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Toss up - pool or no pool?

La Clusaz, France
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Toss up - pool or no pool?

Hi lovely Fes forum people.

I'm wondering which riad to go with for a stay in late May (a week before the music festival). Last December, I stayed at Riad Dar Seffarine which was fantastic. My only concern is there's no pool and end of May will be hot, right?

Based on the heat, the other alternative is Riad Jean Claude which is about 5 minutes from Clock Cafe. It has a pool and looks a little less impressive than Dar Sefferine in the photos. Everyone on the reviews has raved about Jean Claude himself being very helpful.

Has anyone stayed at both? Is the pool necessary? Other thoughts?

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1. Re: Toss up - pool or no pool?

Unlikely that you will find anyone who stayed at both so really reading the reviews is the best option

The riad with the pool is highly rated so there doesnt seem to be any downside to giving it a try!

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2. Re: Toss up - pool or no pool?

We stayed at Riad Layalina. It has a very small pool, gut it is fine if you just want to cool off. It is probably about as big as two jacuzzis end to end. Riad Layalina is very close to the Clock Cafe also. It is utterly beautfiful with excellent food and service although it can be a little noisy at night. Have a fun trip.

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3. Re: Toss up - pool or no pool?

Just a thought: The hotter the weather the more people use it the more people use it without first washing sweat and dirt off under a shower... Do you really want a pool, then? ;)

Edited: 15 May 2014, 12:40
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5. Re: Toss up - pool or no pool?

Please note - Amira A is involved in the travel business and is touting for buisness by spam pm's. This is against the rules and spirit of TA.

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6. Re: Toss up - pool or no pool?

Hi,

It's a shame when someone has asked a very specific question about two places to stay and then has a reply saying "we stayed at..." which is neither of their preferred options.

Look at recent reviews of your two options and send a message via their profiles to a couple of reviewers of each with questions relevant to what you would like from your stay.

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7. Re: Toss up - pool or no pool?

Well I'm back now after staying at Riad Jean Claude. For anyone else wishing to weigh up the two options, here are my thoughts:

Riad Jean Claude

- POOL (small, but big enough to cool off) and garden

- Jean Claude is very friendly, like a mate, willing to go out of his way to make your holiday great (he does this for the love of it rather than purely as a business)

- Nice views of part of the medina

- very clean rooms, decorated to feel salubrious, romantic and comfortable (with cable TV for the non-romantics)

- happy to speak English, but a bit shy about it (he's French)

- handy location metres from a Medina entrance, and 5-10 minutes walk to the best-known Medina bab (door)

Dar Sefferine

- No pool, but fantastic roof-top terrace with great views of the medina

- high level of personal service, and even though it's very friendly, it still somehow feels more formal/like services offered to all clients

- bathrooms smell a bit damp and are a bit dark even with the light on

- impressive interior after a complete restoration

- inside the Medina, very very close to the Place Sefferine and dying quarters at the other end of town

Edited: 05 June 2014, 12:35
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