Riad Attarine at 100euro for 1 nights stay was supposed to be the "treat" of our Moroccon holiday. After staying at far cheaper (and very good) accomodation in the country, reading the reviews from trip advisor my expectations were high.
These expectations were at first met. The Riad has a great courtyard with nice traditional features like the fountain and stucco archways. Our room off the courtyard was similarly impressive with a 6M ceiling, nice looking bathroom, huge shower, soft towels etc etc. The welcome was warm and friendly and our taxi pick up was efficient.
Things afterwards however went downhill.
NOISE and LIGHT - I know we are in a traditional Riad but the location of our room just off the courtyard with a traditional (badly fitting) wooden door meant that every sound could be heard in our room. Dinner is served in the courtyard and anyone wanting an early night (before twelve) has no chance. People are literally dining 3M from your bedroom. There are no curtains so the room is also light when the cortyard is lit.
HOT WATER - We arrived tired and hot with the expectation of a hot shower. This was not the case. We complained and only 1 day later was the issue partially fixed (a drizzle)
SMELL - Our bathroom did have a waft of drain about it. Again this is a traditional old house. But at 100e per night is this acceptable ???
From the other reviews I think we were unlucky that we had the downstairs and most noisy room with dodgy shower, plus we were just 2 and not a large group however I can only judge my own experiance.
INFORMATION - I had to guess and ask if the Riad had a terrace upstairs. The staff did show us up on the second night but should I have to ask for hotel amenities (the terrace is very nice)
Singularly these things are not much but together they equalled a poor performance.
If I visited Fes again I would opt for a purpose built and cheaper hotel in Ville Nouvelle and get a taxi to and from the medina. The medina shuts at sundown and taxis are <3euro so you miss nothing.
Riads are large homes and in my opinion do not make good hotels. My advice to Riad Atterine is to not rent the downstairs room unless its to part of a larger group.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Medina, near Bab Jdid door (accessible by car), our guesthouse includes 4 in-suite bedroom and 1 single room laid out around a large patio, a Moroccan living room, a panoramic terrace overlooking the Medina (The old City). Push our door and you will find intimacy, calm and relaxation. You will be able to discover the colors, the odors and savors of the Moroccan traditions and more particularly those of the city of Fes. ... more less
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