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“Best Riad/Botique hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #2 of 92 Hotels in Fes
Cairo, Egypt
1 review
“Best Riad/Botique hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2010

This is one of the best boutique hotels I've ever stayed in and definetly the BEST in Morocco. The owners (Yasmine and Alex) are SUPER professional, sweet and helpful. The staff (Soumaya, Mounem, Mohamed and their super chef Fatima) are nice, attentive, extremely warm-without being pushy or slizzy. The food is the best quality and value for money I found throughout my stay in Morocco.
Make sure to take the cooking class wiith Fatima which is a really cool experience and for FREE -unlike other places in Fez where they charge you 600 Dirhams. Attention to details, from the interiors to the food menu...if the name of the game in this Riad.
After staying in other riads, for the same price...I can easily say that Le Calife is the best.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2010

Couldn’t be happier with this gracious Riad and the service we have experienced. We highly recommend it.
We have been fortunate to discover many great restaurants and places to visit in Fes. You might need a local official guide to help you.
Definitely recommend restaurant Palais des Merinides for its grandeur. It is not cheap, but definitely worth it. Ask to see Fes from their rooftop terrace.
Also, do visit Meknes while you are in Fes.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2010

We had a lovely time at The Riad le Calife, staying in the Topaz room.

We love the attention to detail of this place. Alex is very passionate about the decorations and the selections e.g. small Fez hats with some sweet inside on the pillows, a touch screen alarm clock and a natural soap.

The Riad owners Yasmine and Alex were very helpful, so as all staff. What I like about the service is that they are attentive but fully aware to give guests some space and privacy. They have an adorable dog called Darwin – very well behaved.

If you are going to stay at this Riad, or any Riad in Fez/ Marrakech, it’s recommended to let a Riad arranges the transfer from airport/ train station. It may be difficult to find a riad at the first place.

I took a cooking class with Fatima, she is a lovely person and a brilliant cook. The kitchen is very clean so you don’t need to worry about the hygienic issue eating here.

If you spend Friday here, where the medina is closed in the afternoon, it’s recommended to do Hamman (The Riad can book for your), take cooking class with Fatima or just chill our at the rooftop riad. The view from the Riad rooftop is stunning.

We have also asked the riad to organise a tour guide for us. Momo is a local and professional tour guide. He is knowledgeable and gave us a very good tour. More importantly, we don’t get hassled when we are walking around with him.

The breakfast was very nice and filling: you get the Moroccan pancake, eggs, cheese and cold meat, yoghurt, juice, coffee/tea, pastry and some delicious cake from Fatima.

Absolutely have nothing bad to say about this place, it’s just right. We would recommend our friends to stay here. Lovely experience.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

Absolutely great riad and wonderful hosts. Lived up to the riad experience in every way. It is obvious in every part of the riad, that every detail has been thought about and considered. Not only is the entire décor beautiful and tastefully done, the entire space is extremely comfortable and offers a great respite from the bustle of the medina….like having a second home in Morocco, if you were so lucky. The owners, Alex and Yasmine, are extremely gracious and helpful hosts. The entire staff at Riad Le Calife goes out of their way to help you and make your stay in Fez as rewarding as possible. It is obvious that Riad Le Calife takes pride in offering a wonderful experience for its guests, and has an authentic desire to help you enjoy your time in Fez.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2010

We had a lovely stay at this riad, staying in the Emerald room.
The room was stunning with Moroccan mosaics, all amenities you could ever hope for and views of the central courtyard. We ate at their restaurant one evening- having a wonderful meal, that catered for a vegetarian.

The owners Yasmine and Alex were great in assisting us in getting around Fez and what to see and do.

The riad is furnished and restored beautifully and the roof top terrace has a truly amazing view of the medina.

When one of us was unwell, the staff were great dropping of supplies and water to the room to help.

Totally recommend this riad!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

After reading all the positive reviews I feared I could only be disappointed by Le Calife but the great enthusiasm and attention to detail the owners put in this Riad leave no room for error. The house is decorated with an amazing sense of style and the staff is extremely friendly. We stayed there 5 days and I always enjoyed to go back to the peaceful quiet of the Riad, whether it was for a cocktail at the bar (I highly recommend to ask Alex for a cocktail "le calife"), mint tea on the roof terrace or Fatima's amazing cooking at night. Honestly, not one negative point comes to mind when I remember my stay there and I wish the entire staff all the best for the future!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2010

My husband and I came here on our honeymoon, and Riad Le Calife was our only stop over in Morocco before returning to Spain for the remainder of our vacation. Our time at the riad was truly incredible, and we owe it all to the hospitality and generosity of Alex & Yasmine.

My husband had booked our room (the Diamante Suite - SPECTACULAR!) and made our travel arrangements as a surprise, so I knew very little about what we were doing in Fes and when. Upon arriving in the city and seeing the hustle and bustle of the streets, I was a little bit intimidated. The riad driver picked us up, gave us a little background on the area and dispatched us to the riad. We followed the waiting staff through the winding streets to the yellow building and when the door opened....WOW.

Alex & Yasmine warmly greeted us at reception (along with their little dog, Darwin), and gave us a brief tour of the property. They inquired about dinner reservations, tours and other interests, and before i knew it, we had plans to go to Riad Arabesque for dinner (one of the most unique and exciting meals I've had) and a tour the following day of the city and the medina (incredible!).

Aside from the owners and staff catering to our every need, the property was absolutely beautiful. Yasmine explained that they had bought the riad and renovated it over the past few years...the courtyard with the koi pond and fruit trees was amazing...the roof deck provided panoramic views of the entire city....even the lobby/study and dining rooms were well-appointed and well-decorated. Our suite had every little luxury we could imagine. Little fez hat boxes with jordanian almonds on our pillows. Bath products with rose water and orange blossom. intricate tile ceilings with carved wood beams and furniture like you have never seen. truly unique and unforgettable.

and the food was absolutely on par with everything else. delicious breakfasts and dinners that took into account the moroccan culture but also contemporary gastronomy. service was flawless, and meals were so quiet and romantic at times, you barely noticed the other guests and felt like you were alone in the riad. My husband is still raving about the cornes de gazelle cookies and roasted cauliflower soup.

one note about the city...when we ventured out on our own, we occasionally fell into tourist traps. Yasmine & Alex gave us great guidance on where to go & what to do so we avoided these sorts of things moving forward. although the city is safe, we had riad escorts hail us cabs, walk us to the atm at night, carry our bags, etc. which made everything all the more pleasant.

I don't feel that I can adequately do the riad justice with this review, because our vacation was that wonderful. Everywhere we went, the people seemed to know of our riad and the friendly owners. We even received a very nice email from the Alex & Yasmine upon our return to the states, thanking us for our visit. I find it hard to believe that anyone could write a review on this riad that wasn't a five star review - but go see riad le calife for yourself!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Le Calife

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
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#8 Business Hotel in Fes
#16 Family Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Le Calife 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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