Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai

May 10, 2012 by

There’s no place quite like Morocco when it comes to approachably exotic charm. And in Morocco, there’s no place quite like Fes (Fez), the ornate imperial city whose maze-like medieval old town offers countless architectural wonders. Sadly, though, exploring the world’s largest pedestrian zone can leave you weary at day’s end — why not avoid that tragic cab ride to the hotel by setting up a luxurious home base right outside the walls of the medina?

The Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai was built in 1879 as a palace residence for the Grand Vizier of Jamai. Now an outpost of the posh French hotel chain, the Sofitel Fes offers all the comforts you’d expect from a quality hotel (comfy beds, attentive staff, free wifi, high-end bath amenities) plus local touches like Moroccan-style decor, sweets and tea on arrival, and access to a hammam (Turkish bath). The location is unmatched for visitors to the medina, and Medina rooms have balconies with birds-eye views of the old city.

Really, the building is a destination in itself. The Moroccan decor is divine, the crystal chandeliers rich and sparkly, the mosaic floors arty and impressive. Relax after a day of sightseeing with a cool drink in the hotel’s jazz bar, linger over diner in the French or Moroccan restaurants, or just enjoy the lush gardens or the view from the pool terrace overlooking the city.

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  1. MeLisa says:

    Here’s another vacation to scrimp an save for! Gorgeous. Why do my kids have to be so expensive?

  2. Tara says:

    Definitely an occupational hazard for a travel blogger — too many amazing places, too limited a budget!

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