After spending three days in the magical “Blue City”, Chefchaouen, we packed up our things and headed out early in the morning for the nearly five-hour drive to Fes, Morocco. We, of course, made a few stops along the way for some sightseeing, before settling in at Riad Tafilalet.
Riad Tafilalet is located in the old Medina of Fes, approximately a 10-minute walk to one of the medina’s entrances near Avenue des Mérinides. However, venturing into the medina during the day without a guide could lead to someone getting lost, as Fes’ medina is large and has many tiny walkways. Thankfully, we had a guide who took us on a full day walking tour through the medina and to the various souks. We even walked through a narrow walkway where we had to walk sideways.
The Rooms at Riad Tafilalet
The rooms at Riad Tafilalet were nice in a simplistic sort of way and comfortable enough for a two-night stay. I must admit that it was not as nice as other riads where we stayed, but what the riad lacked in beautiful décor and accommodations, it made up for with the friendliness of the staff who was tentative to our every need even when my husband and daughter became ill.
Each room at the riad overlooked the indoor courtyard which doubled as the dining area where breakfast took place. Breakfast consisted of traditional Moroccan pastries, fresh squeezed orange juice, fruit, cheese, tea and/or coffee. For us, the breakfast was not as great as some of the other places we stayed.
The best part of staying at Riad Tafilalet was the rooftop views, that is if you can manage climbing the steep stairway to get to it. But, it is well worth the hike. The rooftop terrace was the perfect way to have a bird’s eye view of Fes’ large medina. Each night we had our dinner while taking in the views of the city at night.
Dining at Riad Tafilalet
Dinner at Riad Tafilalet was good. Portions are large, even for the four of us. We could not finish the first course which consists of salad, which is several varieties of Moroccan salads displayed in the photos below. We also had chicken tajine. The chicken was well-seasoned and falling off the bone. So yummy!
Overall, our stay at Riad Tafilalet was okay only because it was a bit too simple for my taste, especially when compared to the other riads where we stayed during our visit to Morocco. I mean, I could appreciate the beautiful tile work and the views, but that is where it ends at least for me. But, if you are looking for a place that is clean, has friendly and accommodating staff, and is budget-friendly, this is the place for you. Plus, you will adore the rooftop views.
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