ABOUT: Named after his young son Finlay, Dar Fin is the impressive result of a four-year restoration project by British owner Paul. Now an opulent, charming boutique riad, the 200-year-old house and accompanying annexe are ideally located inside the medina, directly between its two main streets. Style-wise, it fuses traditional Fassi décor – chiefly modelled on the city’s Nejjarine Museum, famed for beautiful woodwork – with a chilled atmosphere, epitomised by a roof terrace that spills over three floors.
ROOMS: Warmly decorated in Moroccan style, there are four bedrooms (two with mezzanines) and two suites with balconies. For roof-terrace proximity, book the top-floor Guissa; for sheer grandeur, ask for the Pacha Suite. Whichever room or suite you book, Moroccan touches abound: wooden shutters, saffron-coloured textiles, sculpted plasterwork scrolls...
FACILITIES: The three gazebo-covered rooftops offer fantastic views over the medina to distant Mount Zalagh. A sunset G&T from the honesty bar up there is a treat, and dinner can also be arranged, on request, on a lofty perch. Down below, an airy courtyard has a small plunge pool, beautiful tiling, trickles of world music, shady nooks and a small army of pot plants.
EXTRA INFO: The Dar can be hired exclusively for special occasions or large groups. Paul can arrange tours of Fes or to local sites, and there’s free wi-fi throughout.