On arrival in Fez, we were picked up by the owner, Chantal and taken to the Riad Dar Safadi. A newly restored house built around a magnificent courtyard with a fountain - our room was adjacent. The furnishings are truly beautiful, amongst these we noted some gnawa musical instruments which came to life when we were treated to an evening of music.
Our room was first class in every respect and the staff reflected these high standards in their service. Chantal is the hostess par excellence - so what more could you expect? Well, there was more. Our stay proved a unique and wonderful experience. Chantal's warm welcome and attention to our comforts springs not from commercial concerns, rather it is a genuine caring friendliness.
Chantal introduced us to Mostafa Cherqui who guided us through the Medina and gave us an insight to the history and culture of Fez. He is a quiet, considerate erudite man and it was a great pleasure to be in his company. If all of this represents a state of near perfection, then you'll be surprised to read that it is transcended by this lady's cuisine. Our meals were the finest culinary experience of our lives. Breakfast was delightful with a little variation each morning. Dinner was a five star presentation. Very good local wines were selected for us and locally produced fresh vegetables, fruits and meats were prepared with Chantal's natural French flair. It is, of course, Table D'hote. Alas, after four days in this Garden of Eden, we moved on as we had made prior bookings elsewhere. This was our only regret as we came down with a tummy bug later in our Moroccan trip. Which further supports our view that food hygiene needs to be a primary concern. The Riad Dar Safadi will always be our first choice in all respects, but especially for the food.
A final remark relating to access - if you wish to enjoy the
riad experience in the Medina you must expect to do a little walking. The Riad Dar Safadi is no exception in this regard - you cannot be delivered to the door by car. Be prepared to walk and to negotiate steps and stairs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Al Safadi is a Moroccan authentic house, located near to a carpark, in a district calm and made safe of Médina.La restoration of the house, furnishing including the bathrooms, and decoration were entirely carried out with the hand by craftsmen impassioned by their trade. In addition to the charm of the rooms, the clearness of the patio, decorated of a fountain, the splendid sight of the terrace on the médina will lead you to the daydream. ... more less
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