After marrakesch where we loved the place where we stayed we arrived in Fes, one of the most magical spiritual interesting cities of the world . We were booked at the , Riad Le Maison Bleue. What a dissapointment!! From the time we walked in! The tiny very ordinary, courtyard, with the swimming pool, smelt moldy and musty, quite off putting! I asked the gentleman who was checking us in that I would like a room with an outside view, he very superciliously and curtly informed me that the Riad didn't have any room in the Riad that had widows looking outwards. After a 20 minute wait he took us up a narrow dark and dank staircase, with mosaic which was actually quite lovely. .we arrived at a room which he informed us was ours. It had 4 huge windows overlooking the road and part of the entrance to the medina! !! A room with outdoor view had magically appeared!! The sofas and furnishing were quite old and shabby.it was a small suite. Bathroom was dark but nice.All in all a bit rundown but charming. I was just happy with the windows!! The Riad consists of more than 1 building, the building attached to the Riad was full of famillies so was very noisy. There was no place in the Riad that one could just spend some quite time reading or contemplating.
A room service request for coffee took more than 20 minutes each time, and invariably was cold. Dinner was a disaster! The first course was ok, my husbands main course, a meat dish, was stringy tough, and came with a long strand of human hair!!!! We called the waiter, and showed him he said 'it must have come from 'outside'!!! We were livid and asked him to call the maitre nobody, came. We left the table very annoyed and half hungry.the service was consistently, indifferent. When we paid the bill while checking out, we saw that they had charged us full amount for that ' hairy'!! Dinner!! And to top it all here was no apology at all!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Maison Bleue is a traditional Moroccan residence built in 1915 by the El Abbadi family, who still own the house. By staying here you will be, first and foremost, the guests of a prominent Fassi family in their own home. Its location near Bab Boujloud is ideal, providing easy walking access to all the monuments of Fez. A haven of peace in the heart of Fez Medina, La Maison Bleue is a place of serenity and regeneration. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maison Bleue Fes