We arrived from our long journey from Mergouza and were met be Ahmed at the taxi stand. He arranged for our luggage to be taken to the Riad and personally walked us to the Riad, showing us along the way several landmarks that would be invaluable.
The property is well restored and esthetically pleasing. We had booked two rooms (triple and double) for our family of five but were given three rooms. All the rooms are very large, cozy and exceptionally clean. They all had A/C but we didn't need it. The property has lots of public spaces that you can read or just relax. There is even a small kitchen downstairs that you can use. The best is the roof top terrace with an incredible view of the city. You are in the Medina and we could sit for hours watching the people, children, animals on the roof tops.
We had planned dinner upon arrival at the Riad but it was so delicious that we chose to eat there the second night as well. You can set your own menu and everything we ate was amazing. We took our dinners and breakfasts on the roof top terrace to enjoy the moderate temperatures and incredible views of Fes.
The best part of our trip, however, was not the property but the people. The owner, Lournve was around a lot and helped us on several occasions. She was especially kind to my wife who had the stomach bug and not feeling well. Ahmed was amazing. We had originally thought we would hire a guide but after a not so good experience in Marrakesh, we were unsure. Ahmed and Lournve also recommended we could easily do Fes without a guide and that was great advice. Every morning Ahmed would sit down with us and help us plan out an itinerary for the day. Each day a little different but we feel we saw most of the sights and truly experienced Fes (which we greatly preferred over Marrakesh). He even walked us to the main part of the Medina on the first morning, showing us the many Dar Gnaoua signs and major landmarks. We wondered the city for two days and never got lost. From arrival to final departure, I can not say enough good things about Ahmed. He is truly there 24/7 to ensure you have a wonderful experience. We are sooooooo thankful we stayed at Gar Gnaoua!!!!! Thank you Lournve and Ahmed.
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