In 1912, Fez lost its prestigious status as capital in favor of Casablanca. Casablanca, gradually building a port of very large merchant capacity, became the economic and international hub of the country on the Atlantic coast.
This caused the departure of many old families and an important part of the population of Fassi origin. Some will more or less abandon their immense homes that were difficult to maintain.
This was also the case for the Bensouda Palace. It was gradually abandoned over the twentieth century until the year 2000, when it was completely fallen into ruins.
His new owner, Driss Faceh, explains : “This palace that I had known as a child, we acquired it with my wife Evelyne (1944-2013) that year. That was the only way for me to save it, by renovating it and restoring it to its former glory, but without betraying what it was.”
“We then transformed it into a prestigious boutique hotel of very high standing of 25 suites, an oriental hammam and spa, an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants and a bar with a breathtaking view over the entire Medina, which travelers and personalities from all over the world frequent abundantly and with great discretion“, completes Driss Faceh .