We stayed for three nights in the Riad. We were met at the gate to the medina (Bab Boujiloud) by the Riad's assistant - you would never find it yourself! On arrival Vincent (one of the owners) sat us down with mint tea and biscuits to provide his tips for Fes which were very helpful. He gave us tips for places to eat which we stuck to during our visit and did not get ill at all and the food was great (apparently there are a lot of dubious eating establishments in Fes).
The Riad is ideally located in the medina and once you get your bearings it is fairly easy to locate. Our room was on the top floor and was very well decorated with lovely antiques which gave us inspiration to buy things for our own house during our stay. The bathroom was huge and very authentic - one thing I would say is that the shower was not very practical as it had no curtain or screen so the water went everywhere! Also our room was entered via the bathroom and because of a gap in the door leading out to the main stairwell we did feel a bit self-concious at times.
The Riad was so quiet it was easy to forget how close you were to the bustle of the souks. It was actually quite difficult to stay so quiet during our stay - the rooms are not glazed but have shutters and all face onto the internal courtyard - you can literally hear everyone else talking, coughing and going to the loo! We spent three days whispering to each other and avoiding going to the toilet! That is the only aspect I would change about the Riad - put some glazing in the room windows for privacy reasons.
The breakfast was really lovely and prepared by friendly Fatima who was always smiling and singing as she worked. The fruit salad was beautiful and the pancakes were gorgeous. For two days we ate on the terrace but when the weather wasn't so good we sat in the internal courtyard instead. We ate at the Riad one evening and the food was so good (cooked by the other Fatima!) we thought we would explode afterwards from eating so much! It was good value and the smell permeating the Riad as it cooked during the day let us know that we were in for a treat.
We slept so well in the Riad because it was so quiet and would highly recommend Riad Boujloud as an oasis of calm which was worth the 70 Euros per night we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bab Boujloud is the principal door of the Medina. Riad Boujloud is within minutes of this door and welcomes you in an Eden of feelings, in a haven of peace with all the authenticity of the Fassi architecture and the relaxed rhythm of life of Morocco. You can sample cooking in the Provencal and Morrocan flavours there. Excursions to the Medium Atlas Mountains, Voluibilis and Meknes can be arranged for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Boujloud Fes
- Riad Boujloud Hotel Fes