Fes, Fes and northern Morocco, Morocco
At a Glance
Beautiful riad close to the souks and monuments of this fascinating city
Each room lovingly designed and decorated in a different style
The roof terrace boasts panoramic views over the city
The riad has a lovely lounge for unwinding with a book and a mint tea after a day's sightseeing
Great choice for those looking for a more intimate and cosy option in Fes
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Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn, when temperatures are 20°C to 25°C by day and at least 10°C by night, and November to February, with cooler nights but similar daytime temperatures and light rainfall possible. The weather in March and April features sporadic, light rainfall with some sandstorms in April, while June sees dusty siroccos (desert winds) sweep through the city. From mid-June to August temperatures rise into the 30s and occasionally 40s.
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Intimate yet chic, Karawan Riad is a luxurious option for discerning visitors to the fascinating city of Fes. Its seven suites have been lovingly furnished with antiques, artwork and artefacts from all over Morocco and the rest of the continent.
Located near the Andalous Quarter of central Fes, Karawan Riad is a fantastic base to discover this fascinating city.
Karawan's French owners have spent the last years lovingly restoring the riad and furnishing the seven suites with carefully chosen antiques and works of art collected on their travels around Africa. The style reflects the days of the caravans which crossed Morocco in days of old, laden with spices and silks. However, now instead of traders pausing during their voyage, it’s an elegant resting place of lovers of design, culture, and luxury.
Arriving at Karawan Riad guests cannot fail to be impressed by the elegant and beautifully restored 17th century courtyard around which the suites and public areas are located. As is the tradition in Fes, the courtyard is open to the blue skies above and decorated with a traditional marble fountain. As first floor rooms always tend to be the most popular in traditional riads, Karawan has the restaurant, hammam, spa and library on the ground floor with all the suites above, offering views into the central courtyard.
Karawan Riad has seven suites which have been decorated with inimitable style and unique decor. Each has a king-sized bed, organic bathroom amenities and iPod docking stations. Every room boasts its own private balcony, garden or terrace.
The Suhaili Suite consists of a spacious bedroom with a comfortable lounge area, and boasts its own private terrace which can be interconnected with the adjoining Laawan Suite terrace.
The Laawan Suite is a haven decorated in neutral colours and offering ample space. The bathroom boasts a large sunken stone bath, and outside there is a private walled garden which can interconnect with the adjoining Suhaili Suite.
Traditionally decorated and with an original carved plaster wall, the Zephyr Suite is spacious and comfortable. The bathroom is located on the mezzanine level, although the real showstopper is the secluded balcony which offers views towards the Merinid Tombs in the hazy distance.
This tribal and rustic themed suite is the most intimate in the hotel, undoubtedly the real winner is the sunken stone bath, best enjoyed with a glass of wine. Enjoy the sun from the private terrace, complete with a secluded outdoor dining area.
The beautiful Harmattan Suite is inspired by the Silk Road, decorated with bright whites and vibrant reds. The bedroom is spacious and there is a comfortable living area, while outside the private balcony offers views across the courtyard.
The Chergui Suite epitomises the Morocco of the past. The room is spacious with an open-plan bedroom and study area, as well as a comfortable lounge on the mezzanine level. The room has its own private balcony with a view over the courtyard.
The Dzhari Suite is Karawan Riad's most contemporary and boasts two private balconies overlooking the courtyard. The modern design of this spacious room is paired with antique furnishings to create a warm and welcoming space.
Karawan Riad does not accept children under the age of 12.
At dinner, which must be reserved, there is a constantly changing fine dining menu consisting of beautifully presented Moroccan and Mediterranean specialities accompanied by a Moroccan/French wine list. The riad offers different areas for lounging and enjoying a drink indoors and outdoors in different areas of the property - the library is especially comfortable and charming, while the rooftop terrace offers fantastic views.
For guests looking to unwind, Karawan Riad has a spa with a traditional hammam. There are a range of nearby activities and tours to enhance your stay in Fes. If you are staying for a night or two, we propose a cultural tour of the monuments of the medina with one of our local guides, or a gastronomic tour of the souks tasting some of the local specialities. If you have longer, why not let us organise an excursion for you to visit the ancient Roman site of Volubilis or the magnificent imperial city of Meknes.
James Ferguson (Staff)
This palatial riad, which opened in January 2015, is a fantastic addition to the Scott Dunn programme. Up until recently the choice of top end accommodation in the city was very limited, so this is a very welcome option as it offers a truly sumptuous place to stay, coupled with impeccable service.
Day trip to Chefchaouen
Visit one of the most picturesque towns in Morocco, Chefchaouen. With bright blue buildings, red-tiled roofs and beautiful architecture, you'll enjoy exploring the bustling old medina. Taste local delicacies and relax in this stunning mountain village.
Fes hidden medina tour
Discover the intricate medina of Fes, a winding maze of colourful streets hidden behind the city's ancient walls. As you explore you'll come across the iconic tanneries, impressive palaces and vibrant life that makes up Morocco's oldest imperial city.
Guided tour of Chefchaouen
Nestled into the fold of the Rif Mountains, the ancient Moroccan town of Chefchaouen features bright blue buildings, red-tiled roofs and beautiful architecture, making the bustling medina a fascinating place to explore.
Guided tour of Fes
Enjoy a guided tour of Fes, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the New Medina, the 14th century Medersa with its elaborate tiles, the iconic monumental gateway of Bab Boujloud, the fountain at Place Nejjarine and the Mellah Jewish Quarter.
Guided tour of Rabat
Discover the highlights of Rabat, Morocco's capital, and learn about the history and culture of this bustling city. Visit some of the city's most famous sights and landmarks as you explore with your private guide.
Guided visit of Tétouan
Explore the winding lanes of the souks of Tétouan, passing by white-washed buildings, influenced by Spanish architecture. This authentic city offers a true insight into the traditional lives of the Moroccan people and their flourishing textile industry.
Local cooking class in Fes
Immerse yourself in the world of traditional Moroccan cuisine as you join a local family and learn about their daily life. Visit the souk to pick up seasonal ingredients before returning to their riad to cook the most delicious meal.
Meet the Master Weavers
Morocco is known for producing beautiful rugs and tapestries and on this exclusive, interactive tour you'll have the rare opportunity to observe some expert weavers at work.
Tasting trails tour
Explore the souks of Fes with a local food expert to discover the city's delicacies. Your guide will lead you through the winding streets as you sample traditional Moroccan dishes and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Location & directions
Fes, Fes and northern Morocco, Morocco
The Riad is located on the edge of the Andalous Quarter on Derb Ourbia, near to the historic cinema el Amal.
How to get there
Indirect flight to Fes with Royal Air Maroc with a stop in Casablanca. Alternatively there is now a Ryanair flight direct from Stansted. Riad Fes is about a 30-minute drive from Fès International Airport and 3 hours by car from Casablanca.
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