My trip from Sydney to Morocco was a spur of a moment decision and I made no firm arrangements. It was therefore pot luck that I picked Le Calife in Fes on the booking.com site once I completed my High Atlas and Erg Chebi desert adventure.
I travelled to many other locations in Morocco over my four weeks there but Riad Le Calife remains my favourite place for sleeping, eating, day tripping and taking in the medina views from the rooftop terrace. The location is wonderful- close to the medina yet peaceful and easily accessible.
I so enjoyed hearing the background story of the riad from Alex and Yasmine, its owners, and spent quite some time looking at the beautiful interiors and decorative pieces collected by them over the years in Paris and Morocco. The design and interior decorating is aesthetically pleasing throughout, in both private suites and the public areas (the courtyard, dining/breakfast room, reception and the rooftop terrace).
The Emerald suite on top floor was wonderful and comfortable- the tiled floors, the stained glass windows and window grilles and shutters combined with modern bathroom and super comfortable bed made for a wonderful stay.
Moving to food – Fatima is a kitchen artist (see photos) who creates dished that embrace and enhance the traditional Moroccan cuisine and she presents many of them with an imaginative twist. I chose to eat at the riad most evenings because the food was so good. It was also a good place to meet other travellers and I made several wonderful contacts with mutual standing invitations to visit.
Yasmine and Alex can be proud of their staff – Dua and the other reception lady (whose name now escapes me), were skilled and caring and made sure that my day tours including drivers and guides were well organised and reflected my needs and wants. Dua made a special trip up to my room to bid me farewell as she was going on her days off. The young male waiter (name?) was most attentive whether I was eating in the dining room or on the rooftop terrace. I was always grateful to be fetched from the square at the end of my adventures in the medina and the staff have always been courteous in the face of my obvious “directional deficiency”.
I would love to return either again by myself or with my husband and family. As the Moroccans say “Inshallah”.
- 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