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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dar Roumana

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Dar Roumana
Ranked #10 of 204 Fes B&B and Inns
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“a great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2008

Just returned from an amazing vacation in Morocco. One of the highlights was Dar Roumana in Fes. An oasis of serenity between the small alleys of the medina, Dar Roumana is a beautifully restored riad with intricate Moroccan decorations and tastefully furnished rooms. The owners, Jennifer and Sebastian are a reliable source of information and great hosts without being intrusive. One of the highlights of this riad is its roof-terrace with great views of the Medina. This info was already published before so I wont elaborate more on the place itself. I just want to say that everything we expected and heard of this place was an understatement for it 's actual beauty .
We found the price also reasonable, compared to riads in Marrakech and would recommend staying at least 3-4 days to fully appreciate the Fes medina and area. It was really an experience of a lifetime to stay in such an amazing place for a few days.
Please note however, that when (and if...) you return to the riad late at night, you walk through some dark alleys where gangs of young men are gathered. No incidence according to my knowledge were reported, but the feeling could be a bit uncomfortable.

  • Liked — decor, room, food, views
  • Disliked — nothing really
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2008

My wife and I had a wonderful time in Fes, and it wouldn't have been the same without the hosts of Dar Roumana.

It's easy to get lost i the Fes medina being a tourist, but their advice and their recommendations really helped us a lot.
Because there aren't a lot of rooms in Dar Roumana the hosts have a lot of time to explain all you need to know before exploring this great city. All our questions were answered in a pleasant and personal manner. Nico and Stephanie made us feel welcome, and at home.

Also, the Dar Roumana is an oasis of tranquillity in the busy medina. A beautiful, cool and quiet place to relax after another hot afternoon.

  • Liked — Hosts
  • Disliked — lots of stairs
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2008

My wife an I had a wonderful time in this fantastic city. This riad only served to enhance that experience not only by providing a beautiful set of sleeping quarters, spectacular food, wonderful views, but offering highly useful tips for exploring the city. Nico and Stephanie were the hosts during our stay and we couldn't have been happier as a result. Morocco is still only lightly explored by us, but Fez is definitely our favorite city in this very interesting and culture-rich country. The sites are for all the senses, whether the tanning vats, curbside restaurants, or souks. Although Fez doesn't have the same open space as the more popular Marrakesh, we thought this city offers more cultural interaction, less inflation of prices for tourists, and much less annoyance of speeding scooters/mopeds common in the "pedestrian" streets of Marrakesh.

  • Liked — Quality restoration with friendly and helpful staff
  • Disliked — Can't pay in credit card
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2008

everything about this place from the impeccable renovations; the hosts; the food; the location and espcially the views was just magic

  • Liked — stunning decor
  • Disliked — no complaints
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2008

Dar Roumana is a very up market B & B in a brilliant position with a fabulous view over Fes & the Medina. Stylish, very comfortable, with public spaces galore, a sitting room with an open fireplace, a must in the winter months; a library, a vcr room, huge roof terrace with different seating areas and a large internal courtyard for which Dars are known for where one can sit under the stars when dining.

And this is where I had the best dinner during my weeks visit to Fez. Sadly I was unable to stay as Dar Roumana was fully booked but after endless disappointing meals elsewhere I was desperate for good food. Thanks to my brilliant personal Guide Hakkim who had steered me through the Medina & the surroundings of Fez for days I was able to get a reservation for Dinner. On arrival I was greeted with open arms by the English chef & the Dutch manager of Dar Roumana. Given a tour of this superb and luxurious Dar, more a boutique hotel than a mere B & B before settling down to a 3 course feast.

Moroccan food is not known for it's variety and I had been suffering from the lack of fresh produce which abounds in the local markets but does not seem to make it into restaurants as such. Finally a meal was served where I was able to taste every morsel for what it was, a delicious fusion of Moroccan tastes with the influence of a real European chef. Bliss. Highly recommended and not to be missed.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2008

The Dar Roumana is an oasis of calm in the chaos of Fes. The property has been lovingly restored and, having stayed in riads in Essaouira and Marrakech, a very fine example of doing things properly but on a small scale. We stayed in one of the ground floor suites facing on to the courtyard and travelling as a three was helped no end by having a two-plus-one room (there's an extra bedroom up the stairs from the main room) which helped to keep costs down on a Morocco tour. Nico and Stephanie were very helpful and gave great assistance in providing an overview of Fes, including what to see, what to avoid and the best places to eat (go and have lunch at Chez Rachid off the Bab Boujeloud - great food and massively entertaining. If he doesn't have what you want, e.g. the awesome mint tea he'll go and get it from someone else!). The riad comes very highliy recommended and the icing on the cake is the little extras like being met at the station by the porter (best of luck trying to find it without him!) and the orientation. Go now!

As an aside, for anyone apprehensive about going to Fes, you shouldn't be. It is a maze and you will get lost but bring a compass and 'go with the flow' and you'll love it - just as we did.

  • Liked — Service, the riad itself
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2008

I stayed in Dar Roumana around June 1 2008.

The property itself is lovely - the photos on their website present it fairly and accurately. The rooftop deck (where breakfast is served) offers a panoramic view of the Fez medina.

I stayed in the Argana room, up in the turret. Bed was comfortable and air was fresh. Don't do it if you have mobility problems - the stairs are a bit steep.

Breakfasts were delicious. I did not have one of their dinners. Note that the owner, Jennifer, whose cooking is legendary, is not in residence at the moment. That's not a knock on Stephanie and Nico's cooking -- I simply can't comment on it one way or the other.

Stephanie and Nico are delightful: welcoming and enthusiastic. I was a bit concerned that their youth would equate to a lack of experience, but they seemed well equipped to manage the place, deal with inevitable glitches (low water pressure being the biggest that affected me while I was there), and advise visitors on how to get the most out of Fez.

I have no complaints other than the lack of water during part of the day (apparently a recurrent problem all over the medina), and that, with the current exchange rate, 80 Euros makes the room pricey for Americans. I would certainly recommend the place to anyone.

  • Liked — Beautiful property; serene atmosphere inside is a welcome respite from Fez
  • Disliked — Water pressure problems
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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Property: Dar Roumana
Address: 30 Derb el Amer | Zkak Roumane, Fes 30100, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 204 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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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