We stayed in the red room of the riad, which we booked for 4 nights. Unfortunately we decided to leave after two nights for the following reasons:
- Despite it being a small riad and not a hotel, we were not given any advice at arrival or visit of the riad, or a welcome tea to discuss the history of the place and the must sees of fes. Nothing, just brought to our room and that's it...during the walk from the gate to the riad, the manager almost did not speak to us to give us some hints to find the riad ourselves for the next days etc...
- the room itself was nice, big and quite charming but the bathroom was definitely not good: bad smell and the shower was not practical at all as you had to clean the whole bathroom to evacuate the water after a shower. Also, what a pity that despite all the amazing handicraft from fes, that there are no reading lights:(
- we had to pay 25€ for the airport transfer and for the guide from the gate to the riad. In reality the true price is 14€ which we paid in another riad and they even came to pick us at the gate! So for me this is more a hotel behavior than a small riad:(
- there is no access at all to the terrace for fresh air:( I should have seen this when booking but in other riads you can have a nice rooftop terrace to relax from the buzz of the medina.
I think value for money is good with a good breakfast, 35€ is the maximum I would say, but we will not return. For 15-20€ more you can stay in a nicer riad, with panoramic view and nicer decoration and bathroom.
Mohammed and mark were nice and easy to contact and answered all our questions.
If you are looking for a cheap and simple place, this is a good solution but If you are looking for something with more charm and character, we think there are better places in the medina.
Note: I allow myself to give such feedback as all these points can easily be improved for the future. For example, put some candles with perfume in the bathroom, add a couple of reading lights, and a warmer welcome with advice and recommendations for the area. And charge the true price for the shuttle 120-150 dh instead of taking 10€ commission! As for the terrace, I guess if it has not been opened there must be a good reason, at least I hope. But it would be so much nicer to relax than in the darker patio...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Rbab is a charming, 300 year old house in the Fès Medina. It has been lightly restored to provide spacious, en suite bedrooms with air conditioning, within the framework of the existing house. All the original features remain - access to your room is by huge, gilded cedar wood doors - and the house is a warren of small staircases and interesting corners. There's an informal atmosphere - the house was originally our family home - and great food available to order. ... more less
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