About the riad. Situated at the edge of the medina close to a luxury hotel but still not that easy to find at first. The taxi dropped us off at the main gate and immediately the touts flew in. Do not use their help, try to find the instructions from the bellboys at the Palais Jamai (luxury hotel). During daytime it is possible to hike down the streets and find your way into the heart of the Medina, wouldn`t reccommend to do it or to come back to the hotel in the dark using the small streets. Taking a cab from the Blue gates for example was cheap, just settle the price beforehand. 7 dirhams or so seemed reasonable. It was relatively more calm and peacful to rumble the streets during morning and lunch hours as the locals are more busy with running their businesses or sleeping.
We booked the suite in Nassim, the price difference was not that big and the room was really nice. Loads of space, big bed etc. Bathroom was regular size. No windows or view though as it is situated on the ground floor. Breakfast was served where you wanted it to be served, so practically everybody had it at the rooftop terrace. During the evenings the view from the top was really nice, a good place to enjoy your evening drink or snack.
At the time of the visit the riad was under construction, they were painting and redoing the lobby etc so once they finish it will probably look stunning.
The other side. I read through some of the other reviews here and a couple of them talked about similar issues. It seems the place has changed ownership at some point as all the wonderful people mentioned in some of the previous reviews were not present anymore. I didn`t ask about them but it was obvious that they had left. The people present were friendly but very weird. It seemed as the parents had left for a weekend and the kids were having a party, as the place was crowded with local people all the time. In the beginning with the constructions it seemed as the place is totally shut down (even the room was not ready and set up when we arrived) but then other guests appeared as well. During daytime it was noisy with all the crowd hanging and watching TV and smoking in the lobby, the front door was open 24 h, as it seemed bashed in or something. Really couldn`t trust any travel tips about Fes from them as they didn`t seem to know anything. We didn`t plan to have dinner at the place but it was obvious that there is no restaurant at the premises so do not plan to eat there anything else besides breakfast. So at the beginning it was a bit disturbing but in the end it worked out well.
Once they have finished the reconstructions and sorted out the staff issue then it could be a really nice place to stay with a wonderful view from the top overlooking the Medina.
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