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Bab Al Madina
2.5 of 5 Guest house   |   Ouad Zahoun N 28, Fes, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #112 of 176 Fes B&B and Inns
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Great hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in September.
The location is excellent, right next to the Madina.
The staff are wonderful, extremely helpful and friendly. They arranged a guide to take us around the Madina and that was the highlight of our holiday.
We were travelling by motorbike and a garage was provided for us just a minutes walk away.
The hotel is simple, comfortable and clean.
As noted by other reviewers, the breakfast is excellent!
We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Very nice people and good prices. Excellent tea all day for free! Nice rooms and very nice service. Very good breakfast and awesome tour trip around old Medina for a very good price. The staff is very friendly and helpful

We enjoyed our stay
Vito, Romano, Matej

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gilbert, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

My two friends and I stayed at Bab Al Madina in the middle of June this year and loved it. Our bus arrived in Fes at five in the morning. When we arrived at the hotel, Mohammad graciously let us sleep in the sitting/dining area (there are plenty of couches) as our room wasn't available yet. Just a few hours later, he woke us up to tell us that our room had been cleaned and was ready for us. That afternoon, Mohammad took us to the medina and showed us where a few things were...all just to help out. Breakfast was delicious and hearty, a good way to start the day. The staff at Bab Al Madina were all extremely friendly and went out of their way to help us out. I would highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the main street as it gets pretty loud early in the mornings.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kristiansund, Norway
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The hotel was ok, although the bathroom has a low standard. Breakfast was good.
The negative thing about the hotel is the place where it is located, it is not the most cosy area you can stay in. The good about the location is that it is close to the Medina.
Watch out for people who are overpricing, for example taxi-drivers etc. Taxi-drivers can tell you the wrong prices for hotels,prices that are much lower than it really is.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I stayed for a week in May 2013, a retired woman travelling alone. I was made to feel very welcome & all my requests were immediately granted, without being hassled to take up tours, guides etc. The hotel is family run with good staff, all of whom speak French & enough English. They will help you with all the information & advice you need. It is not near the Blue Gate which is a godsend, as it is quiet, but there are petit taxis stopping outside the door, so for less than a pound you can get anywhere, if you dont want to walk. It is also very handy when you arrive & leave with your bags. Plenty of the places you want to visit are at that end of the Medina. The hotel is very clean & sheets & towels were changed every day. The breakfast is plentiful & varied with nice coffee or English tea. There is a roof terrace where you can sunbathe or chill out. The hotel provides evening meals on request if you dont want to go out. I was pleased there was a computer, without charge, for the use of visitors, as I dont have a smart phone, but there is also free wifi. Overall, while it is not a Riad, the decor is traditional with tiles & painted ceilings; the best description is a Moroccan B&B, so probably nearer a typical Moroccan experience than the Riad ! Somehow it felt more comfortable stepping out into the world of Fes from a basic B&B than from a luxurious place. The value is amazing, & I was concerned it might be more like a hostel, but it isn't.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter. One room on each floor has a bathroom across the hall rather than ens...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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London
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We have stayed at Bab Al Madina several times when we fly into Fez and have found it to be perfectly adequate and pleasant. Unlike many other establishments at this price, the rooms are clean and fresh with simple decor and furnishings.

The hotel is sparsely furnished with crisp white walls which is refreshing unlike some of the riahds deeper in the medina where the beds seem a hundred years old and feel musty and soft furnishings suffocate every open space. Ditto the bathrooms. Nothing luxurious or fancy - but everything is clean and in working condition, which is a rarity in Marocco at this price - believe me!

Furthermore - we have stayed in both winter and the beating heat of summer and in both climates, the hotel is comfortable. Again, quite rare in Morocco.

The staff are friendly and helpful - NOT OVERLY ATTENTIVE as is often the case in other places. They will also look after your interest, for example, they do not tolerate the bogus "guides" to pester their guests and they will offer you someone with knowledge at a reasonable price.

The hotel is conveniently located just outside one of the medina gates, which means you can find your way back easily - as long as you can remember the gate number. Also - there is a congregation of little taxi's in the street outside, which means you can hop in and get transported to the train station or elsewhere in a jiffy.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who is on a limited budget. It is worth every penny.

If you can afford to pay a substantial amount more - it may be worth staying in one of the ancient riahd's where you will be surrounded with breathtaking artisan work - handmade mosaics and fabulous ceiling carvings and handwoven textiles and tapestries. It is a dream experience - even just for one night it feels as if you are a Pasha having been transported to a different time. The food in the riahd's are also usually very luxurious and deeply traditional.

If you can't afford that - don't settle for mediocre inbetween: Bab al Madina is a perfect place to stay that won't cost you a mortgage and you can always go and look at the beautiful artwork in a museum or palace.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest, Hungary
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Good price in Fez and the price includes breakfast which is very delicious. We could sit on terrace and watch people in street. The staff is nice, kind helpful. They organized us a guided half day sightseeing and showed to the nearest hammam and these were free but of course we gave tip for it. Our room was simple but clean. The cook of this hostel cooks the best tajine all over Morocco. We ate here the most delicious vega and chicken tajines in the whole Morocco.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ouad Zahoun N 28, Fes, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #112 of 176 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bab Al Madina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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