If I had the option to rate this riad 6 stars I would!
From the moment we arrived in Riad Tara and were welcomed by Jim, Catherine and Fatha we felt like we had arrived in paradise. After one night only we decided that we would extend our 3 night stay to a 5 night stay and cancelled our booking we had for the two days afterwards in Meknes.
It is incredible how the owners have managed to create such a tranquille and peaceful base in the heart of the medina of Fes. The riad is a mere 5 minute walk to Bab Rcif and the souks, and is a very welcome retreat after a few hours' walk in the hustle and bustle of old Fes.
Jim and Catherine are the most wonderful hosts and really make you feel at home. Their attention to detail, both in the decoration of the riad and its rooms as well as to their guests' needs is first class.
Fatha is undoubtedly the queen of the Moroccan kitchen: after tasting her tajine on our first night we were so impressed that we ended up eating at the riad all five nights! During our stay other guests had a meal at the riad one night and decided to eat out the next: all of them regretted this afterwards. The variety and quality of the food is exquisite!
We stayed in the Amber room, a superb room on the first floor. The bed is very comfy and it was sooo nice to have a decent (rain)shower in the bathroom.
Last but not least: Tara, the riad's cat, is absolutely adorable. I loved coming "home" after our day out and be greeted by her. My husband and I found ourselves "arguing" sometimes over her attention.
In all: although the first 12 days of our Morocco holiday had not been too succesful, our stay at Riad Tara in Fes made up for all the bad experiences we'd had. In fact we are sure that when we have the opportunity we will go back for a long weekend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Riad TARA a ete cree a partir d'un authentique Riad au coeur de la vieille medina de FES. Certaines maisons remontent a plusieurs siecles, FES est une ville de plus de 1200 ans. Les proprietaires actuels, francais, ont passe deux ans a restaurer ce Riad en une maison d'hotes hotel pleine de charme. Ils ont suggere aupres des artisans lors de sa restauration, d'allier modernisme et authenticite marocaine. Cette propriete comble ces occupants par le confort et le bien etre des lieux. Le Riad TARA a desormais tout d'un lieu authentique , on y sejourne en chambre individuelle ou en louant le Riad dans sa totalite, avec des services recherches, pour passer un agreable sejour. ... more less
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