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“Live in an elegant 12th century home inside the medina of Fes Morocco.”
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Riad Hala
Ranked #62 of 221 Fes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Riad Hala meets you at the entrance to the Fes medina and takes you abd your luggage through the paths to the hotel. Behind the simple wall, a wood door opens to the inner courtyard of a gorgeous Arabic home - back in time but with the comfort of modern air conditioning and dish tv with channels from the middle east, europe and asia. Gracious hosts, 24-hour receptionist and gracious breakfast... And roof top terrace.

The hotel will arrange for a guide (low fee well worth the cost - there are 9,000 streets in the Fes medina so the coops are not easy to find without a guide) through the medina to government protected cooperatives with authentic work and fair wages for the artisans who created the items by hand - metal, ceramic, leather, wood, argun oil , fabrics and carpets. No pressure to buy and opportunities to watch the artisabs at work.

Although Fes is a major modern city, the old medina inside the ancient walls feels like a warm, welcoming community where people lice, not a bazaar for touristst.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Riad Hala is in a very old traditional house in the middle of the medina. The central courtyard is lovely, with beautiful tile and the large wooden doors. We enjoyed having breakfast each morning in the courtyard, and the breakfast was delicious. The view from the roof is extraordinary, with a full panorama of Fes, the forts at either end of the city and the minarets. Our suite of rooms was comfortable, with a separate bedroom for our two teenagers. The furnishings and decor are not what you would find in a big hotel, but for us that was part of the charm. The beds were comfortable and the riad was quiet. Mohammed and all of the staff were extremely helpful. They arranged drivers for day trips to the Middle Atlas and to Meknes and Volubilis and we were very satisfied with both of them.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

Since a riad previously stayed was fully booked for an extra night, they booked a room in this riad for us. The penthouse suite over looking a mosque was convenient to access to the highest roof terrace in Fes Medina with 360 degree view which was much impressive than the view from the arm museam on the top of the hill. The riad was beaufifully decollated in old morrocan style and staffs were really helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

We had an excellent experience at Riad Hala. Great location- mostly quiet. Had a large triple room that accommodated us well. The beds were comfortable, and breakfast was plentiful and delicious. The owner could not have been more accommodating. We were skeptical when he said he would arrange a tour around the medina, worrying that we would be taken from one commercial area to another, but he found us an excellent government-registered guide who spent the entire day with us and never pushed us to spend at all. He went above and beyond when my wallet was discovered still in the safe after we had left for the train station- he called the taxi driver to come back and met us at the gate in the pouring rain. Great service, great place!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

5 of us stayed there for a long weekend 3 nights first week in February 2012. We did book a taxi via the hotel to pick us up at the airport (60 euro return for 5 people) so it was easy, no time wasted, to get to the hotel, taxi stop by the blue gate and we had to walk for about 5mn to the hotel. Rooms are nicely decorated typical maroccan style, but I would advise not to have to room on the top floor not because you have to climb lot of stairs but because the ceiling in that room is very low and me and my wife keep on banging our head on the beam going to the bathroom, the heating in that room is ok but not great, bit cold in the bathroom. The owners and the staff are very nice and helpful. The breakfast is generous, Maroccan style, but the room where you have your breakfast as no heating so you need your jacket. We did hire a guide through the hotel for the first day in the Medina, so we had no time wasted trying to find where we are. We made some real bargains because of the guide who help us getting some deals cheaper than we could. For the second day we book a tour with the hotel to go to Volubilis (Roman Ruins) and Meknes. The driver Mohamed was very good and helpful. The third day we just when shopping in the Medina. You can buy a map of the Medina in the Cafe Clock. The weather was blue sky and sun but cold, about 8c. day time, colder at night, you need your winter jacket. It was a nice break but I still prefer Marrakesh.

Room Tip: ask for ground floor room, I put some pictures of my friends room on the ground floor. dont take th...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

Riad Hala was a delightful place to stay during our trip to Fez. Located directly on one of the main streets in the Fez Medina, close to the Blue Gate, it's convenient location makes navigating the complicated maze of Fez much easier.
Inside, this beautifully restored house has a lovely court yard were complimentary mint tea is served (and wifi is available). There are rooms on several floors -- most quite large and lovely (one with a distressingly low ceiling) and a lovely roof where breakfast can be served. The rooms were quite quiet.

The lovely staff introduced us to a recommended guide, Mohammed, which was very helpful. The suggested restaurant for dinner was overpriced with average food, though an amazing interior, so don't bother.

Room Tip: There are two rooms off the courtyard if you don't want to deal with the narrow stairs. The top...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

An incredible value, tucked in just off the 'main drag' with wonderfully attentive staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay. Thankfully, we were escorted in by a staffer from the taxi drop off point outside Dar Boujeloud. We loved our 3rd floor room up the narrow/steep stairway. Watch your head, as we did bump ours a few times going in/out of the low-ceiling entry into the ensuite bathroom. The breakfast was quite tasty, served by a wonderfully charming woman and featured a new element every single day.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Patrick S
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Additional Information about Riad Hala

Address: 156 Derb Lakram Talaa Kebira | Fes. Maroc, Fes 30110, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 221 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range: $39 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Hala 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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