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The Dar Xariffa ryad is what I consider a gem if you're looking for an unique and somewhat authentic experience living a Moroccan lifestyle. The traditional house, a cheap option for my friend and me during our travels to Fès, has a total of 6 bedrooms, 5 of which are usable with beds and bedding. It is three floors high with two half-stories where there are extra bedrooms. There are two traditional living rooms, a kitchen, and a hammam (shower room) in the basement. The roof is the pièce de resistance, offering a view that most locals don't share of the beautiful Medina. The hammering of the copper workers can be heard in the distance and the call to prayers echo back and fourth. It's truly a treat! Although the ryad offers large spaces, a cheap price, and all the basics one would need, it is in no way a luxurious experience. It might be compared to urban camping with a covered roof and beds. The building is a "work in progress" (as mentions the proprietor in her notes on the house, who manages the building long-distance). There were many work tools left neatly in the corner of the central covered courtyard, some doors (including the bathroom door) didn't shut all the way/well, and the western toilet (which uses the old pipes of the ancient medina) could not flush toilet paper, forcing us to collect our soiled sanitation essentials in small baggies to take to the street daily (baggies not provided - we bought/collected them from around town). There was also no hand soap, so we bought some at the new city's modern Carrefour supermarket for ourselves and the next user. Also, the kitchen uses gas-fired hot water and stove, which can be a little scary if you're not used to large tanks that you always need to open and reclose with each use. For us, although many of these things were not a problem, I know many travelers who would consider these as "make it or or break it" essentials of traveling. For us, we enjoyed the more rugged experience and considered many of the experiences as part of the lifestyle of real Moroccans still living in the medina today. Remember, it's not a hotel and no one lives there right now, so the only people who uses it are airbnb clients and the construction man (I think) who comes in periodically to do work. Once we understood this, we could more easily understand why the ryad was the way it was. We loved it! Since Lauren, the proprietor, is not living in Fès, she manages the ryad long distance thanks to the help of a student who previously lived there. He still lives in Fez for the moment as a student of Arabic and welcomed us to come to the American Center to wait for him until his class ended to take us to the ryad. He was very kind and offered us a walking tour of the...
I wasn't home when Lauren and John were at my Studio, but here's what the woman who was watching the place wrote: "John and Lauren had a challenging visit— sink issues, almost 48 hours of fireworks (for New Year's Eve), no power on their last night (I brought them candles), and they had to leave early yesterday in the midst of a damaging wind storm that felled trees and power lines all the way to Waimea while the power was out.
"They left the place in very good shape, considering....positive feedback, they were lovely and extremely patient while Chris replaced the sink disposal their last night."
So I am extremely grateful for their patience with all this and I can only say that they were stellar guests, and are welcome back any time.
Thanks Joy! my mom (Beth) and Jon did have some challenges, but they enjoyed your place very much. Sorry I didn't get their review up in time, but it is definitely positive.
Everything was fine. Realy uncomplicated. You are welcome again.
Lauren was not really expansive by email but she is very nice when you meet her in person.
Lauren and her boyfriend took extraordinary care of my appartment, and I would be very happy to welcome them in the future!
I strongly recommand Lauren to any other host from Airbnb.