Riad Numero 9 is a small luxury riad in the heart of Fez's captivating medina. This restored 18th-century riad will spark the imagination as much as its ancient home, the largest intact medieval city in the world. Designer-owners Stephen & Bruno fell in love with Fez, with all its historical charm and a far cry from the tourist-centred Marrakech, and settling on this riad due to its panoramic views from the rooftop terrace, created a 3-room home-from-home with style & charm in abundance.
The carefully thought out interiors are perfectly attuned to the adventurous guests who come to traverse the sprawling streets of this urban maze, with interesting antiques & objet d'art in every corner and your welcoming hosts and staff will provide everything from the home-cooked meals of ex-restaurateur Bruno, to some Parisian café music to get the evening off to a good start. Sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine as the call to prayer echoed across the rooftops, we felt truly that this was our home. Riad Numero 9 is also great for exclusive rental.
Riad Numero 9 is located down a quiet side street in the medina's labyrinthine streets. With all rooms facing the courtyard, this peaceful riad is great to come home to after a day manoeuvring the souks. Stephen and his staff will provide guests with a map and some good advice on where to go. The riad is conveniently located just off of Rue Talaa Kebira and Rue Talaa Seghira (although we would recommend accepting the offer of a guide to bring you to the door when you arrive as it can be difficult to find). Wander towards the centre of the medina avoiding the loaded donkeys and explore the crowded souks. At the end you will eventually find yourself at the ancient Karaouine Mosque & University, founded in 859. Then continue on to the Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts & Crafts which houses some fine examples of Islamic carpentry or buy some from the craftsmen themselves in the markets and crafts houses. The best plan in Fez is to simply get lost and you will always find a helpful local on hand to help you to your next stop.
Back at the riad, while away the evening up on the roof terrace which has views over the entire city, reading or talking with the hosts & fellow guests. Downstairs the cosy living room has a computer for guest use and plenty of books.
Eat breakfast up on the roof terrace, with Bruno's array of Moroccan pancakes, yoghurt, homemade jams and honey. Lunch & dinner can also be arranged in advance and Riad Numero 9's Franco-Morrocan cuisine must be sampled at least once. The wine-fridge is always full and guests are welcome to use the kitchen themselves after stocking up in the local markets. Dine on the Japanese-style sunken dining table by the goldfish-filled courtyard pool, on the terrace or in-room or try some of the local restaurants. Watch this space Riad Numero 9 are beginning work on Bruno's restaurant which will neighbour the riad with a new garden terrace for the use of guests and diners alike.