Nestling in the heart of the medieval city of Fez, a World Heritage listed by UNESCO, Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa is full of charm and history.
It is here in the heart of the largest pedestrian area of the world that Dominique and Moulay Laraqui welcome their guests and offer them a precious and unforgettable experience.
Established in a former Palace of the XIXth century, riad Mayfez Suites & Spa, its modern and neat restaurant dedicated to the hotel guests only, and its spa offer a luxurious though humble atmosphere.
This ancient palace, once the property of a very modern lady who happened to be the wife of a Vizir, features a unique arabo-colonial architecture. Today, the Riad unfolds its columns around a beautiful tree-filled courtyard and a heated black marble pool that replaced the monumental fountain that was once intended for irrigation.
Riad, Palace or Residence, Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa is not a conventional hotel. The palace has maintained the family intimacy and Parisian chic of these houses of yesteryear, where each refined detail is a tribute to the deliciously nostalgic elegance of a sophisticated lifestyle.
Decorated with antiques and artworks from all over the world, Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa has the appearance of a bygone century, a time where a reception in a Palace was an auspicious moment. At Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa the Fairy tale lives on!
With 5 suites only, its restaurant and bar dedicated only to its guests, Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa is a confidential place that offers a unique intimate atmosphere.
As lady of the house, Dominique Laraqui composes within her riad an attentive and harmonious service, without ever being rigid.
Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa is not just a place to drop your luggage, it’s a place to relax and forget stress and anxiety. It’s a place of good humour and happiness.
Upon crossing the big entrance door you feel the pressure of the modern world slip away. The warm greeting of the staff make you feel at home and out of the world.
Welcome in a history driven palace dating back to the XIX century nestling in the Old Medina of Fez.
Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa is a family story, the story of the Laraqui family. But on the spot, it is alone on board that Dominique Laraqui officiates as lady of the house thanks to a team entirely dedicated to the comfort of guests.
« French, born in Strasburg, moving to Morocco at the age of two, fascinated by Asia, currently sharing my time between Fez and Cairo, after having spend the last years between London, Paris and Zürich; Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa is the brainchild of my imagination and of the cultures that nursed me.
It is on a bright spring day of 2006, that my husband and I passed the door of that palace that, though we did not know at the time, was to become Mayfez. On that day we followed a long corridor at the end of which we discovered to our greet astonishment, a huge garden that seemed forgotten long ago. Alleyways buried under the weed, decayed fountains where all that remained from a former glory. The blue sky from Morocco that has inspired so many painters from Delacroix to Matisse and the dazzling sun appeared to us like a piece of paradise. A facade threatened to collapse...
We remain seated what seemed to be quite a long time, listening to the song of the birds and the whispering of the trees. In my imagination, I could hear the sound of the water lapping in the fountains; though they must propbably have been silent for decades. I felt peaceful and at home.
After 6 years of building work, tears, laughters and a lot of passion, Mayfez became our private secondary home for 6 more years before we finally decided to open it as a guesthouse and offer our guests to live to rhythm of these ancient Moroccan Palaces.
As for me, deeply in love with the city of London, where I sent 5 happy years of my life, I always nourished the dream to settle down in the heart of Mayfair, in one of these nice Victorian flat were Mary Poppins could have pop in on a windy day. But life has turned me to other skies…
If I will not live in Mayfair, than let that be! But I will be living in Mayfez!
Welcome in my imaginary world where sharing and caring are our motus! »
At Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa, we believe that the quality of hosting is strongly linked to the quality of the relationship between host and guests. Sharing common values is therefore an ideal starting point.
Valuable men and women
Nearly all our staff are men and women originating from the Medina. They love and know the medina like no one and love to share their passion with our guests.
Some moved abroad looking for new challenges in the USA or Saudi Arabia, but came back after a few month or years to finally settle down in Fez. At Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa we especially value curious minds and chose to put our faith in the hands of enterprising personalities at the expense of diploma.
Hence, few of our recruits are hotel professionals and most of them have learned their jobs with us.
Dominique, the lady of the house, spent time teaching them some subtleties of the French way of life and even put her personal touch on the dessert menu.
But what we are particularly proud of is that they take care of our guests with their hearts, more than with the technique, but with no less efficiency.
Respect for cultural specificity
Morocco is known for its natural hospitality. Here, human relationships are natural and spontaneous. Good faith, good intentions and availability are keys of this hospitality. At Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa we respect and cherish this genuine and spontaneous hospitality. It may well be far away from the standardized efficiency of the international codes that make law nowadays, but it comes from the heart, maybe less perfect, but undoubtedly more human.
Sharing the values of modern Morocco and breaking the code of the « cheap made in Morocco » cliché, at Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa, we chose to make of respecting social values our motus.
Socially just and in compliance with Moroccan tax and social legislation, we pay the right price for work and respect the rights of our employees and the law of the Kingdom of Morocco.
We praise ourselves to having a united team with barely any turnover. They are part of the Riad Mayfez Suites & Spa family.
In this context, we strive to offer the best value to our guests while respecting the rights of our employees and taking charge of the preservation of this historic home in the heart of Fez. You will then understand that this goal cannot be achieved at a discount…
The Medina of Fez is the heir city of Andalusian culture and the cradle of the main Moroccan dynasties. Built in the 8th century, Fez is fascinating and bewitching, both traditional and modern.
You will Enjoy its medieval Marinid architecture, ancient atmosphere and animated souks. With our guide you will discover the Medina through various fascinating places from the traditional tanneries to the madrassas (Madrassa Bouanania for non Muslims) and foundouks, but also the Mellah (the Jewish quarter) with its cemetery and synagogue preserving precious scrolls dating back to the IV century ...