As hardened, seasoned and cynical travellers we were looking for something different. Morocco seemed to have escaped us, but as everyone goes to Marrakech we settled on Fes. We were so glad we did, what a fascinating and complex place. Lose yourselves in the ancient Medina which appears not to have changed in centuries and soak up the atmosphere of the souk, where so many wonderful family run stalls pedal their wares. But always return from the madness of the streets to the glorious oasis of calm, beauty and sophistication of the Riad Idrissy.
On arrival we stepped off the bustling street through a heavy oak door in the wall into the most amazingly serene and stunning room that stretches up through the centre of the Riad. That 'wow' factor it has in spades. Clearly built to convey the wealth of its creator and to impress it's guests, it certainly did that for us. We were greeted by the Riad's delightful and extremely knowledgable maitre d', Robert, who did everything possible to make our stay the truly memorable holiday it was. Sun downers on the roof terrace, a must. That stunning view, no better way to absorb the essence of Fes. Bedrooms and bathrooms have every modern convenience and the meals provided were delicious.
If you like chain hotels that are the same the world over, then this may no be your scene, but if you are looking for a unique experience, then we highly recommend both Fes and Riad Idrissy.
Make sure you visit cafe Clock in the Medina and if you have time take a trip out to the Roman ruins in Volubilis near Moulay Idriss, well worth the hair raising taxi ride.