My partner and I just returned from Fes. We stayed at Riad Numero 9 for four nights. The riad is a beautiful oasis of calmness and serenity in such a hectic city. We stayed on the third floor, which is absolutely palatial. High ceilings, beautiful mosaics, big comfortable bed, and a separate bathroom suite with its own separate sitting area, two funky barber chairs, and other charming furnishings.
The staff is friendly and attentive, and goes out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one. We needed to purchase train tickets to Tangier. I asked the housekeeper Atika how to go about doing this, and she said that she passes the train station on the way home, and offered to pick up the tickets for us. I told her what day and time our train was leaving, and she completely took care of securing a porter for our luggage, and a taxi for the drive to the train station.
One evening, we chose to have dinner at the riad. Of our ten days in Morocco, the dinner at the riad was easily the best meal we had on our trip. Breakfasts were lavish, with a variety of breads and pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice, mint tea (of course), and fantastic local jams and preserves. i find myself still craving the lemon pancakes that were served at breakfast. On two of the mornings, we ate breakfast on the roof terrace. The breeze was lovely, and the view over the medina was wonderful. Unfortunately, we missed the grand re-opening of Resto 7, the riad owner's restaurant, by one day. If the food at the restaurant is anything like the food we had at the riad, then the restaurant's success is assured.
If you're a cat lover, you'll enjoy Ruby, the cat who resides at the riad. We missed our two cats at home, and having a sweetheart like Ruby accompany us at breakfast was great.
I cannot recommend Riad Numero 9 highly enough. Splurge for the room on the third floor if you can.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Riad Numero 9 Fes
- Riad Numero 9 Hotel Fes