10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Close to the Medina
"Spent two nights here and I was surprised by its value. Granted the rooms looked rather tired but I was impressed by mosaic work around the grounds, especially the centre fountain. Hot water is on from 6-10am and again at 6-10pm.
Breakfast was a very simple affair and the choice needs to be extended, rush hour (8-9) needs to be avoided as I believe that French tour groups and parties use this hotel.
Read much about the faux guides and the hassle you get outside the hotel so I arranged a gude for the day (150 dirhams) and a car for Meknes and Voubilis (800 dirhams) but allow lots of small change for the various number of people that show you around the tanneries and the different workshops, they will happily accept euro coins!!
The hard sell is exactly that. Avoid showing interest in items you do not intend to buy. As a single female traveller, I found having earphones stuck into my ears a godsend. A visible sign that my mind was elsewhere but still keeping my wits about me."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of February 2007
"This is a very well located hotel in 2 minutes walk from Bad el Bejou (or something similar) gate to the center of the medina (the zoco).
The service in the hotel is very kindand as far as the price is concerned we paid 575 MAD for a triple room buffet breakfast included, and 800 MAD with dinner.
The hotel indoor is very nice with a central "patio" with a fontain in the middle (I guess it must be perfect for hot summer days.
I would no doubt recommend it."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
Great location, average rooms
"The hotel is conveniently located inside the old medina of Fes. It's probably the only hotel inside the old medina with good enough rooms and not crazily expensive (this one beign Palais Jamais). The rooms are small and it feels like there was some kind of sauna or similar before hotel rooms, the inside of the hotel is very nice with a two level central yard."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of December 2006
"I loved our room - with lovely green tiled parts. It wasn't really new and shiny but had a great atmosphere. The best part was coming out of the room and looking out over the courtyard and fountain - and also sitting and eating breakfast with this view.
It's just by the Medina and it was fine for a small group of us to go exploring in the evening and for me to pop out alone to buy postcards and water from just opposite another evening."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of December 2006
"The Hotel Batha is situated in an ideal place if you want to discover the old town of Fez. The rooms are comfortable, a little basic but have charm and character. If you are looking for a characterless, clinical modern hotel do not stay at the Batha.
There is an amazing lounge area with beautiful mosaic walls, fantastic plasterwork on the ceiling, beutiful chandaliers and stunning stained glass windows. The bar area (the only place we found in Old Fez with beer!) is warm and welcoming with a roaring log fire which was great as the evenings got quite chilly.
The breakfast is adequate, typical continental. The staff friendly. The Batha is only approx 400m to the blue gate at the enterance of the Medina - one of the most amazing places I have visited.
I was surprised to read on another review, people felt threatened at night in the Medina - we found the few people around at that time of night very friendly and even got free mint tea from a cafe owner as we had run out of money.
I am disgusted MacDonald have found their way into the new town and only hope that now Fez is easily accessible by air, hoards of tourist will not spoil the traditional authenticity of the amazing place."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of December 2006
What an experience
"For price and location could not be faulted..... I found the breakfasts adequate and must say have had worse coffee in a lot of english hotels. The staff could not be faulted, most spoke good english and and always had a smile on their faces,, more than can be said in many english hotels. The Medina is a real eye opener to life in Morocco and there are plenty of bargains to be had, as long as you hagle and get the price right down. The weather in mid November was still hot enough to burn you so take your sunblock with you. All in all a fabulous place to stay for a few days."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of November 2006
Closest Hotel to Ancient Medina. Great Value
"Great location, just a stumble outside of the Ancient Medina, and with many Hotels being a taxi ride away, this is a significant bonus.
Understand the Hotel looks modern, but has tiled fountains in the large central atriums.
From 285MAD with a fixed menu at 115MAD (3 course - c.Â£8) and a licensed bar, I thought this stacked up as the best deal in Fes, and I looked at quite a few places.
If you want old charm, smelly bed and cockroaches then there are other places at this price or less.
I only stayed 1 night (meal was good by Moroccan standards) and moved on, and lived to regret it.
My photos are 1MB+ so couldn't post, but it has some lovely features, with a salon room, which is very orbnate like a luxury Moroccan home would be, a swimming pool and some comfy seating.
The drinks terrace to the rear attracts some of the trendy locals."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of November 2006
You could be anywhere in the world, not exotic Morocco!
"Hotel Batha fine for a basic, clean place to sleep in Fes, but really this could be a hotel anywhere in the world, not exotic Morocco!
For a much more authentic and memorable stay in Fes, I'd definitely recommend a stay in a riad, for about the same price or just a little bit more - so worth it.
Included breakfasts at Hotel Batha pretty missable - bad coffee, ok pastries & worst concentrate orange juice we tasted - why was this when everywhere else in Morooco you are served up wonderful freshly squeezed OJ?!
- Travel date: Tue 21st of March 2006
GOOD ACCOMODATION, NICE VALUE
"If you are a traveler for whom the highlight of a trip abroad is a stay in a luxurious hotel,then there are probably better choices . But if you are looking for a modern hotel that combines comfort, good value and unbeatable location, then Hotel Batha, in Fez, Morroco is the one for you.
This hotel's main attraction is that it is the only modern hotel that lies within the walls of the Medina, where the main sights are. It is only minutes away by foot from the souks and the famous narrow streets of the old City of Fez.
The rooms are nicely furnished, and the bathrooms have arabesque motifs. There is a nice courtyard with a beautiful fountain, and the hotel lounge is just gorgeous, although, mysteriously empty of patrons. Double rooms with TV and airconditioning will set you back $50.00 a night. That price includes a bland continental breakfast. The hotel has also a swimming pool, which offers a much needed down time after a day experiencing the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
Ask for a room away from the street, as the Morrocans tend to be raucous while walking in wedding and festival processions during the night.
Service is good, staff is pleasant, and you will be left with enough money to buy all the wonderful carpets and artifacts that your heart desire and that Morroco has to offer"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of November 2005
Pretty basic rooms, but cheap.....
"Fez is a real eye opener, but well worth a visit. Hard to believe people can still live so primatively in this day and age, but they can and they do. I have never seen so many donkeys in one place at one time. A real culture shock.
The hotel is right in the think of the action at the entrance to the medina.
Rooms are very basic, but the hotel itself is nice. It has a pool and a lovely bar with big sofas so you can sit back and relax in front of the open fire and enjoy a glass of your favourite Moroccan drop.
We ate at the hotel as we were warned not to go to the medina at night - nuff said, we didn't ask any questions but is was plainly obvious walking through there during the day why you wouldn't go there alone at night. Meals at he hotel are pretty average and the breakfast is worth missing - some hard bread rolls with a bit of jam and a well dodgey cup of coffee.
You can hire an official guide through the hotel for a reasonable price and it is well worth it - our guide was fantastic and he looked like freddie mercury! Without a guide you will get hassled by every tom dick and harry in the Medina and you are also likely to get lost in there and you might not come out for days, it is a myriad of alley ways.
Don't linger too long in front of the hotel because you will be preyed upon by the hawkers who claim to be tourist guides or know where the "real action is". Go back inside the hotel, jump into the nearest taxi if you can, or say you have a guide already organised through the hotel. Whatever you do, try not to engage yourself in conversation with these guys.
Taxis into the main city centre are cheap.
All in all Fez is a fantastic experience, but I would recommend you stay alert and keep your wits about you at all times.
- Travel date: Sat 30th of July 2005