Mohammed, who runs the riad, was very welcoming; a genuinely nice guy. The other staff were equally friendly but that was about the extent of their contribution. Our rooms were made up/cleaned only 2ce in the 5 days we were there. The bathroom smelled putrid - sadly there is no other word to describe it.
There are no bedside lamps and since the rooms have no windows other than their entrances which give onto the central "courtyard", they are depressingly dark (upstairs possibly better). The whole place was also uncomfortably cold (end Feb, beginning March). There is also considerable noise in the very early morning from the muezzin (I accept this as part of the experience), and late at night from people passing by the front of the property.
The breakfast was adequate and the bed comfortable. The room was passably clean, but the decor was somewhat tired and the woodwork broken in places.
However, my biggest gripe, which might not be shared by all, is the inescapable smell of cigarette smoke from the staff. It was truly horrible and as a result I could not wait to get out of there.
The riad costs 35 euros per night, which is relatively expensive for what you get. There is also a 2 euro per night "tax", about which you're only informed when you pay your bill. Although the riad claims to accept credit cards, this was not the case when we were there, it being explained that there was some kind of "blocage" on their machine. However, they do accept payment in most currencies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Remains of hosts, home of the artist or small palace? Difficult to define the Blue Source which brings together the subtleties of a traditional decor [zelij, plaster, marble, and cedar wood]. The Blue Source, the ideal place to enjoy the scents and sounds of the Medina of Fez, this simple and charming home is located in the heart of the spiritual capital of Morocco. ... more less
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