Elizabeth Haddad

Riad Le Calife

  • Where:
  • 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!)
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Riad Le Calife A charming vanity in the Diamond Suite. The view from bed in my much smaller, but just as enchanting room.

A charming vanity in the Diamond Suite. The view from bed in my much smaller, but just as enchanting room.

Riad Le Calife We were of course greeted with delicious Moroccan mint tea (it wouldn’t be Moroccan if it didn’t include mint tea!).

We were of course greeted with delicious Moroccan mint tea (it wouldn’t be Moroccan if it didn’t include mint tea!).

Riad Le Calife I loved all of the magical handmade Moroccan rugs so much, I simply had to go to the medina and buy one to bring home with me.

I loved all of the magical handmade Moroccan rugs so much, I simply had to go to the medina and buy one to bring home with me.

Riad Le Calife A desk that begs you to sit each night and pretend you're Hemingway traveling North Africa and writing a brilliant novel (I did just that, emphasis on pretend).

A desk that begs you to sit each night and pretend you're Hemingway traveling North Africa and writing a brilliant novel (I did just that, emphasis on pretend).

Riad Le Calife Each room is full of wonderful little details.

Each room is full of wonderful little details.

Riad Le Calife The view from the rooftop. Such a lovely place to have coffee or tea and listen to the call to prayer echo through the city.

The view from the rooftop. Such a lovely place to have coffee or tea and listen to the call to prayer echo through the city.

Riad Le Calife The courtyard around which the hotel is centered: lush with greenery and exquisite architectural detail. My travel companions secured the “Diamond Suite.” The tilework was so beautiful.

The courtyard around which the hotel is centered: lush with greenery and exquisite architectural detail. My travel companions secured the “Diamond Suite.” The tilework was so beautiful.

Riad Le Calife The bellman, dressed in a traditional Fez hat, met us outside of the medina and led us to the hotel. Darwin, the resident dog, is named after Charles, and so very sweet.

The bellman, dressed in a traditional Fez hat, met us outside of the medina and led us to the hotel. Darwin, the resident dog, is named after Charles, and so very sweet.

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!)

The Barometer

  • Design

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  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 39/50

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.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Bring ‘em!

  • Price

    Ridiculously reasonable.

  • Website

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