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“Magical dar Seffarine in Fes” 5 of 5 stars
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14 Derb Sbaa Louyate | Seffarine, Fes 30020 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 168 Fes B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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“Magical dar Seffarine in Fes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I had the extreme pleasure of spending a week at Dar Seffarine in June with four friends, so 5 crazy ladies on a Moroccan adventure of a lifetime! Dar Seffarine turned out to be the most wonderful experience. Our hosts Allaa and Kate have made an exquisite haven in the hustle and bustle of the old medina os Fes. Our daytime manager Mohammed was a delightful young man who prepared a wonderful breakfast for us every day and was most helpful with anything we requested. Also he was funny and entertaining with his very clever ability to mimic accents and to speak several languages very well indeed! At night we were taken care of by Zouhir another very nice young man whose mum and sister prepared wonderful dinners for us after our rooftop sundowner drinks.All on all a stay we will never forget, and I think very fondly of our time spent there. If ever I were to return to Morocco, I would not hesitate to visit Dar Sefarine again. Rona from Avalon NSW Australia

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed at Dar Seffarine for three nights in July and absolutely loved it. Alaa and Kate restored this riad and it was probably the most beautiful place we stayed at during our two week holiday in Morocco. They are wonderful hosts and the two meals we ate there were certainly among the best we had during our trip. Alaa will also help organize any tours you want to take - we took a tour of the medina, and a day trip to Volubilis and Moulay Idriss.

Note that you should definitely organize to have someone pick you up at Bab R'cif and take you to the riad the first time you arrive. Once you know the way, it is only about a five minute walk, but the medina is very confusing and it is easy to get lost if you don't know the way.

Room Tip: The ground floor rooms do not have air conditioning.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This Riad is simply amazing. It is located in a faithfully restored 13th? century palace. The owner Ala is an Iraqi-Norwegian architect who is very enthusiastic about his house and strives to keep it as authentic as possible. Thanks to that the house really feels more like an ancient palace than a hotel/guesthouse. It also means that deviations from the original house are made only where it is absolutely necessary: for example, the bathrooms are modern and nice but small, and there's no glass in the windows facing the courtyard. If you stay there, ask Ala to give you a short explanatory tour of the house, the whole house and how he restored it is fascinating.

Staying in Dar Seffarine is an fascinating experience. The primary reason to stay there is the amazing house. But also apart from that the Riad is a great place. The staff are very friendly, and the owners Ala and Kate are welcoming and also very interesting people. We had diner at the Riad once, and the food was one of the best we had during our trip through morocco.

Like any place situated in a medina, the Riad is difficult to find on your own without having been there. Once you know the way it is a 5-10 minutes walk from Baba Rcif, which is one of the main entrances to the medina.

Overall, I give Dar Seffarine my highest recommendation.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Allah and Kate, the owners of Dar Seffarine are incredibly welcoming! Their house is a palace, surpassing every expectation, particularly given the reasonable price. The house staff are equally friendly and the food (breakfast included, dinner optional) is delicious. We had a brilliant 3 night stay, and I would highly recommend it to anyone passing through Fes.

Room Tip: We stayed in a suite (the second biggest room) - it's great for couples!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had a wonderful stay in Fes with family. Loved the stay in Dar Seffarine. Nice place to retire after a tiring day at in the old city. Helpful staff and wonderful host. Felt like a second home. Thanks to staff, and to Kate and Alaa the most generous host we met on our trip in Morocco.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I travelled to Fes, one of Morocco's Royal Cities, to attend the Festival of Sacred Music, an annual celebration of spiritually attuned music from all of the world's mystical traditions. But the real revelation of my stay was Dar Seffarine, and especially, the warmth and camaraderie I found on its lovely dining court. Dar Seffarine is a riad, a guest house, and most riads were once the great private houses of Fes. This one is hidden in the deepest and possibly most mysterious section of the medina, right in the midst of the souk (open air market) and right next door to the great mosque of Fes. Dar Seffarine has been lovingly restored by Kate (originally for Norway) and Ala (from Iraq), and every glorious detail of its original design has been burnished and fully brought out. The great houses of the Muslim world are almost always designed "from the inside-out," i.e, facing an inner court and quite ordinary looking from the street. In fact, you could walk right past most of them and not know there was anything there. Ah, but once the doors are opened, it's pure enchantment. I've rarely slept so well, even in the best hotels, or found such a bright and accommodating staff. And about that dining court. Each night, Kate and her expert kitchen staff prepare a meal that I can only describe as haute Maghreb. The ingredients are all market fresh (that very day) and the seasoning is sublime. But perhaps the best part of all is the conversation that ensues among Dar Seffarine's remarkable guests--conversation that often lasts well into the warm, North African night. A real treasure, and at about 100 euros a night, a bargain.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Loved everything about Dar Seffarine. Service: Everyone on staff was incredibly friendly and helpful with questions and requests. Enjoyed speaking with them about Fes and Moroccan culture, and also enjoyed the company of the other guests. Food: We opted for dinner at the riad during both of nights of our stay. While I'm sure you could find something less expensive in the medina (I think our meals were 20 euro per person, not including alcohol, which they offered), I don't know that you could find better quality. The food was incredibly fresh, creative, well-presented, and copious. Breakfast each morning (included in the rate) was equally well-presented. A lovely selection of fruits, sweets, fresh squeezed orange juice, eggs, and more. Accommodation: we stayed in the Annika Suite on the upper floor and it was dazzling. I think the only advantage of the other suite on the upper floor is that it has a view out to the medina. Bed was comfortable, and the suite was incredibly large and well-appointed. Easy access to the rooftop terrace which includes many comfortable seating options from which you can take in panoramic views of the medina. Location: The riad is right in the thick of it, just outside of Seffarine Square. Reasonably easy to get to various babs for taxis, though I'm not sure how well we might have found it on our own when we first arrived in Fes. (We paid for a driver to pick us up from the train station and bring us right to the hotel. We paid a premium, for sure, but we thought it was worthwhile as the medina can be a bit overwhelming at first.)

I would recommend this riad without hesitation.

Room Tip: Annika Suite is phenomenal. As with any of the upper rooms at this riad, be prepared to climb many s...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Address: 14 Derb Sbaa Louyate | Seffarine, Fes 30020 , Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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Ranked #8 of 168 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Number of rooms: 7
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