Review of Riad Souafine Fes, Morocco

In the palaces’ district on the Ziat hill, the charming Riad Souafine enjoys a privileged location in Fez and offers sweeping views overlooking the medina. This late 19th century patrician residence was totally renovated and refurbished with striking results. It now offers an authentic, if luxurious, slice of riad life in Fez.

At the core of this spacious riad is the Arab-Andalusian patio complete with orange and lemon trees growing around an exceptional 17th century fountain made of Carrara marble. Surrounding this patio’s exterior are four lounges, individually themed and decorated to represent regions of Morocco, offering beautiful spaces for relaxation and privacy or dining in palatial surroundings.

Accommodation space is made up of spacious suites renovated by some of the best craftsmen in Fez and decked out in true Moroccan style: tiles, carved furniture, textiles, rugs and Moroccan lamps are combined to charming effect and offset with thoughtful touches like vases brimming with fresh roses and striking modern art.

To unwind, there are roof-top terraces with outstanding views over the Medina and an in-house hammam. Dining is in itself a voyage through the culinary specialties of Fez, crafted with French influence.