With trepidation, I travelled to Fes alone and was looking for a place that would "take care of me" in way that a hotel would not. Dar Hafsa met all my expectations and more.
As arranged, they met me at the Blue Gate and escorted me to their charming place; they immediately made me feel at home, allowed me free access to their computer, provided me with a knowledgeable guide to the city (Nadja) and found other Hafas residents who would share the cost of this. They answered all my questions with infinite patience, served me tea at every opportunity. I enjoyed their breakfasts (though as a low carb person, they presented a bit of a challenge). Also loved the delicious, cozy dinner a few of us ordered in advance. Because of the nature of Dars with their rooms situated around an open courtyard, this might not be the place for honeymooners or those with noisy kids--sound travels! Otherwise, I'd recommend Dar Hafsa to anyone wanting a comfortable, clean room in a great location, genuine hospitality, and a glimpse into the lives of Fes natives. Kareem, Aziz and Miriam get my highest ratings. One warning here: Do not buy carpets on your first day, as I did. Look around first, refine your taste and LEARN HOW TO BARGAIN. I think I paid more than twice as much as I should have! Maybe four times as much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Hafsa is a traditional 19th century Morocccan home. Recently renovated, the house is a beautiful example of fine Moroccan craftsmanship. The ornate tile work and painted doors reflect the best in cultural design. An open floor plan with multiple indoor balconies gives the house a cozy feeling, but not at the expense of privacy. A roof-top terrace offers an expansive view of the Fes Medina and the Riff Mountains.This lovely accommodation is seven minutes from the Blue Gate (Bab Bouljoud), and a simple right-hand turn from the main street (derb sidi safi souiket ben safi talaa sghira) and souk. It is situated on a quiet, clean byway. Those looking for a more authentic Fes stay will find themselves a reasonable distance from hustle and bustle of the shopping and trade.You will feel welcome at Dar Hafsa by the family who manages the guest house, Mariam and Aziz and their parents. They are friendly and generous. English, French, and Arabic languages are spoken well, along with some Spanish and German. Your comfort and satisfaction is assured, and the family can share their local knowledge to enrich your stay. ... more less
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