Much charm, intimacy and refinement are on offer at this beautiful family run riad in the old city of Fes.
ABOUT: Perched on a hillside, overlooking the ancient medina – and only a ten-minute walk from the main souks, and from its sister hotel, La Maison Bleue – Riad Maison Bleue is an exercise in effortless style. Charm, beauty, service and serenity are buzzwords, whilst good breakfasts are enticement alone.
ROOMS: Each resolutely individual, the 16 deluxe and two standard rooms here feel more private-house than hotel. All are air-conditioned, all have baths and all offer fully-fledged Moorish elegance – beautiful tiles, intricate plasterwork, stained glass windows – plus free Wi-Fi. For extra privacy, quarters in the Pavillon de l’Astrolabe wing have access to two snoozy salons.
FACILITIES: Found in the central, leafy courtyard, a small (unheated) lap pool is refreshing after a day spent buying babouches and rummaging in rug shops. Those famous breakfasts are served here too, while Moroccan-style dinners are taken on the rooftop terraces beneath the moonlight. There’s a spa and small fitness room, and a bar.
EXTRA INFO: The riad’s friendly and extremely accommodating staff can arrange medina guides, plus excursions to Meknes (aka ‘Fes Lite’), Volubilis and the nearby cedar forests to see Barbary apes. The hotel’s Maison Cordon Bleu culinary school invites guests to shop with chef Tariq in the local food markets before learning to cook specialities such as tagines and pastilla (pigeon pie). ‘Epicurean Experiences’ combine cookery classes with winery visits and seasonal excursions, such as orange-blossom water-making.
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Received a warm welcome from Marouane, who I understand had spoken to you. A great guy, He made me feel completely at home, as did all the staff. Again they were well trained and friendly. Lovely suite all to myself. Dinner was fine.
Neil Ashford who stayed here in November 2014.
Riad Maison Bleue in Fez-what's not to like??! Wonderful place.
Mark Sloneker who stayed here in January 2014.
The riad was very quiet (we appeared to be the only guests for most of the week) and beautifully appointed. The staff (especially Mohamed in the restaurant and Younis in reception) were discreet, but always there if you needed help or advice, and happily booked other restaurants for us AND arranged for us to be escorted there through the medina in case we got lost! We felt very spoiled. My friend had problems with her shower and with the TV (serve her right for wanting to watch TV on holiday!), but these were speedily dealt with. The spa facilities were a wonderful treat after a couple of busy days finding our way round the alleyways of the medina.
Pat B who stayed here in September 2013.
The hotel arranged us a guide around Fes who was good even though it did effectively turn into a shopping trip against our wishes, we did see lots of the city and it would have been a nightmare on our own the first day. However it did give us the confidence to do our own thing the second day and enjoyed that as well. We took a route for gardens and palaces and discovered some lovely empty places. Only got hassled once whilst on our own. We did love Fes and would recommend visiting there to anyone.
Charles S who stayed here in March 2013.
Riad Maison Bleue, Fes & Meknes has been rated 4 times, with an overall rating of 4.75 out of 5.
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