Palais Amani in Fez
A charming boutique hotel in the heart of the ancient medina of Fez
LULU ESCAPES RATING: ★★★★★
Style: luxurious traditional Moroccan design with modern installations
Service: extremely warm, welcoming & professional
Facilities: outdoor rooftop terrace, courtyard, indoor rooftop bar, restaurant Eden (Moroccan cuisine using fresh seasonal products), library & hammam
Wi-Fi: free - good service
Website: Palais Amani
Location: Fez medina (close to the leather tanneries)
Price: classic room starting at 170€/night (breakfast included )
Rooms & suites: spacious suites with A/C & heating, comfortable beds, big shower or bath, free bottled water, plus all necessary amenities (bathroom toiletries, hairdryer, dressing gowns, babouches, etc.).
Summary of Palais Amani
When your driver drops you at the parking and starts to accompany you through the medina to your hotel you don’t know what to expect... But as soon as you enter the big wooden doors you know you’re in the right place. You immediately walk into the courtyard with its beautiful centre fountain surrounded by lemon and orange trees and gorgeous columns and walls with traditional Moroccan mosaics. We had a very warm welcome at the hotel with some traditional cakes and fresh lemonade whilst we were given some insider information about the hotel and its services.
The hotel used to be the private residence of a rich trader from Fez who lived here with this family. You can see why so much attention was put into every single detail.
Once we had checked in, we discovered our lovely room, a mixture of modern installations and traditional Moroccan details. We had a very comfortable king size bed and the sheets smelt so clean and fresh and were very soft. All necessary amenities are provided in the bathroom and it’s a really good size.
We had a lovely Moroccan breakfast in the courtyard under the sun every morning which was a real delight. They serve fresh fruit, juices, homemade yogurts and bread, eggs, cheese, etc. One evening we enjoyed a selection of Moroccan tapas at the rooftop bar and everything was delicious. The barman was kind enough to give us some interesting facts about Moroccan wine and the best wine regions of the country.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Palais Amani and loved going back there at the end of the day after all the hustle and bustle of the medina. Everyone was so kind and friendly and really made the extra effort to make our stay perfect. For example, we wanted to go to Chefchaouen and as we left it last minute they even sent someone to the station to buy the tickets for us in the morning. We were also offered a guided tour and found this to be a really good way to get to know more about the fabulous history of Fez. Our guide was very patient with us whilst we regularly stopped to buy local souvenirs and then gave us a fantastic address for lunch.
I could easily go back to Fez just to spend another peaceful weekend in the city’s best kept secret. Everything was perfect and I highly recommend this wonderful riad to anyone travelling to Fez.