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Dar Roumana
30 Derb el Amer | Zkak Roumane, Fes 30100, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 176 Fes B&B and Inns
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Houston, Texas
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70 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Like their restaurant: WOW”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Dar Roumana is a place that makes you feel at home right away. Vanessa has a great sense of humor and style and explained directions with the map to me in a way that made sense to me (“this is all uphill”, “there are three arches”, “look up for this sign”) instead of north, south, or left and right. I spent the first day in the upper half of the medina away from the crazy 9,000 streets but had a great time people watching, going to the blue gate and clock restaurant and other historical sites. At the end of the day I felt pretty comfortable navigating around. What I really loved is that if you want to go out to eat, let Vanessa or Mohammed (an absolutely charming man- alas, too young for me) know and they will call to have the restaurant send someone to pick you up on foot and they will bring you back as well. Now THAT is door to door service! Breakfast on the terrace is heavenly and they serve the lightest scrambled eggs I have ever had. My room took up the entire floor with the bedroom, dressing room, and a glorious bathroom. There is a separate tv room, computer room, and other public spaces as well.

A guide was arranged for me for one full day and Abdelmalek (Malek) was just incredible. He was really, really knowledgeable, his English is great, he loves to talk to people, and has an infectious smile and laugh. By the end of the day he was helping me to negotiate prices- in fact the shopkeepers kept telling me I had a very good attorney. (Although one did ask me what Berber tribe I came from as I evidently picked up the art of negotiating pretty well for a foreigner. I took that as quite the complement!) Malek doesn’t have a website but his email is abdo_maroc50@yahoo.com Vanessa also arranged for a private hammam and massage for me at Dar Larousse- it was 2 hours of incredibly divine pampering at a very, very reasonable price.

By the time I left Dar Roumana, I felt like I was leaving home and realized I would miss everyone there. It is an incredible place to stay and on my return next year to Fes, I will be there again!

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Stayed two nights in fez in this very loverly riad an oasis in the medina beautifully restored we stayed in the yasmina suite gorgeous , dinner at night excellent ease of organising guides taxis ect
Vanessa ,Vincent and Jennifer excellent understanding with my husband who became ill in the medina thanks to all those kind people in the medina who assisted us

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

My wife chose Dar Roumana for our 3-day stay in Fes after going through the Trip Advisor reviews. We were not surprised by the exquisite look, the cleanliness and the amenities, most especially the view of Fes from the top floor. Vanessa was a gracious host and, almost always, had boundless energy and patience in dealing with all the guests. We stayed at the upper floors, on recommendation by the reviewers and we made the right choice. It was peaceful and quiet during bedtime, even when guests were having a great time over dinner at the ground floor. Wifi was excellent.

The dinner we had on our last night was great. Vincent is a great French chef that he is known to be and Vanessa must be really proud of his husband.

I will certainly stay again in Dar Roumana if and when I go back to Fes, especially if Vanessa can upgrade the A/C unit of our room so it will be quiet.

Room Tip: Choose a room at the upper floor to avoid the noise from the dining hall.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We spent a lovely week in Fes, staying at Dar Roumana the entire time. The riad is beautifully appointed and the service is first class. We also dined there several nights and each time had a wonderful meal (including one specially made for our queasy stomachs). Well done Jen, Vanessa and Vincent and staff!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Dar Roumana is exquisite. Our family of six arrived after two nights in the desert and a 10-hour drive. To say that it was an oasis for six motley and weary travelers is an understatement! The dar opened in 2006 after painstaking restoration by its American owner; no detail was overlooked. We took three of the five rooms, each of which was beautiful and luxurious. Two of them overlooked the beautiful center courtyard. Manager Vanessa couldn't do enough for us. She welcomed us warmly and was a font of information. The dar is located in a quiet section of the old Medina, a short walk from the main souks. We stayed four nights, and each day we looked forward to returning to our beautiful refuge after the intensity of the Medina. The rooftop terrace has a jaw-dropping view of the Medina. We loved having breakfast there as well as a glass of Moroccan wine before dinner. I am very particular about where we stay when we travel; believe me, you won't be disappointed. Thank you Vanessa and staff for an unforgettable experience!

Room Tip: Every room is exquisite.
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

A night in the beautifully and painstakingly restored Dar Roumana, with elegant rooms and some of the best service we have ever received, is something everyone should experience!!!
Manager Vanessa is warm, friendly, professional and a fountain of knowledge about Fes and local culture. The Moroccan staff feel like part of the family and whilst you arrive feeling like Moroccan royalty in the plush surroundings you'll leave feeling like old friends.
If relaxing in your sumptuous room, decorated with astute attention to detail, isn't enough you can relax in one of the many communal spaces. Enjoy a mint tea by the fountain in the courtyard, cuddle up by the fire, retire to the TV room, curl up with a book in the library or enjoy the calls to prayer ringing out over the ancient medina from the roof terrace. High end budget-wise but worth every penny. We can't recommend this place highly enough- and we haven't even mentioned the amazing breakfast or the French chef!
We really loved this place and can't recommend it enough. I felt like a princess! Wonderful!

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

From the moment we arrived at Dar Roumana, I knew we'd made the right decision! We walked through a rather ordinary door to find the most extraordinary Dar, restored beautifully throughout and every bit the Moroccan dream I'd hoped for. Our ground floor room was vast, beautifully decorated, super clean and luxurious. I was completely blown away and then we made it up to the rooftop - the view left me speechless! It must be the best view in Fez!

The service, wifi, breakfasts and atmosphere was the best we had in Morocco, if not our entire 3 month trip through India, Turkey and Morocco. That is quite something!

What made our stay most memorable though were the hosts Vanessa and Vincent. They are warm, welcoming and go beyond what is expected of any hosts. Vanessa taught us so much about the region and recommended countless experiences, restaurants and places of interest that we would never have discovered without her. So not only was our stay in Dar Roumana fabulous, but every time we stepped out to discover the area, our experience was beyond what the normal 'traveler' might have seen. For that we were incredibly grateful!

I'm honestly counting down the days until we get back, as Dar Roumana feels like a 'home' in Fez that I will continue to revisit.

Thank you to Vanessa, Vincent and all the staff for making our stay so exceptional!!

P.s. You absolutely MUST eat at Dar Roumana one evening... You could serve Vincent's food anywhere in the world and be in awe of how creative, fresh and delicious it is. By far the best meal of our trip!! The secret seems to be out though so make sure you book in advance :-)

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room, with a sitting room and stairs to a small single bed room. It was huge...
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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
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Address: 30 Derb el Amer | Zkak Roumane, Fes 30100, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 176 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully restored Riad guesthouse in the ancient medina with a 360 degree panoramic view from the furnished roof terrace, where drinks and breakfast is served. All rooms (4 suites and 1 double room) are decorated with traditional arts and crafts, intricate carved plaster, high cedar ceilings, mosaic tile floors, and hand-crafted furniture. At the heart of the Riad is an ornately tiled courtyard with a sunken fountain where our restaurant is located. The cuisine is French/Mediterranean with a Moroccan twist and dining with us is a highlight for our guests. Other amenities include an intimate salon with fireplace, large library, DVD/TV salon, roof-top BBQ, and free WiFi access. The managers provide a full concierge service to help our guests with any arrangements they might need and allow them to experience the best of the Fes Medina and surrounding areas. ... more   less 
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