ABOUT: Combining excellent facilities with an ideal location for exploring this beguiling city, the five-star Palais Jamai is a Fes institute.  The hotel is situated within a fragrant garden of citrus trees and medicinal herbs, yet only steps away from the medina’s brouhaha.  Designed in 1879 as a ‘pleasure pavilion’, the palace has remained sumptuous ever since, as confirmed by a columned Arab-Moorish atrium, and the stained glass windows, intricate woodwork, marble fountains and pretty lanterns found throughout.  Far-reaching views over ramparts and rooftops are glorious. 

 

ROOMS: The 123 luxury rooms and 19 suites are conceived in a refined, Oriental style, all spacious, and all complete with air-conditioning, satellite TVs, Bose radios and bathtubs.  All ‘rooms’ have balconies: Standard Rooms face the hotel’s gardens, while Luxury Rooms overlook the honey-coloured medina.

 

FACILITIES: Guests have three restaurant choices: French cuisine and fine wines in the Petit Jardin, light Mediterranean dishes in l'Oliveraie or, accompanied by a live band and belly dancers, Moroccan staples at Al Fassia.  There’s also an English-style jazz bar, a spa – with hammam, massage, whirlpool and Décleor products – a fitness centre and a large rooftop pool.

 

EXTRA INFO: For golfers, the hotel can arrange rounds on nearby nine or 18-hole courses.  Two tennis courts are also available, and tour guides for the labyrinthine medina are essential.  As you’d expect, Wi-Fi is available throughout.