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Riad Ahlam
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 Derb El Miter | Ain Azliten, Fes, Morocco   |  
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“Hands-down the best place we stayed in Morocco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This was easily the best place we stayed in all Morocco. Kacem, the manager, treated us like family and did everything in his power to make sure our 3-day stay was memorable and enjoyable. This was the first riad we stayed at during our trip, and we never experienced better service anywhere else. Breakfast was a huge assortment of tea, pastries, pancakes, and fruit (the best breakfast we were served at any hotel/riad). Rooms were well furnished and perfectly clean, with beautiful decorations. The riad itself is gorgeous, and the views of the medina from the roof are terrific. The location is perfect for exploring the medina, as you can walk directly from the riad into the medina and be at the 'blue gate' in just a few minutes.

We arrived late and found mint tea prepared for our arrival, and when we had to leave early for a trip to the desert the staff woke up early to prepare a small breakfast for us to take on the trip. When we needed a guide for the medina, Kacem arranged one for us in no time. When we wanted to take a trip to Volubilis he made all the necessary phone calls, we agreed on a price, and the driver picked us up promptly the next morning. All the staff greeted us with smiles and warmth, and we couldn't have asked for a better place to start our trip in Morocco. We are budget travelers and this place was a little more than what we might otherwise have spent, but we are so glad we did -- it was absolutely worth it to feel like we were being taken care of in an unfamiliar place. If we ever go back to Fes this is definitely where we'll be staying.

Getting there: To get to the riad you can catch a taxi from the train station (20-40 dirham) or from the airport to the 'Ain Azliten' parking location in the medina. From there it's a 60-second walk to the riad. We were worried about finding the place at night, but turned out to be no trouble. If you're driving yourself just make sure your GPS has this parking location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 23, 2012

We spent 3 nights in this spectacular Riad, beautifully restored and furnished and in a great location. The roof terraces provided superb views over the medina; particularly great at sun set. The team did everything to ensure that our stay was comfortable and memorable. The breakfast was excellent (the best we had on our holiday) and the evening meals were delicious. We would thoroughly recommend Riad Ahlam.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We enjoyed two wonderful nights in Riad Ahlam, Fes in late November. A warm welcome by Kacem, and kindness of the attentive staff was much appreciated on arrival. Fatia's cooking and happy disposition added to the whole experience.... oh those scrummy breakfasts and dinners!
Our room was spacious and comfortable, and Riad Ahlam is ideally situated only a short walk from the car park.
Our stay in Fez all added to our great "Rough Tours" itinerary and we left with happy memories.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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 11, 2012

This RIad is tops for customer service, location and cleanliness. Hassan is a wonderful owner and welcomed us brilliantly during our 2 night stay at the riad Ahlam. I could not have asked for a better or more pleasant experience. The staff here will go above and beyond to ensure you have a good visit in Fes. Rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and well equipped. The breakfasts were best in class and dinner was one of the best meals I had in Morocco. Needless to say, I would return back in a heartbeat and will certainly encourage those who visit Fes to do so as well. Thanks for an amazing stay!!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Ampang, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This riad is amazing. It is, I've been to some riads, and this riad is the best of all! I went here with my parents and we got lost trying to search for the riad, and the staff gladly came and walk to help and find us!

As we arrived, we were stunned by the beauty of the riad, and the hospitality was great. The manager, Kassim was very nice, and very hospitable. Felt at home instantly! We were upgraded to a bigger room for the same price, which was great! Plus, the location which is very near to the medina makes it easy to go shopping and put it back in our room, in case it our load is too much to bear, haha.

Another plus is the breakfast. it was the delicious, one of the best breakfasts I ever had! The food choices are amazing, and Fatiha was so friendly and funny. Really great hospitality. My father loved the 'benin', and every else we went, he won't stop talking about the breakfast there!

One of the best riads we've ever been to, and despite the fact that wifi was cannot be fully accessible in our room, and there wasn't a heater, it didn't bring us down as we still loved the place. You cannot be let down. I'm sorry if this review isn't helping much, I'm only 13 but I felt the need to write a review :)

-Sara Sofea

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Situated on the edge of the medina, this riad is in a great location for exploring the souks. Walking only a few minutes, you'll find yourself in the middle of everything. Although we had a ilttle difficulty finding it initially (in the dark, after our GPS failed), we found that it was relatively easy to navigate in and out of town by car from that point as well.

Riad Ahlam is lovely- tastefully decorated and very welcoming. The room was very clean and comfortable. The rooftop terrace had a spectacular view-- it was a quiet, wonderful place to relax. The meals were also excellent-- the abundant breakfast was extremely satisfying (perfect to energize you for a long day of exploring) and the vegetarian tagine we had for dinner was the best we had in Morocco.

This riad provided the single most hospitable staff we encountered on our 24 day trip. Everyone went above and beyond to ensure that our stay was the best it could be. We were treated like family not only by everyone who worked there, but also by the guides recommended to us by the riad. We couldn't be more impressed with the service here and highly recommend Riad Ahlam.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
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Address: 24 Derb El Miter | Ain Azliten, Fes, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Fes
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Ahlam 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Former traditional Moroccan palace built around a beautiful shaded patio, refurbished and turned into a lovely guest house accommodation in Fez, Riad Ahlam boasts two terraces offering breathtaking panoramic views over the medina. Ideal place for an unforgettable stay in the historic city of Fez, Riad Ahlam offers 10 charming rooms and suites, equipped with all the modern comfort, as well as a dining venues where guests are invited to discover the fine flavours of Moroccan cuisine.Located in the heart of Fez Medina, Morocco, the traditional guest house Riad Ahlam is a welcoming place to stay when planning a sightseeing tour of the Old Town Fez, within walking distance from its colorful souks and Bab Boujloud door ... more   less 
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