Vacation Rental Description
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 one 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 equipped for limited cooking.
* 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 1800s, 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.
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.
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 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.
- Cleaning Service
- Cooking Utensils
- Linen Service
- Amenity Parking
Amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided. Small Traditional Domed Hammam Bath designed for 4 people.
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.