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Riad Arabesque
Ranked #41 of 98 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Gatineau, Canada
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113 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Could be a 5 star”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

This Riad was obviously lovingly put together by its owners. The decor is ornate, in a luxurious-Morrocan style. The owners are gracious, attentive and very proud of their Riad. Problem is that the Riad needs serious refurbishment. The cushions and slipcovers on sofas, chairs and lounge chairs by the pool are soiled and the air-conditioning equipment in my room was so old and loud that it kept me from a good night's sleep throughout my stay. Window treatments are old, frayed and need replacement. This detracts from the beauty of the Riad. The cuisine is excellent, i.e. breakfasts were copious and well presented and the fixed price dinners serving typical Moroccan dishes were outstanding. While located in the Medina, the Riad is at the north end thereby requiring taxis to get to major attractions points.

Room Tip: Recommend the two rooms on ground floor overlooking the small pool in the second courtyard.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sheerim
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

The staff went out of their way to make the Riad feel like home. Beautiful place. We had two dinners on the terrace overlooking the medina and both were excellent. Great rooms, great service, would highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

It took us a while to get to the Riad, only to realise that they were overbooked. They said they'd put us up in a "riad arabesque 2", but instead took us to a large hotel around the corner. The hotel was probably quite expensive, but it was not what we had paid for. Disliked the attitude of the staff.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Corina C
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

We really enjoyed our week long stay at the Arabesque. It was my wife's birthday and as it was a big one we were upgraded to a lovely room by the small pool on the ground floor. The rooms were sumptuous, ornate and very Moroccan. It was beautifully cleaned and we saw the cleaners ironing the sheets on to the bed. If anything went wrong - we had a bulb blow on us - it was changed immediately. The manager/owner is really proud of his hotel and his presence ensures the highest standards. The breakfasts on the terrace were wonderful. We so enjoyed ourselves that we forgot our flight back. The Arabesque could not have been more helpful in assisting us with renewed boarding passes. It has the advantage of being very quiet on the northern edge of the medina with its shops. We could not recommend it mor ehighly.

Room Tip: Try to get the one we had near the pool
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

This hotel is absolutely stunning. It is filled with a magical Moroccan ambiance to the slightest detail. The hotel is located in the core of the Medina of Fes making it easy to access the streets of the Medina that are rich in Moroccan culture. The cuisine of the hotel is simply delicious. The rooms are so cosy and beautifully decorated. The hotel also has a breath taking view on it's terrace. Most importantly by far the friendliest, most welcoming and professional staff. I went there for valentine s weekend with my hubby and it just made me want to go back as often as possible !

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 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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Thank HalzT
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Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

We spent only one night at this Riad- NYE and it was incredible! First, there are many lovely riads for $50-75 that you can visit. But paying the extra $25-50 really makes a difference in the quality of your room. The intricate wood carvings everywhere, the hotel pool, the incredible price fixe NYE dinner with belly dancers, fire eaters, berber drum circles, and lots of wine. What a fun place! Also, the most comfortable bed I slept on in all of Morocco and we had a balcony.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony and get there early enough to see outside
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  • Stayed December 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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Thank yay4jenn
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

This Riad was undoubtedly the highlight of our Jules Verne "Morocco Revisited" tour - worth the visit to Morocco in its own right. The entrance from the street made us wonder what was in store - but once inside the word "wonder" summed it up! Truly beautiful in almost every respect. Our room - by the pool - was really lovely, quiet and very comfortable. Our travelling companions were allocated a smaller room that they were not entirely happy with - the owners promptly showed them all of the other empty rooms (three) and allowed them to choose which one they wanted: result - happy guests!
The owners (husband, wife and son) were all very charming and friendly - and nothing was too much trouble for their guests. The staff were equally friendly and helpful. Together, they made our stay a memorable one - indeed, long after most memories of what we saw on tour have faded our memories of this Riad will live on. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Thank Edward T
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Property: Riad Arabesque
Address: 20 Derb El Miter | Zenjfour, Medina, Fes, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Spa Hotel in Fes
#26 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#38 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Arabesque 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The RIAD ARABESQUE was built at the beginning of the last century and was recently restored, preserving its original features.This charming town house has stunning views of medina the old city of Fez and the Zalagh Mountains.Arabesque comprises: * 16 different traditional style suites each one unique: o 2 royal suites one of them with a real fireplace o 9 Ambassador suites o 5 Juniors suites * A patio and garden with a fountain in the centre * A well-stocked library * ... more   less 
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