The Dar Roumana is breathtakingly beautiful and the service was impeccable! It was definitely a highlight to our Morocco experience.
The Dar itself is spectacularly restored. The floors, walls, doors, lighting, furniture, fixtures, ... so beautiful and well chosen. If you stay here you should take the time to look at the album with the restoration photos and floor plans. If Jennifer is around she'll explain the work that was done. This gave us a greater appreciation of the Dar.
We stayed in the Argana suite for 3 nights and the Tamarind suite for the last night (we were only supposed to be in Fez for 3 nights but as soon as we walked into the Dar we knew we would want to extend our Fez stay). Both rooms were very spacious and comfortable with AC, good water pressure and temperature. Although you have to climb more stairs to get to the Argana suite it offers a lot of privacy and it is very quiet. The Tamarind suite is on the second floor with windows facing the courtyard. The Tamarind is less private but it is a BEAUTIFUL suite. The suites and service are as if you were staying at a boutique hotel. Breakfast on the rooftop terrace was always very good. Afternoon mint tea with cookies was an eagerly awaited treat after a day in the medina.
We found the staff of the Dar Roumana impeccable, friendly and enthusiastic. There was Jennifer who's the owner, Justine and Didier who are the managers, and Mohammed who is the night staff.
Our first contact when we arrived at the Dar was Mohammed. We arrived in the evening after an 8 hour bus ride from Chefchaouen (3 hours were spent on the side of the road waiting for a mechanic to fix the bus!). After helping us to get settled, Mohammed walked us to a restaurant and asked that someone from the restaurant walk us back to the Dar. He was always smiling, very helpful and would make a great mint tea in the afternoon.
Justine and Didier were full of information and tips on Fez. They attended to all our needs. We opted for the cooking class with Didier. What a great day! Although he is not allowed to "guide" tourists, he gave us a tour of the main attractions, introduced us to the better vendors (medicine man, herb man, honey man, jewelry store) and we bought the ingredients for our meal. Didier so enthusiastically taught us about Moroccan cuisine and together we prepared a delicious meal.
Jennifer was also full of information and gave us such great insight into the real Moroccan life and the life of the female foreigner. She did such an amazing job restoring the Dar.
In a nutshell:
Pros: Absolutely beautiful Dar
Fantastic staff who will go the extra mile to make you happy
Big and comfortable suites
Beautiful terrace with great views
Located in a quiet area
Con: I must admit that at first the location may seem like a con (zigzag and some alleyway-like streets) but in reality the Dar is well located because it is away from the noise, close to one of the Babs (entrance) and not far from the main streets leading to the East and West of the Medina. It would be a pity to miss out on this experience based on this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully restored Riad guesthouse in the ancient medina with a 360 degree panoramic view from the furnished roof terrace, where drinks and breakfast is served. All rooms (4 suites and 1 double room) are decorated with traditional arts and crafts, intricate carved plaster, high cedar ceilings, mosaic tile floors, and hand-crafted furniture. At the heart of the Riad is an ornately tiled courtyard with a sunken fountain where our restaurant is located. The cuisine is French/Mediterranean with a Moroccan twist and dining with us is a highlight for our guests. Other amenities include an intimate salon with fireplace, large library, DVD/TV salon, roof-top BBQ, and free WiFi access. The managers provide a full concierge service to help our guests with any arrangements they might need and allow them to experience the best of the Fes Medina and surrounding areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Roumana Hotel Fes