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Riad Felloussia Meknes

Dec 20

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Interview below is with riad Felloussia owner Lionel Westerski. 

How did you get involved with hospitality business in Morocco?
 
I've been a traveller myself since a very early age. I love to discover new places and meet all sorts of people. When I arrived in Meknes to teach English in a high school, I immediately fell in love with the medina of Meknes and felt it would be a wonderful place to receive travellers from all over the world. 
 
How long have you been operating riad Felloussia? 
 
The first guests arrived four years ago. We were still in the very long process of restoring the riad when people began to show interest through my blog. We set up one room at that point and tried to stop the worksite when guests came in. We only had a few guests a month at that time and they came to visit almost like friends dropping in for a few days.
 
What does riad Felloussia offer its guests? 
 
Our riad offers the opportunity of staying in the heart of the medina and seeing how this almost medieval part of the city functions. The guest house combines comfort and charm to make the stay a unique experience. Breakfast and meals can be taken on the terrace with a great view onto the main square of the medina and the markets. Make sure you also try our homemade 'pastilas' and tajines.
 
What kind of guests does your riad attract or cater to?
 
The best thing about a place like this is that there are no stereotypes. Over the last four years, we have been receiving guests from all walks of life and from all parts of the world. We have had trekking groups, cycle tourists and even recently people who were travelling in a small propeller plane. What I have noticed, is that we often receive people who know Morocco quite well and who wish to get away from the main tourist destinations.
 
What is your favorite spot in the city of Meknes? 
 
There are hundreds of spots I could cite in the medina of Meknes but I think my choice would go towards the workshops of the craftsmen. Woodwork, tiles, copper, sculpting, damasquene and weaving. Of these, my favourite would have to be the metal workers who are constantly beating away at their creations in a chaos that seems to be from an age long ago.
 
As guest house owner, do you think Meknes is getting its share of foreign tourists compared with its neighbouring Fez? 
 
Meknes is much quieter than Fez and I think this is what people are looking for. They want to stroll through the small streets of the medina and feel the unique atmosphere that prevails. This is still possible in Meknes precisely because the tourism industry is only just developing.
 
Thank you Lionel for the interview.
 
Riad Felloussia Contact Information
Contact Person: Lionel
Address: 23 Derb Hammam Jdid - Bab Aissi, Meknes, Morocco
Email: contact@riadfelloussia.com
Phone: 0535530840
 
Riad Feloussia Pictures
 
Riad felloussia patio
 
Riad felloussia
 
Riad felloussia terrace

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Re: Riad Felloussia Meknes

What a stunning view from terrace, I hope to make it there one day!!

By stz on   12/21/2010 10:50 AM
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You will be most welcome ;)

By Lionel on   12/22/2010 10:27 AM

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