Like many of the riads we stayed in during our trip through Morocco, Dar Cordoba was down a narrow alley off a small road. It was located within walking distance to the old medina.
Our first glance upon entering was not positive, but we soon warmed to its charm. The entrance way is amazingly decorated and there are sitting areas off the center of the ground floor.
We were in room five on an upper floor that used a miniature orange shoe as a key holder. The room was very decorative but with a strange layout. It was long and narrow with the main bathroom at one end, the bedroom and sitting area in the middle, and a small room with a toilet at the entrance to the room. The room had lots of windows that opened to the interior of the riad and all had shutters and curtains. Room 5 was very large with twin beds, a large desk, coffee table, 2 couches, and a large floor cushion. It also had a remote control heater and basically good WiFi. To the few people who care, there was no TV in the room, but I believe there was one in a downstairs sitting area. The walls and ceiling, much like the entire riad, had a lot of decorations. There was even an elaborate hanging ceiling light in our room.
The riad did have a roof terrace with good views over the city.
We had two breakfasts and one dinner in Dar Cordoba. All meals were served on the ground floor in the center of the riad. A nice touch. The breakfasts were very good but the dinner of beef tajine was tough. However, the service for all the meals was excellent.
On the negative side, the Dar Cordoba is old and in need of some remodeling. While our room did have lots of lights, not all of them worked and there were a lot of electrical cords on the floor that were used to connect the lights to the sockets. Overall the room still had a dark feel to it in spite of all the lights and windows. Much of the furniture is old and should be replaced. Maybe it adds charm, but sometimes function is more important. While attempting to use the desk to write in a journal, it almost fell over.
The manager during our stay was friendly and had decent English, but was a little under the weather so we did not get much of a chance to communicate. He was helpful whenever we had questions.
If you are looking for charm, this is the place. If seeking something a little more modern, you may wish to look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coming upon this riad, the traveller is transported into the splendours of Moorish art and architecture that reflect the deeply entwined history of Spain and Morocco. This ambience, along with the warm hospitality offered by the staff, will make your experience here unforgettable. Resplendent with carved plasterwork, mosaic tiles (known as zellij), doors and window frames of carved cedar wood, painted ceilings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Cordoba Fes
- Riad Dar Cordoba Hotel Fes