Dar Houdou
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Choose Historic Homes for a Memorable Stay
Though I usually stick to budget-friendly hostels for accommodation, Morocco is definitely one place I don't mind springing for something a little nicer. This is because, in addition to indulging in my love for Moroccan-inspired decorating, staying in a restored riad (home with an interior courtyard garden) or dar (house) in the medina allows you to stay in a piece of history and, if you're staying in Fez as I was when I spent a few nights at Dar Houdou, you can actually stay in a UNESCO Heritage Site (as the city's labyrinthine medina is). Of course, things have changed since these homes were originally built, but sometimes that's for the better (for example, when restoring these homes, one has to add more full baths as it was historically more typical to go to hammam). Of course, if you do stay in this restored dar, be sure to leave an issue of AFAR to make their reading table complete!
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