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
Modern, sophisticated with a local twist, luxury hotel boasts a sweeping view of the beautiful city of Fez. We enjoyed the magnificent city view from our room as well as the open terrace...great place for breakfast and evening drinks. Loved the glass enclosure bathroom with privacy curtains. Very nice dinner and great service at the in house French Restaurant. Just a lovely hotel all around. Highly recommend.
We loved this hotel! It’s on top of a hill so at first we thought it would be inconvenient but it was actually nice to be away from the craziness of the city. The staff was exceptionally warm and helpful. They even offered a free shuttle to the train station even though we didn’t ask for it. The breakfast was gorgeous and delicious: the service and food was fantastic. We loved the pool and the room. We loved the restaurants for dinner as well. We highly recommend this hotel.
The road into the hotel seems full of weeds and unattended.
It’s all a mirage. Once you arrive the super friendly and attentive staff starts to win you over. Very relaxed. Our room was very nice with a very efficient air conditioning. The pool was relaxing with a great view of the town. The Moroccan restaurant as well as the French restaurant were both good. But what is really great is the rooftop bar. The music and the ambience starts to seep into you and before you know it you’re up and dancing.
Extremely nice. The manager is always looking at ways to please the guests. We saw him up and about since early in the morning to late and night. No complaints only accolades. We’ll stay here next time we’re in Fez.
OK, our bedroom window looked out on a scrap of land that was probably going to be built on, but the window coverings blocked it out, and with so many other amazing places within the hotel to enjoy views, such as the rooftop bar and the verandah, I would certainly not complain about it. And who spends time in their bedroom looking out of the window when you are in such an amazing place as Fes, with all the great places to see and enjoy, down in the old town and surrounding area, and then back to the hotel to enjoy the infinity pool area, their excellent restaurants, and relax in the inviting Givenchy Spa. We both enjoyed an excellent treatment.
The hotel itself is modern and decorated tastefully.
The rooms are large and spacious with ample amenities. Reception staff are friendly, helpful and are able to speak fluent English. The pool area is great and the hotel has a lovely view over the Medina.
Disappointingly, the service at breakfast, the bars and the restaurants is terrible. At breakfast, the tables are not laid out and when cutlery is requested, it takes an age to arrive or one has to ask numerous times.
Similarly, at the restaurants, staff are inattentive and do not seem to notice when drinks need to be refilled. Whilst we are happy to to pour our drinks, where drinks are put aside then staff need to be aware of when glasses are empty. The food itself is not great and relatively pricey.
In conclusion, the hotel has the opportunity to be fantastic if only staff are trained better.