Style Historic hammam hideaway
Setting Souk-side in the medina
Within the ancient walls of Fez, Palais Amani is a magnificent restored riad with citrus-scented air, a panoramic rooftop terrace, and a mosaic-tiled hammam.
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- Rooms 14, including nine suites.
Double rooms from $164.29 (MAD1,413), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of MAD40.00 per person per night on check-out.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (MAD1,413) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include traditional Moroccan breakfast. You can rent the entire riad for €3,000–€4,000 a night.
- Facilities Spa with hammam, gardens, library of books and DVDs, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: sound system with preloaded iPod, air-con, and all-natural aromatic bath products. Most have flatscreen TVs.
- Poolside There’s no pool at Palais Amani, but staff will happily direct you to one nearby, and the rooftop showers (not to mention the fountain in the courtyard) can provide emergency relief in high summer.
- Check-out Midday, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm (9am if the room’s free).
- Children This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!
- Also Smoking is allowed on the roof terrace and in the gardens.
Food and drink at Palais Amani
Walled with intricate blue and white tiles, Amani’s restaurant expertly juggles French and Moroccan cuisine. Prepare for extremely generous portions of fall-off-the-bone meat tagines and toothsome couscous. Let the kitchen know in advance, however, and the chef will rustle up anything you fancy.
- Dress code Breezy boho and lightweight linens.
- Top table Beside one of the wrought-iron screens to let in the air. Before the meal, hit the roof terrace for aperitifs, cured olives and home-smoked almonds.
- Last orders The restaurant is open all day, until around 9.30pm. The bar opens at 5.30pm and the last cocktail is shaken around midnight.
- Room service Snacks and light meals (soup, sandwiches, and desserts) can be served in rooms from 12noon to 10pm.
In the palace’s old winter salon on the roof, the bar is bedecked with colourful sunbursts and photo prints of local crafts (originally snapped by the owner’s mother-in-law). Don’t leave without sampling a caipirinha.
Palais Amani 12 Derb el miter, Oued Zhoune, Hay Blida, Fez, 30000
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Our favourite rooms
Room 12 is the Grand Suite, a sprawling swathe of hotel eye candy, occupying an entire wing of the first floor. Stained-glass windows look out onto the garden, and the bedroom (with – count them – two walk-in wardrobes) has grab-your-easel views over the desert to the hills. For opulence at a smaller price tag, the Mezzanine Suites are adorned with original artworks and have an intimate apartment feel.
Trainers for tramping the mountains. Even though there’s no pool, bring swimwear, so you can sunbathe on the roof and nip into the outdoor shower when it gets too hot.
Palais Amani’s spa provides facials, massages, gommage and, of course, hammam treatments. In summer and autumn, treatments take place in a rooftop pergola, looking out over the city. The assorted unguents employed are made using unique-to-Morocco argan oil from the gardens of Ourika.
From the Guestbook…
Unbelievably good. This hotel is beautiful situated in a really interesting position. The staff from the owner down were so helpful in every way. The food was very good, I do not b...more