- Central Medina location
- Friendly welcome & relaxed atmosphere
- Arty, eclectic style
- Beautiful ruined garden restaurant
Located in the heart of Fes, Riad Idrissy offers an arty, bohemian base from which to explore the ancient Medina.
A project of two friends (John and Robert) Riad Idrissy first opened its doors in 2012 after a 6 year restoration. Careful, sympathetic work has brought the 400 year old riad back to life, it’s now a celebration of traditional Fes style - think beautiful mosaics, tilled walls and intricate carvings combined with contemporary touches and stylish object d’art.
The Riad has an intimate atmosphere with just 5 rooms, all of which are en-suite with air-conditioning. Each has a nod towards luxury with rain drench showers, mist free mirrors and high quality bedding and bath sheets. Mensah, located on the roof terrace, is huge and can easily fit a family of four. It should be said that its bathroom is on the smaller size and probably the least impressive of the lot but don’t let this put you off, it’s a lovely choice especially for younger families and represents great value for money.
For relaxing there is a small roof terrace and sitting room with balcony on the middle floor. There’s also a cosy salon on the ground floor which really comes into its own in the cooler winter months.
The Riad does lack a plunge pool, which can be important for families in the summer, but all is not lost as instead you have the ruined garden restaurant. Attached to Riad Idrissy, the garden is set in the foot print of an ancient Riad. Here you’ll find a rambling garden with Triffid like plants growing in large pots, shady terraces and secluded seating areas. The vivid greens combined with the eclectic mix of pretty table cloths create a slightly surreal yet incredibly charming atmosphere. Breakfast is served here and you have the garden all to yourself until opening time at 12. You also can choose to eat lunch or dinner here; the menu is traditional Moroccan street food during the day and modern Moroccan in the evening. Meals are reasonably priced but please note that alcohol is not served.
Both Robert and John spent many years working in hospitality (they met whilst working at The Ivy restaurant in London) and their customer service experience shows through, from the warm welcome and complementary mineral water to the thoughtful ‘wake up’ hampers (containing tea and coffee) which are left outside your room each morning.
Wifi is available throughout the Riad.
The trek was fab, really enjoyed it! Was definitely a challenge but one worth doing. Our Guide Mohammed was excellent, took care of our needs, patient and went at a suitable pace for us. Ali, the muleteer and cook made us the most remarkable dishes and such large quantities, we felt bad for leaving so much food.....was enough for six people or more.
The refuges provided us a great place to stay....the first one was very quiet only another couple staying there, whilst the next was much busier and was a fab way to meet new people.
We were really pleased we made it to the summit, it felt like a great achievement.
I don’t think I would change any part of it.
Thank you, to you and your partners in Morrcco, will recommend you to anyone who wishes to follow in my footsteps.
Louise Davis reviewing Climb Mount Toubkal on 29 August 2018
The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.
Inga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018
The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.
We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.
My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.
We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.
We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.
Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.
Helen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018