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
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