During conversation I’ll often pipe up saying “The other day in the Times…” and then spout some fact I’ve picked up during my morning read. I was reading the Travel section on the way home from work today and took interest in the ‘Wintersun for a song‘ article. I was surprised and happy to read the following:
“And, whereas Marrakesh has more than 500 foreign-owned riads, Fez has no more than 20. Michael Cullen, of the hip-hotel website i-escape.com, has just returned from a trip to see them all. He recommends the American-owned Dar Roumana, where youâ€™ll be greeted with lavish interiors, panoramic views of the medina and palatial suites.”
Dar Roumana is where we’re staying at the end of our Morocco trip over Christmas and New Years. A little further research on the i-escape.com site dug up this quote explaining who so far has been staying:
So far it’s mostly young couples from Britain and continental Europe who’ve done a bit of internet research to find a friendly Anglophone riad in the heart of Fes and who’ve come up trumps.
That quote pretty much exactly describes what happened. I have an inbuilt distrust of mass market travel sites which seem to be the only option when booking hotels these days and spent quite a while searching for a nice place to say. I do have to admit that the English speaking hosts also influenced the decision, Keryn and I not being the best with foreign languages. Anyway, I hope our brief stay matches all the reviews.