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“A beautiful gem in Fez Medina” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar Finn
27 Zakak Rouah, Chrablyine, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #11 of 172 Fes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Doha, Qatar
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A beautiful gem in Fez Medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed in 3 different Dars during our almost 10 day long visit to Fez that was our first and happily very memorable, trip to Morocco last month (September 2013). Looking back at our experiences I would rate Dar Finn on top, despite the all too short one-night stay. The very pleasant experience, helped to set a very positive tone for the rest of our time in Fez.
As we walked in off the busy street of the Medina and entered Dar Finn, fresh off our long overnight flight, and a 4 hour long train journey, we were instantly refreshed by a sense of cool calm and peace lulled by the gentle sound of flowing water......till the zillij work on the inner courtyard fountain just blew our minds.....
We were met by Rebecca and shown to our Guissa room. Climbing up the winding narrow staircase was a bit daunting (we later came to realise that steep narrow staircases are very much the deal when you stay in the Medina - so its not for the weak kneed - however most Dars do have rooms on the ground floor too!) Once up there we were totally charmed.... the room was lovely - the green coloured glass window panes that opened out into the upper part of the atrium with its flowering climbers gave it a very fresh, elegant and classy feel.... The bathroom was simple and functional, although a shower curtain and frosting on the window glass would be nice...but maybe that would take away from the originality of this beautiful and very sincerely restored Dar.
One downside (this was a problem in all the Dars as we discovered later), was not having wifi access in the rooms..... maybe to do with the thick old walls ....so we had to go all the way down to the courtyard to access the internet.
At breakfast, the next morning, in the amazing dining room we were happy to dig in to the local breads (Harsha, Beghrir etc) that we had already sampled the previous evening (while on Plan-it-Fez's amazing Souk Tasting Trail) along with the local honey and preserves that was only a part of a very sumptuous spread.
We spent a good part of the morning exploring the Dar and hearing from Rebecca about her labour-of-love restoration of the property, and admiring its oh-so-beautiful wood and plaster carvings and rich zillij work, enhanced even further by her very green thumb!
The views from the terrace amid the flowering shrubs and potted pots gave us a perspective of Fez - ancient and yet so vibrant and alive.
We were later escorted by Mohammed the gentle caretaker, and a cart driver who saved us the hassle of lugging our suitcases, by loading them into his small cart (a common mode of transporting goods in the narrow alleys of the Medina) up to the gates of Dar Seffarine - our home for the next few days!

Room Tip: The higher floors (if you have strong knees) have more light and have a view of flowering shrubs...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I have never felt the need to write a review but really felt I should say something about this place. I arrived on Sunday to a very warm welcome from Mohamed. When you walk in from the hustle and bustle of the medina to the original house you can tell the owners Paul and Beccie have gone to great detail to restore the house to its original glory, not to mention what they have done else where in the house. The lounge area is amazing and you get a feeling of calm over looking the garden with the small plunge pool, definitely my favourite place to relax and have a beer or 2 from the fridge. They have an honesty system regarding the fridge in the lounge area which I have to say I prefer as it makes you feel more at home.

One thing from my previous trips to Marrakech that did frustrate me was picking up the wifi in the bedrooms or on the terrace probably due to the walls being to thick or something. Here I had a consistently good connection anywhere I was which is great for Skype or picking up my emails for work.

On the first night I was there I was asked to join Paul for a dinner with the other guests where they had a musician playing an acoustic ensemble of some of his own music and some Bob Dillon, which was a really nice touch and the food that came up from the kitchen was lovely ( sorry can't remember exactly what it was), Paul explained what each course was and it's history.

The beds are comfy and the rooms are clean, another pet hate of mine is showers that have no pressure. No problems with that here plenty of pressure and hot water and the towels are replaced regularly.

They also organised a trip up to Zala for a picnic to watch the sunset. Again well organised and a great experience and great value for money

Nothing else to say really part from I felt looked after and my whole experience of Fez was definitely amplified by this place it's owners and staff.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Walking into the teeming Medina and weaving our way towards a hidden doorway we entered the most unexpected elegant Riad imaginable. Dar Finn was a welcoming oasis of calm, style and grace in the city of Fez. Our hostess was knowledgeable and experienced. She offered great advice on everything from bargaining with vendors, to restaurants, to essential sites of interest. We would stay there again in a heartbeat. Make sure and go up to the rooftop at sunset for an unforgettable experience of sight and sound.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Me and my husband recently stayed at Dar Finn on our honeymoon. We loved our stay there and on our arrival the owner upgraded our room as a honeymoon gift which was very kind! Dar Finn is a beautiful, elegant riad but with a relaxed, homely feel. The staff were absolutely lovely and everyone was very helpful. My only criticism would be that the food, although tasty was a little expensive considering what is available at other riads for the same price. Overall we thought Dar Finn was lovely and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to friends. If you're looking for a traditional, stunning riad experience, as well as somewhere to relax and enjoy it is the place for you!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

The medina in Fez is stunning and fascinating. And so is this hotel! We found Dar Finn by using Tripadvisor the last time we were in Fez, but this time we booked a room at the hotel without searching anywhere else. We just wanted to stay here again. The hotel is very central in the medina, it has everything you want to see just arround the corner, the staff is very friendly and service minded, the rooms are clean and have a very tasteful interiour decoration; a perfect meeting between Arabic and Western style. The hotel is a peaceful oasis, you don't hear anything from the outside when you're inside the hotel. We also enjoyed very much to sit on the hotel's roof in the evening and enjoy a drink, watching the day become night. It was the second time we stayed at Dar Finn, and we enjoyed it as much as the last time. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Dar Finn was our destination after driving from London across Spain and northern Morocco. We needed an oasis of calm and Dar Finn was perfect. The hosts are really experienced travellers and give excellent advice on seeing more of Morocco.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 September 5, 2013 via mobile

We travelled to Fes in Dec 2012 and were meant to stay at a different place,but it was full. The owners put us in touch with Paul and Becky who very kindly let us stay for 3 nights.
We appreciated their hospitality and kindness as Dar Finn wasn't officially open! The fact that they worked overnight to get things sorted for our stay meant a lot to us.
Highlights were the champagne breakfast on the roof terrace on Christmas Day.
Paul's knowledge of Fes and the surrounding trekking routes proved invaluable and the views over Fes were breathtaking.
Thanks again Paul,Becky and Finn.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 27 Zakak Rouah, Chrablyine, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 172 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Finn is the creation of Paul, Beccie and Finley the first English family to open a guest house in Fez Medina. We have a choice of rooms and suites all individually designed in a traditional yet contemporary style. We offer luxurious surroundings, with garden and plunge pool, spectacular roof terraces and comfortable lounge areas making your stay in Fez both relaxing and memorable. English & French speaking. ... more   less 
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