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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
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Just walk out the front door and into the old part of the city. Owner is very friendly and gives great advice (and a map). He gave us great directions to get off on the right food in a crazy city. Restaurant on the roof is really nice and peaceful, though on the more expensive side. Their wine from Volubilus is great. Room was very clean. Staff is attentive. Breakfast was filling.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Minden, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Located near R'cif, one of the fourteen gates to the Medina and cinema AMAL this couldn't be easier to find and taxi from the airport (or train) can drive you right to the front door. Unassuming in it's outside appearance, the interior is bright and very comfortable; a small number of rooms which translates to fewer guests and more attention from the staff. Reibal Idrissi, the Proprietaire is a wealth of valuable advice on navigating the souks in the Medina. Will you get lost? Yes, but armed with the aforementioned guidance from M. Idrissi you won't be lost for long. M. Idrissi speaks excellent English and Riad Andalib is his home. Guests in other accommodations with absentee owners don't fare as well. Hassan is
always very quick to respond to any request, a very pleasant young man and self-professed movie fan. He claims to have seen every movie in the "Red Box".
An excellent Breakfast is served on the lobby level and dinner may be had on the roof. Our first meal in Fes was authentically prepared and presented in the Tangine; ingredients were obviously fresh and delicious. During our three night stay we explored other dining options and none exceeded our dinner of the first night.
Rooms are bright and very clean, well appointed and maintained.
Thank you Riad Andalib for a most pleasant stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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 June 11, 2014

Stayed here recently for five nights and the service was faultless. A lovely warm welcome with tea and biscuits on arrival which was needed after a long journey. Great advice from our host on how to navigate the medina and what to see and do. Ate in the restaurant for 3 nights (very unusual for us to eat in the same place more than once), the Moroccan food and wine were delicious. It's also a great location as you are in the Medina but can get dropped by taxi/car at the door.

Reibel and his excellent team really do all they can to make your stay enjoyable. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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England
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The Riad Andalib was recommended to me by a friend and I read the reviews before going. When you read so many good reviews you wonder whether the proprietor has a big family who write reviews for him but in this case they are definitely true. The welcome was genuinely warm and the staff were clearly happy to work there and happy to help. We have stayed in other Riads in Fes where the waiters etc were very much staff members but here they are clearly a team. If you take along young children don't be shocked when the waitresses kiss them each morning. embrace it for what it is, genuine friendliness and warmth. We travelled the city and it was a regular occurrence that our 8 year old daughter was kissed by other girls and women as a greeting. A bit of a shock at first but a sign of the warmth of the welcome. We cannot speak too highly of Reibal Idrissi and his team. They attended to our every need and the room and Riad were superb. You can see the attention to detail and effort put into restoring it to its current glory. They even got up at 5am to serve us breakfast in time to get our flight home. If you are going to Fes, you should stay here, it is as simple as that. It is also accessible by taxi and right on the doorstep of the medina so ideally situated. Thank you for a truly memorable long weekend.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Saint Martin, FWI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

I chose Riad Andalib on account of the stellar reviews, and they were all perfectly correct. I run a resort hotel myself and I was impressed at the genuine care and hospitality that was given by all to all! Come as a guest, but you leave as a friend. The food was abundant and very tasty, after a meal here, there was just not a reason to have another and then another. The included breakfast is such that we then did not want for lunch! The rooms are large and fully equipped, and the peacefulness and comfortable bedding make for a perfectly reviving sleep.
We will long remember our short but delightful stay!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My friend and I stayed at this Riad for 2 nights. Upon arrival Reibel, the proprietor welcomed us and told us everything we needed to know about Fes. He treated us like family (and not the overbearing kind). He upgraded us to a huge room with 2 double beds, a living room area and large bathroom. The bowl of fruit in the room was a really nice touch. Reibel sat with us to plan out our day in order to maximize our time in Fes. We had some difficulty with our driver and Riebel guided us as to how to deal with him and keep him from acting up. The Riad is in a great location- just outside the medina....and once inside, you feel as though you're in an oasis. Everything is done with taste and caring. The staff are very pleasant and helpful, The breakfast room/dining area is lovely. It was enjoyable just sitting there and relaxing. The patio on the rooftop is lovely as well. I highly recommend a stay at this Riad. While staying there you have the feel of Morocco, with all the comforts of home. I travel often and Reibel was the most gracious, friendly, and helpful proprietor I have ever come across. I highly recommend a stay at this Riad.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Riad Andalib and owner, Reibal, are far more than we imagined. A renovated Moroccan home with wonderful staff and 7 spacious rooms with private bathrooms, a great haven after wandering the medina and visiting Fes sites. On our arrival, we were served Moroccan tea and cookies while Reibal spent a half hour explaining how to navigate the medina, avoid scammers and enjoy Fes. Our quiet, air-conditioned room had windows on the inner courtyard and square. A nice surprise were the fruit and water in our room when we arrived. The included breakfast was generous and more than we could eat (juice, fresh mixed fruit, yogurt, cheese, eggs made to order, a variety of bread and Moroccan crepes, butter, jam, coffee, tea). Dinners were delicious; the tagines were very large, enough for sharing between lighter eaters. Wine, beer and liquor are available. A point to note: meals must be paid in cash (dirhams or euros at a fair exchange rate); the room may be paid by credit card.
As an aside, we encountered a very polished scam on the train from Tangier… a "student" complete with papers from Goldman Sachs in San Francisco where he would soon be interning. Father in the travel business, warnings about corrupt riads arranging high-priced tours, he offered a tour with a "licensed history professor guide" at half the price of tours through riads. A very polished story that took us in. No money changed hands so no harm done (it was actually quite entertaining during the 5 hour train trip) but an eye-opener which we avoided thanks to Reibal and his staff. And we are very grateful for Reibal's advice and intervention.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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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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