I exchanged several e-mails with with Miriam before making my decision to stay at riad Dar Guennoun. Miriam make the decision easy. Since we were traveling from Rabat on the train, she cautioned us to be careful of the “friendlies” on the train that they did not have our best interests in mind. Indeed, we did meet three of them and all three tried to find out our names and where we were staying. We told them our sister was picking us up and they quickly left us alone.
Miriam met us with tea and pastries that were great. I had pre arranged with Miriam to have someone pick us up at the train station. They were there with a sign displaying our name and we were at the riad within 10 minutes. Well worth the 100dhs. plus tip. I had also asked her if she could arrange a tour beginning at 2:00. She did so, but also prepared for us a Moroccan salad. This is not your usual salad you get in a U.S. restaurant, but is an assortment of wonderful vegetables in small dishes. Carrots, beans, etc was placed before us and was one of the best we ate during our stay in Morocco. We also ordered dinner both nights of our stay and we could not have been more pleased. Their preparation and presentation of meals is outstanding and I encourage anyone to give it a try. She also had wine by the bottle or glass available. We chose a bottle of Moroccan wine both nights. Moroccan wine is very good. Try a glass while you are there.
Wi Fi is available in the lobby which is a place of calm that you must sit and enjoy while you are there. There is a fountain that drips water that echos throughout and is most relaxing. There is also a terrace that provided one of the most beautiful sunsets we saw while in Fes.
Since we were to meet our guide/driver at 7:00am the last morning, she insisted that Siad bring down our luggage so others would not be disturbed. We stayed on the third floor and Siad took our bags up as well as brought them down. Breakfast does not begin until 8:00, but we had a big surprise awaiting us at 6:30 that morning. Siad had prepared a full breakfast for us. We had not expected that, but were oh so pleased.
If you are looking for a beautiful place in the medina close to everything, this is a place you can book with confidence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Guennoun is a beautiful traditional house located in the world’s oldest inhabited medieval Islamic cities, Fes. Dar Guennoun is located near one of the main access points to the Medina and is just five minutes from the famous Kairouyine University and the souks. Dar Guennoun is a 17th century house which has been extensively renovated. It is a wonderful example of Moorish architecture from the hand sculpted plaster to the artisan painted cedar wood and the mosaic covering floors and walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Guennoun Hotel Fes