About this listing
We offer you this great traditional Riad. Located inside the Medina, it can easily accommodate up to ten people with its five bedrooms - each possessing its private bathroom.
On the 150 m2 terrace, you'll enjoy thye best way you can imagine on the world's biggest Medina : it's one of the few you can find find with a 360° view. Inside the house, you'll be able to admire traditional wooden panels and woodwork (see pictures) as well as precious Iraki stainglasses.
Rachid and Oulyia will welcomme tou and offer you a breakfast (included in the price that should keep you going all day long. If you're still hungry, though, the house has an equipped kitchen and Oulyia can cook the evening meal for you (not included in the price).
Conveniently located in the Medina, the Riad is also very close to one of the main entrance points to the city (Bab El Guissa) where Rachid will be waiting for you on your day of arrival and guide you in the labyrinth of the Medina to find the Riad.
Our motto : "To host someone is to take care of his/her happiness while (s)he's under your roof." (Brillat-Savarin)
Other Things to Note
On top of the Airbnb price, each guest will be asked to pay a city tax of 2,5 euros per guest per night on their departure day, which will be transfered to Fes City Council.
We had such an amazing stay at this Riad! Edgar lives out of the country but has left the raid in the very capable hands of Rachid and his lovely wife Ouliya.
Out transfer from the airport was smooth and in a very new and comfortable van. It's a good idea to get the transfer so you know how to get to the Riad the first time, but not hard to find your way out to the Medina gate again after that.
The Riad itself is amazing! 400 years old and lots of great examples of craftsmanship. It's a little rough around the edges, but for a building of Thai age I think it adds to the charm. Water was hot, wifi worked fine and the bed was very comfy which was fantastic.
We were there during the peak of summer and Ramadan, so things were warm but manageable, although the street vibe got a little weird around 530 when the shops started to close. We believe this was only due to Ramadan though.
Lots of interesting places to see, and some good food, although by far the best food we had was Ouliyas cooking. Well worth it to have her cook your dinners (100DH per person), and I'd recommend having a chat with her too. She's a lovely lady and can give you some good shopping advice that might help.
We also did a day trip to Chefchaouen with a nice agency arranged van and driver named Hassam. About 3.5 hrs drive each way and a little expensive, but well worth it. Amazing place that's like a garden of Eden in the mountains. Google it if you haven't heard of the place.
All in all, we'd happily recommend this Riad to our friends. You get to stay in a piece of medieval history and get to know some great people as well.
Were welcomed by Rachid who looks after the Riyad. He explained the house and showed us around as well as made a nice Mint tea.
The house is very impressive and nicely restored in the original 14th century state. Beds comfortable and the roof terrace has a beautiful view over the Medina. The photos are exactly as it is and it is a very nice place to stay for an authentic Moroccan experience.
Would definitely recommend it to others. Can be tricky to find your way but host always happy to help.
Our stay at the True Medina Riad in Fes was fantastic! We stayed two nights and had a delicious dinner prepared for us each night by Rachid and his lovely wife and mother-in-law. The house is beautiful and provided ample space for our party of 7 people. The house is very well situated for exploring the Medina. We were interested in an alternative to a hotel, and this riad was perfect.
As a group of four old friends travelling together for a short break, we loved our stay at the Riad which oozes authenticity out of every nook and cranny of its 400 year old history.
This spacious house, with spectacular roof top terrace, is beautifully decorated throughout and affords very good value. Be warned however that there are some steep, narrow and irregular stairs to master in the process. Rachid and Ouliya, who look after the house, are wonderful and caring hosts. Ouliya is also a very accomplished cook and in addition to a wholesome breakfast we enjoyed some memorable dinners in the house thus avoiding navigating the myriad of over 9000 alleyways after dark. As noted in a recent television documentary, it is impossible not to get lost in the Medina.
Rachid has lived nearby in the Medina since childhood and was able to give us very good advice on what, and what not to do to make the best use of our time. The recommendation that we leave the City on Friday for a trip to the Mid Atlas Mountains was an excellent one. Our driver for the day was fantastic and we explored some very different sides to Morocco; lunching under canvas in a Berber Homestead , taking the air in the ‘Switzerland of Morocco’ (very swish indeed!) and shopping for antiques in little back alleys.
Back in the old Medina, the cacophony of street sounds and smells welcomed us back. The Donkeys may be hoofed with rubber but the children cannot be similarly quietened.
On our final day, the skies darkened, the clouds opened and we drove through floods to the airport. It i becoming something of a hallmark of these trips.
The riad is everything that we had hoped for in a luxurious yet authentic stay in the heart of Fes old medina. With 4 spacious double bedrooms with 3 ensuites and a 4th bathroom, it was way than ample space for our party of 3, not mentioning the entrance lounge and the saloon. Last but not least, the own private rooftop terrace offers fantastic views over the whole of the medina. Rachid and Ouliya were great hosts making sure we are comfortable with our living arrangements and general orientation of the medina. Recommended and even greater value for money if you have more people in your travelling party!
We stayed in this Riad with our family (6 persons), there was plenty of room for us and more. It is a great experience that it is situated in the Medina of Fez. As soon as you step out of the door you can experience the marrocan culture.
As the house is hard to find in the labyrinth of narrow streets we were happy that Rachid (he and his wife look after the house and the guests) picked us up at the gate of the Medina.
They also organized some trips and activities for us and they did this very well.
Note: to prevent unpleasant surprises afterwards, we advise to discuss and negotiate the costs upfront.
To conclude: All of us had a great time in this beautiful Riad in Fez
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