The location was excellent, and except that the air conditioner did not really work very well, the... See full review
May 11, 2008
Not worth the money
There is no way that this hotel should be advertised as four star quality. My room was dirty, the... See full review
Jun 19, 2011
The hotel offers quality, comfort and convenience to its guests. The Location of Menzeh Zalagh Hotel in Fez is in Rue Mohamed Diouri Ville Nouvelle in Fez. This charming hotel was built in the year1955. The nearest Fez station is 3 km from this hotel. The nearest airport is not very far from the Menzeh Zalagh Hotel in Fez. The nearest bus station from this hotel is just 2 km away. The nearest fair site from the Menzeh Zalagh Hotel in Fez is Salle Des Congres. The Location of Menzeh Zalagh Hotel in Fez is ideal for leisure tourists and travelers from not just the country but around the world. The Room Facilities at Menzeh Zalagh Hotel in Fez provides 160 fully furbished guest-rooms. The guest-rooms of this hotel are medium in size and are well lit. The guest-rooms are well decorated. The rooms of the Menzeh Zalagh Hotel in Fez have private balconies or terrace or a fire place where you can sit or view the panoramic surroundings.
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There is no way that this hotel should be advertised as four star quality. My room was dirty, the air conditioning was broken, and I could hear everything going on around me (in other rooms and outside). Most of the outlets didn't work and two
lightbulbs were burnt out. None of these things would have bothered me, if the hotel were less expensive and advertised itself more modestly. If you stay here, be sure to ask for a room far away from the nightclub. Even the pool was a little disappointing as the DJ has a penchant for loud, lewd rap music. Also, the breakfast was not very good. You'll get a better breakfast at almost any cafe or patisserie.
There were a few advantages to staying at this hotel. The most obvious is that if you are a newly arrived student waiting to enroll at ALIF, this is a very convenient location. Also, there's a balcony with a very nice view of the city where you can sit and read without anyone bothering you. However, I still don't recommend staying here if you can avoid it. Your money is much better spent elsewhere. Fes is a wonderful city and I recommend finding a hotel or riad in the medina (old city), if you can.
Do not expect the four-star rating to be like a four-star in the U.S. I had a single room that luckily turned out to be a double bed, and not a twin-size, as was alluded to in the booking. It is in the Ville Nouvelle (newer, French-influenced
quarter) but not around anything special or enticing tourist-wise. I found it convenient as a student waiting to move in at the ALIF school. Reservations cannot be canceled and refunded, so be sure that you are set on this hotel when you reserve. There is a nice cafe one block away and a simple espresso/crepe shop across the street. The old medina is only a 10 minute taxi ride (about 10-15 dh) away, so that is fairly easy to access. The single room is simple and small. The bathroom barely had hot water and it was not consistent. My drain did not work and there are no wash cloths. They did give me two sets of bath & hand towels a day, though, and the maids are nice. Women traveling alone may feel partially scrutinized, and most employees speak French or French-Arabic. Few speak English, but those at the main desk do, which eases some of the check-in issues.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short walk from hotel
Eat at a local cafe; the food is much cheaper than the hotel's dinner options, which are mediocre at best. Breakfast, however, is simple and enjoyable - just pastries and delicious juice!
The location was excellent, and except that the air conditioner did not really work very well, the room was nicely laid out. There was a chair for sitting and when a light bulb blew out and it blew out the electricity in my room, the staff were
courteous and quickly had a service person come replace the bulb and have the electricity on again. The room was kept clean, too. The bathroom facilities were nice and large. it was great to have a hair dryer there, too. Lamps by the beds were a great thing, and there was CNN on tv so that news could be gotten.
Not for the solo female traveler (and not a four star hotel)
I only ended up staying at the Menzeh Zalagh for one night out of my four scheduled nights in Fes. I suspect that the hotel staff are used to dealing with large tour groups (as evidenced by the many buses parked outside of the hotel), and aren't
used to helping solo female travelers - getting a petit taxi, or a guide seemed nearly impossible when speaking with them. The only meal I had at the hotel was by walking over to the pizza restaurant, ordering, and sitting on the patio. My room was facing what appeared to be the air conditioning unit at the back of the hotel. I was able to see the old medina in the distance, which was lovely. I think the other rooms in the hotel had much better views - I just was stuck with a lesser one. It was also right along railroad tracks, and I was woken up by a very noisy train in the middle of the night. The room was the most spartan for a four star I've ever been in (in comparison, I've stayed in three star hotels with nicer beds, linens, and bathrooms). At any rate - do yourself a favor and upgrade to a nicer hotel or riad in Fes - you won't be disappointed, and you will definitely get your money's worth as far as comfort and ease of travel go.