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The Most Beautiful Riads In Fez, Morocco

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Stately homes with ornate ceilings and delicately carved stucco with original paint peering through. Rooftop terraces with views over the Merenid tombs and minarets dotting the old city skyline. Stepping inside the riads (traditional homes) in the medieval city of Fez could be compared to walking into a palace. While the medina houses hundreds of riads, here are eight of the most beautiful.
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Dar Roumana

Dubbing itself as ‘luxurious suites and exclusive dining in a traditional Moroccan riad with panoramic views of the ancient medina of Fes,’ it’s easy to understand that guests may not want to step outside of Dar Roumana. With the on-site restaurant, one of the best in the city, dining here provides travelers with a fusion of Mediterranean and local flavors.

Dar Roumana, 30 Derb el Amer, Zkak Roumane, Fez, Morocco, +212 5357 41637

Yasmina Suite at Dar Roumana | © Dar Roumana

Yasmina Suite at Dar Roumana | © Dar Roumana

Library | © Dar Roumana

Library | © Dar Roumana

Roof terrace | © Dar Roumana

Roof terrace | © Dar Roumana

Tamarind Suite | © Dar Roumana

Tamarind Suite | © Dar Roumana

Entrance at Dar Roumana | © Dar Roumana

Entrance at Dar Roumana | © Dar Roumana

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Riad Fes

A true architectural gem, Riad Fes may be the finest riad in the region, and its accreditation with Relais & Châteaux is a testament to this fine boutique hotel’s quality. You will find soaring ceilings and beautiful Moroccan craftsmanship on display at every turn, including carved stucco, cedar work, and intricate zellig tile work. This hotel upholds the highest of standards when it comes to service and comfort, offering an overall amazing experience.

Riad Fes, 5 Derb Ben Slimane, Zerbtana, Fez, Morocco, +212 6216 07952

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

Riad Fes | © Riad Fes

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Riad Laaroussa

Tucked inside a 17th-century palace, the rooms and suites at Riad Laaroussa encircle the courtyards filled with orange trees, making it a true riad (in the local dialect, a riad indicates a home with an interior garden).

Riad Laaroussa, 3 Derb Bechara, Fez, Morocco, +212 674 187639

Courtyard at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

Courtyard at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

Green Suite at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

Green Suite at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

Grey Suite at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

Grey Suite at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

Courtyard at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

Courtyard at Riad Laaroussa | © Riad Laaroussa

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Karawan Riad

Don’t be surprised if the suites at Karawan Riad are larger than an apartment, especially for travelers from New York or London. Each suite features an interior and exterior balcony, modern design, and state-of-the-art technology, proving that the owners of this riad didn’t skip a bit in the planning and decorating process.

Karawan Riad, 21 Derb Ourbia, Fez, Morocco, +212 5356 37878

Karawan patio | © Karawan Riad

Karawan patio | © Karawan Riad

Suhaili Suite | © Karawan Riad

Suhaili Suite | © Karawan Riad

Tea Room | © Karawan Riad

Tea Room | © Karawan Riad

Zephyr Suite | © Karawan Riad

Zephyr Suite | © Karawan Riad

Zephyr Suite | © Karawan Riad

Zephyr Suite | © Karawan Riad

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Riad 9

American designer Stephen DiRenza’s Riad 9 is one of the trendiest spots for a family or group of friends looking for a place on an exclusive hire basis. The stylish home reflects the designer’s refined tastes and sense of style.

Riad 9, 9 Derb Lamsside, Fez, Morocco, +212 5356 34045

Bedroom at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Bedroom at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Bedroom at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Bedroom at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Interior view at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Interior view at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Entrance at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Entrance at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Rooftop terrace at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

Rooftop terrace at Riad 9 | © Riad 9

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Dar Seffarine

Step inside the unassuming doorway of Dar Seffarine, where the glowing courtyard and high walls await you in all of their splendor. The riad is truly an architectural gem, renovated to its original beauty.

Dar Seffarine, 14 Derb Sbaa Louyate, Seffarine, Fez, Morocco, +212 671 113528

Bedroom at Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Bedroom at Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Bedroom at Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Bedroom at Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine architectural details | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine architectural details | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine architectural details | © Dar Seffarine

Dar Seffarine architectural details | © Dar Seffarine

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La Maison Bleue

Built in 1915 by Sidi Mohammed El Abbadi, a famous judge and astrologer, in traditional Fassi design, La Maison Bleue is today owned and operated by the late judge’s grandchildren. This riad provides travelers with a glimpse into the refined architecture of Fez.

La Maison Bleue, 2 Place Batha, Fez, Morocco, +212 5356 36052

Suite at Maison Bleue | © Maison Bleue

Suite at Maison Bleue | © Maison Bleue

maison bleue patio | © Maison Bleue

maison bleue patio | © Maison Bleue

Suite at Maison Bleue | © Maison Bleue

Suite at Maison Bleue | © Maison Bleue

maison bleue patio | © Maison Bleue

Maison bleue patio | © Maison Bleue

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Riad Mabrouka

In typical Arabo-Andalusian style, the interior courtyard at Riad Mabrouka features carved stucco, cedar wooden doors, a small babbling fountain, and colorful traditional mosaics. From here, guests can access the fragrant garden featuring rose bushes and citrus trees as well as a small plunge pool.

Riad Mabrouka, 25 Derb el Miter Rue Talaa Kebira, Fez, Morocco, +212 5356 36345

Arabo-Andalusian patio | © Riad Mabrouka

Arabo-Andalusian patio | © Riad Mabrouka

Arabo-Andalusian patio | © Riad Mabrouka

Arabo-Andalusian patio | © Riad Mabrouka

Rooftop terrace views | © Riad Mabrouka

Rooftop terrace views | © Riad Mabrouka

Rooftop terrace views | © Riad Mabrouka

Rooftop terrace views | © Riad Mabrouka