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“A jewel in Fez”
Review of Riad Numero 9

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Riad Numero 9
Ranked #41 of 211 Fes B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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“A jewel in Fez”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Our 4 day stay in Fez at Riad 9 was one of the highlights of our 2 week trip in Morocco! The riad is just beautiful, a work of art and because we (a group of 5 friends) occupied every room, it felt so much more comfortable for us than staying somewhere with others. The owners Stephen and Bruno were absolutely charming, and had lots of information about life in Fez. The housekeeper Atika is also an absolute delight and could not have been more helpful. I particularly loved the rooftop terrace – it was wonderful sitting there, watching the view, relaxing, doing nothing! Breakfasts were superb and for a resonable charge they will also provide an excellent dinner. The riad is centrally located within the medina and well worth a visit. Bruno and Stephen also own Resto 7 which is just around the corner, and dinner there is highly recommended.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Four friends and I booked the entire riad (3 rooms). We were made to feel very welcome, not at all like "hotel" guests, but friends. Atika who runs the operations for Stephen & Bruno was efficient and always smiling, and also very willing to share with us information about modern Morocco and their lifestyle etc. It can often be difficult when travelling to find a local person with whom ot have a proper conversation, and so she proved a real bonus. Stephen was also on hand in the mornings to offer advice on sightseeing, places to eat etc.
The riad is beautifully appointed, with down pillows and luxury bedding. It's also easy to locate after a day wandering the Medina. Although it may cost a bit more than other riads, they include airport or train transfers and plenty of bottled water was on hand. The breakfasts (see photo) were also much better than others I have had in Morocco, with fresh cooked omelet or eggs on offer with various breads, pancakes and the most tasty home made jams.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Nestled in the heart of Fez's medina is the sublime riad 9. It is every bit (and more) an oasis of peace and tranquility that the website states. A place to relax after a day exploring the delights of the old town, you will be amazed at just how quiet it is inside. The architecture is breath bating as is the decor, which fuses English, French and Asiatic styles into a harmonious whole. No aspect of this road has been overlooked and the same attention to detail applies to everything from the impeccable hospitality to the food, which is the finest that you will find in Fez. Stephen and Bruno are indeed the perfect hosts and extremely enjoyable company, happy to offer insider tips on what to visit or sample. The same goes for the maids, Atika and her sisters, who are always on hand to help out and ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. The view from the terrace are among the best and there is no better place to kick back and relax as the call to prayer reverberates across the roof tops. A sensational experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Absolutely spectacular Riad, without a doubt best in Fes. Stunning architecture, decor and attention to detail, with unparalleled hospitality. Stephen, Bruno and their staff made our stay incredibly comfortable, to the point of making us feel like family. They took the time to really get to know us and really helped us explore Fes on our own terms. Not to mention, Bruno's cooking was incredible. Can't wait to visit again

  • Stayed December 2011
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1 Thank ericpretty
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We could not have asked for a better place to stay in Fes. By far the most enjoyable accommodations during our trip to Morocco. After wandering through the Medina all day, coming back to the Riad was a true delight. Not one detail is overlooked in the impeccable decoration. This in combination with the friendly staff made for an extremely comfortable and relaxed stay. Our rooms were lovely. Atika and her sisters were very attentive and accommodating to us. One day she even led us by foot to a local market in the Medina that we, as tourists, would have likely never found. Spending time with Stephen and Bruno in the Riad was a pleasure. By the time we left we felt like we had known them forever. They really went above and beyond to help us make the most out of our time in Fes. In addition, we were particularly fond of Bruno's cooking. We ate in the Riad almost every night and couldn't get enough of his delicious cuisine. After having traveled all through Morocco I can honestly say there is no better place to stay and dine. Our time in Fes at Riad no. 9 was the most enjoyable part of our trip.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank KatyD_92
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Our stay was above and beyond our expectations. This beautiful riad was the highlight of our trip to Morocco. The riad has been exceptionally restored with the utmost attention to detail. A delight to look at the fine craftsmanship that is apparent through out this fabulous property. The rooms were exquisitely decorated with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Atika and her sisters provided the most accommodating service. The rooms were always immaculate and nothing was overlooked to make sure our stay was flawless. Stephen is an incredible host making you feel like part of his family or long lost friend and was nothing short of delightful. We found his conversation extremely interesting and he was always so kind to offer us endless help in maneuvering the medina and sights.
Unfortunately, we do not speak french so we were only able to enjoy Bruno's cooking with out much conversation. But, it is easy to see he is a very gentle soul with an incredible talent. We had the pleasure of dining in the riad all but one night. Our only regret was not dining the last night in the riad for the dinner we had out was no comparison to Bruno's magnificent dishes. We travel all over the world and not to many places have touched my family and I the way this place has. We left with the feeling of wanting to return and for a longer stay. We highly recommend staying and dining here. Extending our most sincerest gratitude and thank you to Stephen and Bruno.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Bruno and Steven have made a beautiful accommodation environment in their house. It is centrally located and nicely furnished. As first time travelers to Morocco, their airport-pick-up service and friendly staff was very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Numero 9
Address: 9 Derb Lamside, Fes 30200, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #41 of 211 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad n°9 is an 18th century bourgeois residence that has been reincarnated as a boutigue bed and breakfast. The decisive factor in purchasing the property was the roof terrace which has sweeping views over the medina. Riad n°9 was originally purchased as a vacation home in 1999 and underwent a 3-year restoration process. We uncovered all the original 18th century mosaics, carved wood and plaster and hand-painted wood. In 2007, we opened to the public and changed nothing believing guests would appreciate the "personal" touches throughout. Our philosophy is to offer guests the possibility of appropriating the space for themselves and experiencing what an authentic medina home feels like. ... more   less 
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