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Riad Andalib
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   54 Mohamed Ben Alaoui, R'cif | R'cif Near Cinema Amal, Fes 30110, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #3 of 92 Hotels in Fes
Cobble Hill
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14 reviews
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“Best personal service we've ever received!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We travel a lot and have stayed in many hotels, however, the quality of service at Riad Andalib is better than we've experienced from hotels that cost twice as much! The proprietor, Reibal, and his staff greeted us at the taxi, took our bags, and served us mint tea and cookies while acquainting us with a map of the medina. Our room was beautifully decorated and comfortable; the marvellous bathroom included a soaker tub and bidet! Breakfast in the opulent interior courtyard was by far the most varied that we had during our 9 day stay in Morocco: eggs, crepes, yogurt, bread, coffee/tea, juice. Nothing is overlooked for the comfort of guests: when I was in bed with a cold, Nadia brought coffee and yogurt to my room! Reibal even sent out for decongestants! The doorman, in addition to hailing a taxi for us, found a cafe nearby where we could watch a ManU soccer match. Tired after walking about in 35° heat, we were delighted that the bar, with its chilled beer and delicious mojitos, was not a mirage! Riad Andalib really is a cut above!

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The welcome at the Riad was warm and courteous. We were offered Moroccon tea and cookies. The Rooms are large and spacious and well furnished. This Riad is a short walk from the Medina and has a good ambience. It is not large and opulent like the other larger Riads but definitely a homely place where the guests are very well looked after.
The Owner n Manager is hands on and ensures personalised service to his guests. The breakfast is very good.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sierra Foothills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The Riad Andalib is an excellent choice for accommodations in Fes. The owner, Reibal Idrissi, has beautifully restored this family home and created a fantastic riad. Everything about the facility from the public places to the rooftop terrace to the guest rooms is impeccable.

What is perhaps most impressive is the staff. Reibal has hired a wonderful group of people who are very friendly, accommodating and charming. Additionally, the breakfast here was, without doubt, the finest we had in our 24 days in Morocco. The riad is in a great location in R'cif so that you can drive right up to the riad. One of the entrances to the medina is a very short distance away.

If you are considering Riad Andalib for your stay in Fes, don't hesitate to request a reservation here and hope that there is availability. You will be very pleased that you did so.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

A wonderful place to stay. Close to medina entrance, easy to access by car (well, relative to driving anywhere in Morocco), fairly recent construction. Owner Reibal speaks perfect English and wins the prize for most hospitable hotel manager in Morocco. His staff also speak English and are always ready to assist in whatever you might need. Rooms are fully equipped with luxury touches, big beds, frig, etc. Good food on the rooftop terrace. Huge breakfast. I cannot imagine that a 5 star hotel would be any better.

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Christiansted, St. Croix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This riad (guesthouse) was more than a hotel or B&B; it was a haven of cool peacefulness in the midst of the craziness of the medina. Reibal, the engaging and informative owner became a friend, starting with a cup of mint tea and sweets before checking us in. He speaks perfect English (and French), having lived in Montreal for 20 years, and gave us a full orientation for not only Fes, but also Casablanca, our next stop.

The house has just 7 guest rooms. A lovely rooftop patio bar, and a lower level sun-bathing area, are filled with flowers and offer excellent views of this ancient city - much better than trying to see them from ground level. The reception and breakfast area on the first floor is beautifully decorated with hand-carved plaster and wood, hand-painted tile, a fountain and a small pool. Suddenly, I had a better idea of what the Alhambra might have looked like prior to 1492.

The included breakfast offered a few choices, including fresh fruit salad, Moroccan sweets, eggs, yogurt, cheese and fresh orange juice, when available. Nadia and Emam serve everything gracefully, taking into consideration one's every need. In the evening, they offer drinks and sumptuous Moroccan dinners on the rooftop, which we found to be delicious, exotic and reasonably priced. By day 2, we learned that one entree is enough for the two of us, the Havana Club mojitos are excellent, being waited on by such able servers is a treat.

Room #5 offers a firm but comfortable bed, good pillows, a huge bathroom and a small sitting room with desk (but no desk lamp). The dark-walled bathroom has 2 sinks, separate WC, a large tub and a large shower. Lighting could be better, especially in the shower, desk area and stairwells.

The room is on several different levels, and those who wear bi-focals might request a different room due to the steps and ledges that are hard to see in semi-darkness. We especially appreciated the fruit tray provided for snacking. The minibar was empty and unplugged, though it could be stocked if requested.

WiFi worked well in most areas of the room, despite the thick walls. The bedroom windows look onto the interior patio or courtyard and have wooden shutters that block out all light and most of the noise. The bathroom and sitting area windows look out over the medina's narrow alleyways and neighboring rooftops. There is some noise from there, including a minaret's 5AM call to prayer, dogs, kids, motor scooters and a rooster.

Overall, our visit to Riad Andalib was exceptional. I learned I do not like crowds and opted out of any further contact with the medina. Spending the day in a hotel room is not my dream vacation, but I'm most grateful this riad was here for me.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This Riad and Reibal -the owner make you feel totally at home..
Special praise to Emam who works there..
Stayed here for 2nights..well located..walking distance to the Medina.
Food was very good.
Rooms were very spacious and comfortable.
Tv operating system need some improvement..
Enjoyed the home cooked style breakfasts..!

Room Tip: The rooms that open onto the courtyard are very charming!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed two nights at this incredible place and would have liked to stay longer. After being warmly greeted and oriented by the owner, Riebal, we were shown to our room. The details and decor were incredible; we were waited on hand and foot by the young and very hard-working staff morning and night. We ate dinner both nights at the rooftop restaurant because we couldn't imagine having a better experience or food by looking anywhere else. The location was perfect; right at the start of the medina and the amazing souks. Best value and experience imaginable.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Address: 54 Mohamed Ben Alaoui, R'cif | R'cif Near Cinema Amal, Fes 30110, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 92 Hotels in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Andalib 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Andalib offers luxury accommodations and excellent facilities. The Riad boasts a small swimming pool, a TV lounge, a bar and a restaurant, guests have access to a solarium with sun-beds. The upper level of the terrace has a second restaurant with stunning panoramic view over the rooftops and minarets of Fez's old town. ... more   less 
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