A good hotel in a backward city
Posted Apr 14, 2013
The hotel was not too far from the train station or the medina. Both places were 15 dirhams to get there. Obviously, it is Morocco so the taxi drivers will try to screw you over at every turn, but 15 dirhams is the price. As for the hotel, no complaints here. The room I stayed in was originally built for a double bed or queen size bed but there was only a twin in the place. I know this because to reach the light switch by the bed I had to stretch to shut off the lights and the standard wood work to place watches, wallet, etc were too far for comfort.
Other than that, the complimentary breakfast was ok, the water hot and the towels clean. Only soap is provided, so bring your own shampoo.
Do not, and I repeat, do not, hire a guide for the medina - regardless how much the front desk people pester you. It is simply a town with narrow streets and unless you are in some type of time constraint, just walk around. The touts are quite irritating, but just ignore them and you will be fine. There are signs on the streets so that you can find your way. A guide is just a complete rip off.
Other than that, the hotel bar has a constant 2 for 1 happy hour on beer. That is a luxury that is hard to come by in the backward city that is Fez, so it is worth visiting even if you do not actually stay here. The complimentary olives, popcorn and then later spicy chicken and potatoes were great. It was my best meal in Fez. Marrakesh is 10 times better...but I digress.
The hotel is good.