Fès has been my home for 5 months. It was the best life experience I had in 24 years, I feel like it helped me to discover myself, to understand better who am I. It had its ups and downs but overall it was great.
I will try to make a list about the best options when it comes to accommodation. I will focus on Fès but it is applicable all over Morocco.
For short stay:
- Hotels and Hostels
The most common solution when it comes to accommodation during holidays is booking a hotel or a hostel. In Fès you will find plenty of them and my suggestion is to choose Medina if you are here for turism and your expectations are not extremly high. If you want an area more quiet and you don’t want to get out of your comfort zone, then maybe the New City is a better choice.
For hostels I have two recommendations: Funky Fes and Chilling Hostel Fez.
The first is located close to Rcif gate. You will find here a nice atmosphere with welcoming staff and for sure you will meet a lot of nice people with whom you will be able to walk around the city. The price per night is around 10 euros for a bed in a mixt room with 12 or 8 beds and the breakfast is included.
The second one, Chilling Hostel Fez, is near Bab Boujloud which is one of the main attractions of the city. You will pay around 5 euros for a bed in a 8 beds mixed dormitory and the price includes breakfast as well.
When it comes to hotels you have a lot of options. Among the most famous ones that are situated in the New City I want to mention Ramada, Royal Mirage, Ibis, Palais Medina & SPA and Barceló.
Closest to the train station is Ibis. For one night, for a double room you will pay around 45 euros.
In my opinion the best placed ones are Royal Mirage and Barceló, both of them being near the main avenue, Hassan II, near Borj Fes Mall and quite close to Medina (five minutes by taxi).
Royal Mirage is a four stars hotel and for one night, for a standard double room, you will pay approximately 50 euros.
For a night at Barceló Fes Medina, another four stars hotel, you will pay nearly 55 euros for a superior double room.
I think this is the best option if you travel to any place in Morocco because you are closer to the so called Oriental atmosphere. You can find riads all over Medina with prices between 10 euros and around 200 euros for one night. If you choose to stay in a hotel I would definitely say you should choose a riad even just for one night. I am sure you won’t regret it.
Of course, there are also solutions like Airbnb and CouchSurfing.
For long stay
If you plan to stay for a longer period of time in Fès you have three options.
You find a riad or a hostel where you can rent a room. Usually one room with private bathroom in a hostel shouldn’t be more than 2000 dirhams/month (aprox. 180 euros) and a room in a riad shouldn’t be more than 2500 dirhams/month. Usually the price you pay for the hostel includes the bills (electricity, water, internet) and in some places even the breakfast but in riads, in some places, you might have to pay for these utilities.
You stay with a moroccan family. You will have your own room but you will share the livingroom, the bathroom and the kitchen with the members of the family. It costs around 1500 dirhams/month. It is a good solution if you want to understand moroccan culture and society better but you won’t have much privacy and inviting people over might be a problem in some cases.
You rent an apartment. This is the solution I chose. Me and my collegue rented an apartment in the New City close to Hassan II avenue and Borj Fes Mall. We had all the shops, banks, pharmacies, etc. very close to us, no more than a 5 minute walk away from any of them. In that area the apartments have usually two bedrooms, one huge livingroom, one kitchen, one classic bathroom, one turkish bathroom/toilet and one balcony. Also that neighbourhood is one of the safest in the city and there are living a lot of foreigners. We were paying a rent of 4000 dirhams/month and around 700 dirhams/month for bills.
1 euro = ~ 11 dirhams
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