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Riad El Ghalia

13 15 Ross Rhi Rass Jnane, Rcif, Fes 30110 Morocco
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#78 of 148 hotels in Fes
Riad El Ghalia is a prince palace built back in the 18th century. Located in the heart of the old medina's Andalusian district, this magnificent 18th-century palace belongs to a well-known Fassi family at Riad El Ghalia, all the rooms are organized around the central patio (space dedicated to main activities). There are a variety of different room types, each named after ancestors of the family who still own and run it. Each room is en-suite, and other facilities include lounge areas, internet access, and traditional hammam. On our terrace you can appreciate the Fes gastronomy while enjoying a unique view on the whole medina with its uncountable minarets. You can also relax there sipping a drink at any time of the day. Faithful to its culinary tradition, the palace houses a well-known restaurant with a table d'hotes of great finesse serving true Fassi cooking, the most famous of Moroccan cuisines.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
Currency exchange
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Arabic
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ct3inmd wrote a review Nov 2018
Baltimore, Maryland232 contributions57 helpful votes
This would be a five star hotel and review if the family that owns it had been able to afford top-drawer modern amenities. As it is, they use space heaters, our bathroom had a side saddle toilet, and electric fixtures may need fixing. BUT THE PLACE IS MAGICAL. The antique decor, the from-a-bygone-era service, and the marvelous food combine for an experience worth far more than dollars. This is not for the convenience lover or the querulous. For the rest of us, it is a chance to get as close to the grandeur of yesteryear as one can on an ordinary person's budget.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
asiahand1 wrote a review Jul 2018
Florida392 contributions92 helpful votes
We stayed in a Riad Couple of doors down from this Riad and came here for dinner. As we looked at the Riad we were happy with our own choice since our Riad was just for us and totally private where as here you could stay in individual rooms. The dinner set up was very nice and the court yard where the dinner was served was spacious and nice. The food was quite good.
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Date of stay: June 2018
Response from Elghalia, Responsable réception at Riad El Ghalia
Responded 5 Aug 2018
Many thanks . Kind regards
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Marco C wrote a review Jul 2018
Rome117 contributions48 helpful votes
I have been at dar El Ghalia one night with my family. The place is in the medina, but not far from one of its entrances, so it is easy to be reached. Its architecture and furniture is beautiful and recalls the palaces of Prince of Persia. The staff is very corteous and helpful. Rooms are a bit small, with scarce light and no wardrope. Bathrooms would need for sure some renovation work.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ivan wrote a review Jun 2018
Edmonton, Canada74 contributions33 helpful votes
Thanks to Dar El-Ghalia for making our Morocco experience one of the best out of 20+ travels we had as a couple. This place is elegant, welcoming and beautiful. If you see the rooms are moldy or its a run down place and looking for a 5-star place -- then you should not be in Morocco in the first place. This Riad provides you that experience and if you're that traveller that welcomes that - then stay here! They will try to arrange things for you like tour guide, car for hire to/from airport - but you can be polite and decline if you think you'd be able to do it yourself. They are offering it because they offer. They even have a dinner service (I would not say a "restaurant" because it clearly is just a kitchen in the side) but that is very much appreciated especially if you see yourself unable to go out of the Riad (raid.. tired..) and that's a convenience. but if you'd ask for restaurant recommendations they will even escort you to go there. The alley heading to the Riad is elegant - It cant be any more "Medina" , with kids playing on the alley way (there's a school after the Riad) and shoppers passing by, donkey passing by or its poop on the side. Staying here makes the Morocco experience authentic.
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Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: check the room during check and ask for another one if you're picky!
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Chris C wrote a review May 2018
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First of all, this guest house is by far a 4-star rated. Almost everything is run down and not looked after properly. It just doesn't feel fresh and clean. They upgraded us to a suite. I found out the toilet seat wasn't properly installed (it slides sideways) and the shower head was broken so the shower head falls off when you run the water, let alone the low water pressure. Also, the paint on the wall was peeling off. The room smells moldy and old. I had to ask them to change the room. Secondly, the location of the guest house is in the middle of the old city (a maze of small alleys). You WILL get lost... many times. If you're into adventure, you'd enjoy it. If not, don't ever try to walk alone after dark. Also, if you're driving, do yourself a favor, DON'T. Last but not least, the staffs do try their best to make your stay pleasant and comfortable. But again, I seriously DO NOT THINK this is a 4-star. I'd say it's more like a 2/2.5-star. Thanks for reading and good luck.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$68 - US$121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riad El Ghalia
Which popular attractions are close to Riad El Ghalia?
Nearby attractions include Morocco Local Holidays (0.1 km), Rue Talaa Kebira (0.2 km), and R’Cif Market (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Riad El Ghalia?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Riad El Ghalia?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Riad El Ghalia?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riad El Ghalia?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Ouliya, Darori, and Les saveurs de Riad Fes Maya.
Does Riad El Ghalia have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Riad El Ghalia offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Riad El Ghalia have airport transportation?
Yes, Riad El Ghalia offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Riad El Ghalia?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Riad El Ghalia?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Riad El Ghalia?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Glaoui Palace (1.5 km), Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin) (0.6 km), and Borj Nord (1.5 km).