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Travel Blogs from Fes
So we arrived in Casablanca in the morning and jumped on the train to Fes. We had heard from others that Casablanca didn't have much over the other cultural cities, so we skipped it. Fes was about a 3-hour train ride. The train was surpisingly nice, with comfortable seats. We had booked our first night at Riad Louna, a place we had read about …
... chicken for dinner. They'll butcher the live chicken right there in front of you and the pen full of the chicken's mates. In between spices and buckets of olives are camel heads hanging next to camel meat and about 20 varieties of fish being butchered.
-The tanneries where you can literally see or smell your leather jacket or bag being made. It's actually the oldest tannery in the world and the site hasn't changed since the 11th century. The leather retail shop has a ...
... our stay
in Fes to two nights. Afterwards, we went to the guys family house in
the local part of Fes, where we ate amazing salad, watermelon and had
orange juice. We were also invited back for dinner with the family
(but we didnt go in the end as we were still full from the food
We met his cousin, who had been living
in Germany for a few years, and then went to a cafe, where we had
some hot drinks ...
... a challenge, but I manned up and made it through. (Sam’s comment: Eric doesn’t do well in small places with lots of people.. let’s just say that he gets cage-y when he’s in a US-sizes grocery store aisle with two other people… but he did well pushing through these narrow lanes without ...
... in blissful relaxation, why not?!
Slept at: Dar el Ma (review below)
Ate at: Dar Sekaya (on Talaa Seghira)
We are so glad that we found Dar el Ma. The owner and local host made sure our arrival was hassle-free. First getting into the Medina is completely disorienting. Follow their advice of taking a petit taxi to parking lot Ain Azletten, and then let the shop keeper/manager there take you to the Riad. There are only two guest rooms at the Riad. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Roumana Fes
My girlfriend and I spent 5 days in Fes at Dar Roumana at the end of November staying in the Roumana and Yasmina Suites. The former has a fantastic bathroom and the latter is simply one of the nicest rooms I've ever had the privilege to stay in. Jennifer and Sebastian are the best hosts you could hope for - helpful, informative and funny when you need them and not there when you don't. We did the day's cooking course - a great way to spend a day - deciding on the dishes, buying the ingredients and then cooking it all up under Jennifer's supervision. It made for a really enjoyable evening meal with the other guys who were staying there. The dar itself is suberbly and thoughtfully restored - the views from the roof are extraordinary. So, all in all, a great city, a great dar to rival (and pretty much beat) anywhere we have previously stayed. Good luck getting a reservation!
From beginning to end, my stay at Dar Roumana was amazing! I was traveling by myself through Morocco (as a woman, this is not easy!) and it was so wonderful to find some respite at the hotel.
My husband and I, along with our friends with whom we were travelling, had a wonderful 3-night stay at Dar Roumana. It is very beautifully and authentically restored, but not pretentious. The American owners, Jennifer and Sebastian, are wonderful hosts and very knowledgeable about the city and the culture of Morocco.
We just returned from 3 wonderful nights at the Dar Roumana and can't thank Jennifer, the owner, enough for the incredible introduction to Fes. The dar is absolutely gorgeous, having been painstakingly renovated by Moroccan craftsmen. The suites are spacious and comfortable, the rooftop terrace has incredible views of the Merinid tombs, and the mint tea and fresh-baked goodies every afternoon are a fantastic touch of hospitality. And Jennifer, the owner, is priceless. She loans very useful maps and helps plan itineraries, spends time with the guests answering questions and offering advice (we wouldn't have visited Rabat if it hadn't been for her, and are very glad that we did) and describing what it's like to live in Fes. After spending the day touring Fes and its souks, it felt like we were going home when we returned to the dar.
Dar Roumana is truly one of the nicest places that my husband and I have ever stayed in. The dar itself is beautiful - a testament to the years that Jennifer spent in restoration. We stayed in the Yasmina suite which was great value for money, a huge ornately tiled room overlooking the internal courtyard with a big four poster bed, a sitting area, separate outside terrace and bathroom with large bathtub. The roof terrace gives wonderful views of Fes and was a great place to enjoy the delicious breakfasts.
Amazing Dar/Riad and Great Owners!
Dar Roumana is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed! The architecture is just amazing and the story of the "palace" and how Jennifer restored it is amazing! The hosts are incredibly nice and really helped me out with some advice on where to go in Fes and the surrounding area as well as where to eat etc! It is so nice after wandering the huge noisy Fes market place all day to return to this secluded location and just enjoy some quiet and the view from the roof. I highly recommend staying here!
Dar Roumana is a breathtaking experience
Dar Roumana, recently restored, is as beautiful as any place you will find in Morocco. Gorgeous traditional handcrafted tiled floors and walls, hand-painted and carved cedar ceilings, intricate latticework, airy, spectacular high-ceiling courtyards, wonderful rooms - a fantastic value. The location is excellent within the medina of Fes.
Jennifer and Sebastian are consummate hosts, young and professional, welcoming, gracious...we cannot recommend it more highly.
Dar Roumana is a spectacular Moroccan house with the best terrace in Fes! The house has been beautifully restored, beautifully furnished and has wonderful bathrooms! The terrace is huge and while Dar Roumana is in the Medina, it offers the best of both worlds -- you feel like you're in the country when you look out over the hills and you have wonderful views of the Medina. After being out all day, Dar Roumana is an oasis in the Medina!
As we entered the Dar Roumana we were literally awestruck - the beauty of the old mosaic, and painted cedar wood carving is the match of any building we saw in Fez. The rooms are palatial with a real eye for comfort and style. There is a fantastic view from the Dar's luxurious roof terrace over both the Fez Medina ( which is 2 minutes walk away) and the sourrounding hills The Dar building far exceeded our expectations as the online photos and website do not convey the actual splendour of the house.