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“Fabulous home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Al Andalous
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   14 Derb Bennani | Quartier Batha, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #30 of 87 Hotels in Fes
San Francisco, CA
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Fabulous home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

This is a fabulous Dar conveniently located and would highly recommend anyone staying here. The service is fantastic and truly felt like home away from home. We stayed on the ground floor in two rooms. The décor was beautiful, the doors and ceiling was unbelievably ornately carved and decorated. One of the rooms had a Jacuzzi tub and was a fantastic way to end a day of walking.

But the best part of the stay was the service and the food! All of the staff was exceedingly attentive to our needs. We felt like we were family – in the best way. We arranged to have dinner at the Dar each evening and it was amazing. One night was a tangine of chicken and lemon, and one night was lamb and I forget the third night. The breakfast was fresh and good. Everyone wanted to make our stay memorable. They lent us some great maps and although it was a bit confusing at first, they are located near an easy to find landmark.

The dar was clean and well attended to. I don't go on vacation to watch TV, but the only slightly negative comment was that the TV only had 4 channels and they were in French or Arabic.

The manager was helpful and provided contacts for a pick up at the airport, a ½ day guide for the medina and a one day driver from Fez to Marrakesh.

If you are considering staying in Fez this is a fantastic place!

Room Tip: The ground floor suites were fantastic!
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

We were welcomed by the manager with tea and pastries, he then helped us plan our itinery and as we wanted to achieve so much in so little time, 3 days He ensured we had an excellent guide for the medina and taxi driver for our excursions. Each was a long day but very worthwhile.
We opted to eat in the hotel and again the owner discussed our preferences the night before so we could enjoy a wide range of Moroccon cuisine, 4 courses, at a very reasonable price.
Our room was on two levels and in total keeping with the rest of the hotel, tasteful, restful and spotlessly clean

Room Tip: All rooms are of an equally high standard
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Cairo, Egypt
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

the hotel is very nice for those who wants to experience an oriental moroccain mood , it is not a modern hotel . it is located inside the medinah of fes. the room is big with small windowsso it's a bit dark . it is a typical moroccain house rather that a hotel. the t'v had no channels at all exept few morrocain and french channels . breakfast was not fancy it was just the basic . the safe box was not working properly. i think it was a bit expensive

Room Tip: stay in a room in the 1st floor not ground floor
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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011 via mobile

The building is stunning, the location is great! It's a shame it's poorly run and not maintained to the standard of their asking rates. 

The Riad went for €150 on sites like Expedia - same price as the 5-star Sofitel (which I didn't book as I wanted a more traditional experience) and not far from the amazing Riad Fes (w the Relais & Chateau name backing their excellent service). 

I booked this Riad based on the comments and photos posted on trip advisor and other sites. My experience was far from meeting the expectations set from those positive reviews and lovely photos - not to mention the hefty price tag especially when compared to the standards set by other riads that I stayed in during my trip. 

In hindsight, the online booking experience should have warned me! Knowing that calling the hotel directly allows you to negotiate the price, I booked using their own website where I got an automatic response but never a confirmation of availability... I phoned to reassure these dates and spoke to Kabiri and negotiated the rate down to €100 -should have gone down to €60! 

The language barrier didn't help but everything was okay and was told to phone upon my arrival to get directions to the hotel... Arriving at Fez, I phone the Riad as advised. From my experience in Marrakech I was expecting somebody from the Riad to meet us at a central point and be guided to the Riad. All I got is "get a taxi to the Riad." Of course our taxi driver didn't know the Riad and we had to rely upon some of the thugs/ Fassi faux guides - another story in its own right - to take us to our Riad. 

Upon arrival, the host although kind and friendly was simply incompetent. None of the lights of the riad were on. None of the plants from the photos were in the grand room either - the riad felt cold and eerie like an abandoned house. The mint tea was not started even though they knew we were coming, and he made us wait 15 min before bringing it out along with the Moroccan-government required forms. He was also unable to highlight (let alone recommend) any important sights and must dos in Fez! Simply not what you expect from a hotel charging €150 a night!

The second night the owner (again friendly - but who has no idea what the word hospitality means!) came along ONLY to collect the money - which is the only thing he is interested in! Didn't care how was our stay - and providing any feedback would have been pointless! All he's interested (along with half the city) is ripping off tourists. Such a shame and truly unfair to all the lovely Berber and Moroccan people that we met throughout our 10 day journey in this beautiful country.

If I were you I'd spend my hard earned money elsewhere...

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

The Dar Al Andalous is in a great location close to the medina. The service was excellent with a family atmosphere which made us feel very much at home.

Our room was beautiful and we feel this lovely hotel, so wonderfully restored to its former glory, made our holiday special. We will be going back to chill again one day.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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nyc
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

We stayed in this riad for approx 4 days and it was a lovely and relaxing time. Situated close to the main gate into the souk. The rooms were clean and the atmosphere chilled out. The riad had a hammam on the premises and a kitchen that cranked out some tasty meals. The staff was really attentive and Zahra who runs the place was extremely helpful. Stop on over there and stay awhile.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belgium
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

Upon arriving, we were welcomed with some mint thee. Our room was not ready yet, but it took only 5 minutes bofore it was ready.
The room itself was lovely and very spatious.
The main lounge is huge and the walls consists of beautifull mosaics. However, the roof was made of glass what drastically increased the temperature in the lounge to an unbearable level. Luckily, during dinner (very expensive for Moroccan standards), they opened it.
Overall a nice riad in the middle of the medina. They can also arrange a guide for you if you want.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14 Derb Bennani | Quartier Batha, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#31 Family Hotel in Fes
#32 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar Al Andalous 4*
Number of rooms: 41
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