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“Great Riad” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Riad Le Calife
Ranked #2 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Madrid, Spain
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Riad”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

My wife and I stayed 3 nights in Le Calife and we loved it !.
Great atmosphere and decoration, wonderful service... that's what we were expecting.
We arrived to Fes by car and they sent someone to wait for us at the closest parking to the riad, so he could not only help us with the luggage but also get us to the riad, which is not an easy task.
Our room (Amathyste) was big, beautiful decorated, comfortable and quite. The ground floor patio, cool and nice, was a lovely place to share a tea after a busy day in the medina, and in the terrace, with its impressive view of the Medina, we had 3 very good breakfast and 2 even better dinners. Indeed, it's a must to have dinner at least once in the Riad.
The service is the one expected in a high quality hotel with a touch of friendship and proximity. Alexandre, Yasmine and the rest of the team made our stay a wonderful experience.
In other words: we loved it. This riad deserves its top situation in Tripadvisor-Fes.
(Please note that the terrace is in a high 3rd floor and most of the rooms require stairs to reach them so if you have problems with the stairs ... please let the Riad know to book the room in the ground floor ... and be aware that you won't be able to enjoy the terrace)

Room Tip: Amathyste was an outstanding room, but as with most of the rooms in the riad, there were stairs to r...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

I was in two minds about booking this riad when I planned my trip as I didnt think the pictures om trip advisor looked that amazing. I am so so so glad that I decided to book.

From the moment I made my reservation the staff were so helpful and acomodating. They replied to emails withon a few hours, arranged for a driver to pick me up from the busy train station and arranged a super early airport transfer for me.

The riad itself is so beautiful - it is almost magical. It smelt so nice (of orange blossom oil) that I purchased the fragrance to take home with me - and now my home smells the same! It si very close to the Medina (2 minute walk) which makes it even more fantastic!

The photos do not at all do it justice. It is absoltuely stunning. Everything is spotless and has been beautifully put together.

The owners, Alex and Jasmine, really go the extra mile. For example, we ordered a beer - which came with olives, crisps and nuts, we asked about the local wine - and two complimentary glasses were provided for us to try, and we had an early check out time - so they made us a beautiful breakfast - at 5.30 AM!!!!

We like to explore when travelling - but as the riad was so special - we decided to eat at the riad for our last night. The food was delicious and the service attentive, but relaxed. A great last night.

The owners have got this so right - it is difficult to make sure I have included every detail in this review. My advice would be to not hesitate to book. Its fab!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Casablanca
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

A truly wonderful Riad, this was the accommodation highlight of a 4 month trip! All the reviews below are true and honestly it is difficult to add to such glowing and deserving praise of the Raid. Please book with Yasmin, Alex and the lovely staff of Riad Le Calife!!

The rooms are large, beautiful, spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. The food was first rate. The location? Ideal, seemingly tucked away yet with great view of the whole Medina in Fes and within walking distance of all the main attractions in the old town.
And, most importantly, the staff were absolutely lovely. Nothing was too much trouble and we were truly made to feel at home in this travellers paradise in the heart of Fes.

An incredible and memorable experience. 6 out of 5 stars.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ed R
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Paulhan, France
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156 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

My wife and I have spent time on every continent except Australia and Antarctica and we have stayed in a variety of hotels and eaten at a variety of restaurants; we prefer to be close to the local culture and appreciate the special opportunities to have new experiences in learning and seeing how changes are occurring in some very old and special places. So, it should not surprise anyone that to celebrate a milestone birthday my wife chose Fez as our destination because she had never been there and had seen my 1974 photograph of Seffarine (the Tinker’s) Square over our fireplace since the late 1970s when we married. She knew the Medina was where we wanted to spend our time; I wanted to see what had changed in the 39 years since my visit – our challenge was to identify a place to stay. Thanks to Trip Advisor’s reviews that decision was easy; we chose Riad le Calife.

Once our reservations were accepted, I began communicating with Yasmine and Alexandre on a number of matters. The logistics of getting to/from the airport were easily resolved – they arranged for us to be met and delivered and that happened without a flaw… although I must say that their driver’s limo taking us back to the airport at the end of our stay could have used some transmission work! Anyway, the other matters were much more important.

A bouquet for the room to welcome and celebrate my wife’s birthday warranted a couple of emails including my working with Yasmine on a suitable budget. Suffice to say the bouquet of roses with a very fragrant lily was beautiful and was as fresh when we departed 5 days later as it was when we arrived. What I could not have anticipated was a heart of rose petals on our bed!

But there was more to come. Fatima, a chef with extraordinary skills including pastry making – we learned by her performance, prepared a wonderful birthday cake for my wife’s first dinner at the Riad. This cake was not ordinary in any way in its taste or its design.

The bouquet, rose-petal heart, and cake were just the special touches to the three wonderful meals we had at the Riad and the daily breakfasts were perfectly suited to getting us started every morning. The wait staff is adequately fluent in the key languages and provides impeccable service always with smiles and good humor. At any time tea was available; we preferred the mint tea and had it cold when the temperature was hot and hot in the evenings. The common spaces were always available and, because there are so few rooms, sufficiently private to make the hominess of the riad very real. It did not take long for us to feel like guests in our friends’ Yasmine’s and Alexandre’s home rather than patrons in a commercial establishment. So, if you seek this sort of closeness and interaction, you will not be disappointed with this riad.

Our hosts arranged for us to have a guide to the Medina and a private driver to Meknes and Volubilis on a day-trip which was worthwhile and we’d highly recommend. As with all matters of this nature, my wife has summed up our experience best:

Over the years, we have travelled all over the world and we have stayed in many different types of lodgings, big and small, expensive and not so expensive and, as far as I'm concerned, yours is the loveliest, your hospitality is unequaled, and the value is priceless.

Thanks once again for taking such excellent care of us, and warm regards to both of you, as well as your wonderful, gracious staff, including your talented chef Fatima - the birthday cake she made for me was a little chef d'oeuvre

We both feel that Yasmine’s and Alexandre’s calling us their newest ambassadors whom they expect will share our experiences with our worldwide network of friends is warranted; we hope that this will strengthen even further the riad’s image as a friendly guest house and that it becomes an added reason for people to visit Fez and its Medina.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

We loved our stay at Riad Le Calife!! Every aspect of the Riad was perfect. There were stunning rooms & decor throughout, the views and drinks on the rooftop terrace were unforgettable, food night after night was sensational and we had the most welcoming and caring hosts. Nothing was left to chance. Our hosts set up a day trip for us into the Atlas mountains which was wonderful as well.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank kdavis34
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Pasig, Philippines
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143 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

Beautiful Interior - Check
Comfortable Rooms - Check
GOOD FOOD - Check

Don't miss the dinner here, when they sat its good its dang good! The hosts are multilingual the hostesses are beautiful...the service is excellent as well.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tato_delanoriega
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Regina, Canada
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We loved everything about our 3 night stay, the flavorful breakfasts, beautiful rooftop view of the medina, stunning courtyard and room decor, and the personalized service. The staff and hosts were extremely attentive, genuinely helpful and concerned about the quality of our stay. An oasis of tranquility amidst the medina's fervor. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Riad Le Calife
Address: 19 bis derb el Ouarbyia | el Makhfia, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fes
#15 Family Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Le Calife 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the authentic world of the Riad Le Calife, and relish in its harmonious alliance of tradition and modernity. Located in the historical centre of the Medina (old city) of Fez, the Riad is a traditional home of the last century recently converted into a charming guesthouse. The house includes three prestigious suites and four charming rooms, three lounge areas, a well-being space and two terraces with a stunning panoramic view of the Medina. ... more   less 
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