From the moment the delightful enthusiastic and informative Australian manageress Aisha/Sue welcomed me into this superbly restored Riad, I felt at home. What a glorious place, Hicham, the owner, has created! Love and care has been infused into every detail and it certainly shows; it just about exudes from each intricate piece of carving. As for the staff, they became my family, especially the smiley Lahcen. Naima and Fatima-Sara in the kitchen are just gorgeous! All meals are available, if desired, and Mama Fatima's cooking is the best in Fes, especially her chicken tajine. Hicham's brother, Salim, also cooks a mean tuna pasta and I am SO having withdrawal symptoms from all the exotic tastes and aromas.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and Aisha, being a mine of information, will organise trips and drivers for wherever you want to go. Also, she conducts artisan tours which are really worth taking. You will see what are becoming dying crafts in Fes.
Try and be there for the Fes Sufi Festival which is usually about second week of April. Also, there is the World Music Festival in June, but book well ahead because most accommodation sells out quickly.
I stayed at Riad Rcif from 11th April until the 20th and have never had a holiday where I felt so relaxed and was happy to laze about like I did. I didn't want to go home and am already planning for next year's Sufi Festival and stay with my affectionate 'Moroccan family'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The guest house Riad Rcif is located in the nicest district of the old Medina of Fez, in Morocco, at a very short distance from Bab Boujloud, the famous blue gate of the Medina. The riad benefits from its easy access with a free parking just on place, at the riad's door. This charming riad in the heart of Fes has been completely renovated in 2012. Rcif offers 8 bedrooms with air conditioning and heating, with luxury features : A panoramic terrace with a stunning view over Fez and its entire Medina.-The guest house offers free Wi-Fi in the all riad and satellite TV.-An attentive staff will ensure your well-being & comfort. A cook is at your disposal to prepare the best local specialities.-A true art of living in Moroccan style, a land of peace in the heart of Fes Medina, will ensure you an unforgettable stay in Riad Rcif. ... more less
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