Travel Blogs from Fes
by Christine Ka'aloa
Insha'Allah: "God willing" or "If it is God's will" (and spoken as if to imply the future as "hopefully")
If there is a word I would use to describe some certain first impressions of my trip to Morocco in Spring 2007, it would be "Insha'Allah".
This is a wonderful expression that I think every GRRRL …
Fes – Continuing the Moroccan Adventures.
Well, if I have learned anything from my previous adventures it's to negotiate the taxi fare before you get in the cab. Unfortuantely, I don’t really know how far the train station is from the medina so I got taken for about $5 on a taxi ride that should have been $1.50. Unfortunately …
... walked back to our riad and Ollie and I got Fes's for 30 dm. It took 10minutes through the medina to get back to the riad. We read in our nice riad for a while. Then we went to clock cafe for dinner. The clock Cafe was in the medina and in mums book it said that going in the medina at night was bad business. 'You only see the occasional person. You could easily be robbed so stay away from alleyways and these roads.......'. When got out, ...
... but yesterday you promised!’.
· An OK price to finish on in Morocco is probably 50% of the initial asking price (see post script 2), which means you have to start bargaining from 25% (“How am I to feed the children!”) however that’s not always the rule. (Using my negotiating skills to buy a silver antique Moroccan coin I bargained it down by 40%, I had then realised I had still paid considerably more than I did a ...
... just buy all the things we wanted with the help of the guide.
First, he took us to buy some pottery at a factor on the edge of the medina. The factory was super cool—we got to watch people form, paint, and bake the pottery. Plus, they had a gigantic selection of pottery for sale! We all bought a few presents and some stuff for ourselves, then took a cab back to the hostel to drop it all off. Then we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Seffarine Fes
The house: a perfectly restored "Dar" in the medina of Fès. The interior: a composition of style and history by a Norwegian designer. The price: a bargain. The breakfast: includes even Norwegian goat cheese. The view from the rooftop terrace: spectacular. The hospitality: overwhelming. Our advice: try to book it!
My fiance and I stayed at Dar Seffarine for a few days, just 3 days after getting engaged. I can't imagine a more perfect place to stay in Fes. The house has been stunningly restored to provide beautiful, palatial and incredibly romantic rooms for guests. Kate and Alaa are fantastic hosts and there is a real air of intimacy about the house - with only a few rooms, guests are made to feel like friends. The roof terrace is wonderful, particularly as the sun sets, and the call to prayer sweeps around the skyline.
The whole experience was out of this world. I have travelled a lot, and Dar Seffarine is without doubt the best place I have ever stayed, and certainly the best value. I thoroughly recommend it.
We spent 3 days at Dar Seffarine and wished we could have stayed longer. The house has been beautifully restored and our room was the best we stayed in throughout our travels in Morocco. It also represented excellent value for money.
Kate and Alaa were wonderful hosts - inviting us for drinks and food on the roof terrace (which provides excellent views of the city) for Alaa's birthday.
I cant recommend this place highly enough, we had a fantastic time there.
Once is never enough
Our visit to the Dar Seffarine was the highlight of our trip to Morocco. Delving through the Medina and going through the first door was a welcome relief from the general cut and thrust of the medina. Going through the second door from the courtyard to the courtyard in the middle of the house was absolutely amazing. Nothing can prepare you for the granduer and beauty of the house itself which is loved and cared for by all who work there.
Our room was palatial and extremely stylish. I felt priviledged to have been able to enjoy the house and the hospitality of Kate and Aalaa who have restored the house so lonvingly and welcome all of their guests like long lost friends who they want to share the house with.
A really fantastic evening was spent on the roof terrace drinking a cold beer with other guests viewing the whole of the medina under a full moon whilst sharing travelling stories and everyone planning where and what next.
I definately will be returning to Fes and one of the main reasons will be to stay at the Dar Sefferaine. I would recommend it to everyone:
Hospitality at its best !
Alaa and Kate have restored Dar Seffarine and created what is probably the most architecturally beautiful guesthouse in Fes. Just next to the Qarouiyne Library in what is the oldest part of the whole medina, the house is breath-taking in every way from the marble floor to the painted wooden doors and ceilings and the best terrace view imaginable. Add in the great breakfasts, wonderful hospitality of Alaa and Kate and the good room rates and you would be mad not to stay here at least once !
Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Fes
Absolutely wonderful place - I can only agree with what other reviews say - we arrived very late and were met and led into medina - a bit scary in the dark (we wondered what we had let ourselves in for!) - however within minutes we found our selves in this oasis - with a drink in hand being treated as a house guest within minutes of arriving - whole place has atmosphere of houseparty rather than hotel. We travel a lot and this is probably the best place we have ever stayed in!
Dar Seffarine - Fez, a beautiful place to stay
I stayed at Dar Seffarine in March 2006 and it was wonderful. The place is not like your average accommodation, here the owners Alaa and Kate really make you feel at home. We went out for a meal with the other guests, and even used the kitchen to cook for us all. It was a superb experience!
The building is magnificent, so much detail and craftsmanship put into restoring this ancient structure to a grand riad fit for a king....and fit you should be, becasue there are many steps from the ground floor to the breaksfast room! however once you get there the breakfast is nice and freshly made. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Most Incredible Experience
You cannot go to Fez without staying here. The Dar Seffarine is an incredible place that words nor pictures can properly describe. The owners, Kate and Alaa treat you like family and within minutes of arriving make you feel as though it is your home. Stayed 3 nights and wish we could have stayed longer. Fully understand why some guests end up staying 3 months or longer.
The location in the Medina is excellent and it is very close to BAB RCIF, making it easy to catch a cab to the New City.
Having spent most of their lives in Norway they know the needs and desires of the western tourist. Having said that, Alaa being from Iraq, provides great insight into the Arabic world and is never shy to add his opinion - always followed by a smile.
English is the first language in the house and the housekeeper and handy man will keep you smiling from the moment you arrive.
Cannot say enough about the riad and the owners - absolutely amazing. If you are lucky enough to experience a home cooked meal followed by chit chat on the terrace you will never want to leave this place:
Only downfall, is it probably is not the first place you want to stay during your visit in Morocco as you will be throughouly disappointed with the rest of your accomodation going forward. Go experience Dar Seffarine.
A jewl in Fez
Dar Seffarine is definitely one of the best boutique hotels (or riads) in Fez. Not only the magnificent house recently restored by their owners is a must-see, but the personalised attention and excellent service provided is enough to stay in this place. With just a few rooms and with a location in the heart of the medina, your trip to Fez will be one of the highlights of your travel through Morocco. Due to the intricacy of finding at first anything in the medina, I recommend to hire airport or train pick-up directly from the riad. As there are no cars allowed in the medina, the driver will help you carry our bags from one of the gates to the hotel.
A Perfect Oasis
We arrived in Fes horribly ill and ready to go home. Morocco had been a major disappointment. We were warmly greeted by Alaa and Kate, our hosts, and their wonderful staff. Dar Seffarine is an absolute palace, I cannot begin to describe the intricate wood carvings in the 18 foot doors or the elaborate zelij tiled floors. Each room is unique and HUGE. I immediately asked to stay an extra nite. There is no better value in all of Morocco!
The staff attended to all our needs with a smile. The breakfasts are a tasty spread of breads, eggs, fresh squeezed juices and Moroccan specialties. On Friday nite we were treated to a homemade vegetable couscous that was our best meal in all of two weeks in Morocco! Kate even lent us her kitchen and my husband cooked dinner for 17 guests and boy did we have a great time!
A lazy afternoon spent on the roof top terrace was the perfect way for us to regain our strength. Having spent my entire life working in the Hotel industry I can highly recommend the Dar Seffarine for anyone contemplating a trip to Fes.