis derb el Ouarbyia | el Makhfia, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 85 hotels in Fes
New York City, New York
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“Beautiful retreat in Fes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We arrived later than anticipated to Riad Le Calife our first night in Fes. Sumiya, the hostess that evening, was incredibly accommodating and arranged for a "light" supper since we did not reserve dinner in time. It turned out to be an amazing meal and just what we needed to ease into our stay in Fes. The next morning we were greeted by Alex and Yasmine, the owners, and their Jack Russell terrier, Darwin. On Fridays the Medina closes midday for prayer. It was the perfect time to wander about and get lost since our tour guide was scheduled for Saturday. We also got the opportunity to take a cooking class at our Riad with Fatima. It is tradition to cook couscous on Fridays since it is such a lengthy process. I can't explain how great and patient she was with us. If you have the time while in Fes and stay at this Riad I would recommend taking a class with her. The meal turned out wonderful despite us lol. Overall they were very hospitable, the Riad was beautiful and situated centrally in the Medina with panoramic views from the rooftop. And from start to finish they were very accommodating to our schedule. Our flight was at 5 in the morning and they made sure that we were picked up and that a light breakfast was prepared for us. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

From our reading of previous reviews we had high expectations of Le Calife and we were certainly not disappointed in any respect. In fact it exceeded even our most optimistic hopes. The building is superb, beautifully Moroccan but with obvious added French flair in design, the breakfast easily the best we have had in Morocco, but it is the people that really set Le Calife apart. Unfortunately we did not meet Alexandre, who was in Paris during our stay, but Yasmine was special, as were her staff. Thank you so much from both Gaye and myself. We will always remember Le Calife and will recommend it everyone we know without hesitation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My wife and I traveled with her mother, so we had a room upstairs, Emerald, which was a delightfully large room with well appointed ensuite. The Riad is well located, at one end of the 'blue' medina walk, close to the main road, about 200m into the medina. Of course they meet you at the airport, and carry your luggage etc, so you feel like royalty.
Breakfast is substantial and delicious.
We ate one night in the Riad, couscous of course, and it was the best we had in Fes.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The medina in Fes although amazing with it's history can be exhausting and bustling during the day. We always looked forward to arriving back at Riad Le Calife after roaming the medina. It truly is a diamond. Walking into the Riad, I felt like I was surrounded by luxurious Morocco. Yasmine, Alexandre and the rest of the staff make you feel apart of the family. This is something I do not experience at any american accommodations. Our room was comfortable, luxurious, and clean. The food was beyond amazing and till this day I miss it! I have no hesitation in recommending this Riad to anyone. Thanks again for everything !!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

This was exactly what we expected and what we wanted. The rooms (we traveled with another couple) were beautiful - the location easy to find. Perfect for wandering the Medina. Breakfasts were included and were delicious and varied. All in all, the perfect place for us in Fez.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

This wonderful Riad scores full points on every aspect. The room is beautiful, with great attention to detail. The building is stunning, with a lovely courtyard and rooftop terrace. Mint tea is free and always available. The views from the rooftop terrace are wonderful. Dinner is fantastic, though there is too much of it!!!
The owners and staff could not be more helpful, and it is in a convenient but quiet location. It doesn't get any better than this. Lots of nice places to relax when you need a break from the souks. We also like Fez very much - less hassle and fewer tourists than Marrakech. Very good for photography. This Riad is very convenient for the souks. Thoroughly recommend and will return.

  • Stayed October 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

The riad is owned by a lovely couple who were very helpful with places not to miss in Fes as we were only in the city for 1 night. The room was the best of all the places we stayed in whilst in morocco. The raid is a wonderful mix of Moroccan decor and modern touches like wifi & cable TV. We were welcomed with sweets & fruit in the room and departed with pastries! Not only was the room great there is also a bar and roof terrace to relax in. They recommended to us a restaurant called Cafe Clock which was a great evening of food and music with a mixed crowd. The breakfast was also fantastic, all I can say is you won't be disappointed with anything if you stay here. I would advise to call ahead as the riad is a little hard to find the first time. Other hotels should take note!

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Address: 19 bis derb el Ouarbyia | el Makhfia, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#7 Business Hotel in Fes
#14 Family Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Le Calife 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the authentic world of the Riad Le Calife, and relish in its harmonious alliance of tradition and modernity. Located in the historical centre of the Medina (old city) of Fez, the Riad is a traditional home of the last century recently converted into a charming guesthouse. The house includes three prestigious suites and four charming rooms, three lounge areas, a well-being space and two terraces with a stunning panoramic view of the Medina. ... more   less 
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