Until now, Marrakech took the top spot when it came to establishing the best boutique hotels in Morocco. But this is not without counting those of Fez, the second largest city in the country, and its new elegant properties. Where to sleep in Fez, imperial and authentic city of Morocco? Here are the most beautiful hotels in Fes, carefully chosen by the editorial staff of Mandaley.
The Sahrai hotel in Fez offers you an intimate and elegant setting for a successful stay in the thousand-year-old city. Between the intimacy that a riad can offer and the luxury that a large resort can offer, the Sahrai hotel manages to position itself between the two, with this perspective of offering a home away from home.
Bathed in light, the hotel’s rooms and suites imaginatively blend traditional and modern styles.
Don’t forget to take a trip to the Spa Givenchy, a real oasis of tranquility and a haven of luxury, beauty and relaxation. Its sober and refined decor harmoniously combines leather, wood, stone and stucco. The spa consists of five treatment cabins, including a double cabin with a terrace with a breathtaking view of Fez. The spa also includes a rest area open to the outside, equipped with a Jacuzzi, and a Givenchy boutique whose modern and luxurious design showcases all of the House’s products. Derived from the Moroccan word meaning “magic”, the name of Hotel Sahrai carries with it a beautiful and well-kept promise.
> Address: Bab Lghoul, Dhar El Mehraz, 30000, Fez
What immediately strikes you at the Palais Amani is the lush vegetation found there as soon as you push the doors of this charming hotel in Fez. This 5-star hotel is bathed in light and gives us a breath of fresh air and unparalleled tranquility, even within the city. 15 rooms including luxury rooms, suites, duplexes and apartments. Do not look for modern decorative elements, there are none. Everything, even in the bathroom, comes from Fez craftsmanship, down to the leather slippers carefully placed on your bed. What do we like the most? The splendid stained glass windows of each room from which one can sometimes admire the hill of Zalagh.
> Address: 12 Derb el Miter Oued Zhoune Luxury Riad, Medina, Fes, 12 Derb El Miter, Fes 30000, Morocco
Recently renovated, the Dar Seffarine hotel combines design and relaxation, all for a luxurious and elegant result, but without fuss. This 600-year-old house is a clever mix of tradition (mosaic, Moroccan earthenware, crafts from Fez, etc.) and Scandinavian minimalism (pure decor, linen straight from Norway, etc.). We grant you, it’s more a guest house than a hotel, so much the owners, Alaa and Kate are at your disposal to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The central courtyard and the rooftop are at the center of community life and you will feel surrounded by loved ones. Ideal to exchange and have a panoramic view of the medina of Fez!
> Address: Fez El Bali, Fez, Morocco
The Hotel Palais Faraj Suites & Spa Fez has hosted a large number of artists, writers and international leaders, thus becoming a reference in the field of luxury hotels in Morocco.
It was Jean baptiste Barian, architect and interior designer to King Hassan II, who brought life to each space of the palace using noble materials, custom-made furniture and works of art found around the world. While recreating the atmosphere of the palaces of yesteryear, the architect has nevertheless managed to keep comfort and modernity and this is felt in each room and suite. In addition, the Palais Faraj offers you an extraordinary well-being cure thanks to its outdoor swimming pool, its Spa, its hammam and its beauty institute. We fell in love with the zellige-style mosaic tiles as well as the moucharabieh windows. Moreover, the hotel even offers its customers a zellige workshop (initiation to the manufacture and assembly of Moroccan mosaics), but also pottery as well as Moroccan cooking classes.
> Address: Arsat El Hammoumi, Fes, Morocco
Perched on the heights of Fez, Les Mérinides is a 5-star hotel with a terrace offering a majestic view of the heights of Fez and its medina. All rooms are decorated in light tones with noble high quality materials such as glass and see. What do we like the most? The hotel restaurant, located on the third floor and which offers Moroccan and international cuisine with specialties from the region, all in a refined setting with a panoramic view of the medina.
> Address: Douar El Magta, Fes, Morocco
It is one of the cheapest options to eat in Fez. The food here is very tasty, homemade and traditional , and the staff is nice. It is best to go at noon and have a menu that includes a starter, main course, dessert and a drink and it only costs approx. €8. If you prefer to eat à la carte, the main ones are €4-6.
We really liked this restaurant, with a very good value for money and service! It also has a covered terrace (perfect if it’s hot as it has air conditioning) and another, on the top floor, with great views of the city. To eat we tried a vegetable cous cous and a beef tajine with plums and apricots (delicious!).
Good fast food place (but not only) both to eat there and to take away. We tried a mixed meat taco (they call it that but it’s more like a burrito). It was so good that we went back the next day! Price: €4 approx.
Give Fes Tajine
We found this place incredible: we tried the salad plate that for around €5 includes a variety of 12 different dishes (Moroccan, Berber and bean salads) and a chicken tajine with lemon and olives (€8).
We asked a friend where we could eat a good (and cheap) pizza in Fez and he recommended us to come here. Result: very rich! Prices: €4-8. They also have pasta and more meals, but we definitely recommend trying pizza (the Regina, with aubergines and ham is soooo delicious). Of course, it is in the Ville Nouvelle area.
The Ruined Garden
Don’t be fooled by the name: ruins… nothing: the garden where the tables are set is very pretty. Serves Moroccan tapas and main courses . It is somewhat more expensive than the rest of the places that we recommend in this article, but it is not that it is excessive: for €15/18 you eat and drink in luxury, a little whim.
If you are looking for vegetarian restaurants in Fez, this is very good. The menu is not very extensive but the variety of dishes is (there is everything from pasta and pizza to avocado toast with egg and budda bowl). Prices: €4-7. Large portions and be sure to try the juices!
Cafe restaurant Al Oud
It is a small place but HIGHLY recommended : the food is delicious and with good prices, but the fact is that the guys who run it are also friendly and nice. We tried a tajine of keftas (Arabian meatballs) which was delicious and a lamb tajine with dried fruits, plums and apricots.