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By Chris Boyle

Overlooking the exciting Medina, Sofitel Fez Palais Jamaï is an oasis of comfort and refinement.

This gleaming 19th-century palace—the former residence of the Grand Vizier— will give you the sense of having entered one of the tales in 1001 Arabian Nights.

Traditional Moorish architecture and décor offer a veritable feast for the eyes, while Andalusian gardens celebrate nature, imparting a sense of serenity and well-being.In addition to white-glove service and contemporary luxury amenities, the hotel offers the perfect location, just minutes from the Karaouyine mosque and university, the lively souk and the beautiful El Attarine Medersa.



Number of rooms in suite: Three

Number of entrances to suite: Two

Number of baths: Two, one with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower

Suite style: Traditional Moroccan-French décor conveys all the glory and power befitting the home of a Grand Vizier.This majestic abode is a vision of opulence with Moroccan mosaics, gold-leaf cedar ceilings, silk draperies, Chinese-style fabrics, intricate French mirrors, lavish rugs and crystal chandeliers.

Key selling points: A crowned, four-poster copper bed graces the master bedroom, while the lady’s bedroom has silken walls, a Louis XV-style bed and sitting area, not to mention its own private entrance.

Oversized, ornately painted doors separate the bedrooms from the reception area, and grand windows overlook the beautiful gardens and Medina.

Number of suites in hotel: One Royal Apartment


  • Square footage: 1,604
  • Nightly rate: About $2,917 (€2,200)


Le SPA: The secret world of this lavish hotel’s spa opens the door to incomparable luxury and total relaxation thanks to a selection of treatments intended either to stimulate or soothe the senses.

Treatments incorporate Moroccan “Riad de Sens” and French Decleor skincare products, and spa facilities include a steam room, sauna and spa tub.

Signature treatments: Traditional hammam and massages




Al Fassia: The unforgettable gourmet experience in what was once the Grand Vizier’s dining room is enhanced by soul-stirring Andalusian music.

Al Mandar: Top off your evening with a tipple at this English-style cocktail bar, or on the terrace overlooking the mysterious Medina.

F&B Manager Adil Zamharir



Business and events: State-of-the-art technology meets palatial décor in the hotel’s conference facilities. Rooms are flooded with natural light and decked with mosaics, frescoes and Oriental carpets, and a dedicated team will meet your every need.

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