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“Charming But Needs Work”
Review of Riad Dar Cordoba

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Riad Dar Cordoba
Ranked #23 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 May 2016

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.

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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed two nights and we had a great time. Very friendly people, clean rooms, beautifully decorated, very good breakfast and a nice dinner. Also the location is great, near to the blue gate.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Daniël D
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

Room (pics) and food not as good as other riads we stayed at. Host definitely made it worse - not helpful or even friendly. Wifi was unstable. Just think there are better options out there so look harder.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank dom8787
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

We spent 2 nights in this riad organised by our local tour. When we first arrived, we didnt get the room with a double bed as originally booked and got the room on the mezzanine level. We could pretty much touch the ceiling of the room and overall the feeling was very cramped.

Food was below average compared to the other riads we've stayed in Morocco, and instead of eating in for another meal, we had to go out and find our own food. The staff (owner?) Mohammed had an attitude, or maybe he just didn't understand English.

Our room, being the one closest to the dining room/office, had the worst wi-fi connection. And the hype about that roof top terrace, just had a view of the buildings surrounding this riad, nothing special and wasnt maintained that well.

The only positive thing I could think of is maybe its location, it is fairly close to Bab Boujloud (5 mins walking distance). But with the abundance of riads in this city, I'm sure there's a better choice than this one.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2015

Nice and comfortable riad. Got a spacious room, with good facilities. Staff welcoming and breakfast is great. We had diner and it was tasty, but as u know Moroccan hospitality, they serve more than enough food. :-)

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Riad Dar Cordoba

Address: 15 Derb El Guebbuss Douh Batha, Fes 30110, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Fes
#19 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range: €68 - €98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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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