- 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.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
Wow, we had a brilliant time!! Not sure where to start…
Transport was great, very reassuring to have all that taken care of and all drivers were polite and helpful. Good to know in advance to have some dirham ready for tips.
Treking: Our guide Hassan, muleteer Centim and chef were great. We’d never been guided before and were a little worried about how it would all work out but Hassan went at a pace that worked for us, always made sure we knew where we were going and happy to answer questions but also to give us some space. Food was such a treat! Beautiful locations and we were thoroughly looked after.
Accommodation. Mountain lodge were brilliant. Very cold at night in Imlil so glad to have layers. Staff helpful, food plentiful and delicious. Ouirgane Eco Lodge was a real treat after the mountains. And the riad. Oh my goodness. We loved it! Breakfast on our own terrace, a pool to cool off in. So much space and so beautifully decorated. We couldn’t believe it was ours for the period of time and a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
The balance of the trek and city was great for us, kids saw all kinds of things in both places that really opened their eyes. Weather was very kind to us so it was an extra treat to have the sunshine.
It definitely felt like a real adventure and something that we’ll always remember as a family.
We had plenty of info from Tourdust and plenty of prompt replies as my queries popped up.
Kate A reviewing Marrakech & Mountains Family Trek on 26 April 2019
The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.
The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.
The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.
We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.
You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.
Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.
stuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019