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Dar Al Safadi
Ranked #47 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Glendalough, Wicklow
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A unique and wonderful experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2009

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.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2009

We enjoyed our stay at Dar al Safadi, but there are some things you may need to know. First is that you cannot be dropped off by taxi at the riad. There is a considerable walk involved to get there and it's not a straight line. And no signs. So when you return from dinner there is that moment when you are not quite sure which street goes where. There are plenty of locals to guide you, for a fee. But just know that upfront. Also the owner was out of town for the holidays and we didn't know that ahead of time. There was no one who spoke English there much of the time. All in all a good experience if you are prepared.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fromheretoeverywhere
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London
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2009

A beautifully renovated riad in a perfect location (easy access from outside the medina on a signposted route leading to the souks). Very friendly and helpful hostess and staff. The rooms have efficient heating and the home-cooked meals prepared with the freshest ingredients available on the market are simply delicious. We will definitely be back!

Piera, London

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank PB305
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Near New York City
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2008

My husband and I just got back from Fez. Stayed in a riad in the medina for 5 nights. Chantal, the owner, was absolutely lovely. She speaks French and Spanish fluently, and a good amount of English.

Her riad was absolutely gorgeous! Tile work, beautiful details, exquisite courtyard and fountain. I couldn’t believe how wonderful it was. The rooms were beautifully decorated and the bathrooms were absolutely amazing. We paid around 70 euros a night. It includes a scrumptious breakfast – which varied every day – crepes, croissants, different types of local and french breads.

You can also choose to eat dinner at the riad. Chantal’s cooking was amazing! She made a chicken dish that was out of this world. She takes traditional Morocco recipes, looks at them with a French eye and puts her own special spin on them. We ate in the salon, lounging on divans!

It was great to us (even though we’re experiences travellers) to stay with a personal who cared and gave you the personal touch. Especially in a country where you don’t know anyone.

If you want more info, contact me: Elaine Pirrone. I’m happy to share.
elainepirrone@juno.com

We booked it through Helen Ranger helenranger@gmail.com, who runs the riad association
www.fez-riads.com. A percentage goes to restoring other historical buildinging in Fez.

Dar al Safadi
http://www.fez-riads.com/dar_al_safadi.htm
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Riad Dar al safadi, 4 cheq Bdenjala Ziat |
30000 Fès,Medina
Port.: 00212 (0)64629669

  • Liked — beautiful place, good location, personal touch
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ElainePirrone
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Property: Dar Al Safadi
Address: 4 cheq Bdenjalla | ziat médina, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Al Safadi 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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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