Step into a scene from Arabian Nights at Riad Fes 

Not only is Riad Fes – Relais & Chateaux one of the most luxurious hotels in Fez, it also provides guests the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the splendour and authenticity of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility. It reflects both the intricacy of Moroccan artwork and the distinctive aesthetic of Spanish Moorish architecture. The fruits of this marriage are sheer opulence shimmering in every minute attention to detail. 

Islamic carvings, antique doors, myriad mosaics and a grand piano greet guests in the first patio underneath an impressive Fassi lamp. Beyond subtle marbles and bright arches lies a stunning emerald-green pool, while a baroque-style patio featuring veined marble and crystal ceiling lights create a harmonious tranquillity. 

This 30 room hotel dates back to 1900 after it had its foundations laid by Ben Slimane, a famous local judge and intellectual. Thanks to its central location, it offers unforgettable views of the Medina and the Atlas Mountains. Blending modernism with tradition, guests have a choice of four different house styles: The Moroccan, The Oriental, The Baroco-Andalous and the signature, Contemporain. 

Since it’s part of the Relais & Chateaux family, the cuisine at Riad Fes is sumptuous. L’Ambre allows guests to dine on traditional Moroccan dishes in a lush Moorish atmosphere, while L’Alcazar Bar beside the decorative pool is a must for a post-meal pre-bed tipple. Don’t forget to visit The Rooftop Bar too to watch a memorable sunset overlooking the city. 

The spa by Cinq Mondes is a tranquil haven designed by Christophe Pillet. Indulge yourself in a tailor-made treatment that bears all the hallmarks of luxury and authenticity. Fez is famous for its hammam, so if you really want to keep the experience traditional book yourself in for this cleansing ritual. Other options include water treatments, face care and body care massages. 

Being such a peaceful oasis of orange, lemon and bay trees makes it difficult to want to leave here, but Riad Fes also host excursions into the city should you have the desire to tear yourself away. From guided visits of the Medina to a tour of Fez’s ancient walls and more. The city is one of Morocco’s gems – renowned for its rich culture, fine gastronomy and nice weather – and Riad Fes is the epicurean pit stop not to be missed.  

Article by James Massoud