Riad Ghita is on the edge of the medina close to Bab Jdid. It is spread over two buildings, both similarly decorated and with comfortable roof terraces. It's a six or seven minute walk to the Medina.
You are unlikely to receive a warmer or more genuine welcome in Fes: the staff are helpful and will do whatever you need to make your stay comfortable. The proprietor is charming and more than happy to sit and discuss the affairs of the world over some mint tea, and the manageress, who never seems to go home, has a permanent smile on her face. Everyone speaks very good English.
My suite (Ahlam) was attractive and comfortable, and just the right size for one, although it had two single beds. Incidentally, these beds are fantastic if you like a firm mattress). There is a sofa and low table, and a spacious-enough wardrobe. The tv offers plenty of channels, including BBC World.
The bathroom has a good shower, although you have to waft the shower head around you, rather than stand underneath it. It is very powerful, however. They are a little mean with the toiletries, which comprise a couple of bars of soap and some average hotel shower stuff, so take shampoo and conditioner.
Food at Riad Ghita is excellent, and extremely plentiful. Breakfast is filling and tasty, but the real star is dinner. Your dinner will start with some excellent olives in harissa, followed by a selection of amazing vegetable salads and bread: my advice is to be careful with the bread! Then your main dish will arrive. The tagines are excellent, the cous-cous light and fluffy and the grills are superb. You choose at breakfast what you want to eat, and they cook it fresh for you at the time you've asked for. Dessert will be some fresh fruit or Moroccan cakes. You will probably have to take dinner at the riad, unless you take a taxi to somewhere else.
So why have I given four and not five? Well, the toiletries may seem trivial, but it did matter that I had to go and find some shampoo etc, but the real issue for me was the noise outside at night, which was intrusive enough to make me wear ear plugs.
That said, I'd happily stay at Riad Ghita any time, and it comes very highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Ghita is a traditional, splendid house abode of notable one situated to the heart of the old city of F??s and fine neighborhood R'cif. Accessible by car with a big kept parking lot to proximity of the Riad. The Riad is built in a palace dating back to the 16th restored century with authenticity and respect of the architecture hispano moorish, perfectly equipped essential modern comfort to your well being ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Ghita Hotel Fes
- Riad Ghita Fes