“African sun, at last…” Ever since hearing “Fez – Being Born,” by U2, I have been curious about Fez. Fez was the capital of modern Morocco until 1925 and, today, it is the third largest city in Morocco. People go to Fez for two reasons: (1) to see the tanneries and (2) to experience the old medina (the old city city center), Fez el Bali. I’m guilty of going for both of those reasons as well. The medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and pedestrian only.
Because I knew I was most interested in the medina, it was important for me to be within walking distance to each iconic site within. That being said, we decided to stay at the absolutely beautiful Riad Andalib, located at the main gate of the medina and about a ten minute walk from the historical monuments. Pull up to the hotel, and a staff member will be waiting to park your car for you.
Upon entering Riad Andalib, we felt thrown back in time with the uniquely Moroccan style of this luxurious hotel. Walk through the main doors and enter their exquisite main courtyard with a bar, small pool, and dinner tables nicely arranged.
We were met by the owner, Reibal, and given the lowdown on Fez. We were provided with a map, pointed out the main attractions, and told how to interact with the typically aggressive Moroccan store owners within the medina.
Before being shown our room, we were directed up to the roof to take a look at Riad Andalib's outdoor patio and sun desk, both of which were lovely.
Next, we were taken to our absolutely elegant suite with two double beds, a flat screen TV, couch, and closet. The bathroom was quite large and equipped with a tub for two, separate shower, two sinks, and bathrobes. Beautiful with a hint of Moroccan, take a look:
We decided to eat at Riad Andalib’s in-house restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We each ordered Tagine, a traditional Moroccan dish cooked in a unique type of ceramic pot; chicken (or any other kind of meat) is slow-cooked with vegetables and spices. It tasted absolutely incredible, and was served as a huge portion!
With bellies more than content, we went to bed early to prepare ourselves for our busy day navigating Fez el Bali. Before hitting the hay, we went to check out Riad Andalib’s rooftop again, and the incredible view overlooking Fez!
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**A very special thank you to Riad Andalib for offering us a complimentary stay. As always, all opinions are my own.