Elizabeth Haddad

Riad Le Calife

Fes

by: Elizabeth Haddad

  • Why

    A little side trip to Fes while working in Rabat, Morocco.

  • When

    Spring 2014

  • Who

    Myself and two lovely new friends (we met while volunteering together in Rabat; I don’t normally travel with strangers!)

Highs + Lows

  • The owner, a French Moroccan woman, was so charming and elegant; we all had a small crush on her.

  • The beds were incredibly comfortable, and I loved wrapping myself in the luxurious sheets each night.

  • The entire property (and the bath products as well) smelled like orange blossoms, a heavenly scent that could be coined the national smell of Morocco.

  • The first floor rooms look out onto the central courtyard. The windows are adequately covered by drapes, but that didn’t keep some faint morning noise from waking me up (though I really didn’t mind!)

: 39/50
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  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Small guest house.

  • Vibe

    Enchanting Moroccan oasis evoking a bygone era.

  • Location

    Located in the middle of the ancient city – the medina - yet tucked away down a narrow alley; it feels secluded and peaceful.

  • Rooms

    Seven...four larger suites and three smaller rooms.

  • Music

    Can’t recall!

  • Year Opened

    2008

  • Designed By

    Designed by the hotel's owners.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool or gym, but they will schedule you for a treatment at a nearby spa for a traditional Hammam experience.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, open for a complimentary breakfast spread, as well as a traditional three course dinner for 25 Euro per person. For dinner, one must reserve a space beforehand in the small dining room, or in the courtyard or rooftop space. There is no menu to choose from, and traditional Moroccan dishes are served.

  • Bar

    Yes, a small bar…but someone will absolutely bring you a glass of wine to the rooftop, which is a beautiful place to watch the sun set over the city.

  • Minibar

    Yes: a few bottles of water, juices, etc.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children

    Bring ‘em!

  • Price

    Ridiculously reasonable.

In the Area

The medina is an overwhelming maze that one could get lost in for days; schedule a guide with the hotel so that you make it out alive (or in time for your flight.) The medina is full of craftsmen who make their goods by hand – everything from hand carved knives to vividly woven rugs -- but be ready to barter!

Tour the medina!

medina of fez

The medina is an overwhelming maze that one could get lost in for days; schedule a guide with the hotel so that you make it out alive (or in time for your flight.) The medina is full of craftsmen who make their goods by hand – everything from hand carved knives to vividly woven rugs -- but be ready to barter!

Where all the chic Moroccans and Europeans hang out for falafel (not a traditional Moroccan food, but still delicious) or an evening DJ session.

Go to the the uber cool Café Clock

Derb Chtouka, Marrakesh, Morocco

Where all the chic Moroccans and Europeans hang out for falafel (not a traditional Moroccan food, but still delicious) or an evening DJ session.

One of the oldest universities in the world (built in 859!), which still operates as a university and mosque today. Go early in the afternoon to beat the crowds, so you are ensured a peaceful tour of this breathtaking spiritual space.

Visit al-Karaouine

AL-KARAOUINE

One of the oldest universities in the world (built in 859!), which still operates as a university and mosque today. Go early in the afternoon to beat the crowds, so you are ensured a peaceful tour of this breathtaking spiritual space.

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Riad Le Calife

Riad Le Calife, Fes, Fes-Boulemane, Morocco

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