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“Magnificent Riad” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Damia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 rue Sornas Ziat, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #44 of 87 Hotels in Fes
Cork, Ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Magnificent Riad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Enjoyed our stay at Riad Damia. Mint tea and a hospitable welcome upon arrival! Also, as we were alone during our stay, our room was upgraded to the master suite - thanks! Breakfast was quite good but the constant waiting on our table (by the manager) was quite disconcerting. Would be a good idea to give guests a key to the Riad so they can come and go as they please rather than having to buzz every time. Generally, a pleasant stay - but at times, it honestly felt like we were somewhat under surveillance, making it difficult to fully relax...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

Our stay started with an upgraded room and ended with service that went well beyond what would be expected.

On the morning we were scheduled to leave, I became horribly ill. The manager Fahrid, called a doctor for me at 7:00 a.m. At 8:00 when the driver he had arranged showed up to take us to Merzouga, Fahrid explained the situation and re-booked trip for the next day. He also contacted the our next hotel and told them we'd be arriving a day late
He even went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions!

Now my situation was a bit unique, and hopefully no one else will have to go through what I did, but it's nice to be in a place with such responsive and helpful staff. I would consider returning to Fes just to stay here again, it was that good of an experience.

Lastly, this Riad is beautiful. The central courtyard is striking and the rooms, while not filled with antiques are lovely. The hot water works too.
The dinners, if you choose to eat in, are prepared by the owner and are delicious (and no, it wasn't the food that made me sick!).

This was by far the best place we stayed on our two week trip and I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pune, India
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

Our stay at this beautiful riad was excellent. It has the old riches and magnificence. Azzedine , the caretaker at the riad was especially very helpful and was available to us 24x7.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

We met many nice people in Morocco, and the service we had at Riad Damia was the best of our entire trip. Excellent breakfast, with homemade galettes, pastries, fresh orange juice (sans pulp, though), delicious mint tea, yogurt, bread, butter, jam... We were greeted with mint tea when we arrived, and the owner even met us in the medina and walked us to his location. (We would not have found it otherwise, even with a good map-- but once we knew where it was, we never had problems finding it again. "In the medina" doesn't mean that much in Fes, where the medina stretches on and on, so the riad was in the medina walls but quite a distance from the two main alleys. This was fine for us, as we enjoyed the peace and quiet.)

Absolutely gorgeous courtyard-- palatial, with a huge skylight (that probably used to be open air) and impressive decor throughout. The room we had was like a dorm room with two twin beds. For $100/night, the room itself wasn't fantastic (the nicer rooms were double the price), but you can spend your time reading in the beautiful courtyard and just return to your room to sleep. Lastly, the hot water took several minutes to heat up, but was fine once it did.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Drogheda, Ireland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2008

Some points about the riad
- it's quite away from the main part of the Medina and it is difficult to find your way through the Fez medina to/from this riad
- service was good and the manager even met us at the medina walls upon arrival to show us the way - he also brought me to the local shop to buy supplies
- the riad is advertised as having air-con but not all rooms do. the first room we were put in didn't even have a window and in august we just found that to be not acceptable
- the roof on the medina is closed over permanently and this makes the air very still and old - during hot august this is almost suffocating
- the riad attempts a grandiose atmosphere but i think it doesnt work and just appears old fashioned
- you dont get a key to the external door for yourself; just have to ring the doorbell to get in and await the manager to let you out
- this was the only riad in morocco that we stayed in that had a problem with ants and cockroaches ( we stayed in many riads during our 3 weeks holiday )
- when paying at the end of our stay the manager blatantly pointed out that the amount we gave him (equal to the balance due on the bill) did not include a tip for him and that we should definitely tip him as it was customary in Morocco. Altho i have no problem with tipping, i do have a problem with being told to tip whether i like it or not and this sealed my decision to not recommend this riad to anyone i know travelling to morocco

  • Liked — The bed was comfortable
  • Disliked — The still, musty air and it's location
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2007

My family and I stayed at Riad Damia from April 6 - 9. Our stay at this beautiful riad was excellent. The riad proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Farid & Wafae Lahlou, and assistant Azzedine were available to us 24x7. The breakfast and dinners were very good. When my 14 year old son's palate began to get fastidious they accommodated him by offering spaghetti and steak. And when they discovered he really liked strawberries they sent complimentary plates of strawberries to our room. They were eagerly consumed. Minor points include (1) the bathroom shower head did not work correctly and (2) our Dove soap bar went missing. Overall we would stay here again and I have no reservations recommending this riad to others who will be staying in Fes.

  • Liked — Architecture/decoration and staff service.
  • Disliked — We had to leave for Marrakech.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris France
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2006

We have just returned from a week at the Riad Damia Fez. This Guesthouse is magnificent and we have never experienced such incredible service before. The food was excellent, and visiting the old city of Fez was just amazing.

  • Liked — Hospitality
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 10 rue Sornas Ziat, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#26 Luxury Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Damia 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled within the walls of the Old Medina, yet accessible by car, Riad Damia is a exquisitely maintained masters residence blending the beauty of Andalouse tradition with modern amenities. ... more   less 
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