Antique Royal Suite in Old City of Fes
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
A remarkable, two-story, antique royal suite from 1880, the Massriya of the Pasha Baghdadi is the most beautiful Massriya we have found in Fez. Decorated with simple traditional furnishings, the Massriya’s romance comes from its original architectural detail: the suite is encrusted with museum-quality carved plaster, original mosaic, and decorative painting. Authentic, quirky, and romantic. Conde Nast Traveler called the property "*The* apartment to rent in the medina of Fes," and Lonely Planet rated it in the “Top 5 Author’s Picks” for places to stay in Fes.
* Two master bedrooms, including rooftop jewelbox "Menzeh" encrusted from mosaic floor to painted ceiling with museum-quality decorative detail, opening onto the terrace and city view from bed. Separate Menzeh is accessed through outside staircase, common with Moroccan neighbors.
* Small Garden Room on main floor contains ornate traditional fountain, small traditional domed Hammam bath designed for four people, and a shared bathroom.
* Large Salon with high original painted ceiling and cascading antique carved plaster.
* Rooftop terrace with Medina view.
* Excellent accessible location in Medina.
* Tiny kitchenette in Garden Room.
* Dramatically lit, with simple traditional furnishings.
* Down comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, and hand-embroidered wool and silk bathrobes.
Originally the jewel of the house of the Pasha Baghdadi, who administered justice in Fez in the late 1800's, this suite is itself an antiquity. Its carved plaster in delicate hues has been untouched since 1880. Exceptionally fine mosaic extends throughout the suite. The spacious main salon has a high ceiling completely covered in original decorative painting from which carved plaster falls like lace in an incredible virtuosity of design. A poem carved into the plaster circles the room and welcomes the guest into the suite.
Through an arched doorway is the first master bedroom, with a view of the Merenid tombs on the hillside. Below the window, the life of the old city goes on uninterrupted, with the musical cries of the mint-seller in the morning to the sound of old men leading leather-laden mules downward into the Medina. Here, the call to prayer sounds five times each day through your window.
We have restored this suite as an authentic experience of Moroccan tradition - then added special touches rare in Morocco - from Egyptian cotton sheets and towels to down comforters and pillows to hand-embroidered wool and silk bathrobes in the traditional style. The furniture is traditional and simple, and the dramatic lighting draws attention to the original detail that gives the suite its allure.
A Small Garden Room Contains an Intimate Domed Hammam Bath.
On one side of the Grand Salon is a small, dramatically-lit Garden Room with an ornate mosaic suquaia wall fountain. Bathe in the intimate domed tadelakt and mosaic hammam. Created by Hussein Kadiri, the chief architect for the current restoration of the Bou Inania Medersa, this hammam - designed for four people - brings to life the traditional Moroccan community bath, created to welcome the guest for hours. Centered by its fountain, the Garden Room is the only space that we have altered in our restoration of the Pasha Baghdadi Massriya.
Once a half-built modern kitchen, the space was adapted to fill the traditional role of the wust dar, the symbolic center of the house, with its water source centered on the main axis of the suite and visible through successive arches. Step out of the hammam and rest in luxurious embroidered robes created by the skilled hands of Moroccan women still practicing the art of clothing kings.
The Jewelbox Menzeh and the Roof Terrace
Quirkily situated at the crown of the house one floor above the main Salon level, and accessed through the common stairway, you will find the most remarkable room in the Pasha Baghdadi complex - the jewelbox "Menzeh," the likes of which we have never seen in our extensive exploration of traditional houses in Fez. The rooftop Menzeh bedroom is a room completely encrusted with original antique decoration. From floor to ceiling, every inch of the nine-by-nine foot space is embellished with extraordinary workmanship. The mosaic continues from the floors up the walls until it meets antique carved plaster studded with stained glass. Above this is an ornately painted ceiling in warm reds and ochres. The effect is astounding.
Three large windows look out onto the terrace, creating a bright rooftop garden retreat by day. By night, the light from the Menzeh illuminates the deep jeweled shades of the stained glass windows where tiny missing panes and broken plaster cast lacy shadows out onto the terrace. We will not repair the lovely webbed plaster where it has broken. We will not remove the tiny abandoned mud wasp’s nest from the sharp carved starburst of the Menzeh’s antique plaster. All of this is part of the baraka or fortuitous blessing of the Menzeh, which we have preserved as it was found, an jeweled secret place at the crown of the Fez Medina.
The Menzeh bedroom shares the bathroom on the floor below, which is accessed along the common stairway. Despite this inconvenience, groups of four will battle each other to claim the Menzeh bedroom where, just sitting up in bed, one can look out over the moonlit terrace to the lights of Fez.
A Small Kitchen Corner is Cached in the Garden Room
Convenient for limited cooking, a small kitchen corner is hidden in the Garden Room. The kitchen corner contains a small refrigerator, a marble sink, hotplate surfaces, silverware, dishes, and a small set of pots and pans.
Keywords: Royal Suite
Member since: 2003
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Small Traditional Domed Hammam Bath designed for 4 people
- Sight Seeing
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Cooking Utensils
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This property is situated within the medina or old city of Fes, The Fes medina holds the uncontested place as the most extraordinary medina in Morocco - and is designated in its entirety by UNESCO as a world monument, To facilitate the logistics of living in the medina, we offer our guests full concierge service and the use of 2 cell phones during their time in Fes, Full-time guide service and pick-up and drop-off from airport can be arranged for an additional fee, This property offers a rare access to the secret life of the Fes medina
Jewelbox “Menzeh” off terrace – encrusted mosaic floor to painted ceiling.
The painted ceiling of the Grand Salon
Wall fountain in the Garden Room on the Main level (hammam to right)
Grand Salon abyNight: Cascading, antique carved plaster and original painting
Salon-level bedroom, looking toward the Grand Salon
This listing was first published here in 2003.
Date last modified - Saturday, October 22, 2016
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