This Riad in the Fes medina is one of the most attractive properties I have ever laid eyes on. The riad is comprised of two very old buildings with two more even older buildings being added (one from the 14the century). All four surround an absolutely beautiful pool area with olive trees and grass to create a unique serene area to hang out in the summer Fes heat. The rooms are just amazing; thirty foot ceilings with ornate wood, walls with carved plaster, twenty foot ancient wooden doors, etc. It is like you are in some awesome museum, except it is your room! There is no way a property like this could be built today. Also, the location is right in the medina which can’t be beat. Within two minutes of exiting the door, you are in one of the 9,500 alleys where you can wander through all sorts of markets until you get tired or lost (both of which is a certainty just a question of which happens first). The manager and staff are very pleasant and happy to help you but their service is of the reactive kind ie it is always initiated by the guest. Ex: they will serve drinks (non alcoholic during Ramadan) to the pool but only when asked and the remains are not bussed until the next day when the cleaning crew comes on. Fresh towels are left in a stack by the pool but old towels are just left around the pool, presumably for the cleaning crew. One of our rooms had an ongoing AC problem which was looked at but never fixed. Given the uniqueness of the property it could become one of the best small hotels with some improved hotel management.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Alkantara is an exceptional location within the walls of the medieval city of Fès; it is a hidden enchantment in the heart of a shaded area surrounded by 5 riads of different periods and architectural styles that have been restored with patience and passion to unite modern comfort and the splendors of the past in an exquisite alchemy.The garden has a vast swimming pool surrounded by greenery and supplied with pure water from a source, there are many terraces with fountains, areas where you can relax and listen to the secretly soothing birdsong.At nightfall the delicate light breeze from the Atlas mountains highlights the mixed fragrances of musk, jasmine and honeysuckle.The oriental sweetness and delicacy is revealed. ... more less
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