Good riad, good value, good location.
Posted Apr 29, 2012
As seems to be the case with riads, we had a nice chat with the owner Rashid over tea upon our arrival. We had ordered a regular room and he upgraded us to a small suite with a window overlooking the central courtyard. The riad seemed to be relatively empty in April. It has a great location near the blue gate. We were able to park our car in a nearby garage for a few tens of dirhams. The hotel advertises free parking, but we got so lost driving into Fes at night that we had to be guided by a fellow on a motorycle, who handed us off to a tour guide, also named Rashid, who took us into the underground lot. Rashid the guide turned out to be very good, although we ended up going to a lot of shops, especially a carpet store and a leather store associated with the tannery. To be fair though, the carpet store and the tannery started with a tour, and the stuff on offer was very high quality, the tour was good and the people were fun and nice. Of course the asking price is always really high, and you have to negotiate. We always left with the feeling that we got a decent value, but that if we had bargained harder we could have gotten an even better deal. We spent a lot more money than we had planned. The reason I mention all this is that Rashid the riad owner may offer to get you a guide, etc. He also owns a tannery. You may be happy with his choice or not. We don't know, since we had contracted a guide before arriving at the riad.