« It was suddenly clear why this (Palais Amani) is considered one of the best kept secrets of the ancient city of Fez. The cuisine is fit for royalty. Palais Amani presents such a peaceful ambiance that you can soon forget you are in the heart of open-air-markets - the souks. Throughout our stay the staff were excellent, going the extra mile to make every moment of our stay special. »
Director Magazine September 2014
« Palais Amani is glorious, with a large garden at the centre where birds splash around in the fountain. The 14-bedroom boutique hotel is owned by Moroccan businessman Abdelali and his wife Jemima, who loving restored it and opened it as a hotel. Palais Amani is beautiful, its mosaic pillars, passages and floors are works of art. »
Pamela Owen, Sunday People Newspaper July 2014
Authentic Arab culture on the doorstep of Europe
« Palais Amani sits just inside the walls of the medieval city and is the perfect oasis of calm away from the hubbub of the Medina. The biggest authentic riad in Fez, it’s an art deco listed building with offers 14 luxurious suites and bedrooms around a lush, tranquil garden. The service is as attentive as you’d expect, and the hotel’s little black book of contacts and on-hand guides are an invaluable help if you’re looking to haggle your way to the best of the local craft. »
Attitude Magazine July 2014
« Hail the Palais Amani, situated slap bang in the middle of the walled Medina in Fez. The 17th century palace, which was rebuilt with Art Deco touches in the 1920’s and then restored and reopened as Palais Amani is simply put, magically cool. It provides a vivid shot of Arabian exoticism and when combined with a Mediterranean climate, stress slips away directly into the hotel’s trickling water fountain. »
The Player Magazine July 2014
« Moroccans take their food very seriously and a great place to start is with breakfast at Palais Amani, a beautiful restored riad with 14 luxury rooms, suites and a spa (the hammam treatment will leave you feeling like a new woman!). Served in its courtyard garden, breakfast is five-courses beautifully crafted by resident chef Houssam Laassiri. He also runs the cooking class where you can learn how to make authentic dishes. The lesson starts with a visit to the Medina to choose fresh ingredients, then it’s back to the hotel to transform your pickings into mouthwatering dishes and enjoy the sun-dappled roof terrace with panoramic views over the city. Bliss! »
Prima Magazine June 2014
« Even the entrance to this exotic riad is thrilling. Like so much of Fez, what lies behind the doors is truly magical, from the orange and lemon tree-filled courtyard to the roof terrace with hillside and city views. All 14 rooms are individually styled and have Moorish detail, but for honeymooners it has to be The Grand Suite – you’ll be blown away by the size and décor, from the ornate lights and enormous bed with hillside views to the raised bath. »
Wedding Venues Magazine June 2014
« This exquisitely refurbished Art Deco riad is in the perfect setting. A large central garden leads on to 14 bedrooms and suites. Best of all, the riad’s sun terrace, dotted with tented seating areas, offers spectacular 360-views of the ancient city and surrounding mountains. At dusk I hear the call for prayer from the jewel-like bar on the roof terrace over pre-dinner cocktails, accompanied by cured olives and home-smoked almonds. The riad’s blue-and-white tiled restaurant offers local cuisine, but I fall in love with the tapas menu, devouring briouats, zaalouk and a frothy avocado mousse, followed by lemon tart made with fruit from the hotel’s trees. »
The Australian Newspaper June 2014
« Walking through the narrow streets of Fez, the understated wooden door to our riad for the weekend, Palais Amani, reveals nothing of the tranquility inside. The contrast is breathtaking; the interior of the hotel couldn’t be more different to the streets outside. As soon as we see the courtyard, filled with lemon trees and flowers, we know we’ve reached our African paradise. Paired with the modern comforts of a luxury hotel, it’s the perfect place for a sumptuous honeymoon escape. »
Perfect Wedding Magazine July 2014
Back in the Magical maze
« This former palace has been carefully renovated and is much more than a luxury hotel. It’s now a riad where you’ll find every conceivable comfort within the old medina of Fez. The rooms and suites are generously sized, showing elegance and comfort without neglecting tradition and Moroccan decoration. There are terraces, an interior patio, a welcoming bar and a restaurant where deliciously prepared Moroccan and other delicacies can be enjoyed. Don’t miss the chance of a cookery lesson, as it’s also an unforgettable experience in the medina with the world’s smiliest chef. Back at the hotel, enjoy massages and face and skin treatments in the sensory hammam, something you’ll definitely want to return to. »
Up Magazine – TAP Portugal May 2014
Through the looking glass....
'I felt like I was Alice stepping through the looking glass. We went from the chaotic, cramped, crazy mazy medina of Fes Morocco into an oasis of calm beauty that is the Palais Amani, '
The Girls Getaway May, 2014
« From the moment of arrival at Palais Amani we were made to feel at home, from the hotel staff to its owners – we were welcomed like old friends. We were introduced to the hotel and its recent history, including the full three and a half year renovation done with impeccable taste. During our 3 days we enjoyed every inch of the hotel and what it had to offer; from the restaurant to the roof top bar to the spa. If you’re planning a weekend break Acquisition International highly recommend a visit to the Palais Amani. »
Acquisition International Magazine April 2014
Why go? For a slice of tranquility in the midst of a busy Moroccan Medina...
« Off the beaten track, Fez feels like you’ve stumbled across a travel secret. Palais Amani is accessed through a wooden door with no clue as to the joys that lie inside. The décor is luxurious, with stained-glass windows, king sized beds, bath tubs you can almost swim in and everything you need to feel at home, from fluffy white towels and huge robes to a near-constant supply of mint tea. It’s all too tempting to spend the weekend on your sun lounger, but you can’t visit Fez without visiting one of Africa’s biggest medinas. The magic takes place in a maze of tiny streets. An array of tagines, hand-crafted leather slippers and stall after stall of incredible bags line the alleys. When the medinas craziness gets too much you can retreat to the calm of Palais Amani. »
Red Magazine April 2014
Morocco serves up the spice of life in ancient city Fez
« The souk is teeming with life as my friend and I are taken on a food tour with Houssam, head chef at Palais Amani. Later we will return to our stylish bolt hole for a lesson in Moroccan cuisine Back at our riad we walk through a tall, heavy wooden door to a different world. The centerpiece of the art deco property is a courtyard garden with a tinkling fountain and orange and lemon trees. After donning aprons, we watch Houssam prepare the zaalouk and chicken tagine dermera. We eat our delicious lunch on the sunny terrace and after a siesta, we are ready to head in to the medina for another slice of Fez life. »
Sunday Express March 2014
Souk up the Sun.
« This exquisitely refurbished art deco riad is the perfect setting for faded Hollywood glamour. Best of all, the riad’s sun terrace offers spectacular 360 views of the ancient city and surrounding mountains. Fez is ideal for a weekend break. Arriving downtown, you’re led up a narrow, dusty street to a carved wooden door. As you step into a jasmine-infused courtyard, with fountains and bird song, all stress drops away. Everything has been beautifully thought out, from the natural aromatic bath products to the traditional leather pointy-toed slippers left as gifts, and the fresh rose petals strewn across the bed. Palais Amani runs its own cookery masterclasses but I preferred to bliss out in the hammam. Lying on a marble slab, in a dark, scented world, I was scrubbed and massaged, then had a clay mask applied to my hair and torso. I entered the hammam as an uptight Londoner and emerged glowing. Just like that. »
Evening Standard March 2014
'The new jewel in the turban is the opulent art deco Palais Amani, where the rooms are luxurious and the bathrooms to swoon for. Add a high-end restaurant serving modern takes on Fassi cuisine and a rooftop bar with great city views and it’s the sort of place you never want to leave. '
Let's go magazine March, 2014
« With donkeys clopping through the winding lanes of the medina, Fez feels little changed in more than a millennium, and spring descends with a similarly timeless rhythm: the weather grows mild, wild flowers bloom on the hills around the city, the stalls heaped with orange blossom scent in the air in the souks. Tucked a way in a quiet corner of the old city, Palais Amani is an ideal base for easing into the labyrinth. Push open the thick wooden doors and you’ll find a listed riad its grand fountain trickling amongst gardens flanked by orange an lemon trees. Meals offer a taste of Fez, with ingredients gathered daily from local souqs and gardens. Guests can also master their own local dishes, exploring the medina with a chef to pick out the ingredients before rustling up a tagine-based feast. »
Lonely Planet Traveller February, 2014
Celebrate the city of senses
« Fez is magical. Senses will be outshone with sights of rich fabrics, distinctive ceramics and the unique tanneries. But it is back at Palais Amani that you really start to relax. In fact, it is easy never to leave Palais Amani as you have absolutely everything you need to relax for a few days and pamper mind, body and soul. Fez has charms that other cities have lost. Visitors receive an authentic welcome and places like the Palais Amani remain with you forever as a must visit. »
Style Bible February 2014
A slice of tranquility...
'a welcome escape from the craziness of the medina for tourists. Rooms are slick and luxurious, with beautiful touches like floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows, king sized beds you’ll never want to get out of, and bath tubs you could almost swim in'
Hannah Dunn Red online February, 2014
The place to be parmered...
Fez’s Palais Amani is the place to be pampered with a traditional Moroccan hammam, complemented by facials and massages.
Emerald St. Monday 20th Jan, 2014
« Fez is Morocco’s third largest city, and is known for its magical atmosphere. Located in the Medina is Fez’s leading hotel – the beautiful Palais Amani. The hotel is built in a traditional Moroccan style with an ambiance of complete relaxation. You’ll find an amazing restaurant, salon, library and a hammam, on site too. One of the best features of the hotel is the roof, showcasing spectacular views of the ancient city. »
Wedding Ideas Magazine December 2013
Hot tip for 2014
Palais amani was the sort of place that made me want to jack in my job, buy an old riad and spend a year converting it into a hip boutique hotel.
It’s super romantic, but not in a contrived way. The result is one of my favourite new hotels in the world.
Amanda Statham Cosmpoplitan travel 22nd Dec, 2013
The Charm of Marrakech without the fuss
The medina’s most plush hotel, Palais amani
Sarah Kahn Independent 23rd Nov, 2013
Mad for Moroccan food ? then book a trip to the marvellous medieval city of Fez, where new culinary tours travel ‘from medina to plate’
Olive Magazine UK 21st Nov, 2013
The 20 best Riads in Morocco
'The spacious feel of Palais Amani comes as a relief after the tiny streets that make up Fez’s rambling medina. The former palace has an art deco feel, with rooms opening onto the elegant, courtyard garden, where tables are shaded by citrus and olive trees. Above, the spacious roof terrace offers dining and lazing space, with 360-degree rooftop views.'
The Times 23rd February, 2013
Until a few years ago, the Riad sat empty and dilapidated, but has now been lovingly restored, and is the ideal base from which to explore.
While Marrakesh may be Morocco’s best-known hotspot, it’s Fes where you’ll really get a taste of authentic Moroccan life.
The Yorkshire evening Post: Monday 10 September 2012
Hats off to fabulous Fez:
At the Amani, everything does seem to appear by magic - your wishes second-guessed by the exceptionally helpful staff. You'll find a chocolate truffle in a minitagine placed on crisp hand-embroidered sheets, be treated to a lavish breakfast served under the orange blossom (home-made breads, yogurt, fresh juice, fruit salad, Moroccan pancakes with honey and almonds), and receive a cheery morning note on your bed with the day's weather forecast. Look down and your smelly old trainers have morphed into an elegant pair of scarlet leather pointy slippers. Everything is carefully thought-out and discreetly luxurious.
Even the lift doesn't make much noise - it kind of whispers. From the top of its delightful roof terrace and bar (the ideal spot to watch the sun set over Fez), down to the ground-floor library filled with books and games, this hotel is a treat with a massive capital T - with a turquoise tassle and truffle in a tiny tagine on top.
The Mail On Sunday June 2012
Palais Amani :Hdden Oasis.
'Most riads come with a leafy courtyard, but the garden at the heart of Palais Amani is like a visual massage: citrus trees, ferns and olive trees all combine to create an enchanting oasis.'
The Sunday Times Travel, june 2012
Moor Moor Moor
'Not yet a year old, Amani is setting a shining example of how traditional aesthetics and values can be fused seamlessly – with the things we love to love,'
Glass Magazine February, 2012
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
On a narrow medina lane, the Palais Amani's gold-studded cedar doors only hint at the remarkably beautiful hotel on the other side. Step into a hallway finished in intricately worked zellige (traditional Moroccan-style glazed tiles), though, and there's a faint perfume of orange flowers in the air and the comforting sounds of birdsong and a spattering fountain. All of this comes from the interior garden— planted with lemon, orange, and clementine trees—at the heart of this 14-room hotel. Following a meticulous renovation by its English and Franco-Moroccan proprietors, this century-old riad-style palace combines a heavy dose of Moroccan design with first-rate modern comforts. The original tiling and honeycomb plasterwork were painstakingly restored, and furnishings are traditional, but, unlike at many riad hotels, bathrooms are state-of-the-art, lighting is impeccable, and heating and air-conditioning work perfectly. A rooftop terrace with a bar, lounge chairs, and four showers invites on a hot afternoon, while the lounge and library are cozy on cool nights. Massages are offered in the hammam, and the dining room serves outstanding Moroccan and contemporary Mediterranean cooking, including a superb lemon mousse made with fruit from the hotel's own trees. Staff are efficient and, best of all, memorably friendly. —2011 Hot List
Hôtels à Fès - Le Scope
Le Palais Amani est le lieu design de Fès. Les matières et les formes demeurent traditionnelles mais les couleurs et de nombreux détails apportent à ce riad un charme contemporain reposant. Les chambres sont équipées de matériel hi-fi et d’une connexion wi-fi. Le bar situé sur le toit est très prisé pour siroter un thé à la menthe ou un cocktail en se laissant bercer par l’effervescence des rues quelques mètres plus bas. Les principaux monuments remarquables de la médina sont à quelques pas.
World's Most Romantic Hotels
Palais Amani, Fez, Morocco Ensconced in the heart of the medina, this riad underwent a 3 1/2-year restoration that enhanced its existing features—mosaic-adorned walls and floors in Fez’s signature shade of vibrant blue—with copper work, embroidery, and calligraphy from some of the most skilled artisans in town.
Prime Lookout: Misriah 2, accessed by a mosaicked staircase, is the only room with a rooftop terrace and expansive views of the medina. GREAT VALUE