A chic boutique hotel in Fes — Riad Anata

 

The energy of 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 labyrinth of alleyways and souks, with something new to discover around every corner.

And, away from the crowds, and on the other side of the Old Medina, is the fabulous boutique hotel, Riad Anata.

In a quieter part of the Old Medina, Riad Anata sits in good company alongside other boutique and luxury riads.



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Riad Anata — 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.

One of the best riads in Fes, here are 4 good reasons why you should stay at Riad Anata.

1. The location

Staying at Riad Anata means you’re in close proximity of some of the best sights in Fes. Batha Palace and museum is a very short walk from the hotel, as is the souk area.

As with many 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.

The second you step inside, you immediately feel a great sense of calm.

High ceilings and plenty of natural light, the salon area is exquisite. As with most boutique hotels, there are only a few rooms at Riad Anata.

A welcome without words

The member of staff that welcomed us was friendly, smiley, but she 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.

She also advised us on somewhere safe to park our car. We passed by several young men, who kept trying to get us to follow them for parking.

However, I’d urge you to politely decline and walk away. If arriving by car, there’s a secure car park just 100m from Riad Anata.

 

 

   

 

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

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“High ceilings and plenty of natural light, the salon area is exquisite.”

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“To sum it up in 5 words, it’s the best chill spot in Fes.”

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2. Traditional, yet, stylish, bedrooms

Warm and inviting, you immediately know you’re in for a comfortable stay when you set eyes on the bedroom.

With a traditional-style room key, it’s almost like stepping into someone’s home than a hotel.

While I’m no interior designer, I can appreciate good décor when I see it. The owner, Valerie, has made sure each bedroom is inviting and individual, with its own special touches.

Our room consisted of rich orange, brown and cream tones.

The best night’s sleep at Riad Anata

I’ve also to 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. There are ‘anti-smell’ plugs in the bathroom to ensure that no bad smells waft into your room from the Medina. 

Other personal touches include the Riad Anata toiletries on a stand complete with its own backlight.

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3. Riad Anata terrace and patio

At the very top of Riad Anata is the terrace. To sum it up in 5 words, it’s 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 is the ideal lounging spot.

The area’s spacious, and the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of wine after 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.

Breakfast with a view

During the day, the blazing 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.

Breakfast items include homemade yogurt, fresh fruit and Moroccan pancake. There’s also 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, it’s because I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

It was a moment where I was happy to put aside the blogging, and just enjoy being another hungry traveler.

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“During the day, the blazing sun brings to life the views across the Medina.”

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4. Riad Anata 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 cuisine, as well as an introduction to the culture.

On top of this, the class also includes a tour around the Medina to source the ingredients.

The verdict

Our stay at Riad Anata, though a short one, was the best decision we made in Fes.

From the friendly staff, to the comfortable accommodation, I’d always recommend this as the top boutique hotel in the Old 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 boutique travels xx

Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by Riad Anata, all views are my own and based on my own experience. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.

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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....

       

 

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