14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Wonderful Ryad in Fantastic Location
"This beautifully restored ryad was highly praised by others on trip advisor but the reality still came as a pleasant surprise and delight. The owner, Michel, has lived there for six years and spent much of that time restoring this building to its present glory. There's a photo album in the courtyard that shows quite how much time and money has gone into the place, and how determined Michel clearly was to make it totally authentic. The efforts to achieve high standards with great attention to detail hasn't stopped since the restoration though, as the service is always friendly and attentive in a quiet and unintrusive manner. The ryad manages to provide a gloriously peaceful and luxurious retreat from the mayhem of the City streets just down below, which makes for a brilliant way to see Fes. The food is quite typically Moroccan (tagines, of course, couscous and salads) but using somewhat untypical ingredients and interesting combinations. There is no choice offered (again, quite typical of Morocco) so vegetarians will need to speak up in advance! There is an excellent choice though of Moroccan wines, which are remarkably good. It's worth visiting Fes if only to stay at the Ryad Mabrouka!
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of February 2007
Perfert location to destress!
"A weekend chez Mabouka makes you feel like you've been away for a week: Palatial building & rooms, excellent food and very attentive staff."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of November 2006
Loved the Riyad Mabrouka
"The Riyad Mabrouka is absolutley superb â the food was outstanding and the staff had the âje ne sais quoiâ when it came to customer service.
Our room was amazing - too good to spend just a weekend there!
The Bathroom was fabulous and adds a new dimension to en suite facilites if you have stayed in branded hotels in the past.
A short walk to the Mediana - excellent day and it is worth taking a guide - an incredible experience - and to top it all a short drive to the spa - wow and the massage was out of this world.
The Riyad Mabrouka has a pool and a sun deck - the perfect place to relax before a fabulous dinner.
We had a memorable weekend â and the Riyad Mabrouka will be implanted in our memories for ever â¦
We had not thought of visiting Morocco before - but thanks to the Riayd Mabrouka - Morocco is high on our list for our next weekend away and certainly we will be back!
Many many thanks
Robert & Amanda Macchi"
- Travel date: Sun 26th of November 2006
"We recently spent 3 nights at Riad Mabrouka in Fes. Finding the Riad was slightly difficult as it is located in the Medina (old city) which is not very well signed. To overcome this relatively small challenge, we recommend bringing a copy of the directions that are posted on the Riadâs website. Basically, when arriving at either the Fes airport or train station, any Petit-Taxi should be able to find the Ain-Azitlin parking lot, off of which the Riad is located.
We first arrived at the Riad and were greeting by the warm staff, and given our first mint tea service. The riad is absolutely beautiful, welcoming and provides an instant feeling of âcoming homeâ. We relaxed for a short while in the outdoor gardens, which were lushly decorated with flowers, trees, and a small pool. The food at the riad is absolutely wonderful, and we opted to eat-in all three nights. The prices are affordable, and the food was better than the other restaurants we sampled in Fes for lunches during the day. The service is impeccable; the staff knew our likes and dislikes by the second day, and the experience was made that much better by having our preferences factored into dinners and tea services. As a small side note, the staff was nearly all trilingual (Arabic, French and English), which was not the case with other Riads on our trip.
Michel Trezzy, the Riadâs proprietor, is usually around the Riad during the day and at night, and was very helpful in suggesting places to visit and arranging guides (a must for the Fes medina). The guides are relatively inexpensive about $25 for 5 hours and we would highly recommend it for at least the first day in Fes, since navigating the narrow streets is difficult.
The rooms at the Riad are impeccably decorated. Nearly every inch of our suite reflected Michel and his staffâs attention to detail. Tilework, stucco, wood carvings, a 16 foot ceilings intricately carved and painted all added to the old-world charm that Fes is known for. Our room was filled with high quality hand-crafts, another Fes specialty.
Overall, our stay at Riad Mabrouka was by our favorite during our trip to Morocco. The rooms do not come with some of the creature comforts that many travelers seek from their hotels (e.g. Television, internet, mini-bar), but thatâs precisely why we liked it so much. Regardless, if you find yourself in a pinch, Michelâs office has a computer with full internet access. The only complaint we had about the Riad is that we couldnât spend more time there, as our plans took us to Meknes and other cities in Morocco."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of November 2006
great stay in fes
"This was our first visit to fes. The Ryad was recommened by a friend. The staff were warm and welcoming and always pleased to assist. I can only describe the food as top class well presented and great choice of local dishes. The rooms in the ryad were very clean and each room had it's own theme. From the roof terrace great veiws of the medina and surrounding countryside. All of these features made the stay even better than anticipated."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of November 2006
Charming and beautiful
"Our two nights at Ryan Mabrouka were a treat! The rooms were beautifully decorated and very spacious, and we loved our bathroom."
- Travel date: Thu 9th of November 2006
Nice place & good location.
"Overall stay at Ryad Mabrouka was nice. Owner Michel is very knowledgeable and has an extensive background in the hospitality field.
One of his staff scheduled a surprise celebration for a couple at the Ryad for their anniversary. He had his friend's band come and play and they encouraged everyone to get up and dance. It was very sweet. The room was comfortable -- we had the Merinides room and the location of the riad was great. Very close walking distance from the medina souks...practically IN the medina souks, yet still very peaceful and quiet.
We had dinner at the riad the first night and it was the best chicken tangine I had while in Morocco. Be sure to let him know in advance if you would like to have dinner there so that they can prepare."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of September 2006
A lovely place in Fes
"My family of four just returned from a stay in Fes at Ryad Mabrouka. We spent three wonderful nights there. It truly is a gem in the Medina. It's location is great and the Ryad itself is beautiful. A lot of work went into the restoration of the Ryad. The lovely garden terrace and pool add to the enjoyment of the property. The rooms were beautifully appointed and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We ate two dinners at the Ryad and they were of the best we had in Morocco! The roof terrace was a great spot for a bird's eye view of the Medina both in the early morning and evening. It is a perfect choice."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of July 2006
Great hospitality, great riad!
"Situated close to the Bou Inania Medersa overlooking the city, restored with taste and with excellent hospitality, this was the accommodation highlight of our trip.
French-owned Ryad Mabrouka has been meticulously restored a few years ago, with several of the old features now revived - most special was Attarine room, with a wonderfully painted ceiling and a skylight. A tiled courtyard, a walled garden smelling of orange flowers, eight tastefully decorated rooms (with own boiler, so hot water worked!) and a mezzanine and roof terrace overlooking the medina.
The hospitality of Michel and his team was wonderful, especially when arranging the birthday dinner and surprise for my mother. We enjoyed an excellent dinner there, with a local band my mother liked very much. More on my personal travel diary at:
A place to come back!"
- Travel date: Fri 28th of April 2006
We liked Ryad Mabrouka
"We stayed at Ryad Mabrouka, Fes, Morocco, in February 2006 for 4 nights. We paid about USD100 per night for the room to include breakfast. The French owner, Michel Trezzy, lives there. It is quite difficult to find, even from the website diagram, but if you email him the owner will send a cab to meet you at the airport. This will cost about USD15. The ryad is a delightful old building, built around a mosaic clad courtyard, with about 8 characterful rooms off. Ours was one of the cheapest, but fine, you can pay double for suites. It had an ensuite shower, and air conditioning (cooling only). There is a delightful pool set in a charming small garden. The ryad is situated two hundred yards from the medina (souks, old part). The breakfasts are wonderful, fresh orange juice, fresh bread and croissants, perhaps a freshly made Berber pancake. You can eat at the ryad in the evening if you wish; the Moroccan cuisine is excellent and costs 200 drs, USD20, per person plus wine. We were a bit cold in the ryad in February, most of it is unheated, and the temperature was about 18c. In the summer no doubt it would be pleasantly cool. You can ask for a bottled gas heater for your bedroom. You feel part of the old city, with calls to prayer being clearly heard. The souk in Fes is less touristy than Marrakech and much more interesting. The ryad can arrange a guide, and trips eg to Roman Volubilis, and they were very helpful like this. Recommended."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of February 2006
"The Riad Mybrouka is a lovely guest house set in a beautifully restored Morroccan courtyarded palace originally built in c.1350. Many original features remain and our room, the Royal Suite, had absolutely stunning plasterwork and wood panelling. It is within the Medina walls but set into a quiet back street (warning - can be quite difficult for taxi's to find). There are several public areas including a terrace with fantastic views and a lovely garden, where you can have your breakfast, and different secluded seating areas and a small swimming pool. The meals we had there were delicious and the staff were really friendly. One word of warning - the staff do leave for the night so if you are planning on coming in late do take a front door key before you leave. After the hustle and bustle of the Fez souk it was a lovely retreat to return to and sip a cold Casablanca beer by the pool. Perfect."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of September 2005
A sophisticated experience ideal for the pampered traveller
"There's certainly no faulting the decor in this upmarket Riad. A beautiful roof terrace with views over the city and surrounding mountains, wonderfully grand rooms with extra large bath tubs and a very pretty patio, complete with its bigger than a plunge pool / smaller than a swimming pool hybrid that definitely proved the biggest we came across in any Riad in Morocco. And the food also proved very delicious on the occasion we dined in.
Perhaps the service is a little more grandiose than other Riads, making it ideal for those whose priorities focus on a great location (once you realise where you are it's very well positioned!) and highly attentive staff who make you feel like you're truly the centre of their world. We, a little more independent perhaps than the other older guests, did thoroughly enjoy our stay in Fes (don't believe all the scare mongering about crime and getting lost - maybe a 1/2 day guided tour and you're ready to explore!).
However, preferring to be left to our own devices and not looking for a hotel-quality experience, we were never necessarily 100% relaxed during our stay, unlike in the other places we stayed. No fault of the staff or the decor at all, simply a question of the sophisticated atmosphere not being so very us! Although, having said that, the mainstream pop blasting through the radio was a little bit incongrous after all their efforts...!
Sophisticated. Charming. Perfect for those seeking a bit of pampering..."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of September 2005