A favorite stay: Dar Mounir

Parts of what made my trips to Morocco interesting are stays in real homes or riads or little inns in the medina. Each place had its own character and appeal that add to a memorable experience in a particular place. One such stay was in Dar Mounir in Chefchaouen.

The charming inn is located very near the town square. After a couple of turns and a short walk along colourful shops, we were greeted by a narrow building with a single door painted in bright blue. Inside was a cozy receiving room painted in warm yellow with comfortable cushioned seats.



The Inn has a rooftop terrace with a 360 view of the town and the surrounding mountains. It would have been nice to spend time up there had it not been chilly.




The tiled staircase leading to the terrace was pretty with little flower pots placed on each step.





My friend and I got the larger room with a seating area in one corner. The windows were tiny but it didn’t matter because there was enough natural lighting.





I liked the bathroom the most. It was spacious and tastefully designed with local materials like brass fixtures, blue and white tiles and Tadelakt plastered walls.Untitled-1

Dar Mounir is a very small inn but it didn’t feel cramped because of how it was designed. There were arched windows in the main hallways and where there weren’t any, lovely Moroccan lamps provided sufficient lighting.


Other attractive features are the railings and the ceilings.


Dar Mounir is perfectly located. Behind it are shops, a few steps is the medina square where most of the restaurants are and a couple of corners away is a spa.


We took our breakfasts in the lower level or the basement, but most of our meals were taken in a cafe right owned and operated by the inn located right in the square.









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