Firstly, Meknes is a destination where it is well worth spending a few nights. It deserves more than a day trip visit from Fez.
You can't go wrong with staying at the Riad Safir in Meknes. Our hosts, a charming French couple, Chantelle and Phillipe, were very accommodating, friendly and helpful. The other staff we came into contact with such as Nourma and Doudou where equally charming.
There are two-halves to the Riad - both have 3 rooms each. One half is more traditional but beautifully decorated with warm creams and oranges, whereas the other half is modern-Moroccan sophistication of warm greys and creams with red accents. The furnishings are high quality and very comfortable.
We stayed in the modern half of the Riad. Our room on the first floor was spacious, luxurious (for the price bracket), extremely clean and very comfortable. There is a wonderful rooftop terrace and a central courtyard lounge where breakfast is served. They also have a massage room on the rooftop - they engage a local masseuse to provide massages (300 Dirham for 45 minutes).
Riad Safir is located in the Medina and only a few minutes walk to the Place el-Hedim (main square) where you'll find the Dar Jamai Museum and plenty of street cafes for lunch / dinner - although sadly they all serve the same rather bland Moroccan menu.
Room for improvement: whilst the breakfast is ample and nicely presented - perhaps toasted bread could be offered as a choice instead of fresh bread and some fresh fruit to accompany the yoghurt would top it all off very nicely.
Riad Safir is a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our guest house is located at the entrance to the medina of Meknes, 150 m from the famous Bab Mansour. We welcome you in a frame or the zen is the slogan of the owners and staff. The panoramic terraces allow you to enjoy an exceptional overview of the medina, take your breakfast and relax you at any time of the day after your individual visits to our beautiful city and its surroundings. 6 rooms, all air conditioned and equipped with a private bathroom will be your cocoon during your stay. 2 interior patios, indoor pool, massage room reflect the oriental wellness. Dinner, our cook will cook you elaborate meals with fresh ingredients bought on the same day and can make you share his passion spices. Our more: we are not a restaurant, only our residents can share these moments of conviviality. Riad Safir is classified charming house in Morocco. ... more less
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