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Where to stay in Fez

Bold decor and legendary Moroccan hospitality make the imperial city's historic hideaways well worth seeking out

Published 15 Oct 2018, 09:00 BST, Updated 15 Jul 2021, 12:21 BST
Riad Idrissy
Riad Idrissy

1 Riad Idrissy
Named after Moulay Idriss, Fez's founder — whose descendants lived here until its conversion into a hotel — you can really feel the 400-year-old history of this house in the Fes el Bali area of the walled city. Rooms are traditional, where stained glass, frilled wooden doorways and bright materials abound. Guests also have out-of-hours access to the cool, plant-fringed spaces of the Ruined Garden restaurant next door. Doubles from £67, B&B.

2 Dar Malika
In its former incarnation as Dar El Hana, this was a popular guesthouse, but Suzanna Clarke and Sandy McCutcheon took it up a notch earlier this year when they purchased and revamped it as Dar Malika, named after their daughter. Today, it has three rooms, and one suite — all furnished with colourful, locally made materials. Breakfast is typical Moroccan fare: fruit, dates, eggs, and local bread and cheese. Bright colours are the name of the game here — from yellow-and-white patterned basins to bold red cushions. The owners also rent a two-bedroom apartment nearby if you're after a bit of extra privacy. Doubles from £58, B&B.

3 Riad Tizwa
Whether it's 5am or 5pm, breakfast when you want it is the claim to fame of Riad Tizwa. An outpost of the popular Marrakech riad of the same name, centrally located Tizwa has two roof terraces, a dining room and hammam — all shared between seven stylish, classic rooms. Doubles from £40, B&B.

4 Riad Laaroussa
The eight rooms and suites here are named after specific colours, although with traditional multicoloured tiling and furnishings about, there's nothing monochromatic about it. Be sure to take five in the heated pool. Doubles from £99, B&B.

Published in the November 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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