About this listing
We pride ourselves on being a laid back Riad hostel where guests are welcomed in a friendly environment still in keeping with Moroccan customs and cultural differences. 100% affordable, 100% fun. We have 8 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 30.
GREAT PLACE TO SPEND YOUR EASTER HOLIDAYS or SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL
Riad Verus is your first choice for budget accommodation in Fes for those travellers who dont want to spend big bucks but want value for money staying in a beautiful restored palace with free wifi, flat screen tvs, AC and heating, hot showers and the best view of Fes from our panoramic terrace, sheisha pipes, 100% secure safety lockers, massage and yoga and restaurant on site with request, we also organise Sahara Desert tours. A Riad is not suitable for those who want 100% peace, so bring ear plugs if you have difficulty sleeping. Sometimes we do organise parties for the guests and especially at peak times or weekends we do open the club for the guests and have music and an atmosphere, we cater more to a younger crowd looking for a good time and want to meet other travellers as in Fes there is no place other than here to party for travellers.
Behind a heavily studded wooden door you enter into what you can only imagine a Riad in Morocco should be. Carefully restored using only the finest of cedar wood, intricate plaster design, tadelakt bathrooms, zellige flooring, curved wrought ironwork, coloured Iraqi glass, bronze and copper lanterns, careful attention to detail, handmade furnishings and textiles; The Riad has been brought back to life with energy ensuring that added modern touches make the guest feel that they are staying in comfort without losing the original features.
All the rooms surround a large courtyard complete with fountain in the middle. Our large roof-top terrace ‘Happy Times’ has imposing views over to the Zalagh Mount, Rif mountains and Medina - the perfect place for sunset drinks.
From the terrace you can chill out on the poufs, sunbathe on our recliners and hammocks or relax in the Berber Jaima whilst listening to the hum on the muezzins calling the faithful to prayer.
Riad Verus’ housekeeper Sadia is also a talented cook creating Med-Moroccan fusion dishes such as Lemon Chicken Spiced Tagine, wholesome Moroccan breakfasts and mouth-watering salads using only the finest organic produce daily from the markets.
The vibe is very cool, laid back and due to the wonderful sense of airiness and space the Riad is an oasis of calm. Riad Verus comprises 5 large Ensuites each bearing a Roman Emperors name and are equipped with:
Flat screen TVs with International Satellite Connection
Ipod Docking Stations with Stereo sound to listen to your personal music
Tadelakt finished Wet Rooms with either Power Shower or Tub Hammam
Handmade beds with fresh Egyptian cotton high thread count linen
Reversible AC and Heating units
Chill out areas
Free fast speed Wifi in the whole Riad
We also have 2 dorm rooms
Parties on request
You have access to a communal computer and free wifi in the whole house, super fast download speeds, access to a free phone for in Morocco calls.
Interaction with Guests
There are plenty of communal patios, terraces so the guests are interacting the whole time and breakfast is on communal tables so there are no barriers between guests.
Love how the batha neighbourhood is the safest part of the Medina, plenty of other Riads and guest houses, guardians patrol the area and the crime rate is the lowest in the whole of Fes. Lots of families and wealthier Fessis live here and a lot of attention to detail is put on daily cleaning of the streets, lit roads and designated car parking.
Only 5 mins walk from the bus stop in the Batha fountain and a taxi can drop you within 2 mins of the Riad door.
Other Things to Note
Highly rated amongst young couples and singles
No animals, no going into other guests rooms, no drinking your own booze onsite, no drugs and no bringing people in from outside to the Riad. We do not accept Domestic Tourism. Terraces will be shut if we get complaints from the neighbours.
A lovely riad, flooded with light in the daytime and beautifully lit in the evenings often with good music playing. Very clean, I couldn't have been happier with my room...I had paid for an upgrade and it was 100% worth it. The room overlooked the courtyard, had great AC and the beds were comfortable, with a warm fluffy purple blanket incase it got cold at night.
Excellent decor, colourful, plenty to look at, even a guitar to play. Breakfast was good...bread, jam, yoghurt, a fried egg and tea or coffee. We were given Moroccan tea on arrival which was a nice touch. It's a very social riad and while it was quieter when we arrived by the end of our stay we had met some people and made friends. It's close to several convenient corner shops and a short walk from the post office, ATM's, taxi stand and the hustle and bustle of the medina's many shops and restaurants. Hisham was particularly friendly and helpful, always on hand with advice. Always smiling!
Leanora's communication was quick and she always replied with all the information I needed. She also arranged for a driver to pick us up from Fes airport....despite us being the last ones out after a mix up with our bags he was standing there with a sign and saved us the small nightmare of getting a taxi.
Our room locked and we felt very safe.
Everytime we went out, I enjoyed arriving back at the riad.
I would definitely stay here again, I cannot recommend it enough :)
Emily was great on chat and communication. They requested an upgrade so for a small charge we put then in one of our larger rooms with double bed single bed chill out fridge balcony and tv. They were neat and tidy and good fun. My only regret was that I was on a trip so we never met but my staff were at the Riad during their stay to look after them.
Leanora's Riad is very hospitable & helpfull.
Thanks guys =)
We had two rooms connected by a private balcony that each had its own bathroom. The rooms did not have doors with locks so we were nervous about leaving our valuables but ultimately had no problems. The beds were comfortable but we needed more blankets. Beware - no heating! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed smoking shisha and drinking mint tea in the beautiful common room. Would definitely recommend for the price.
Jen and her friends were lovely guests to have staying, they had a great time, enjoyed the sheishas, the laid back vibe and the hammam experience we sent them on. They were also super considerate as they were delayed coming up from the desert and called me to let me know they were going to be delayed maybe 1 hour so we werent unduly worried about them, that shows real consideration. We love having US students doing study abroad staying as they are always fun, easy going and know how to make count every minute of life. Thanks so much, would like to point out though that the ACs are reversible heaters and had i known you had needed more blankets i would have gotten you more and i was most suprised that you werent given keys on arrival, its only the dorms which dont have keys, not that you would have needed to worry mind as there are safes in the room and the staff are all very trustworthy. My apologies for not having known of this.
CRAPPY AND CREEPY- DO NOT RECOMMEND TO FRIENDS, STRANGERS, OR EVEN ENEMIES
I'm a longtime airbnb host in NYC and frequent airbnb traveler in both Western and Eastern countries.
Of all places in Morocco, Fes is a place you want a host you can trust. Fes's medina is a maze even for those who are "good with directions." Forget navigating it at night as locals often steer you the wrong way.
I do not trust Riad Versus or its manager, Noor. I never felt safe which is paramount while traveling. This place should be de-listed from AirBnB- it does not uphold its standard. It makes me sad it's even listed on such a great community.
1) The listing changed from "luxurious" Riad which is why I paid upwards of $100 USD a night (same has surrounding nice hotels- I constantly checked) to budget hostel. When we arrived we thought we were getting nice Riad, we got a hostel. Because the Fes medina was so hard to navigate at night as three ladies with baggage, we stayed until we could get out.
2) I left with bed bug bites that show 3 weeks later- gross. If I had a blue light, this place would show it's true nastiness even though the pics seem nice.
3) The owner Noor booted a customer who HAD PAID for a private room to a shared dorm room because he wanted to have sex with another traveler. They made commotion all night--playing loud music and a movie on surround sound. No one slept.
Fellow travelers say he is a rager who uses rooms to do drugs. You never know what mood you'll get him in but when he's angry, it is scary. I heard him say to his American manager Laura, "I don't fucking care if there is a fire. Do not knock on my door with guest problems."
4) There are no locks on your doors. Security cameras don't excuse not having locks. How then is your room private and secure?
5) Noor bribes travelers with hookah for good reviews on Trip Advisor--that's why you'll see great ones amongst the average and terrible ones. Katie B's November 18, 2014 review on Trip Advisor is unfortunately accurate. Check it out. Noor and and his manager Laura even have Trip Advisor accounts and leave their own reviews...
6) One traveler was locked onto the terrace having no way of getting out of the building. They open the terrace door around 11AM or when they "feel like it." No regard for travelers' schedules. Breakfast is always late.
7) There is no such thing as heat in your room during fall/winter.
8) Fellow travelers told me there are massive plumbing issues in the shared bathroom and upstairs bathrooms- see the previous AirBnb review. One day the toilet and pipes are just going to explode sewage.
There are so many more details but I'll let you read those on Trip Advisor / Hostel World ...Sift through the bribe reviews
Obviously as the owner and Noors wife I am deeply saddened to read this and for you to say he was having sex with a guest, did you actually see my husband commiting adultery of taking drugs or are these just hearsay and defammatory commentary? or is one trying to cause marital problems between us?? I dont know but its really hurtful to read this and if our daughter reads it too to have you publicly proclaiming to the world that her daddy is unfaithful to her mummy. To make it clear noone was pushed out of a private room to be given a shared dorm and the other client you talk about had the whole ensuite dorm room to herself and she knew of it before she arrived. Why did you not mention to us about the bed bugs if they had happened when you stayed with us why did you not tell us so we could do something about it if that was really the case. You have a lock on your door from the inside and a safe inside the room and the security cameras make the riad safe. We do not bribe travelers, any review posted will have a sheisha, where did you hear us say that we only give sheisha if the review is positive? Yes i did hear about the traveler locked on the terrace but it was resolved, so little things are being made into big issues that werent reflective of your stay. Again if you had wanted the terrace open why did you not come and ask, it is damn cold in fes 3rd jan and that cold wind will wip down the stairs and freeze the house, but if you had wanted to go upstairs i have no problem with that at all, Again point 8 always fellow travelers telling you things, so much of what you write is stuff you heard from other people not your own experiences... your room has a reversible AC heater so if you didnt know how to work it i wish you had told me. 100 USD a night for a triple ensuite with breakfast wifi heating hot shower and tax is extremly reasonable, im just so saddened and sorry that i didnt know all of these things whilst you stayed with us and to read this weeks later. I wish you all the best and this has been very saddening but thank you for being so frank with us and happy 2015.
Orribile, la stanza era sporca e non era quella che avevamo prenotato, la porta del bagno rotta, rumore tutta la notte, hanno buone recensioni solo perché le fanno scrivere lì ai clienti, un posto di m. Insomma, statene alla larga
It was most unfortunate that the room booked had no hot water so had to move them to another room which was not ideal for a couple as it was noisier than the rest of the house, but i do want to make it clear that the rooms are cleaned daily and had i known that the sliding door was not working well i would have had this greased down, I am so so sorry and with hindsight wish i had cancelled the reservation, to have prevented a case like this. I wish i could reverse the time and this incident would not have happened.
It's a very nice place and in a great location in the old Medina. The courtyard aspect makes it a very social experience more so than most hostels I've been to. Compounded by the fact we had a private room, made this unique. The hosts were pleasant, although the only downside was there was some confusion over our booking when we arrived and they didn't know we were supposed to be there. Later on, they didn't know when we were leaving either. Breakfast was included but we didn't find that out till the morning.
Thank you so much for finding the riad to be a nice place and in a great location of the medina, and that you liked the courtyard and the sociability of the riad and your private room, i sorry that you encountered some booking confusion, i run the daily admin side and the day of your arrival i was actually away from fes so had left the excels to my colleague who was obviously not up to speed so my apologies for the distress caused. Breakfast always included for our guests.
A really fun and energetic place. Probably not for older couples or young children but great for all others. Noor and the others make this place a wonderful place to stay and the riad is so cool and quirky. Great breakfasts and a wonderful atmosphere and many places to chill really help. You probably won't get to bed before 12 but why would you want to ;-)
Don't forget to enjoy their fabulous shishas!
Markus and his wife Hilary great guests to hosts. They vibed very well with Noor and had far too good of a time. They really loved the sheishas on offer and the ambience and hanging out with the other couples staying there. Its an easy place to make friends. They loved the breakfasts and were really respectful and polite with all the staff members which made for a happy and enjoyable stay.
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About the Host, Leanora
We now have 3 properties, 2 self contained appartments in central BCN and one hotel in Fes, RIAD VERUS.
Our aim is to make your stay in this beautiful Fassi Riad fantastic, ensuring you enjoy your holiday to the max.
Our philosophy is affordable luxury accommodation and we want you to feel you’re staying in exquisite surroundings where no corners are cut without feeling the pinch to your wallets.
After a full on day exploring and losing yourself in the Medina your return to Riad Verus will feel like you are home from home.
We are Leanora and Noor and we have run the Riad Verus for 5 years now. Between us we speak 8 languages and can help you get the best from your stay. Be it being on the vip lists at the top clubs in the new town, get into an undercover sheisha bar, find a drink even in ramadan, ride a donkey around the medina or get a good deal on an awesome camel trek. The apartments i Barcelona are just for yourselves but the Riad in Fes is a hostal which in the Summer months is lively and fun and the place to meet other travellers, out of season it is more chilled out but it is still atmospheric and a place to party if you wish, as Morocco is pretty limited to say the least. Not suitable for shy retiring types who want silence!