We contacted Riad Charqi by email to reserve our rooms, as they didn't have an online reservation system. We got a speedy reply that our room (Tanger) will be available, and how much it will cost. We paid 45 euro for the room/night plus 2.3 euro for taxes. I would advise that you print this confirmation with the prices, because at the end of our stay they wanted to charge us 55 euro (which I guess is the regular price for this room), but since we had confirmation, we paid less. The Riad also offered us for someone to come pick us up from the train station, and that it would cost 11 euros. We knew that this was almost 4 times the price that it should cost for the distance, but we agreed because we arrived from Tanger at 10 p.m. at night and didn't know our way around yet. As we walked through the medina, the streets and buildings looked plain and there was construction around, and I had a slight panic that we picked the wrong place. However, it was later I found out that Moroccan architecture is built in a way that is plain and monotone from the outside and all the beauty, design and colours are in the courtyards inside. This is in keeping with the Islamic culture of being modest. When we stepped into the Riad, all of my scepticism swiftly went away, as we were greated by the most beautiful and intricate mosaic floors and walls, beautiful trees, a fountain, and of course the friendly staff. I believe the fellow that greeted us was part-owner (son of the woman who sold the Riad to a French couple). The owners were also there and greeted us warmly. We had travelled a long time, so they were very courteous, offered us a drink and let us get comfortable. We were shown to our room, which was fairly modest, but it was all we needed, as we only slept there. The bathroom was clean with a working shower and toilet and water pressure was good. You'll notice from the pictures that there is no shower curtain - this seems to be a pattern in all the bathrooms of the hotels we stayed in, in Morocco. It didn't really bother us, as the water all flows down the drain. There was plenty of space for our things (we didn't have a lot to begin with). There is no elevator and we were on the 3rd floor. The Tanger room has no view, but that didn't really bother us. We were told to come down for breakfast around 9 a.m. We were served an assortment of fruits, pankcakes, rolls, juice, coffee and tea. We were very pleased with the breakfast. The co-owner of the Riad offered us if we wanted to hire an official guide of the Fes Medina through the Riad, and we agreed. The guide cost 25 euros for 3-4 hours of touring. I would say, the tour was worth it because he took us to the most famous sites of the Fes Medina, including the Tanneries, and it was nice not to be hassled on our first day, when we just wanted to see the sights and not necessarily shop. We were also taken to the local pottery-making co-op, which was nice...however, their prices are largely inflated.
The Fes Medina is fairly compact, so pretty much anywhere in the Medina will be central to most sights. Riad Charqi was a 5 min walk from the main strip of shops and restaurants. The Riad doesn't have maps available, so you should print it off online, or use a GPS or a compas. Our last night at the Riad, our train to Marrakech was leaving at 2 a.m., and since we had to check out in the morning, they let us leave our things inside and one of the staff members came back at midnight to let us inside to get our bags, which was very nice. The payment also went without a hitch - they take credit cards, but I think the best way to pay is by cash whenever possible.
Overall, our stay at Riad Charqi was very good , and I would recommend it to others.
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