First things first: all the guide books say this and it's definitely true: the Medina in Fes is very tricky to navigate and it might be a bit daunting trying to find this riad (or any riad in Fes, for that matter). I called the riad and spoke to the owner Chantelle who told me where to get a taxi to. I then called the riad back once I got to the gate of the riad and a member of staff came to escort us to the riad. It is very simple if you do it like this and I'd definitely recommmend it. It helps if you can speak French to the riad staff.
The riad is stunning - the mosaic tiles are so beautiful and the rooms are really authentic. Even our bathroom was lovely! Chantelle clearly pays great attention to detail as the decor of the rooms is really lovely. Chantelle organised a tour of Fes for us which worked out at great value. This was an ideal way for us to see Fes as we had a really limited amount of time there. Our guide was nice but unfortunately brought us to a few places that gave us the whole, "buy my beautiful Berber rugs/very special price just for you" treatment. Easily corrected once we told him that we couldn't fit any more Moroccan trinkets in our Ryanair carry-on bags! If you get a guide and don't want to buy anything, just tell him at the start.
Chantelle also organised a taxi for the airport for us and walked us to the car park to meet the driver.
This riad is lovely and it's also very good value in comparison to others in Fes. You definitely feel looked after staying here. The only downside might be if you have mobility problems staying here as the little roads on the way to the riad are not in the best condition in parts and can be steep. I would definitely recommend staying here to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Al Safadi is a Moroccan authentic house, located near to a carpark, in a district calm and made safe of Médina.La restoration of the house, furnishing including the bathrooms, and decoration were entirely carried out with the hand by craftsmen impassioned by their trade. In addition to the charm of the rooms, the clearness of the patio, decorated of a fountain, the splendid sight of the terrace on the médina will lead you to the daydream. ... more less
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