20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Wonderful in every respect - culture shock we loved getting used to
"Must admit we preferred FES in terms of the lack of tourism etc....Marrakesh was great though, both locations very different from each other. We stayed at both Tizwa's and I will copy this to the other one
The stay in FES was made for us for the following reasons;
The Owner Richard was there at the time that we stayed. The homely, everyone chatting environment. Creation of a homely culture. FAB
The attention from the staff
Particularly the way that Karima talked to us, about the place, culture etc... and the arrangements that she did for us. She is a lovely girl.
Regarding Marrakesh, and please do not see this as a critisism of the house etc... as it was lovely and we had a fab time
Mohammed was as helpful as he could be, but limited in English so it was a bit difficult. as he seems to be managing the day to day etc. No manager visable.
Did not see the Manager until night 4 when we waited for her downstairs and she gave the bill to Mohammed to give to us. Incidentally, do not know her name even. Very very different to FES in terms of approach.
Obviously, if we had not been to FES and had the FES experience, we may not have made these observations ? The Riad is lovely, the roof terrace fab, the room lovely. Just lacked the personal touches that FES had. I think with the number of rooms, it IS possible for the Manager to be there when you arrive, around in the morning and around 5 ish evening, and when you leave ? Unfortuately she did not seem to take any interest. However, we had a wonderful time and the Riad in Marrakesh is gorgeous, the terrace and the rooms wonderful, breakfast good and filling and fresh. I would not hesitate to recommend either Tizwa's in a way I wish we had not been to both as I have had to make a comparison. Marrakesh in isolation would have scored very highly."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of May 2008
"Four friends and I stayed at Riad Tizwa for five nights in March and had a wonderful time, both in Fes, and at the Riad. The proprietor, Richard Bee was on hand nearly all the time, and seemed to us like the perfect hotelier if you are looking for an interesting conversationalist and someone who can point you in the right direction when asked. The staff, Karima, Hesham and others could not be nicer or better at their jobs. Young, patient, ever helpful, we loved them. Through the Riad we hired a driver for a day in the country, and a guide through the Medina. In both cases these gentlemen were professional, personable and knowlegable. We booked a meal our last night and thoroughly enjoyed each dish. The Riad is beautiful and a haven of peacefulness and repose. The courtyard embodies the rich material combinations and lofty spaces for which Fes architecture is renowned: marble, plaster, clay, wood. The rooms vary in size and amenities and the prices reflect these differences. The upkeep is immaculate. I appreciated Richard's stance in steering away from stereotypes in terms of apparel and attitude. Friendly, not obsequious staff, no salaaming and no affectation makes this Riad a special and refreshingly modern guest house. "Tizwa' means 'bee-hive' in the Berber language. We all found Tizwa to be a 'hive' of warm feeling and interesting conversation with hosts and other guests. I plan on returning some day."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of May 2008
"On a tour of Morocco recently 5 friends and I stayed 4 days at Riad Tizwa in Fez. It is a very pleasantly set up and charming riad, well located (we could always find our way back through the maze that is Fez, and there were great restaurants nearby) and comfortable.
The friendly attitude of the four young Moroccans running the place was most enjoyable. They would comply with any reasonable request - advice on Fez, extra bed, lemon for tea, info on Moroccan life, locate our friends.... The most lively and informative young manager, Karima, was a constant source of interesting information and entertaining stories.
A delicious and plentiful breakfast was provided, and we ate on the terrace looking out over the rooftops of Fez to the hills. Tea was available all day, served with panache.
The only criticism I have is that the cane furniture in the courtyard is ugly and unMoroccan."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of May 2008
Great Place to Stay - Fun
"My girlfriend and I stayed at the Riad Tizwa ifor three nights in April. Reserving the room was simple enough thorugh the Riad's webiste and prompt responses via e-mail were received. We made arrangements for a transfer from the Fes airport to the Riad which was handled perfectly. The Riad location is very good - just a quick 5 minute walk from the "Blue Gate" of the medina. The interior courtyard and terrace were both comfortable and inviting.
We stayed in Room #3, which was very nice sized double room and quite beautiful. It appears the size of rooms varies greatly, as it does in other Riads, so it's recommended that you pay close attention to the descriptions on the website and ask in any e-mails. The room was great for us, but some traveler's may find the shower in this room to be a little less than desirable. Basically, there is a shower area within the bathroom and no tub. The shower (a shower hose) functioned well, but was nothing fancy or elegant. There appear to be other rooms that have upgraded bath/shower facilities. The rate was reasonable and I would consider the Riad to be a good value. We especially enjoyed the traditional Moroccan breakfast served when and where we wanted it. I've never had plain yoghurt (you can add honey or marmalade) that tasted that good.
The staff (Karima & company) were very friendly, helpful (good restaurant recommendations and advice on logistics to Meknes & Volubilis)and enhanced the experience. I have absolutely no complaints and would highly recommend the Riad Tizwa."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of May 2008
Pleased To Be Home Again
"I visited Riad Tizwa in marrakech last year and loved it and so i thought i would try Fez.
I wasn't disappointed!! The city is wonderful and the Riad was fabulous...
The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful and the food was divine.
The place is tranquil, a home from home and exceeded my expectations especially the huge roof terrace. Great to have the Riad Tizwa breakfast and i am just dying for that wonderful soap....
Fez is completely different from marrakech, much grander, ornate and culturally more interesting as a city and really hasn't been hit by tourists.This is a good thing. I guess the only downside to no tourists is that there aren't that many good restaurants to choose from (thankgod for the clock!!!)
Good House,Great Holiday and will definitely be going back!
Absolutely recommend it and i am planning my next trip to sidi ifni!"
- Travel date: Fri 25th of April 2008
wish i was there now
"i am sitting in Essouira and wish i was stil in Riad Tizwa in Fes.
i have been on the road in morocco for 3 weeks and this riad is the best. Best food; best area: best of friends and best environmentally! very impressive. i booked this place 3 weeks ago as it was the best value option for my price range and i was very happy. i just noticed that there has just been 1 off review for this place - or should i say palace on tripadvisor and i can say this is not what i found at all.
really lovey place to be and much better in quality than anything else i have found on my trip. I took a friends advice to come to essaouria and wished i had not . It s full of tourists. I would have been much better off to spend 2 more days in quiet fes. Im thinking of stopping there on the way back .
back on the bike"
- Travel date: Fri 25th of April 2008
"We have just done a 3 week tour of Morocco and took in the 2 riad Tizwas. They are the best of the best.
We were on a 4 location holiday (Marrakech, Fes, Agadir and Essaouira) and we really found that their 2 riads had the nicest staff, the best food (great breakfasts and dinners). We felt that agadir was well worth missing and we obviously made a big error with the riad in Essaouira (it had cockroaches!!)
Fes is (in our 3 week trip opinion) the most interesting city in morocco. We actually decided on this riad because of the reviews on Tripadvisor - and we were not let down. Really beauitiful place and a great location. The calm in the house is very relaxing and the great house manager called Karima really helped with all of our travel in morocco.
Fes has great culture and a wonderful feel. Much more traditional and authentic that marrakech.
Forget Agadir - wish we had spent longer in Fes"
- Travel date: Sat 12th of April 2008
Would not stay there again.
"The reviews of this riad were amazing. But my husband and I just did not experience anything amazing during our stay there. This was our fourth stop on a trip around Morocco and definitely our least favorite riad. Fes is a city with soul and energy and this riad lacked both for us. The owner told us he was not a designer and this was evident in the cold entry, furniture not too scale and hodge podge decorating. Apparently we got a discount because they just finished a renovation and are in a soft launch period. The price that they want to charge is silly and there is no value there. The staff is very sweet and they have a talented cook who made us dinner. But it was almost double the price that we paid for dinner at the other riads where we stayed with the food being just as good.
My husband and I both felt that the owner is in it for profit only. We didn't detect any passion for Fes, history or architecture from him. We even overheard him reprimanding one of his staff which is not appropriate in any guesthouse situation. And one of the staff was complaining to us about plumbing problems they were having.
There were a few positives during our stay here.... our room on the terrace had lots of privacy and was very quiet, the young man on the staff is incredible sweet and we met a great couple at the riad who we stayed up late with having interesting conversation."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of April 2008
Loved Riad Tizwa, Fes
"Recently renovated, this was great value for our family. Also a fantastic location, just near one of the main gates to the Medina. Parking for our rental car nearby. Staff at the Riad accomodated our every request, down to accompanying us to the local hammam and waiting until we were done. Highly recommended!"
- Travel date: Mon 31st of March 2008
"We were in Morocco for 10 days, and stayed in four different Riads and Riad Tizwa in Fes is the BEST. We had initially only wanted to stay at the Marrakech Riad Tizwa but was then given an offer that we simply could not refuse to stay in Riad Tizwa Fes.
One of the great things about both Riad Tizwa's is their location. It is very convenient as both are close to the Medina and the main road, so that you do not have to drag your luggage through the Medina, especially Fes where it is very hilly.
Another plus point was them making all the arrangements for our travel between Marrakech and Fes on the train, the packed lunch and for someone to meet us at the train station which is extremely important for new travellers to Fes.
While we were there we met the owner Richard, who was extremely kind and accomodating. He took us for a short walk to the Medina from the Riad so that we could get our bearings. We really appreciated that. Even the house manager, Karima, is also very friendly and helpful especially with the arrangements for our luggage when we shifted to another Riad.
We were also extremely lucky to have been introduced by the Riad to a fantastic guide, Hicham, who introduced us to the secrets of the Fes Medina including the awesome local food at the little stalls. Do ask for Hicham when looking for a guide as he is polite, fun and very accomodating.
We loved the architecture of the Riad and had a spacious room. The terrace has gorgeous views of the Medina which rivals views that you can get from other more upmarket Riads.
Unfortunately we were only there for one night and we certainly missed the warmth and friendly atmosphere of the Riad when we moved to the other place. We will definitely stay in Riad Tizwa if we come back to Fes.
What stands out about Riad Tizwa is the personal touch be it from Daniel (at booking stage and answering all our queries patiently), to his brother Richard in Fes and the staff both in Marrakech (both Mohammad's) and Fes (Karima). In this respect, they stand head and shoulders above the 5 star Riads which we also stayed at.
Now we are back in Malaysia and missing everything about Fes..... It was an unforgettable experience and we look forward to our next stay in Riad Tizwa Fes.....
Nik n Mariza Kuala Lumpur Malaysia"
- Travel date: Thu 27th of March 2008
"Tizwa Fes is an impressive Riad of Imperial stile, with mosaics, stone engravings, wood paintings...
The rooms are marvellous and the modern furniture underlines with taste the old elements as wood ceilings, marble floors, and coloured glass of the windows.
Some rooms have a chimney that can be lit for you to make it more romantic. Staff is very kind and helpful. Don't miss the food! The cooker is very good. For us it was for far the best meal we had in Morocco.
Last but not the least: the beds are very comfortable!"
- Travel date: Mon 24th of March 2008
Calm and beautiful home base for exploring Fes
"Fes is a beautiful city; its medina is incomparable to any other in Morocco. Riad Tizwa was the perfect home base - calm, beautiful, luxurious, with wonderful staff - a great place to relax after a long (and sometimes tiring) trek through the city. The location was ideal; it is right near one of the main entrances to the medina, with shops and restaurants a five minute walk away. Next time I am in Fes, I'll definitely stay there again."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of March 2008