La Maison Bleue

Riads & hotels in Fes, Fes & Meknes

A truly peaceful and elegant way to reside in the old city of Fes.

ABOUT:  Built as a family palace in 1915 by famous astrologer Sidi Mohammed El Abbadi, La Maison Bleue feels otherworldly even today.  Its restaurant is one of Morocco’s finest, without doubt.  And its classical décor - scrolls of carved plasterwork, exquisite blue mosaic tiles, quintessentially Fes-style stained-glass windows and lustrous cedarwood doors - is a romantic's dream.


ROOMS:  Five suites and a single room are scattered over the first and second floors, all with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and satellite TVs.  In particular, the suites have a private-home ambience thanks to four-poster beds, sofas and striking bathtubs.


FACILITIES:  Candlelit, that legendary restaurant ticks off salads, pastilla, tagines, couscous, desserts and pastries in its nightly banquets – so skipping lunch could be prudent.  Either way, make sure to reserve space for the poppadom-style pudding, drenched in sweet icing: it’s truly to die for.  To make things extra special, Gnaoua musicians provide a live, hypnotic soundtrack from the shadows.  Almost as magical is the rooftop terrace.  Guests may also use sister hotel Riad Maison Bleue’s spa and pool, ten minutes away, for free.


EXTRA INFO:  Dating back to those first owners, La Maison Bleue’s library contains beautifully-bound books and letters written in impossibly-perfect calligraphy.  Back in the modern age, hotel staff can arrange medina tours, local-area excursions and cookery classes at Riad Maison Bleue.

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