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“Great Riad, Great Building, Great Staff and Owners” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Rcif
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Avenue Ben Mohamed EL Alaoui, 1, Takharbicht Laayoune Place Rcif, Fes 30200, Morocco   |  
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“Great Riad, Great Building, Great Staff and Owners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

As traveling Peace Corps Volunteers we are always looking for great places and found one with Riad Rcif. The building is incredible and there is a great atmosphere. The best part about this riad is the staff! Incredibly friendly and helpful with anything and everything. Even when they were full up they took us to another place around the corner and then let us come by to use their wifi whenever we wanted.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

After 6 years of restoration, and using local artisans applying incredible attention to detail, Riad Rcif is a true Moroccan experience that is hard to beat. You enter into a beautiful palace and welcomed by a terrific Moroccan family, which included the gorgeous Aussie born Aisha (Sue), who provide incredible hospitality and generosity of spirit. With Fatima (mother) cooking fantastic Moroccan dishes, and the Riad supported by brothers Hicham and Salim, (and the engaging Lahssan) you know that your stay is important to them.

The bedrooms are lavishly decorated, each different, and walls, ceilings, windows and doors - all represented by the very best of Moroccan artisans. Miticulously clean rooms and public spaces, clean crisp ironed sheets and fresh towels, large ensuite - the small but important things that make your stay enjoyable.

Multi-lingual and a well connected Moroccan family that can provide great advice to make aure you get to experience the best of Fes and surrounds in the time you have available. I cannot speak highly enough, as one of the great finds in Fes' medina.

  • Stayed February 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
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Beautifully restored ancient riad with a great and helpful staff. You feel like a sultans guest. The included breakfast kept me going all day. The Optional dinner was very good so we choose to eat in the two nights we were there. The only negative I can think of, unless you have a way to contact them upon your arrival to Fes you will have a difficult time finding the Riad we did not have a cellphone with us and our later arrival was a bit of an adventure.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

From the time you step foot in Riad Rcif you are made to feel as welcome as if you were in your own home. The family that runs and owns Riad Rcif make it that way.

The Riad is managed by a bubbly aussie named Sue, but to her Morocan family she is Aisha. Her Moroccan brothers Hicham and Salim are very hands on owners and assist Aisha to run the Riad day to day with their mother Fatima providing fantastic traditional Moroccan fare. There is also young Lahssan who cleans, waits and carries bags very enthusiastically.

Not only has Aisha been adopted into the family but so too will you if you take the time to talk with Hicham and Salim. Both seem to speak English, French and Italian from what I saw. Hicham assisted us in the purchase of a stunning Kilim from a fantastic carpet store which we would not have found by just walking in the medina.

We planned on staying three nights but stay six as we felt so at home and found that the Fes medina so interesting.

Aisha was also able to arrange an Artisan tour of the medina. You will meet individual artisans on the tour that the tour operator has fostered and built a relationship with. You can talk with these people and ask all the questions you like safe in the knowledge that their hand will not be thrust towards you as you leave. That's because unlike other tours, this tour actually compensates the artisans for their time. It's because of this that when you visit the Chouwara Tannery you can get right down next to the workers on the floor of the tannery while all the other tourists are up three floors in the leather shops taking your photograph. Again because the operator is looking after the workers.

I highly recommend the Riad Rcif as the place to stay in Fes. Its small (about 7 or 8 rooms), intimate, clean, good food and I have neglected to say stunning to look at. The family has spent six years and a small fortune to bring back this former palace to original condition.

  • Stayed February 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
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

i spent several nights at riad rcif . i was very excited at first . the place is immaculately clean , brand new , although the owner explained most of the inside has been restored ,seemed quite newly done to me .
anyway :

pros: easy reservation , easy communication with the english speaking manager

cons: overpriced restaurant with a simplistic menu that needs advance ordering . The owner - although very nice to see who owns a place and feel a personal touch to the service provided , was too much involved in our daily experiences.Upon his recommendation we booked a local guide through what we were advised was the Official Bureau of Tourism of Morocco . Well , at the end we were quite disappointed - the guide overcharged us for some unnecessary " amendments " to the organised tour and that ruined the overall impression we had . He was arrogant and spent too much time on his cell phone chatting or talking . We did pay the rate which was requested with a tip as well , as after all was our vacation and no need to ruin the last few days left of it.
I would however recommend another riad and probably looking into hiring a guide from another company - there were plenty of offers when we checked .
Although the guide will tell you all prices where he brings you are fixed , it is actually a lie - you can negotiate them if you want . the only store with government regulated prices is in the new town .

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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RiadRcif, Directeur général at Riad Rcif, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
We are sorry you didn't enjoy all that the Fes medina has to offer as you state here & in your review of Attractions for Fes (unfortunately posted against Riad Rcif rather than the city of Fes).
Firstly, our restaurant prices are in line with many other high standard establishments in Fes. We have a Moroccan menu with 5 different options as well as a comprehensive Light menu for those wanting a snack or variation on traditional fare. All the food is of the highest quality & prepared fresh which is why we ask guests to order during the day if possible. This is standard practice for riads.
We recommend doing a tour of the labyrinthine medina with an official guide in order to maximise your stay. Often guests only have a couple of days & much can be gained from an educated tour guide. If guests choose to amend the standard tour, eg by adding the Panoramic tour outside the walls of the medina which involves a taxi, then there is understandably an extra charge. This is all openly discussed. The guides aren't from a company but from the government tourist office at fixed rates.
Fixed price shops are a rarity in the souks of Morocco, bargaining for goods is part of the experience and all tourists know this.
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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I highly recommend staying at Riad Rcif when you are in Fes. I booked my stay there because I wanted to stay in a riad and the recent renovation sounded interesting. And it was, the place is a palace! But the best part about Riad Rcif is the incredible hospitality. Traveling on my own, I was grateful to Aisha for taking me under her wing. She was full of great advice and has a way of making all the guests feel welcome and treasured. I can't recommend Riad Rcif enough!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

After being escorted through dark alley way that was so narrow I could stretch my arms and touch both sides, I came to the under-whelming door of the Riad Rcif. Not to worry... I was soon met by beauty, warmth and amazing hospitality. The Riad is an architectual wonder that has been beautifully restored. The colors of fabrics and tiles, the fountain, the music and the lighting all create a theatrical stage ready to present a stay you will never forget. My room was fit for a queen and had a bathtub fit for a king. All this is carefully hosted by Hisham and Aisha. They provided directions, guides, food prepared by Hisham's mother (the fluffiest couscous in Morocco), dinner served on a roof top terrace and a genuine warmth to please and accommodate your every whim. My favorite place was the roof. I spent an afternoon watching children play on adjacent roof tops, cats leaping through the air and traveling to other houses, women hanging out laundry and talking to other women houses away and I watched the sun set over the medina while the air filled with the aroma of spice-filled meals being prepared. What more could one ask for when you are on vacation? I stayed four nights, but wish I could have stayed longer. I look forward to visiting this "Jewel in Fez" again this year.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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: Avenue Ben Mohamed EL Alaoui, 1, Takharbicht Laayoune Place Rcif, Fes 30200, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 177 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Rcif 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
-The guest house Riad Rcif is located in the nicest district of the old Medina of Fez, in Morocco, at a very short distance from Bab Boujloud, the famous blue gate of the Medina. The riad benefits from its easy access with a free parking just on place, at the riad's door.-This charming riad in the heart of Fes has been completely renovated in 2012. Rcif offers 8 bedrooms with air conditioning and heating, with luxury features : A panoramic terrace with a stunning view over Fez and its entire Medina.-The guest house offers free Wi-Fi in the all riad and satellite TV.-An attentive staff will ensure your well-being & comfort. A cook is at your disposal to prepare the best local specialities.-A true art of living in Moroccan style, a land of peace in the heart of Fes Medina, will ensure you an unforgettable stay in Riad Rcif. ... more   less 
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