We stayed in 3 different Dars during our almost 10 day long visit to Fez that was our first and happily very memorable, trip to Morocco last month (September 2013). Looking back at our experiences I would rate Dar Finn on top, despite the all too short one-night stay. The very pleasant experience, helped to set a very positive tone for the rest of our time in Fez.
As we walked in off the busy street of the Medina and entered Dar Finn, fresh off our long overnight flight, and a 4 hour long train journey, we were instantly refreshed by a sense of cool calm and peace lulled by the gentle sound of flowing water......till the zillij work on the inner courtyard fountain just blew our minds.....
We were met by Rebecca and shown to our Guissa room. Climbing up the winding narrow staircase was a bit daunting (we later came to realise that steep narrow staircases are very much the deal when you stay in the Medina - so its not for the weak kneed - however most Dars do have rooms on the ground floor too!) Once up there we were totally charmed.... the room was lovely - the green coloured glass window panes that opened out into the upper part of the atrium with its flowering climbers gave it a very fresh, elegant and classy feel.... The bathroom was simple and functional, although a shower curtain and frosting on the window glass would be nice...but maybe that would take away from the originality of this beautiful and very sincerely restored Dar.
One downside (this was a problem in all the Dars as we discovered later), was not having wifi access in the rooms..... maybe to do with the thick old walls ....so we had to go all the way down to the courtyard to access the internet.
At breakfast, the next morning, in the amazing dining room we were happy to dig in to the local breads (Harsha, Beghrir etc) that we had already sampled the previous evening (while on Plan-it-Fez's amazing Souk Tasting Trail) along with the local honey and preserves that was only a part of a very sumptuous spread.
We spent a good part of the morning exploring the Dar and hearing from Rebecca about her labour-of-love restoration of the property, and admiring its oh-so-beautiful wood and plaster carvings and rich zillij work, enhanced even further by her very green thumb!
The views from the terrace amid the flowering shrubs and potted pots gave us a perspective of Fez - ancient and yet so vibrant and alive.
We were later escorted by Mohammed the gentle caretaker, and a cart driver who saved us the hassle of lugging our suitcases, by loading them into his small cart (a common mode of transporting goods in the narrow alleys of the Medina) up to the gates of Dar Seffarine - our home for the next few days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Finn is the creation of Paul, Beccie and Finley the first English family to open a guest house in Fez Medina. We have a choice of rooms and suites all individually designed in a traditional yet contemporary style. We offer luxurious surroundings, with garden and plunge pool, spectacular roof terraces and comfortable lounge areas making your stay in Fez both relaxing and memorable. English & French speaking. ... more less
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