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.
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