Karawan Riad

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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Insider's View

Demani is a favourite because of its intimate locataion tucked away on the roof terrace. When you prefer to be indoors you can indulge in the 3 foot deep stone tub!

With just seven suites, a stay here is practically like having a 17th century Riad to yourself.

Demani isn’t the largest room but it’s at the top of the Riad and incredibly romantic, soaking tub, rooftop terrace and all.

Suhaili and Laawan suites can connect via a walled garden, perfect for friends travelling together.

The library, with its delightful trinkets, is a great place to unwind after a busy day exploring the Medina.

Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday to Karawan Riad or take a look at our itineraries to Morocco


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.

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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.

Suhaili Suite

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.

Laawan Suite

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.

Zephyr 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.

Demani Suite

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.

Harmattan Suite

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.

Chergui Suite

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.

Dzhari Suite

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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