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
We stayed three nights at the Hotel Sahrai and enjoyed every minute at the hotel. The Amaraz (a Moroccan restaurant in the hotel) was a buffet with a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, and deserts. The food was excellent. We dined in the hotel's French restaurant on our second night and found it to be of lower quality than the Moroccan restaurant. The bar affords a nice view of the city of Fes.
Really liked this place. Modern, very clean and a wonderful staff. Infinity pool was peaceful and nice. Nice breakfast buffet. Note to management.. you need to put more spoons and small plates out for breakfast buffet.
I loved this hotel with the only exception the barking dog others have mentioned- fabulous decor, beautiful rooms and great amenities- Zahara gave me an outstanding massage in the Givenchy spa- rooftop bar and outside terraces were amazing