With all due respect to 'spunkydunky's review, I feel I simply MUST respond to it.
I was staying at Dar Sefferine at the same time and have a very different perspective on the situation.
Breakfast at the Dar is a cornucopia of delights. An array of fresh seasonal fruit such as melon, grapes, sweet oranges, peaches, pears etc. delicious cooked dishes such as frittatas, french toast, warm hard boiled eggs and English style fried tomatoes, along with pastries such as meloui (moroccan pancakes) and donuts, several varieties of bread, cheese, freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee, home-made marmalade, apricot and plum jams. Etc.etc. It's very plentiful and the staff replenish and freshly cook the warm dishes as more guests join the table.
Breakfast conversion flows between international travellers preparing to start off another day in the wondrous medina. You also have the option for breakfast on the terrace or in your room if you prefer and request it.
Enter said guests who notedly didn't reply to the friendly hello's and good morning greetings from everyone already sat at the table... (if you're not even social, how can you say you felt unwelcome?) A group of 5 had just left the table, so of course settings were just being cleared and a fresh laying being brought out by the ever-cheery manager Mohammed who immediately offered freshly-squeezed orange juice. I personally offered over the fresh tea and coffee jugs (again to be welcoming) while Mohammed set about re-laying the table and bringing a fresh array to it. It was me who said that Breakfast had started at 8.30, I also said they would bring out more of everything and recommended the 'meloui' (again to be welcoming, friendly and inclusive, as everyone else was!)
Everyone sat at the table was totally shocked when it was declared angrily "this is a mess" to which Mohammed asked if there was a problem and advised he was bringing fresh everything (of course!) They then stormed away from the table causing a mini-scene and left.
I'm not sure how people get that highly strung. It seemed an impatient, surreal overreaction, totally undue, I can't help but feel these guests made little effort to communicate and therefore missed out on something actually quite special, which is a shame! The owners and staff certainly made every effort to please us in our 7 day stay and absolutely exceeded expectations!
Showing extreme graciousness I saw Mohammed immediately make up 2 trays of fresh breakfast in the kitchen to take to the said guests, but they had already stormed off.
Throughout my stay I met over 20 other guests of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities who all shared stories and conversations at the table or on the roof terrace. A truly enriching stay where everyone was friendly, especially all of the lovely staff. A truly welcoming home from home: albeit in a beautiful palatial Dar in the heart of the vibrant medina!
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