Never mind Dar Drissi, they should call this place TARDISSI; it is much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. The other amazing thing about it is how quiet it is, considering it is stuck in the middle of a bustling market area. It was also surprisingly cool, even in June. I find it hard to fault the place; about the most critical thing I could come up with was that one of the electrical sockets looked a bit loose, and the stairs are not suitable for those who are unsteady on their feet. We were picked up at the airport by a taxi arranged by Kibir, Dar Drissi’s man on the spot. Kibir then met us at the car park with two burly sidekicks who carried our luggage to the riad. On the first day he gave us a quick tour of the building’s many floors, and pledged to do what he could to ensure we enjoyed our stay – a pledge he fulfilled in spades. He arranged a guide for us on day two, a visit to a hammam (steam room) on day three and on our last night recommended a restaurant so two of our four-strong party could celebrate their birthdays. I am not saying Fes’s old town is impenetrable or hard to navigate, but with the steam room and the restaurant, in both cases we were escorted by representatives of the establishments from our front door to their front doors to ensure we got there. I can’t imagine that happening in London, somehow. We stayed in the sumptuous Grand Salon and could easily have smuggled the entire family in there with room left over for an impromptu game of cricket on the adjoining gallery-cum-balcony. Whether our teenaged sons would have enjoyed the stay, is hard to say. There is no TV, but there is wi-fi, and there are plenty of sights, smells and sounds in the day to enchant, but not much night life other than fine dining, people watching, shopping and haggling. If your kids are into messing about on the beach, amusement arcades and theme parks, this is not the holiday for them. If they are into experiencing a fast disappearing world that looks like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, this is a magnificent place to have a short break. I would heartily recommend Dar Drissi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Drissi is a guest house in the ancient Medina in Fez (Fes) Morocco. It is a 250 year old property that has been restored to its original decorative style and modernised in respect of en suite bathrooms and air conditioning in all rooms. Free breakfasts, clean towels and bed linen, daily room cleaning and wifi are included in the price. A local tourist tax of 2 EUR per person per night will be added to the final bill. Prices depend on the room choice and the season. ... more less
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