Riad Dar Cordoba
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... shop to escape back into the alley-ways.
The last night in Fex we all decided to go out to our first group dinner. Tim and I were tasked with finding a reasonable restaurant as we were getting out of one of our cooking nights. We managed to find a traditional place (Dar Sidi Idir) which would prepare a variety of local dishes (tagines and couscous) for 80DH per head which was reasonable. Dinner was very nice but the pricey drinks ...
... eskimos were thinking when a voice over their shoulder whispered saying “My friend your feet must be awfully cold in this igloo filled with ice, perhaps you also want a carrpettt…..…”
Whats the conclusion? Street hustling in Morocco is part of the landscape and just the way it is, can you avoid it, No! Can you enjoy it? Only if you feel in control (which is less than more) ………. but the best way to deal ...
... pleasant, we weren't that bad...years of cramming in cabs finally paid off.
Once we go to Rissani, we negotiated with the taxi driver and he then took just us 180km to our next stop, but along the way, the scenery was excellent. We drove south of the high and mid atlas mountains. Some of the rocky hills was black and looked like lava, while out the other side of the car, we saw large flat mountains as well as some peaks that were snow covered.
... co ztratit a tak ochutnavame vse, ceho jsme se bali a ted mame posledni sanci. Takze na trhu na vse ukazujeme a vse jime, obcas neco vynecham, jako kade plne tuku a nalozeneho masa, to me nejak nelakalo.. Jirka do toho ovsem jde.
Davame posledni ryby k obedu a hura busem na letiste.
Na letisti, jak je male, vladne mirny chaos. Fronty neorganizovane zabiraji znacny prostor pred odbavovacimi prepazkami.
Ale nakonec se vse ...
... with metal decorations was pretty but when the seller tried to tell us that the metal was silver and asked for $14 for it we smiled and walked away. In the evening we enjoyed the cool evening breeze sitting long Ave Hassen II, reading while fending off drug dealers including a 10 year old who asked us if we wanted any 'super dooper'. For dinner we enjoyed another Ramadan Breakfast at another restaurant who was very generous with their dates, much to Brendan’s ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Dar Cordoba Fes
Excellent home base for Fes
We had a very comfortable stay at Dar Cordoba in Fes, which was the first stop on a 4-destination tour through Morocco. The riad is one big piece of artwork, with intricate tilework and carved plaster and wood everywhere you look. We upgraded from the smallest room to one of the suites after arrival; they are much roomier with very high ceilings and indirect light coming from the central courtyard. Breakfast was abundant and offered a lot of variety.
The rooftop terrace provides a great place to get some fresh air and an overview of the medina. The location is excellent; not too far from one of the gates which provides easy access to the Ville Nouvelle if you want to go there, but just far enough into the medina so that you feel in the middle of things--but on a quiet street. Just a few minutes walk to Bab Boujeloud and the main artery that cuts through the old city.
Juan, Angeles and Mohammed were each very gracious hosts and provided a great deal of information and advice about how to get the most out of our time in Fes. This truly felt like staying in someone's home, rather than a hotel, but since there was only one other room occupied during our stay, it was very quiet and felt quite private. Thanks for a very comfortable (but too short) stay!
Best place in Fes
wow. Juan and his wife are the best hosts ever!!! on arrival we were greeted with mint tea and nibbles. Juan explained a lot about Fes and
gave us a map too! The whole house is so beautiful and from the roof terrace you can enjoy the sunset or just the nice view of Fes. we stayed in room Zarka(blue) which is a lovely room with 2 single beds and and enormous bathroom. Breakfast is fit for a king: croissants, baguette, maroccan specialities(mille trous, galette) jam, cheese, honey, omelette, yoghurts, fruit salad, coffee, tea and orange juice.
They even remembered that my partner likes cold milk with his coffee!!! Juan and his wife are always ready to give you information about where to dine and what to see. the staff were always very attentive too!
AND! when Juan and his wife learnt that it was my birthday they left a little present next day at our breakfast table!!! Certainly we'll be returning to Dar Cordoba on our next visit!!!
Staying at Dar Cordoba, Fez
We had this most exciting experience in the Medina of Fez from May 9 till May 13. Dar Cordoba is a wonderful place to stay, with traditionally furbished well-kep rooms in a quiet environment. Its peace contrasts with the sparkling activity in the Medina and it is always nice to return to the Dar at the end of a long day of exploring, dialoguing, negotiating fair deals, ... Mr Moha Bara is a great host, always available, ready to offer 'welcome home tea', advising on places to visit, services to use, security precautions to be taken,... Breakfast contains lots of fresh fruit, a diversity of breads and cakes, etc. Only the pancakes are a bit less.
Highly recommended and thank you Moha!
Une deuxième maison
Ma femme et moi-même avons séjourné au Dar Cordoba en septembre 2006 et c'était super.
Le Dar Cordoba en lui-même est magnifique (plâtre sculpté, carrelage et boiserie partout). Je peux dire honnêtement que l'un des moments forts de notre séjour de deux semaines au Maroc a été de regarder la ville de Fès depuis la terrasse sur le toit, en écoutant l'appel à la prière descendre de la colline.
Les propriétaires, Juan et Angeles et (l'homme à tout faire Mohammed) étaient très accueillants, très bien informés et sont de très bonne compagnie par-dessus le marché. Nous nous sommes trouvés au Maroc pendant le Ramadan et les propriétaires nous ont surpris en nous servant un repas marocain traditionnel pour rompre le jeûne. Nous recommandons sans hésiter le Dar Cordoba à ceux qui envisagent d'aller à Fès. C'est comme séjourner chez des amis qui vivent dans la maison la plus sympa qu'on ait jamais vue.
Little Alhambra in Fès
Fès war die erste Station unseres 14tägigen Marrokko-Aufenthaltes. Als wir nach 7stündiger Horror-Bahnfahrt von Casablanca endlich vor der Tür standen, erwartete uns ein kleines Paradies hinter den Mauern. Mit einem so herzlichen und warmen Empfang hatten wir überhaupt nicht gerechnet. Juan und Angeles haben sich dort wahrhaft ein kleines Paradies erschaffen, das von der Architektur beinahe an die Alhambra erinnert. Wir fühlten uns dort bei Freunden und so wohl, dass wir traurig waren, als wir wieder abreisen mussten. Ganz großes Komliment auch an Mohar, die unheimlich sympathische und fleißige 2. Hand von Juan.
Wir würden uns freuen, bald mal wieder zu kommen.
Petra & Holger
Un séjour extrêmement agréable
Nous avons choisi le Dar Cordoba en sachant que les propriétaires étaient Espagnols, ce qui faciliterait la communication parce que mon français est limité et que je ne parle pas un mot d'arabe ni de berbère.
Quand nous sommes arrivés dans cette très belle maison, c'était paradisiaque. Au même moment, les propriétaires rentraient d'un petit séjour en Espagne. Juan et Angela Alamo étaient d'excellents hôtes. Moha, le numéro deux, a également été très serviable pendant notre séjour de deux jours à Fès. Il s'est arrangé pour que nous ayons un guide pour une demi-journée afin d'explorer Fès. Il nous a également aidés à planifier notre voyage jusqu'à Midlet, notre destination suivante.
La décoration des chambres et des parties communes était également magnifique. Les petits déjeuners étaient copieux et l'ambiance très joyeuse.
Essayez-donc le Dar Cordoba si vous allez à Fès car vous allez adorer.
Extremely positive experience
We chose Dar Cordoba knowing that the owners were Spanish, which would facilitate communication as my French is limited and I know zero of Arabic & Berber.
It was heaven to arrive at this extremely pleasant guest house. The owners were coming home at the same time after a short break in Spain. Juan and Angela Alamo were excellent hosts. The number two man, Moha, was also very helpful during our two day stay in Fes. He arranged an official guide for half a day of exploring Fes and also helped us line up transport to our next stop, Midlet.
The decoration of the rooms and public area is outstanding. The breakfasts were ample and the atmosphere very cheery. Try Dar Cordoba is you go to Fes and you will enjoy it.
Central cozy hideaway with great service
We stayed here in December 2006 and fell in love with the Riad and Fes. Located just off the souk, er convient to everything, walking distance.
Juan and Angeles are perfect hosts, catering to your every need from reservations to useful tidbits of information about the marketplace. They go out of their way to provide everything you even dare to mention.
We rented three of the 5 rooms, each was unique, well adorned with everything and odd local pieces.
breakfast was a treat, they offered us egss, not part of the original deal. Every evening we wre greeted with fresh coffee and mint tea, again not included or charged for. We quickly learnt that there was a lot included that was not charges for...
They make your stay very worthwhils and like a real home, not a hotel
I would recommend this Riad to anyone because of the care the owners take with every person that "lives" with them.
Mohammed, the right hand man, is always available, attending to your every need. before you knew you needed him, he was there to help!
We very seriously thought of kidnapping Sirus, and if you stay there you will know why!
Stay here and have a great time in Fes.
Home away from home
My wife and I stayed at Dar Cordoba in September '06.. and it was awsome.
The Dar itself is a thing of beauty - carved plaster, tile for days, and lovely wood work everywhere. I can honestly say that one of the high points of our two week stay in Morocco was looking out over Fes at dusk from the rooftop terrace, and hearing the call to prayer sweep down the hillside.
The owners Juan, and Angeles (and man friday Mohammed) were very hospitable,a wealth of great information, and a great hang to boot.
We happened to be in Morocco during Ramadan, and the owners suprised us with a traditional Moroccan Breaking of the fast. (dusk meal)
We would recomend Dar Cordoba to anyone going to Fes in a heartbeat. It's like staying with friends...who happen to live in the coolest house you've ever seen.
Oasis in fes
It was a relaxing place with armony, comfort and nice people.
The owners are spanish,(from Cordoba) and they love Fes and Marroco, so they will help you in all your needs. Don't lose the retauration of the Riad (it was a palace).