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Review of Riad Saada

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Riad Saada
Ranked #31 of 209 Fes B&B and Inns
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

The Riad is in a perfect location half way down the gentle slope of the medina in a quite location. It is also easy to find again once you are ready to venture into all the alley ways of Fez (the fountain is a great reference point). Mohamed is there to greet you at the entrance into the medina - ever smiling and happy and will organize for a cart to take your bags down. Entering the Riad through the large wooden door is such a lovely surprise and like coming home. In fact Bahia, Fatima and Mohamed great you by saying to treat it as your home! I stayed with four friends and we had fun deciding which rooms each would like - on the second floor they are connected with a lovely library / reading room perfect for relaxing. The stairs are steep (but then also good exercise), always lots of hot water, big rooms with very comfortable beds and always a pot of mint tea nearby.
We were the only guests staying - so had the whole Riad to ourselves - this seems to be common so that you have the luxury of the whole Riad to your selves not matter how many people are in your group. If you arrive in time for sunset the roof is amazing for the views looking over Fez and listening to the call to pray.
Bahia's cooking is just incredible - kofta with eggs, lamb with almond and prunes, aubergine salad the list goes on - but the best thing being is that she is really happy to invite you into the kitchen and show you how to cook Moroccan food - and the opportunity to drink Moroccan tea in the heart of a Moroccan kitchen. Language is not a barrier here - there is the international language of food or failing this Mohamed is always willing to translate.
This Riad is not the most expensive or up market of Riads but if you want to experience amazing hospitality and feel like you have a home away from home this is a place to consider. Nothing is too much for the lovely people who work here. I will definitely be back next year to learn how to make Pastilla!
Ka kite ano

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Sydney
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40 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed in this Riad as a group of 8 friends and were able to enjoy this Riad as if it was our home. Welcomed with lovely mint tea and biscuites. Worthwhile having dinner in the Riad, as the food is very good, beautifully served and much easier than trying to find your way in and out of the Medina of a night without a guide. Beautiful decoration within, worth going to the terrace for the view and listening to the "call to prayer" across the city (quite amazing). Staff were fantastic and could not have been more helpful. You are met at the edge of the medina and they have organised cart carriers to get your bags to the Riad. For older travellers, need to watch out for the very steep steps up to the second floor and terrace. Central roof over the courtyard can be opened.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, England
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

We stayed in the Riad as a group of 6. The food served in the evening was really good and every effort was made to cater to those of us who had slightly upset tummies (inevitable in Morocco I'm afraid). The Riad is really beautiful and stays quite cool on the inside even when it is boiling hot outside. There is a lovely terrance which is great in the evening and a welcome break from the madness of the Medina. I couldn't recommend this place more highly. The staff are absolutely lovely too!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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 triona_dunne
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Los Angeles, CA
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369 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

As others here write, we were offered the opportunity to book the entire place, all four of us, although the riad could easily have held many more people (not sure how many). As a result, we had our own staff, something that took some getting used to. Don’t recall the names, but we were met by one of these folks at our drop off point and our luggage was carted deep into the medina where this facility is located. Very colorful inside, it was great to spread out and enjoy oneself. We had breakfast each of our three days (including a very early morning when we had to depart for the far south of Morocco) and it was good. We also enjoyed a dinner. One day, we were out kind of late and the staff simply waited for us to return, concerned for our safety as it can be a bit treacherous-seeming in Fez after dark. Very nice people.

Our room was quite large, as was our bathroom, as was the entire riad. One problem note for the disabled, or even the slightly disabled: there is an issue with the bathroom. First, one cannot get up the stairs easily to a second floor room. Then, the ground floor room has its toilet in one direction (outside of one’s room) and the sink and bath in another direction. It is not an easy bath in which to climb and I had to help my wife. Also, it is not a shower, but rather has a spraying wand. This is not a complaint, as many folks do not have problems with such things (I don’t), but an important notation for those who do.

Except for the caveat for even the mildly disabled, our entire party enjoyed our stay here and would recommend that others take advantage of renting an entire riad all for your own party. While this is not one of the more luxurious riads (which have pools and fountains, etc.), it is a very nice one.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2012

I'm a New Yorker who loves to travel to exotic places. I fell in love with this place when I visited Morocco for the first time this summer. Magical place with the kind of hospitality that makes you feel like you are among your lost family!! The experience was surreal. The food was amazing, the architecture is brilliant. Overall if you want to experience the magic of Arabian nights in another century, go to Riad Saada!

  • Stayed June 2011, 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 Shiva B
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NY
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2011

Riad Saada was such a lovely introduction to Morocco. The couple who manage the riad are warm and welcomed us like family. I forget the name of the woman who manages the food, but she is a very gifted cook; our meals there were exquisite. The whole riad is covered in hand-made tiles, and the view from the roof is great. This place is right near the heart of the old medina; it took us several tries to find our way out of the narrow, labyrinthian alleyways. We visited during the hot summer, which meant there were very few tourists in Fes and we had this riad to ourselves; the flip side is that there's no A/C. We requested fans for the second and third nights, which the managers quickly provided, and which made it very easy to sleep. Overall, we would highly recomment Riad Saada.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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63 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2010

As a group of 5 adults we rented this Riad complete with staff. It is a delightfully restored Riad in a great location and the staff (Si Mohammed, Bahia and Fatima) were most obliging. We took half board which meant that we could explore the city all day and come home for a home-cooked Moroccan meal (decided upon during breakfast) at night. Lots of interesting discussions and much fun and laughter were had.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Correa51
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Property: Riad Saada
Address: 4 rue Siage | ancienne medina, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 209 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Saada is a carefully restaurated arabo-andalous riad is the center of the old medina of Fez. It is rented entirely, for 2 to 12 persons. The service, breakfast, daily cleaning, cooking by 3 persons are included in the renting price.Riad Saaada particularly cares about its insertion in the quarter of the medina : everything is bought in the quarter. Simohamed and Bahia can go with you to the traditional hammam of the quarter. Simohammed can teach morocan music and language, care on the children. Bahia can teach moroccan cooking. ... more   less 

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