Review of Dar Seffarine Fes, Morocco

Tucked behind the Kairaouine Mosque and University is one of the most romantic and authentic riads in Fez: Dar Seffarine. The Dar is as authentic as they come, its 600 years old beautifully restored with love and plenty of patience. You will discover clustered columns, great hand-painted doors, fabulous zellij floors, some exceptional painted cedar ceilings and huge carved doors and passageways that lead you up to secret balconies. The Dar sits comfortably within some of the busiest and most confusing tangle of alleyways in the historic quarter, an oasis of calm and tranquillity that gives it a unique romantic charm.

Owners Kate, from Norway, and Alaa, an architect from Iraq, have personally overseen the meticulous restoration project of the palatial Dar Seffarine. Their faithfulness to the original is evident everywhere, from the original hand-painted cedar wood doors to the white linens and embroidered shawls. Tradition continues in the lovely suites that feature low white-quilted beds, a few soft Moroccan rugs and discreet bathrooms. The glorious roof-top terrace affords stunning views over the ramshackle roofs of the medina’s busiest quarters.

Alaa and Kate foster a relaxing and fun atmosphere at Dar Seffarine, where bedroom doors are left open to reinforce the open-house ambiance. This is a place with a unique combination of impeccable design and laid-back living.