Upon arrival in Fez, we were met by our driver(airport transfer arranged with Dar Drissi for 19 Euros). Saiss-Fez airport is about 10 km from the Fez and with traffic it took approximately 45 minutes to reach a parking lot in the Old Medina of Fez where we met with Kebir. Kebir is the manager of Dar Drissi and he showed us the way to the riad. There is no way we would have found this riad if it were not for Kebir. The riad is about a 5 minute walk from the parking lot just off Tala'a Kbira(main street). After serving us some tea, Kebir gave us a tour of the riad. He was careful to point out the details in the painted ceiling and carved stucco of this 300 year old riad. We stayed all 4 nights in the lower double bedroom which is right above the kitchen area.
Typical characteristic of a riad is the open courtyard in the middle of the house. If you are a light sleeper it might be best to bring ear plugs as sounds from the courtyard/kitchen can heard in the early morning as they breakfast is prepared. Breakfast is served between 9-10 am each morning and it consists of Moroccan pancake, baguette, various jams, olives, freshly squeezed orange juice(best I had in Morocco), boiled egg, cheese, yogurt, tea/coffee.
The terrace is a great place to relax and enjoy a view of the Old Medina. We spent a few hours here just relaxing and surfing the net (free wifi & decent signal throughout the entire riad) after a busy day in the souks. There is a make shift nomadic tent with seats on the lower terrace and a seating area on the upper balcony. This would be a lovely place to eat breakfast but given my visit was in late December/ it was far to cold in the mornings to do this. I just want to point out that the stairs are very steep so be very careful when using them.
The lower bedroom where we spent our 4 nights has an ensuite bathroom. Although small, the room is cozy and has a beautifully painted ceiling. The bed and pillows were super comfortable and we slept very well. The ceiling in the bathroom is low, so for taller people this maybe a problem. On the second night of our stay we noticed some water dripping from the ceiling and brought it to the attention of Kebir. It was nothing major, and not harm was done to us. That was the last time we saw water dripping during our stay.
We had an early departure after our last night at Dar Drissi and we had asked Kebir if it was possible for him to pack a little breakfast for us to take - instead he offered to give us our breakfast early! He came 2 hours earlier to prepare our breakfast for us which we greatly appreciated! Kebir really couldn't do enough to make our stay comfortable.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this riad. Its location is ideal for exploring the souks and is close to all the main sites in the Old Medina (its 10 minute walk to Bab Boujloud). And Kebir's hospitality really made us feel welcomed :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Drissi is a guest house in the ancient Medina in Fez (Fes) Morocco. It is a 250 year old property that has been restored to its original decorative style and modernised in respect of en suite bathrooms and air conditioning in all rooms. Free breakfasts, clean towels and bed linen, daily room cleaning and wifi are included in the price. A local tourist tax of 2 EUR per person per night will be added to the final bill. Prices depend on the room choice and the season. ... more less
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