If Fez isn’t on your radar it should be. This city, more than any other offers a real taste of the old Morocco. Explore the Medina; a maze of narrow lanes, bewitching markets, mosques and a wonderful bustle of people. Meander in the city historic gardens, explore stunning palaces, barter in the souks and bathe in thermal baths. Allow yourself to be tempted by aromatic tagines, and the many silk and carpet shops which ooze vivid colour into the ancient streets, this city is packed full Unesco-worthy history. A cultural overload is really the only way to appreciate this magnificent city.
I have picked the top luxury hotels in Fez and reviewed each in turn. Whether you want an airy modern feel or rooms steeped in history, you will discover the best hotel for you below.
Historic Luxury at Riad Palais Amani
This historic riad-style palace has been lovingly restored to create an opulent fifteen bedroom hotel. Filled with traditional Moroccan furnishings and exquisite tiling, the centrepiece is a beautiful interior garden planted with fragrant orange, lemon and tangerine trees. Each room has it’s own character and style. You cannot fail to feel part of the fabric of Fez at Riad Amani and can read my full review of Palais Amani for more details and pictures.
Moroccan Style At Karawan Riad
Karawan Riad is tucked away in a quiet alley in the Medina of Fes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is a 17th century riad that has been lovingly restored. 7 unique luxury suites which all feature the exquisite Moroccan décor. My personal favourite would probably be Chergui, the most exotic of the rooms, with its large rugs and gorgeous balcony overlooking the courtyard. Read my full review of Karawan Riad.
Fly into Fez-Saiss Airport (FES) which is 15km away from the city and serviced by Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca or Paris; Ryanair runs flights from Brussels, Hahn, Girona, Marseille, and Milan. Then take a bus or ‘grands taxi’ from the airport to the city centre, or book a taxi through your riad. Fez train station is about a 10-minute walk away from Place Mohammed V and trains depart every two hours to Casablanca via Rabat and Meknès (there are also two overnight trains), and there are also trains to Marrakech and Tangier.
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