Karawan Riad, Fes
|21 Derb Ourbia, 30000, Fes, Fes-Boulemane, MOROCCO.|
Description: Karawan RiadLocated in the heart of the Andalous Quarter of the medina of Fez, Karawan Riad is situated in a meticulously renovated typical 17th century palace, or riad. This fabulous property offers luxurious accommodation in just seven spacious suites, featuring one-off pieces of antique furniture, antique textiles and original works of art, along with sandstone walls and a soothing palette of colours, in contrast to the typical tiles and bright takelakt plaster of many other riads.
Fine food is also high on the list of priorities at Karawan Riad, and the restaurant serves a delicious combination of Mediterranean, gourmet French and local Fassi cuisine, along with Sunday brunch, delicious home-made Moroccan pastries and Mariage Frères teas.
Ideally placed for visiting this fascinating city, Karawan Riad offers shuttle services to and from the airport, chauffeur-driven excursions to the surrounding areas of Fès, bespoke cultural tours of the Fès medina, shopping trips, cooking classes, and out-of-town visits to other heritage sites. Karawan Riad's expert, friendly staff can also arrange concert tickets and restaurant reservations, and 24-hour room service is also available.
Type of rooms: Karawan RiadHarmattan:
Inspired by the most prestigious caravans of all, the silk road, this suite is built on a palette of snowy whites and jewel-bright reds, a playful space filled with trinkets and toys. A wall of glass lanterns surrounds a white leather writing desk that sits atop a dark crimson authentic collection Persian rug; a (Andrinople) berry-red leather camel takes pride of place on a hand-stitched white leather pouffe. Guests add their own 'baraka' (luck) to a wall of charms, and the carved wooden bedposts riff on the traditional four-poster. A deep sofa piled high with antique cushions provides the perfect spot for contemplating hand-painted, classical calligraphy updated in neon orange. This corner balcony overlooking the courtyard feels like a secret hideaway from which to watch riad life unfold. Comfortable Sitting area. One king-size bed. Suite size 36 sq m.
The two middle floor suites interconnect via a walled garden. Because they occupy their own floor, they are ideal for families or friends travelling together. In the Laawan Suite, a large, sunken stone bath is the focal point and a wall of mirrors bounces light around the room maximising space. Pistachio green zellije give a pop of colour to the room, while a small conservatory-style studio overlooking the lush, green plants of the garden is a peaceful spot for writing a chef d'oeuvre or simply starting a travel blog. Comfortable Sitting area. One king-size bed. Suite size 38 sq m.
Connected to the Laawan Suite by a walled garden the Suhaili Suite comprises a compact little network of rooms that starts with a small office space and leads into a step-down bedroom. Antique Moroccan wedding shawls soften the tiled floors and an open plan bathroom is demarcated by a hanging basin. A keyhole arch leads to a cosy lounge where an L-shaped sofa arranged around an antique door-turned-coffee table provides plenty of space for movie night. Patio doors open onto an intimate plant-filled terrace, one of the best spots in the riad to sneak away for a late afternoon siesta. One queen-size bed.
Suite size 38 sq m.
Inspired by the Mediterranean path of the caravans, this suite located at the first floor is ideal for single travellers, its lofty dimensions ensuring a good sense of space. An immense, carved plaster wall - the original sample occupies pride of place opposite the bed - is the star feature and combined with its ocean-blue velvet drapes and sea greens and greys worked into the zellije, it has a fresh, spring-like quality that makes it an invigorating place to wake up in. A small, stone bathroom is located at mezzanine level giving a birds eye view of the room. The secret of this room is an intimate terrace overlooking the medina that provides views all the way across the Minaret of Moulay Idriss to the Merinid Tombs. Private terrace Italian Style Shower Comfortable Sitting area. One king-size bed or twin beds. Suite size 45 sq m.
Tucked away on the roof terrace this is the most intimate of the suites. A terrace shaded by latticed linen and scented by roses is a magical spot for a romantic breakfast a deux, while the small writing room annexed to it, makes an inspiring retreat for catching up on your letter writing. Lower ceilings in this suite give it a warm and cosy feel and two arched windows onto a vertical garden give a refreshing sense of green to the space. Simple terracotta bejmat in the bedroom, contrasts with the more sumptuous looking oiled bejmat in the living room, and they seamlessly combine to frame African animal sculptures and skins on the floor. The piece de resistance in this room is a three-foot deep, sunken stone bath, for wallowing with a glass of wine. Private terrace. Comfortable Sitting area. One queen-size bed. Suite size 50 sq m.
The room that most evokes the mysterious and exotic atmosphere of ancient Morocco is also the most grandiose of all the suites. It has an elephant grey, stone-tiled bathroom and matching sink set into an iroko stretched plan that looks straight onto a vertical garden. A walk-in rain-head shower and angled cast iron framed mirrors make clever use of minimal light. The room has old and traditional bejmat tiles inset with ochre and pearl grey glazes, and one balcony overlooking the courtyard with oakwood floors. Divided from the bedroom with keyhole arches and moucharabieh details, the studio has an ample writing desk, delicate pierced brass lanterns, a picture wall featuring portraits of Amazigh women and a hidden mezzanine lounge accessed by a hanging staircase. Comfortable Sitting area. One king-size bed. Suite size 60 sq m.
The most contemporary of the suites has two corner balconies where ladies of the harem would watch goings-on in the courtyard. A stone, rain-head shower area on an oyster-grey stone inset with dark teak strips is separated from the bedroom by delicately embroidered drapes. The bed floats on an under-lit old cedar platform seeming to drift towards a dressing area where a butter-soft leather pouffe and antique Berber wardrobe take pride of place. The living area has a plaster feature wall where arched nooks are filled with curios from the owner's travels. This room has its own bio-ethanol fireplace and writing desk inset with a detailed map of North Africa. An antique Berber style carved wooden niche makes a cosy boite for snuggling up with a book or watching a movie, or guests can take tea on a secluded, lushly planted terrace in the sun. On the mezzanine is the riad's most seductive bathroom with black marble floors, a large square pouffe and pewter velvet drapes. This is the place in which to dream and fall in love. Private terrace. One king-size bed.
Suite size 70 sq m.
All suites feature: high-speed internet; hair-dryer; washing/ironing service; iPod/iPhone player; exclusive bath amenities "Les sens de Marrakech"; escort and transfer of luggage from taxi to Riad (3 minutes); in-room safe; heating; air-conditioning.
Single Beds: beds can be separated into two single beds in Zephyr, Chergui & Harmattan. No children under 8 years old.
Additional information: Karawan Riad
Karawan Riad welcomes children aged 8 and over.
Private parking is available on site. Daily charges apply.
Airport transfers and shuttle services are available on request.
DEPOSIT: 50% charged upon booking.
If cancelled more than 15 days prior to check-in date, refund. If cancelled 14 to 9 days prior to check-in date, 1 night is charged.If cancelled 8 to 0 days prior to check-in date, 100% is charged.
Each rate may have its own cancellation policy as determined by the hotel. The hotel may charge the guest in accordance with hotel policy. All costs may change or vary between booking channels and should be understood (verified and accepted) upon booking. Any cancellations must be made eight days prior to scheduled arrival to avoid a penalty of the whole stays charge. Between 9 and 14 days before, one night room will be charged. 15 days before, refund.
Check out time: 12:00 - Check-in: 15:00.
Airport: Fès Saiss - 15 kms - IATA = FEZ
Beach: 5 hours
Golf: Royal Golf Fès 15 kms
Ski: 65 kms - IFRANE
Pets: upon request only
Children: Welcome from 8 years old and over
Parking: public one very close to the riad.
Number of rooms: 7
Official category: 5 stars.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1680/2004/2014/2015.
Period of closure: Open all year.
Languages spoken: Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Turkish.Smoking policy: Non-smoking property. Smoking outdoors only (patio, terrace).
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Euro/Mastercard.
Nearest airport: Fes-Saïss Airport - 17,2km.