Once in a while you find a place that is so special that you can't wait to return there every day after seeing the sights. Such was Le Calife. To know that you were in the middle of the crowded, noisy medina surrounded by such beauty and tranquility was truly a great pleasure.
Of course, as mentioned in so many of the reviews, the hosts were always there to help and guide, yet a very subtle presence. We are not super "bed-and-breakfast" types, but this was just the right balance of being in a hotel and being in a property that the owners had put their heart and souls into. Everywhere you look in the hotel (floors, ceilings, walls, fixtures) the stunning beauty of the ornate decor reflects how much thought as gone into this establishment, which Alexandre and Yasmine revitalized from a state of extreme disrepair.
We ate two dinners there and they were both remarkable, better than the "top rated" restaurants we tried. Fatima, the chef, seems to be an up and coming local talent and the dishes she prepares are all from local ingredients. The "top rated" local restaurants seemed to be trying to imitate Western-style food, but Fatima's interpretation seemed pure Moroccan. Very elegant service to match.
We stayed in the Emerald Suite, felt like royalty!
It's a long way from California to Fez (an amazing place, three nights is not enough!), but our stay at Riad Le Calife has us planning a return trip soon!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Le Calife Fes
- Riad Le Calife Hotel Fes