Wow! Dar Melody was an amazing riad with the most gracious of hosts. Laurence and Bernard treat you like family and made our stay in Fes extra special. You have to see this beautiful home to appreciate the grandeur and history of this almost 1000 year old property. With modern bathrooms and gorgeous furnishings, I wanted to stay forever! The breakfast was fabulous and the price was incredible. You will love your stay at Dar Melody.
PROPERTY: Dar Melody is a multi-level riad in the heart of the Fes Medina. Bernard and Laurence are friendly and warm french hosts who exhibit a wonderful level of care for their guests. Upon arrival, Bernard met us outside the medina and made arrangements for a porter to bring our bags. He led us into the winding alleys and passages of the medina (no cars in the medina). We arrived later in the evening and settled in after the restaurants closed. Bernard arranged for a neighbor girl to lead us to a deli to grab sandwiches for dinner. At night, the medina was quite confusing for unfamiliar touring so we were very grateful for a guide. The entrance to the riad is a giant ornately carved door. Once inside, the interior opens up into a grand room that stretches three stories high. At the top, an open ceiling reveals the night sky. On the rooftop, you can sip wine at the full length table or read a book in the shade of the canopied cushioned lounges. What a view! The riad only has 3 rooms so you truly have an intimate guest house experience. I can't do the riad justice with words.
ROOM: We stayed in La Chambre Menzeh on the rooftop level. What an amazing room! A gorgeous 4-poster bed was covered in gorgeous linens and beautiful sequined and beaded pillows. the giant windows had ornately carved wood shutters that opened to the sprawling rooftops of Fes. This is a HUGE room with lovely Moroccan and eclectic furnishings. The bathroom was fantastic with modern fixtures and detailed tile work. Little trinkets and baubles are placed throughout the room giving Menzeh a stylized personal touch. There is something beautiful everywhere you look. The roof boasted ornate wooden carvings and colorful Moroccan lamps. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I loved this room and having traveled many places and stayed in many hotels, far and away, this was my absolute favorite. The room was very quiet at night and Menzeh's door is right across from the entrance to the rooftop. I felt like I had my own personal paradise inside and outside the room.
LINENS: The towels were soft and lovely. The bed linens were fine.
SERVICE: Melody is a small operation but very professionally run. Our room was cleaned daily and everything was thought of and provided for. Bernard and Laurence were there when you needed them, and often out of sight when you did not. If we needed anything, they had an answer or advice. Their English is a little limited though it is most definitely good enough for communication. As I was traveling with a native french speaker, he was able to chat with Bernard and Laurence quite often.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast is served downstairs in the open central area. As I mentioned, the roof is open to the sky so you feel like royalty eating at a grand dining table in the middle of the main room. We ate with other guests and chatted about our travels. The food was great with fresh orange juice and tea or coffee. Bernard and Laurence provide a large selection of breakfast foods from local delights to eggs as you like them. It was a great start to Fes adventures.
PRICE: Depending on your exchange rate, it was roughly $100US a night. They prefer payment in euros but will take dirhams. No credit cards - cash only. They do not require a deposit - just your good word and confirmation. Communication was very easy via email. They will help you arrange transportation if you are arriving from an airport.
LOCATION: Dar Melody is inside the ancient and giant medina of Fes. You do not have to walk far to visit the famous tanneries (yuck) or peruse the artisan shops. The medina is very confusing at first but you will get used to it and will find your way around. Bernard pointed out landmarks to help guide us. Within the medina, there are many steps and steep inclines and declines throughout. Make sure to wear good walking shoes when venturing out. The Fes medina is enormous and absolutely fascinating. Artisan craftsman from tanners, metalworkers, embroiderers, bakers, tailors, woodcarvers, lace makers and on and on and on have been living and working inside the medina for generations. There is so much to see it is overwhelming and fantastic! Inside the medina, it is safe and Dar Melody is in a safe location. Bernard and Laurence will point out the unsafe areas outside the medina and will steer you clear of them (pickpockets). ***When you approach Dar Melody, at first, you may be daunted by the spray paint on the walls, low ceilings of the medina and less than immaculate alleys. This is just part of a medina that has over 500,000 residents and is nothing to be concerned about. The Medina of Fes is both the largest and the oldest medina in the world!
You will be ecstatic with your stay at Dar Melody. Cheers and happy traveling!