About this listing
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 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.
The riad is furnished in such a way that you will feel you can really relax, there is a large lounge on the ground floor, about 10 linear metres of sofa and although the house is no smoking the roof terrace and the garden are easy to access. Due to the design of these Fez courtyard houses there is no television or radio. Though there is wifi everywhere. The kitchen and utility room can be used, but there is always a housekeeper at hand. You can book meals to be cooked in-house or treat the place as a self catered home. the wifi password for both courtyard and terrace is zelige13
The four of us girl friends loved our stay at Robert's Riad... Such an amazing experience for us all. When we arrived in late, we were honestly speechless at how beautiful it was!
The ladies in the kitchen made us the most amazing breakfast every day, which we enjoyed on our private rooftop.
We all fell in love with Fes and it certainly was greatly attributed to Robert & his staff's hospitality.
This is certainly the place to stay in Fes! Would recommend everyone!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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