14 Derb Sbaa Louyate, Seffarine, Fes, 30020 , Morocco
Best Dinner We Had In Morocco
Unique Quality: On our first day, our host suggested that we join him and his lovely Norwegian wife for dinner, we promptly agreed and never regretted that!
As if I haven't used enough superlatives about this place, that was by far the best dinner we had on our trip - and that just for 100 Dirham per head! Not your run-off-the-mill Moroccan dinner of couscous and tajine, but more of generally Arabic fare with a nouvelle cuisine twist -- all freshly cooked under the host's guidance and served in their open-air dining room.
On top of that we wound up having dinner with the the whole family and a few other guests - something no money can buy in a restaurant!
(Just noticed my every sentence ends in an exclamation mark but I guess that's the only way to talk about this place!)
Best Breakfast In Morocco!
Breakfast is included and it was by far the best breakfast we had in the whole country of Morocco. Traditional Moroccan fare, cooked with loving care, free refills.
Staying At A Palace In The Medina
Before going there I read lots of excited reviews about the place and it did live up to all the expectations. Everything about this place is superlative.
An old palacial residence lovingly restored by its owner, a professional architect, down to a 't'. The best way to describe it is "staying at a museum with all modern amenities"
Their cheapest room (picture#4) at EUR 60 is nothing short of a tremendous value but you can also go for their pricier and even more lavishly appointed suites.
They ask for a deposit when you book but these people are absolutely trustworthy, no nasty tricks.
Directions: 4 min walk from the R'Cif Square
More about Dar Seffarine
lovely place lovely people
The second of 3 riads we stayed in during our visit to Morocco and by far the friendliest. It would be worthwhile to stay at Dar Seffarine just to make the acquaintance of Alaa and Kate, the most welcoming hosts we have ever met. The beautiful riad is the real draw however, restored lovingly and accurately with a wonderful view from the rooftop terrace. Book early as the reputation of this jewel is growing.
The most beautiful place we have ever stayed
We were just so pleased that we stayed here, not only was the place to die for the location was also excellent. Kate & Allaa the owners were so helpful & friendly and the people who worked here were also a delight particularly Mohammed who's customer service skills and helpful & friendly manner were perfect. We stayed in the suite or messaria (may not be correct spelling) and my husband thought he was in heaven, beautiful decor and very spacious. There is also a lovely terrace which must be a great place to relax in warmer weather and the breakfasts are served here in the dining room, breakfasts were delicious and plentiful. The owners will also organise transport to and from the airport and can arrange guides and excursions. Would suggest that you find your own restaurants as eating in Fes at the local places in the medina is so cheap, less than a fiver for a three course meal, if you avoid the touristy restaurants. (Although the tourist restaurants do serve alcohol). Fes is a really interesting place with lots to see and do and we will definately be back before the year is out. A highly recommended place to stay.
Perfect place to stay in Fez
Stayed in Dar Seffarine for 3 days with some friends - we had a fantastic time. The house is beautifully restored, we were still in awe on the third day. Kate and Alaa are very kind and welcoming hosts. Mohammed is a complete star - nothing was too much trouble.
The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. The location is perfect too - right in the heart of the medina.
Only drawback is the house is cold during the winter nights but every effort is made to keep the rooms warm with gas heaters and radiators and extra blankets.
Highly recommended. We're planning on returning to Fez mainly so we can stay here again!
Unfortunately, we were only able to stay one night but out of all the places we stayed whilst in Morocco this one has stayed in our minds. Beautiful, calm, serene and simply decorated so your attention is constantly on the intricate mosaics and islamic architecture rather than some of the other riads we visited where they were too "done up", a bit "frou frou" concealing their real beauty. Breakfast was delicious and the soft pillows were much appreciated. Lots of simple little touches have been cleverly thought out to make your stay the most comfortable and the staff and owners were all very friendly and there to answer any questions or recommend where to go. Definitely our first choice when we return to Fes.
Like staying in the Alhambra!
We stayed here in March 2007. It was the final stop on our tour of Morocco & it was just the absolutely perfect place to do it.
The location is perfect, just a couple of minutes (if that much) from Seffarine square & a further few minutes from Rcif area (which has a petit taxi stop). It makes it very easy to locate once you know where it is. Alaa came to meet us & carefully showed us the landmarks to look out for if we wanted to get back to Rcif.
Over a cup of mint tea, as we were filling in the forms, Alaa told us about renovating the house & the many many years of work it took to turn it into a place you could live in. He went to an excruciating effort to restore it & people it is like staying in The Alhambra! It really looks as amazing as the pictures show.
Our room was on the middle floor - with windows opening both over the courtyard & out over the medina. The bed was placed in the middle of the room & the decor was fantastic. The shower was heavenly & always had plenty of hot water.
Breakfast was fab & so was dinner. We eat there twice (100 each, plus another 100 for wine or beer if you wish) and it was just lovely.
The rooftop terrace was just the perfect place to start & end your day!
Alaa & Kate were wonderful hosts & Mohamed was just a star!
I can't recommend this place highly enough!
Dar Seffarine: For true relaxation.
I second every positive thing that has been said here so far. The rooms are strikingly lovely and well-appointed, and the common areas are as beautiful as many of the restored monuments in Fes - yet it is there for your private enjoyment. Kate and Alaa are fantastic hosts. On their staff Mohammed in particular consistently went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay 100% satisfying (the breakfasts were divine). Dar Seffarine is amazingly good value for money as well - and it lacks the somewhat soulless, overly-luxurious feeling of more expensive resort hotels, instead offering true welcoming character. A joy in every respect.
However, I do recommend that you take them up on their offer to meet you in the nearby carpark or Place Seffarine, as it is a little tricky to find on your own the first time!
Completely lived up to expectations
I stayed at Dar Seffarine with a friend for two nights at the end of March. I had chosen this riad on the basis of other reviews I had read and I have to say it was every bit as good as I hoped / expected it to be. This was our first stop in Morocco and we were truly made to feel that this place was our home whilst we were in Fes. Kate and Alaa are every bit as warm and welcoming as I had read in other reviews on this site.
The entire house is astonishingly beautiful and I can't quite imagine the scale of renovations they undertook to make it the place it is today. The room we stayed in was on the ground floor, off the courtyard and was really lovely. We ate there both of our nights in Fes, and it was both good food and good value (we were lucky enough to have Alaa cook on our first night and the daal soup was utterly divine!). More than that, Alaa and Kate serve their meals at a single large table (if you eat upstairs - it wasn't warm enough to eat in the courtyard in March) and the feeling of community with them and the other guests who were dining in the riad was really special. We got some great tips for Fes and other places in Morocco and met some wonderful people.
The staff were all excellent, especially Mohammed. The location was not too difficult to find - after being escorted there for the first time. The view of the medina from the rooftop as the sunset - unforgettable!
We went on to stay at two other riads, in Essaouira and Marrakech respectively, which were also great, but this was the best place we stayed in Morocco, without a doubt.
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Address: 14 Derb Sbaa Louyate, Seffarine, Fes, 30020 , Morocco