do Traditional Houses Compare to the Once-Legendary Palais Jamai?
The Palais Jamai hotel was once a place with great ambience, perched
on a hill above, but not in, the medina of Fez. Unfortunately, the
Palais Jamais’ legend has outlived its ambience, and not because
it has been neglected. Recent renovations by hotel chain Sofitel
have modernized the lobby area and rooms, and given the Palais Jamai
the unmistakable aura of a western hotel. There’s a major
difference between restoration and renovation, and the fate of the
Palais Jamai hotel is a cautionary tale in this regard. It is a
major example of the importance of retaining the authenticity of
legendary places in Fez.