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Riad Damia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 rue Sornas Ziat, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #42 of 86 Hotels in Fes
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Historical traditional Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

A wonderfull traditional riad in a quiet part of the old town, very helpful owner and accomodating live in caretaker. Fantastic service and a real haven after a trek around the medina, how it should be, not for those who love insipid boutique dwellings rather a proper Fes experience, not to be missed! Watching the sun set from the roof terrace is unforgettable, a real gem of a place.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • 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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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

My two friends and I had a great couple of nights here. The riad is beautiful, the showers are warm, breakfast is delicious, we could use the internet whenever we needed to, and the manager is very nice. He made sure we had enough heaters and blankets at night and helped make sure we got a taxi when we were leaving. The location is also good; it was quite quiet at night. We're college students so this was on the more luxurious end of our budget. Finding the medina by walking was a little tricky, but we managed. Definitely would go back!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Our party, a couple and a mother/2-year-old, had a wonderful stay at this excellent riad. It's really not all that difficult to find, being just inside the Bab Ziat gate to the Fes el Bali medina. It's a walk to the central touristy area of the medina (the blue gate), but a nice one and not more than 10 minutes away. One thing I've noted in other reviews is that, when possible, management upgrades your rooms at no cost. This happened to us as there were no other occupants of the riad over the 4 days of our stay there. So we were given very large rooms which were nicely decorated in a kitsch sort of way. I'd have to say that this riad begs for a little bit of upkeep and a bit more taste in furnishings and it would be an absolute stunner. Our bathroom was large and beautiful but you couldn't attach the shower fixture to the wall, the lighting was very poor, and hot water was never available, only a lukewarmth which just barely allowed use of the huge tub.

The owner greeted our party on arrival and beamed as he announced we'd been upgraded. The manager, Fahrid, was exceptionally accommodating and nice, and was quite prepared to run little errands for you. We had some dry cleaning we needed to have done overnight before our departure and Fahrid ran the garments to the cleaners, got them to have the work done by the next morning, and retrieved them. The two-year-old accompanying us was often a bit rambunctious and somewhat misbehaved, but Fahrid was loving and caring to her as he watched out for her. We had one dinner in, and when informed we were not partial to sweets, we were given a very nice melon for dessert. All in all, this was a lovely stay and we will be sure to return when we come back to Fes, which I'm sure we shall for it is a fascinating city.

Incidentally, no roaches or untoward insects were noted.

Room Tip: If you want an upgrade, if there are no other visitors I'm sure you'll be offered one.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
30 helpful votes 30 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
26 helpful votes 26 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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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:
#24 Luxury Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Damia 4*
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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