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Riad Idrissy

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Highlights

- Central Medina location
- Friendly welcome & relaxed atmosphere
- Arty, eclectic style
- Beautiful ruined garden restaurant

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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 532 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had the most amazing time. It exceeded all my hopes of what the trip would be. The guides, the hotels - everything was of such a wonderful quality. Thank you for organizing everything. I will absolutely recommend Tourdust and use you again.

    MissingClaudia L reviewing Luxury Desert Holiday on 11 January 2024

  • We had a brilliant trip!
    An amazing experience for parents, children and grandparents alike.
    We are already planning a trip to Vietnam next year

    MissingKate B reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 10 January 2024

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you for all your help, advice and guidance in organising our holiday. As this was not our first booking with Tourdust we were confident that all our transfers would work perfectly and they did - everything ran so smoothly! The riad in Marrakesh was stunning - a truly beautiful oasis of calm in such a busy, bustling city. As you can imagine, we were very grateful for the air conditioning in our room as outside was so hot! I was nervous about walking through the souks at night, but as they were well lit we felt perfectly safe and found our confidence grew in navigating the journey home each time we ventured out. When we arrived at our lodge in the Atlas Mountains we were blown away by the scenery. The views were amazing and the beautiful lodge gardens were the perfect place to sit and relax before taking a dip in the pool. Our day trek was truly amazing - no small thanks to our guide Rashid, who was so helpful and knowledgable. The lunch in the traditional Berber village was delicious and we were were made to feel so welcome. The home owner showed us how to make bread and then cooked it for us in her traditional clay oven. This was a memory we will never forget as we stood surrounded by her chickens and goats watching her use her bare hands to prepare the fire! Our night in the desert was breathtaking. The camel ride at sunset was so incredible and the quad biking the next morning was brilliant fun. I am so glad we added in these extras as they really made the experience! We finally made it to our hotel at the coast, where the surf lessons were a hit and the hotel was a great place to relax and read! Thank you again for all your help. We would definitely recommend Tourdust to all our friends and family. Tanya

    MissingTanya G reviewing Marrakech, Mountains & Coast Family Holiday on 18 August 2023

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