We spent 5 days at this charming riad last month. Having read so many great reviews beforehand, it was good to see that the Dar el Tayib lived up to expectations! We arrived in the evening and were met at the airport by a taxi-man who escorted us directly to the Riad door. French Vincent and his Moroccan wife Latifa were there to welcome us with mint tea and traditional pastries and then to serve a beautiful chicken tagine.
The riad is in the heart of the medina but away from the main hustle and bustle - a little oasis in the middle of a whirlwind of people, donkeys, mopeds.. There aren't many street names/signs so fortunately Vincent showed us the way to Djemma El Fna - 'La Place' on our first day, although we still managed to get lost on subsequent occasions - there's always a local on hand to direct you back for a small tip!
The bedrooms lead off from a stunning courtyard and are beautifully decorated and very comfortable. We stayed on the top floor, leading up to the roof terrace offering great views of the city skyline and on a good day, the mountains.
Breakfast was a selection of French baguette, toasted flat breads and Moroccan pancakes, served with very fresh orange juice and homemade yoghurts. It's also definitely worth eating in in the evening at least once - the food is delicious and there's a lot of it - have a small lunch! I was also lucky enough to have an impromptu cookery lesson one afternoon by the two girls who work there.
Vincent speaks excellent English and seemed to be able to organise any numbers of trips at a moment's notice! We spent a day exploring the Atlas mountains in a hire car with chauffeur Youssef. It is good value and recommended if you don't fancy a 6hr+ drive on winding roads yourself! Their hospitality is endless and their enthusiasm infectious.
After a tiring day of bartering in the souks, the Dar Tayib is the perfect place to relax with a tasty homecooked tagine.
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