Medieval House, Rooftop Luxury, Fez

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Derb Idrissy, Fes, Fes-Boulemane, Morocco

The Space

400 year old Merchants house in the heart of Fes Medina. All original architectural & decorative features, but 21st century comforts. The Mensah is a large en-suit room built on the roof of the house, originally built for the eldest son of the household. The roof terrace adjoining the room has fantastic far reaching views of the oldest part of the medina. There is reversible air conditioning, and in the bathroom a rain shower, mist free mirror & heated towel rail. The room can either sleep 4 in 4 single beds or can be made into a double bed and the third one can become a sofa.

The Ruined Garden is attached (cafe & Restaurant) planted with fruit trees, flowers & herbs enclosed by romantic ruins. It is for your sole use until 12 mid day after which it opens to all. Breakfast can be served anywhere in the house or garden.
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Breakfast can be served anywhere in the house or garden. Internet, breakfast and evening cocktails included. 2 minutes from the house is a swimming pool in Riad Alcantara & a similar distance away is a restaurant, also in a garden called Fez Cafe. 6 minutes from parking and 30 minutes drive from Fes Airport.

Interaction with Guests

I am around most days, I really like to meet you on arrival and help you 'find your feet' in the incredible, though often surprising city. Staff are around most days and there is always a guardian on the premises.

The Neighborhood

The Medina is hard to describe without using overused phrases and glib soundbites, I will though give it a go. The medina of Fez in which the house is located is an extraordinary agglomeration. If you understand the basic principle things start to make sense, the streets and alleys are many, and are as wide as they needed to be to allow 2 mules to pass, this meant the internal courtyard of many houses can be as large as possible. The private space of a house always being of more importance than a wide street, all of the show is hidden and on the inside. This contrast is one of the treats of Fez. The house is to the side of the main streets and is in a residential part of the medina.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $28 / night after 3 guests
Weekly Price: $1138 /week
Monthly Price: $3556 /month
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My son (16) , daughter (13) and I stayed with Robert during our time in Fes and absolutely loved our stay.

    From a North American perspective it is a dramatic cultural shift coming to Morocco; outside in the Medina and the souks can be hectic and a bit overwhelming (in a good way) and it was always nice to come back to the comforts (and quiet!) of the Riad while maintaining cultural immersion.

    Our rooms were great as was the location in the heart of the medina and Robert was great to deal with both before and after our arrival offering suggestions about what we might like to see, do, and eat without any pressure.

    We arranged to have Robert pick us up from the airport and for a walking tour on our arrival which made life a lot easier. It can be a little tricky to navigate the medina and souks the first time around and this allowed us to get our bearing.

    The best surprise was Najia who brought us breakfast each morning which was freshly squeezed orange juice, a bowl of fresh fruit (we were not expecting the kiwi), as well as a selection of hot moroccan breads & crepes that were served with honey, a lemon coulis, jam and butter. I think these were my families favourite meals of the trip.

    We all highly recommend the Riad Idrissy and the Ruined Garden and want to thank Robert and Najia (and the others) for their hospitality during our time in Fes.

    April 2014
  • Two colleagues and myself stayed for three nights in the upper bedroom of Robert's lovely medieval house in Fez. It was spectacular. The house is beautiful - with intricate tiling and authentic decorations. The upper bedroom was extremely comfortable (slept 3 easily) and had access to a rooftop terrace. We spent each evening listening to the call for prayer and watching the sunset over the white buildings of Fez.

    Robert and his staff were friendly, efficient, and very helpful. They helped us arrange for a driver to Volubilis on our third day - and arranged for a cab to pick us up from the train station when we arrived. The cook (I forget her name) is really nice and talented. She made us a breakfast every morning with fresh fruit, coffee, and delicious fried bread. So good!

    The Ruined Garden restaurant is incredible - we ended up eating there every night. It has lots of fresh vegetables and delicious tagine dishes. Plus, it is a nice option to have in case you don't want to walk around at night.

    Overall, we had an amazing, restful time. We felt incredibly well taken care of & can't wait to return.

    Thanks, Robert!

    February 2014
  • We absolutely loved everything about our stay at this riad with our host Robert! He was very welcoming, attentive and informative -- the essence of great hospitality. Attention to detail was incredible, and the riad staff is amazingly sweet and helpful. The riad and its restaurant are a delight to come back to after a wild day in the medina. Breakfasts are a highlight, with strong coffee, fruits, muesli, and more (a lot more) :) We can't recommend the top floor room highly enough, with its beautiful roof deck. We did not want to leave.

    January 2014
  • It's taken a week to come to terms with the fact we don't actually live in the penthouse of Riad Iddrissy full time, we could have gotten quite used to it!
    Robert is a wonderful host, leaving plenty of space for you to do your own thing but always around if you want tips of places to go or assistance organising day trips. The wonderful atmosphere of the salon and gardens of the café downstairs make it tempting not to even venture out to explore the hundreds of tiny streets in the old medina but it was well worth it in the end.
    Thanks to Robert and all the staff at Riad Idrissy for such a great few days.

    January 2014
  • Just a lovely stay on all counts. The location of the Riad is superb, having a restaurant there makes eating great food super easy and the owner/manager Robert takes the very best care of all of his guests with a welcoming, hospitable attitude. For sure give this spot the highest ratings!

    January 2014
  • We had an amazing time. It’s a stunning spacious room in a beautiful building. Robert is really friendly and extremely helpful in recommending great places to eat and things to do. We loved the Ruined Garden restaurant next door. We would definitely come back and recommend to others.

    October 2013
  • The pictures do not do this sensitively restored riad or the penthouse with its magical air and views justice. Robert is the consummate host and his entire staff delightful. His adjoining restaurant, The Ruined Garden, was our best overall dining experience in Morocco. The service and food was five star, at much less than 5 star prices . Robert arranged for our seamless pick up and departure from the train and airport stations, for excursions, and for anything else we could possibly need. Robert is an excellent host and restauranteur. You're nuts if you don't stay here and get to know Robert and experience the exotic ambience of this place. We certainly plan to return.

    September 2013
  • Fantastic Riad and service. Robert was ready to help us with anythign; from directions to taxi reservatiosn. He was a very weloming host, he even welcomed us personally at 5:30am when we arrived. The place is beautiful and the food great. Everything is very clean and organized. I highly recommend it to anyone and will certainly come again in the future.

    September 2013
  • Before we came to fez someone told us to make sure we stayed in a beautiful riad, as after a day of exploring the medina there's nothing nicer than being able to close a big door on the noise and excitement and enter a peaceful house and garden... And that's what Roberts place was!!
    Excellent food. Beautiful surroundings. Rooftop with a view...
    Robert was an excellent host too- always there to help out, but not too in your face. Najia was always there to make us delicious mint tea with cake!!
    Would definitely recommend to anyone going to fes.

    April 2013
  • WOW! YES PLEASE! My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Riad Idrissy so immensely, I don't even know where to begin! This riad is expertly restored and decorated and is quite simply stunning. Robert greeted us at the door and immediately made us feel like old friends visiting his home. He had a number of great suggestions to fill our days (including a fantastic street food tour, highly recommended!), was always available if we needed something or had questions and was just so wonderfully charming.

    The riad itself is just gorgeous and it keeps getting better! There was an expansion underway to extend a balcony out over the connected Ruined Garden where we had the most amazing meal on our last night in town. Make sure to have at least one dinner in the riad! The food is fantastic, made with much love and whether it's served on the rooftop or in the garden the views are perfect. Our rooftop room was the best. It faces the rooftop terrace and has huge windows that allow you to watch sunrise or sunset over the Medina while lounging in your kaftan from bed.
    I simply cannot wait to get back to Riad Idrissy!

    September 2012
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