Riad Anata boutique hotel — the flashpacker choice in Fes

The energy in the old medina in Fes can be uplifting, chaotic at times, yet it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It draws you deep into the alleyways and souks, but by the end of it, you’ll be ready for a break. That said, I was so grateful to return to the tranquility of my boutique hotel, Riad Anata.

Away from the busier part of the medina, Riad Anata sits in good company alongside other boutique and luxury riads.

Riad Anata —chic boutique accommodation in Fes

A background

Riad Anata’s the baby of Belgian owner, Valerie Janczewski. Based between London and Madrid, the Andalusian-inspired hotel is a reflection of Valerie’s passion for travel and culture.

The location

Staying at Riad Anata means you’re in close proximity of the best things to see in Fes. Batha Palace and museum is a very short walk from the hotel, as is the souk area. As with most riads in Morocco, the main door can be misleading. Simple and somewhat inconspicuous, you’d be forgiven for questioning whether you’ve come to the right place.

Once inside, you feel as you’ve stepped into another realm. Full of natural light, and with incredibly high ceilings, the salon area is exquisite. As with most boutique hotels, there are few rooms, so few members of staff. The member of staff that welcomed us was friendly, smiley, though only spoke French.

This however didn’t prove to be a problem. Managing to communicate in the language of smiles — and gestures — she helped us settle in, and also advised on somewhere safe to park our car. We immediately felt at ease, and looking forward to exploring he city.

Top tip: a secure car park is only 100m from the riad.

Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera
Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“…it’s almost like stepping into someone’s home than a hotel itself.”

FOLLOWING THE RIVERA

Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera
Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“Full of natural light, and with incredibly high ceilings, the salon area is exquisite.”

FOLLOWING THE RIVERA

Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera
Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“To sum it up in 5 words: The best chill spot in Fes.”

FOLLOWING THE RIVERA

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Burggarten
Luxury experience in Vienna - Burggarten

The bedroom

A warm and fuzzy familiarity tickles you the second you lay eyes upon the bedroom. With a traditional style key to unlock the door, it’s almost like stepping into someone’s home than a hotel itself.

I’m no interior designer, but I can appreciate good décor when I see it. The owner, Valerie, has made sure each bedroom is warming with its own special touches. In our room, I loved the tones of oranges, browns and creams. It was so fitting for the location.

I have to also give major props to the bed. It was the most comfortable night’s sleep I had in the whole of Morocco. If offered, I’d have happily taken it home with me!

Furnishings are elegant yet practical. In the bathroom are ‘anti-smell’ plugs to ensure that no bad smells waft into your room from the medina. Take note of the personal touches, such as the Riad Anata toiletries on a stand complete with its own backlight.

Take note of the personal touches, such as the Riad Anata toiletries on a stand complete with its own backlight.

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The terrace and patio

All the way at the top of the riad is the terrace. To sum it up in 5 words: The best chill spot in Fes. They serve breakfast on the patio in the morning, and the charming little bar is open in the evening. If you’d like to have dinner here, you need to request this in advance, as everything’s made to order.

Matching the relaxed elegance of the interior, the terrace’s furnishings are classic yet comfortable at the same time. The terrace area’s spacious, and the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine after seeing the dizzying sights of Fes. Other notables on the patio include the wading pool, and a library — just in case you fancy doing some reading.

During the day, the lazing sun brings to life the views across the medina. Breakfast is excellent and as personal as the service. Greedily, I finished nearly everything on the platter, and ordered eggs too, it was that good!

Items include homemade yoghurt, fresh fruit, Moroccan pancake, a delicious honey cake, baguette and eggs (made to order). For beverages, we had fresh orange juice and the obligatory coffee. In case you’re wondering why there are no photos, I got stuck in the second it arrived! It was a moment where I was happy to put aside the blogging, and just enjoy being another hungry traveller!

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“During the day, the lazing sun brings to life the views across the medina. ”

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The cooking class

If you’d like to impress your friends back home with authentic Moroccan dishes, you may want to sign up for a cooking class. Riad Anata teaches its guests how to cook Moroccan, as well as a total immersion into the culture. On top of this, the class also includes a tour around the medina to source the ingredients.

Riad Anata — the verdict

My stay at Riad Anata, though a short one, was the best decision I made in Fes. From the warmth of all the staff, to the comfort of the bedroom, I’d always recommend this as the top boutique choice in the medina.

Have you visited Fes? Would you like to stay at Riad Anata? Drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Until next time, happy flashpacking!

Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by Riad Anata, all views are my own and based on my own experience.

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