What We Love
- A top location, between the medina and the French ville nouvelle
- Swing between Paris and Morocco in the two swanky restaurants, Relais de Paris and Amaraz
- The rooftop bar gets extrafabulous on weekends, when DJs play
- The spa menu draws from Asian, African and European traditions
- The health club features a hammam and an infinity pool
What To Know
- Glassed-in cubed showers exposed to the rest of the room up the sexy factor
- Free WiFi
- The hotel allows pets
- Children are welcome, but their presence is restricted in certain areas, including the spa
- Valet parking is free
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Spearheading the Fez renaissance is this 50-room stunner, designed by Christophe Pillet in a style that pays homage to both contemporary minimalism and Morocco-fantasy opulence. Eschewing the riotous color and texture of many riads, this player is all about muted palettes and simple glassed-in cube bathrooms (with curtains for privacy), which play on traditional Moroccan motifs such as metal lanterns and hand-crafted tilework. The five-treatment-room Givenchy spa features the intricate mashrabiya latticework common to this region, which throws beautiful filtered natural light into the already dreamy spaces. Dine on either French brasserie favorites in the Relais de Paris restaurant or opt for the full Moroccan experience at Amaraz, before heading up for a nightcap on the roof. If afternoon tea is more your speed, a white marble bar called Arcades beneath vaulted arches is the spot to while away a languid afternoon.
In the Area
Because navigating an ancient, labrinythine city like Fez can be overwhelming, leave the details to a top-notch tour company, like Artisans of Leisure, which can craft an itinerary that shows off the city’s best, most authentic side. If you’d rather explore on your own, make a beeline for the medina, a UNESCO treasure in business since the 9th century, when Fez was founded. Here you’ll find the beating heart of the city’s life, with market stalls, narrow alleyways and plenty of historic monuments — getting lost is part of the fun. It might sound like an odd afternoon outing, but the Chouara Tannery is not to be missed; this 11th-century leather center is accessed by one of the many leather shops on Derb Chaouwara, and you can get a bird’s-eye view of the huge vats filled with bright dyes being churned by hand.
How to Get There
This is a beautifuly hotel (depending on whether you like severely modern architecture), but it is not up to standards for first class hotels.
1. The Internet would constantly go in and out and require you to log back in. And when it is connected, it is very slow. The staff just kept saying, "we'll look into it" for three days. They also offered the excuse that the "hotel is quite full". Maybe they never planned for a full hotel? Unacceptable in my opinion.
2. Apparently there are no self-service ice machines. Okay. The front desk said they would send ice to the room. 50 minutes later it arrived. Again, unacceptable, IMO.
3. The drains in the sinks cannot be closed to fill the basin. The shower drain cannot be opened to drain water without pulling out the entire mechanism (which we had to do every day).
Speaking of showers, it has a floor-to-ceiling glass window with a thin gauze curtain facing into the living area . This may be a feature or a defect depending on whether you wish to watch your room mate take a shower.
On the plus side, the food in the restaurants was very good.
I am a lap swimmer and loved the pool. It is heated enough for non laps swimmers, but not too warm for lap swimmers. The hotel has four restaurants and includes local food as well as American dishes such as our very best cheeseburger. Our room was huge. The staff was very friendly and all spoke English. The view from two of the restaurants was of the lights of the city and was very nice. The hotel is on a hill overlooking the old town.
We arrived after two days in Rabat.
The entrance is fronted with palm trees. We found water features inside the lobby as we entered.
Quickly checking in, we walked to our ground level room.
A large patio door opened onto a nice patio that adjoined the L shopped swimming pool.
The morning and evening meals were so enjoyable.