What We Love
- Rate includes full Moroccan breakfast, welcome patisseries, mint tea and fresh bottled water (one per person, per night)
- The beauty is in the details, from the intricate zellige tilework to the property's history, which has included such wealthy owners as the Fassi family
- The spa’s traditional hammam — the perfect antidote to navigating the medina’s labyrinth of streets
What To Know
- A tourist tax of $5 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- The short walk to the medina’s key monuments can be confusing and difficult to navigate
- Children are welcome, but the property is ideal for couples
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Riad-style romance. A meticulous three-and-a-half-year renovation enhanced the century-old palace with calligraphy, copperwork and embroidery stitched by local artisans. Moroccan wooden furniture, handwoven rugs and colorful ceramics are found throughout the communal areas and ornate staircases. In the center of the property is a citrus- and jasmine-scented courtyard garden, where little more than birdsong and the fountain’s gentle tinkling disturb the silence.
Bed and Bath
Several of the 14 spacious rooms and suites are split-level, and all share ornate tilework and lofty, carved-wood beam ceilings. Original artwork and beds with crisp, hand-embroidered linens sit harmoniously alongside such high-tech gadgets as Bose sound systems, flat-screen TVs and preloaded iPods. The state-of-the-art bathrooms have large tubs or tiled rain showers and are stocked with natural aromatic bath products.
Enjoy a lavish breakfast of homemade breads, yogurt, fresh juice, fruit salad and pancakes beneath the courtyard’s canopy of orange blossoms. The exquisitely tiled Art Deco restaurant serves Mediterranean-influenced lunch and, for dinner, such three-course dishes as the flavorsome beef, pea and artichoke tagine. For an aperitif, opt for a cocktail while overlooking the medina from the rooftop terrace. Post souk-shopping, head to the spa to be scrubbed, soaped and massaged into a state of total relaxation in the steamy heat of the hammam.
How to Get There
My friend and I visited this beautiful riad for the traditional Hammam and the cookery course. The staff in the hotel were welcoming and helpful. The traditional Hammam was wonderfully relaxing, especially after a day exploring the medina. We had a room to relax in before and after as well as the use of the terrace. We chose the full 4 hour cookery course so we were taken out into the medina to buy the ingredients for the dishes we were making. We were then talked through each dish; Chicken Tajine, Zaalouk, and a simple orange dessert, by the chef and a translator. After a short break we then sat on the terrace and ate the meal we had cooked. It was delicious ... even if I do say so myself!
Palais Amani was recommended and exceeded our expectations. It’s a lovely riad in the Medina of Fes, so close to all the historical sights. The riad is a breathtaking oasis amid the flurry of activity in the Medina. We were greeted warmly and upgraded to a suite. We enjoyed the rooftop bar and terrace for a cold drink and view of Fes. We enjoyed bother dinner and breakfasts at Eden in the riad. In the mornings, Othman, greeted us with wonderful cafe au laits, that were perfect every morning. He and his colleagues are gems. Loved the Royal Hamman in their spa. Start your stay with the Hamman. Wish we had time for their cooking class, as it’s held on the rooftop demo kitchen with a wonderful view of the city. Next time.
Very pleasant stay. Location is very good and breakfasts were wonderful. Rooms were very comfortable but two areas that could be improved - the restrictions on the number of coffee pods for the Nespresdo seemed silly and the central courtyard noise was a problem one evening. The one dinner we enjoyed was excellent
Ask them to book you a guide. Also, when the driver starts yelling for people to come over and tells you to get out of the car, don’t panic! He’s calling a man with a cart to help you with your luggage. Cars can’t get to the riad. Wish I would have know that earlier!
Palais Amani is a Riad but staying there suggests a 5-star hotel. We had an upgrade to a really fabulous suite. The food was excellent and the staff were extremely helpful. We had 3 nights here and ate in the Riad the first night, enjoying an excellent dinner. It is very well situated in the Medina but getting lost is particularly easy as Fes Medina is a real maze. The only complaint was the presence of a very loud, drunken group in the dining area until late at night before the management decided to shut them down. As is usual in Morocco the internet speed and service is great - a surprise in the old Medina.