10 Rue Mohammed Diouri
Tel: 212 55 625531
An attentive staff, stunning gardens, and reasonably priced room rates draw budget travelers to this hotel on the edge of the Ville Nouvelle. The pool offers a view of the medina, and it's just a 20-minute walk from Fez el Bali. The rooms range from suites adorned with intricate woodwork and balconies that overlook the pool and gardens to sparsely decorated spaces with a less enticing view of Ville Nouvelle. The hotel also houses three restaurants, three bars, and a dance club.
2 Pl. de L'Istiqlal
Tel: 212 55 636052
This palatial former home of renowned Moroccan judge and astrologer Si Mohammed El Abbadi has been restored to its original splendor by his grandson Medhi. The lavish decor includes blue zellij mosaic tiles, stained-glass windows, carved cedar doors, and canopy beds in every room. Guests are invited to view the city from the rooftop terrace, peruse the antique texts in the library, and feast on Moroccan fare beside the central fountain, where traditional musicians serenade diners with the songs and instruments of their ancestors.
12 Derb El Miter
Tel: 212 5 35 63 32 09
On a narrow medina lane, the Palais Amani's gold-studded cedar doors only hint at the remarkably beautiful hotel on the other side. Step into a hallway finished in intricately worked zellige (traditional Moroccan-style glazed tiles), though, and there's a faint perfume of orange flowers in the air and the comforting sounds of birdsong and a spattering fountain. All of this comes from the interior gardenplanted with lemon, orange, and clementine treesat the heart of this 14-room hotel. Following a meticulous renovation by its En-glish and Franco-Moroccan proprietors, this century-old riad-style palace combines a heavy dose of Moroccan design with first-rate modern comforts. The original tiling and honeycomb plasterwork were painstakingly restored, and furnishings are traditional, but, unlike at many riad hotels, bathrooms are state-of-the-art, lighting is impeccable, and heating and air-conditioning work perfectly. A rooftop terrace with a bar, lounge chairs, and four showers invites on a hot afternoon, while the lounge and library are cozy on cool nights. Massages are offered in the hammam, and the dining room serves outstanding Moroccan and contemporary Mediterranean cooking, including a superb lemon mousse made with fruit from the hotel's own trees. Staff are efficient and, best of all, memorably friendly.
Off Talaa El Kbira
Tel: 800 714 3390
Guests of this medina apartment are provided with silk djellaba robes, allowing them to lounge around this remarkable two-story suite in ultimate comfort. Built in 1880 and managed by a responsible California-based tourism company, it sleeps up to four people and features a rooftop terrace, intricate carved plaster, and dramatic original mosaics. This private space offers several optional hotel-style amenities, such as pickup from your arrival airport and a qualified tour guide who is available for the length of your stay.
20 Derb El Miter
Tel: 212 35 635321
Fax: 212 35 634590
Situated in the northern medina, this seven-suite Moorish palace caters to the well-heeled. The central atrium has a lofty, theatrical feel and is full of ornate Arab-Andalusian furniture and ornate ironwork. The hotel supplies chauffeur service from the airport as well as to the 18-hole Royal Palace Golf course and to a six-court tennis club. The two restaurants on the premisesAl Manzah on the terrace, which offers a glorious view of the walled city, and Le Jnan on the garden floor, beside the fountainare known for their fine live-music performances.
Tel: 212 35 634331
This century-old palace has been converted into a luxury hotel where traditional Moorish splendor meets modern creature comforts. Each room, accented with brass lamps and ornate cedar headboards, is equipped with a private balcony. The hotel is air-conditioned throughout, room service is available around the clock, and three on-site restaurants offer Moroccan fare, international cuisine, and a poolside buffet. The location, bordering the old city, can't be beat. For a matchless view, ask for a room overlooking the medina.