DAR ZIRYAB is located in the center of the modern city of Fes, in a calm side street right behind the Sheraton hotel and near the handicraft centre. After a short five minute walk you will be in front of the royal palace city walls, in the mellah (Jewish district of the city) or at the railway station.
Hidden behind a high hedge, skilfully blending colourful blossoms with enticing fragrances, you will find a jewel built in traditional Moroccan style with the various decorative elements of the diverse Moroccan architecture. Charmingly arranged rooms and suites, lounges with a warm atmosphere and cosy corners to relax and to look into the secrets of old books, snug places in the romantic garden or private terraces where you can review the events of the day, sipping hot mint tea - all this is offered in DAR ZIRYAB.
The rooms are all organized in accordance with traditional Moroccan lifestyle and installed with a modern understanding of comfort and taste.
At the heart of Dar Ziryab are the bathrooms in which the walls are covered with the ever popular tadellakt, a wall covering made up of lime, egg whites and pigments which are polished to create a marble like painting. The perfect harmony with the traditional zellidj mosaics found on the floor and on some parts of the side walls creates a balanced symbiosis. The mirrors designed by modern Moroccan artists and lit by magnificent bronze chandeliers are a testimony to the refined combination of traditional and modern Moroccan decorative elements. The many apparently insignificant details of the North African Oriental way of living that you will discover during your stay at DAR ZIRYAB will contribute to enable you to relax and enjoy the sensual pleasures of bathroom pampering.
Our Accomodation consists of:
01, ER RAÏSS
This apartment built on two floors with a particularly beautiful bathroom opens on to an Andalusian inner court. It has one matrimonial bed and two single beds. There is enough space to add another bed if necessary. On chilly days, the open fireplace allows you to warm the apartment in addition to the air conditioning providing both warm and cold air. We have also catered for modern tastes in comfort: the apartment is equiped with a mini Hi Fi CD player, private telephone and TV with satellite program on request. A pretty private garden and a terrace with barbecue equipment add to the charm of this apartment.
02, MAWSILI- SUITE
In this royal suite you can retire into your cosy private sitting room and chat around a hot glass of mint tea in front of the open fire place where a jolly fire warms the atmosphere on chilly winter days. You will appreciate the fresh evening breeze on your romantic terrace sipping a delicious pomegranate juice or almond milk with orange blossoms. The royal suite features a double bed. We can add another bed if you wish. The bathroom in this suite is equally outstanding. As in the other rooms and suites the air conditioner supplies both warm and cool air. You will also find a personal telephone and a mini Hi-Fi CD player. We will provide you with a TV-set including satellite program on request. This suite also opens on to a private terrace.
03, EL BRIHI-SUITE
Royal suite with an open fire place, a canopy bed and enough space for an additional bed, a luxurious bathroom, air conditioning for warm and cool air, a mini HiFi CD player, telephone, and a TV set with satellite program on request. A charming terrace is also part of the EL BRIHI SUITE.
The DAMSIRI room, decorated in the Middle Atlas Berber style features a matrimonial bed and like the preceding room comes with air conditioning, telephone and a TV set with satellite program on request. You will particularly enjoy the superb bathroom
This charming room features two single beds, air conditioning and a private telephone. Again the major attraction is the well designed and refined bathroom. We will provide a TV set with satellite program on request.
Lovely room decorated in the Rif Berber style. You will appreciate the beautiful antique carved cedar wood decorative elements of its matrimonial bed. The DAMSIRI room is equipped with air conditioning for warm and cool air, telephone, TV with satellite program on request and a luxurious bathroom.
This Berber style room has one single bed and the same main features as the three rooms described above, i. e. air conditioning for warm and cool air, telephone, TV with satellite program on request and of course a most beautiful bathroom.
Attractive room featuring two single beds, air conditioning for warm and cool air, telephone, a TV set with satellite program on request and a beautiful bathroom. The room opens onto a private terrace.
Sometimes you will prefer to observe the social life from a certain distance before retiring into your private premises.
You have the possibility to choose from the cosy sitting places in the corners and nooks of DAR ZIRYAB and to discuss the day's events with your friends, play chess, or just relax. Here you can listen to the carefully selected sounds of Andalousian-Arab music, you can appreciate the poetry of classic Oriental music and the Gnaoua trance songs or the hollow beat of the Sahara drums will allow you to drift into another realm...
Next to the traditional restaurant with its beautiful carved wood ceiling, you will find the Gelssa, the cosy sitting corner with its thick cushions, which is the main part of every Arabic house. Here you will participate in the social life with the family and the other guests. There Si Jalil will invite you into the fascinating traditions of Morocco and its peoples. This will all contribute to helping you experience the Oriental life style during your stay. You will be living in the larger family of your host and his guests, yet have the possibility to retire into privacy at any time. You can also watch German, French and English TV satellite programs or watch an interesting video film.
The DAR ZIRYAB library includes a series of selected works in various languages about the country's architecture, its traditions and legends, its literature, religion and philosophy. You will also have the latest publications and magazines on Morocco at your disposal. Our guests are welcome to use the fax that is placed in the reading corner. You can also use our home computer and access the internet from there.
DAR ZIRYAB will give you an insight into the authentic cuisine of Fes. In addition to the typical Moroccan dishes usually presented to tourists, the DAR ZIRYAB restaurant serves some exquisite preparations made personally by Nadia, Si Jalil's wife, according to the family tradition. The recipes are mostly taken from the family heritage held by El Hadja Fatima, Si Jalil's mother, who follows what happens in the kitchen with a critical eye.
Moroccan cuisine, especially Fes cuisine, is a blend of the most sophisticated elements of Oriental and Mediterranean cuisine added to the hot spices and tasty preparations introduced by African slaves. Each meal is a feast of its own for which it is worthwhile to take time and leisure.
A glass of hot mint tea along with the finest almond pastry aromatized with orange flower water completes your meal.
By and by you will forget your everyday stress, relax and let the Oriental art of living take you into a world of pleasure and contemplation. Time has another value here - offer yourself the luxury to rediscover this!
These are some of the delicious dishes offered in DAR ZIRYAB:
Beef or lamb Tajin with quinces and cinnamon
Beef or lamb Tajin with artichoke hearts and peas
Beef or lamb Tajin with artichoke stems, lemon and olives
Beef or lamb Tajin with squash and okra
and the classical dishes:
* Pigeon Pastilla
Couscous with seven vegetables
Lamb or beef kebab
Beef or lamb Tajin with prunes
Chicken Tajin with lemon.
The hammam - an Oriental steam bath - is a main feature of the Moroccan art of living. We are proud to invite you to the DAR ZIRYAB hammam built in traditional style and decorated with the typical zellidj mosaic tiles and the famous tadellakt, a wall covering technique of the 12th century originated in Marrakesh. You will enjoy being in an authentic setting to experience the ritual of the highly appreciated hammam event. Starting with the ghassoul, a moor earth specially prepared with plants and essences which smooth both skin and hair as well as massages and a series of Oriental fragrances, you will find all the ingredients that will contribute to making you feel perfectly well and relaxed.
Hidden behind an elaborately expanding thick hedge composed of voluptuous fragrances, lies an enchanting garden with romantic garden chairs and wrought iron tables. You will enjoy the blooming flowers and the soothing green of the grass, the leaves and the palm trees all through the year. Here a dreamy arbour, there an open space on the well kept lawn - everything is there to suit your passing mood.
DAR ZIRYAB also offers you a private garage and its own parking space.
In DAR ZIRYAB, you can make your dream become reality. We invite you to spend an unforgettable time in Fes, in the very heart of Morocco, where you will be received according to the ancient Oriental rules of sacred hospitality, without having to miss out on modern Western comforts.
You will stay in a private villa that will be your Oriental home. DAR ZIRYAB is not a huge hotel with impersonal professionalism. It is much more like an elegant B&B residence where you will be transposed into an Oriental family atmosphere - in which you will feel at ease even if you are not an Oriental!
That is what makes Dar Ziryab a very special place: your host is a connoisseur of Oriental art who has been working for 30 years as a tourist guide and who has a perfect knowledge of the fields of interest and the expectations of his American, European and other foreign guests thanks to his huge experience.
Having led groups for more than 20 years all over Morocco he began some ten years ago to realize a wish that had been slowly ripening in his mind through the years: he wants to offer his guests more than just a superficial - unfortunately often distorted - view of his country and of its culture.
So stone by stone he started to build a villa which includes every single detail of the Moroccan art of living. To decorate this Oriental jewel, Jalil El Hayar, your host, collected works of art from all parts of Morocco with the skilled eye of an expert. From works of art by modern Moroccan painters such as Kacimi, Fouad Belamine, Miloud, Bennani and Belkahya, through old textiles from Tetouan and tribal rugs to antique and modern items of ceramic art as well as wood and leather you will find in Dar Ziryab a rich variety of Moroccan treasures. They are skilfully displayed in the many nooks, corners and staircases to create an elegant and luxurious atmosphere, subtly soothing yet essentially refreshing.
With his knowledge of Moroccan art, Si Jalil took advantage of every opportunity during his trips to collect beautiful pieces of Moroccan handicraft from the remotest parts of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The villa is named after Ziryab, a fine musician and scholar of genius at Harun Rashid's court in Baghdad who emigrated to Cordoba in the 9th century. He introduced the refined culture of the Oriental court to Andalusia thus contributing to the greatness of its art and culture.
The Dar Ziryab's calligraphic logo expresses Si Jalil's interest in music and Arabic culture: it is the design of a lute, one of the classical Arabic music instruments, drawn entirely in Arabic letters.
Jalil is a host who stays discreetly in the background, yet is always there to ensure you feel at ease. Attentive to all that you may be interested in he introduces you into the Oriental art of living and offers your senses the many pleasures that will help you forget the stress of everyday life, and relax.
In Dar Ziryab you will find skilfully combined fragrances of the blooming hedge protecting Dar Ziryab from indiscreet looks, selected sounds of Arabic Moorish and the outstanding taste of the finest dishes completed by the 1001 magic ingredients for a memorable stay in the most fascinating city of the Kingdom of Morocco.