I always wanted to see Fez and booked a cheap flight with Ryanair and was looking for a stay within the medina walls.
I booked Dar Roumana for 3 nights and reserved the Qarmousa Suite with 2 bedrooms for 115 Euro per night including breakfast.
First impression when I entered the Riad..... WOW!
A tasteful restored building; it felt royal.
The room was huge, high ceilings and I liked the small extra bedroom up the stairs as was travelling with a good friend.
Wireless internet available for free, with good enough performance.
No TV but I really did not miss that. There is a library where you can watch movies from their DVD collection.
The view from the roof terrace is stunning.
Breakfast was very good, fresh and more than enough.
We had dinner once in the Riad, prepared by Jennifer. It was probably the best meal we had in Fez; Mediterranean cuisine with a Moroccan twist.
We had several meals in Fez and tried all the typical dishes, but too be honest I found the taste at most of the other restaurants very bland.
If you are looking for a quick simple lunch in Fez, Café Clock looked very interesting. Serving camel burgers, fries and sandwiches.
Unfortunately we found this on our last day after we already had lunch, but dishes we saw passing by looked good.
A bit about the arrival and visiting Fez:
At the airport there is a taxi stand with fix prices listed for Fez. Think it was about 15 euro.
Don't order anything in the airport restaurant, it is way way to expensive.
The streets in Fez are relatively clean and I think the initiative and actions of Morocco to improve and drive tourism works well.
Not once I was pushed to buy things on the street or pushed into shops of our guide’s relatives.
Fez itself is a terrific place to visit and one of the most interesting and photogenic “citytrip” I did.
Only negative point I can think of is that I forgot one of my camera's in the room and after I contacted Dar Roumana, I was happy to hear they found it.
I sent my address and asked to post it to me and of course happy to pay for any cost for posting. Unfortunately I didn’t hear anything after that…. but have to say I didn’t sent any reminders either yet…
Jennifer really did a great job in restoring this Riad. It has a great location within the Medina walls. You can find cheaper hotels/ bed and breakfast in Fez, but I feel the value you get is absolutely worth the price.
Still mourning a bit about my camera though…it's not a expensive one, but still...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully restored Riad guesthouse in the ancient medina with a 360 degree panoramic view from the furnished roof terrace, where drinks and breakfast is served. All rooms (4 suites and 1 double room) are decorated with traditional arts and crafts, intricate carved plaster, high cedar ceilings, mosaic tile floors, and hand-crafted furniture. At the heart of the Riad is an ornately tiled courtyard with a sunken fountain where our restaurant is located. The cuisine is French/Mediterranean with a Moroccan twist and dining with us is a highlight for our guests. Other amenities include an intimate salon with fireplace, large library, DVD/TV salon, roof-top BBQ, and free WiFi access. The managers provide a full concierge service to help our guests with any arrangements they might need and allow them to experience the best of the Fes Medina and surrounding areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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