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“Beautiful house and lovely French couple to host” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Melody
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   18 Rue Laalouj Lakbira, Fes 99999, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #6 of 176 Fes B&B and Inns
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Beautiful house and lovely French couple to host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

Bernard and Laurence - thankyou for a lovely few days in Fez!
We were picked up at the bus station by Bernard and driven back to their riad.
It is a beautiful house and the rooms are huge! Bernard, Laurence and Fatima are so kind and helpful.
But Oh. My. Goodness - the breakfasts!! We have never eaten that well before in our entire lives! It was a feast of homemade delicacies every single morning. Fresh figs with caramel, baked apples, crepes, cakes, as much coffee as you needed, fresh juice and more!
And it was lovely to come in from the heat of the day to have some chilled melon or cherries or fresh juice or tea on offer. Plenty of places advertise as "you are welcome like you are a guest in our home", but here is one of the only places that we truly felt that way - to be offered tea or snacks or drinks when chatting with the hosts, and not have them all itemised on your bill at the end of the stay. You did truly feel like their guest, not just a paying hotel guest.
Only one thing to consider though - they are located on the opposite side of the big medina to all the restaurants. To walk to the main square takes about 30-45 minutes, and there is not really anywhere to eat much closer than that. As there are no cars in the medina, the closest taxi drop off point is still about 10 minutes away. This means you need to think about walking home at night. I want to stress: we NEVER felt unsafe. But we did make sure we were heading home before all the markets closed up for the night (around 10:30pm), so there were plenty of other people around. This may or may not be something you think about, but I think it's important to know. For us, however, it is not enough to deter us from giving Dar Melody 5 stars after a great stay.
Dar Melody is almost enough to make us want to come back to Morocco, just so we can stay with Bernard and Laurence again!

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

Stayed in Dar Melody for 2 nights and it is by far the best hotel throughout our whole trip: centrally located (near one of the taxi drop-off points in medina), nice decor (spacious rooms with stylish interior design), delicious breakfast (variations each day, with plenty of fresh fruits! they even prepared us breakfast upon our arrival the first day early in the morning), stunning terrace view overlooking the medina, and above all, heartwarming hospitality! Laurence and Bernard are the kindest hosts we're ever encountered in Morocco (and elsewhere). Highly recommended to all!

Just one point to note: Make sure you arrange transportation with them from airport/train station. They will meet you in person from the car park and bring you to the hotel. For people with bad memory like me, it takes some time to memorize the route to the hotel so it would be better if they walk you once.

Room Tip: Don't miss the terrace during sunset!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

Hello there!
If you want to have an amazing stay in Fez - chose Dar Melody for your stay.
The owners of the place are extremely friendly and helpful, always ready to assist you. They picked us from the Train Station ( very important because it is in the new city), treated us with tea and sweets upon arrival, provide us with maps and valuable advices what to see/visit, recommended an very experience local guide for a day tour. The riad is very peaceful and quite and guarantee a so needed escape from the madhouse called medina. The rooms are very big and there is no pproblem with running hot water. The breakfast is a king's treat - french style with a different dessert every day. Thank you very much - MERCI Laurence and Bernard!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

Laurence and Bernard are wonderful hosts who provide and care for their guests as though they were family. I feel that we have gained new friends. The breakfasts were spectacular and would satisfy any appetite. The B&B itself is absolutely beautiful, the rooms were spacious, very clean and well appointed. The roof top terrace provided a quiet escape from bustle of the Medina while providing a great view of the Medina. Laurence and Bernard were available at any time to assist with excursions, recommendations and directions. Upon return to the B&B on a daily basis, we were greeted warmly, with fresh fruit available, sweet surprises and water. I would highly recommend this wonderful B&B.

Room Tip: Room adjacent to the terrace is best.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Dar Melody for five days and enjoyed every single day.
We stayed in the Menzah room which was on the top floor with views out onto the terrace. The room was pristine, spacious, the bed was comfy and it felt like a bit of luxury to come back to after a day in the medina.
The terrace is perfect for relaxing or taking some sun on and the view was as good as can be expected in the middle of the Medina.
The breakfasts were plentiful, healthy and delicious (the scrambled eggs were amazing!). The tables were always dressed beautifully and the pride the owners take in their house is obvious.
Bernard and Laurence were incredible hosts and went out of their way to make sure we were ok and got where we needed to go. They picked us up from the airport, took us safely into town on the first night and dropped us near our next destination. They also arranged a reasonably priced tour guide during our stay. They were friendly and happy people to be around, very welcoming and despite our lack of French we managed to get by.
The area felt a bit daunting at first since the Dar is at the end of a couple of dark, narrow alleyways but that's to be expected in Fes and you get used to it quickly.
We both highly recommend Dar Melody and thank Bernard and Laurence for their hospitality.

Room Tip: Menzah room, €55, looks onto terrace, beautiful
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

My daughter and I very much enjoyed our stay at Dar Melody. Bernard and Laurence could not have been better hosts. Their kindness was exceptional and they went out of their way to help us in any way they could with their local knowledge.The riad was delightful, the room perfect and the breakfast delicious. We did manage to lose our way a couple of times but this did not detract in any way from our stay. Could not recommend this riad more.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spokane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

As a solo female traveller I wanted a comfortable and safe place to stay in Fes and this was it! I especially appreciated being picked up at the trainstation (included in the price) and brought to this dar because it is so easy to get lost in the medina. Laurence spent a lot of time on my day of arrival to explain the layout of Fes on a map which she then gave to me to use. I still got lost the first day but they have a system in place where you can contact them via a restaurant in the medina and they will come and get you or have a taxi driver take you where you can meet them. The second day they arranged for an english speaking guide for me which I highly recommend. It gives you more insight into the medina, plus touts and shopkeepers will leave you alone.
The dar itself has the rooms arranged around an inner couryard which also serves as the living and dining area. Conversations carried on in this area will carry to the rooms facing the courtyard. You can close the window shutters but you will still hear it. Consider earplugs if this bothers you.
Breakfasts are excellent and very filling. Great coffee, too!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 18 Rue Laalouj Lakbira, Fes 99999, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 176 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Dar Melody 2*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional house morrocan, in the médina 3 rooms of hotes with independant bathroom air conditioning internet. breakfast included transfer included for the airport ... more   less 
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