Review of Riad Felloussia Meknes, Morocco

Located at the end of a small lane close to Place el Hedim, a central square separating the Medina from the Imperial City, Riad Felloussia is a recently-opened guesthouse offering a true riad experience in Meknes. The riad exudes a homely environment where guests share the culture and authenticity of a medina maison d’hôte with the owners who reside here, yet experience a service that is decidedly discreet and unobtrusive.

Owner Lionel endured a lengthy restoration work, much of it undertook by local artisans, before the “Welcome to Riad Felloussia” was sculpted in the wall decoration. During this time, the zellij, stucco, and cedar wood of the riad were brought back to life in the best of Meknessi tradition. The result is truly astounding, making the riad a living museum-cum-art gallery that sits comfortably within the medina’s historic quarter.

Guests are greeted by the lovely central courtyard where the original arch and cedar wood doors are accompanied by a gurgling fountain and overhanging greenery. There are four spacious rooms and suites decorated in rustic, earthy colours somehow blending perfectly with the more traditional interior architecture. The local influence is visibly apparent in the room furnishings — lots of traditional antique-style furniture and Berber rugs adorn the floors and walls throughout. The pick of the suites are the Toubkal – large, affording plenty of space on a split level with a double bed and a private Moroccan salon – and the Ouzoud – light and romantic with a small lounge and a traditional hammam for a soothing experience.

Dining at Riad Felloussia is a traditional affair, with the in-house Moroccan chef offering a menu of traditional meals. Breakfast is included in the rates and a separate dining room is available in the ground floor to take your meals in a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.

Riad Felloussia’s rooftop takes full advantage of its elevated position for wonderful views over the central el Hedim square and the Medina. This is the perfect spot for an extended brunch or a sunset drink.

Lionel is the consummate professional with perfect knowledge of Meknes and the local area. He is always around to help guests negotiate the medina, find a guide, or head out on day trips. Check out his blog for such errands to Volubilis, Azrou and the Middle Atlas.