This is a wonderful hotel, with a delightful staff. I highly recommend this hotel. It is a riad, meaning it started life as a palatial private residence. It has been lovingly converted into a small, boutique hotel. The hotel is located on the edge of the medina so it is easy to access, yet transports you out of the typical western hotel experience, allowing you to truly experience Morocco in a new, yet very comfortable way. Our stay at this hotel was the best accomodations we enjoyed during our visit to Morocco.
Our room was very comfortable and charming. The bathroom was roomy and contained a shower, but no tub. We were on the top floor and as there is no elevator, it was a bit of a hike to get there. Our luggage was delivered to our room by a young woman who lugged it up three flights of stairs. Yikes! This is not your typical, every room is an identical box hotel. Each room has its own shape, size and configuration and is lovingly decorated. There is a balcony that runs around the inside of each floor which affords a view down to the central dining area.
The staff could not have been more accomodating. Our request for ice, was promptly addressed (something which seemed to cause puzzlement at other places we stayed). When we couldn't figure out how to work the air conditioner in our room, a staff member was up there right away and after explaining we needed the remote control to work it, helped us locate the remote where it was hidden by my hat. *blush*
Breakfast was included and each day was a culinary adventure. The food was excellent! Meals are served in what was once the central garden around which the house was constructed. The area is now roofed over to enable air conditioning. The rooftop area affords a wonderful view of the city.
Why not 5 stars? There is no elevator. While we welcomed a bit more exercise, I can see others might find this challenging. I will add that our host was very open to reassigning accomodations to members of our group who found stairs to be more challenging. I value the experience of the staying in traditional, Moroccan accomodations over having an elevator, but others may not. There is wifi and it works well, but it to get 5 stars wifi should be accessible from every room. We had to go out onto the interior balcony and sit on the sofa there to get wifi. A wifi extender should be able to address this issue. Other than that, our stay at the Riad Dar Dmana was perfect. I highly recommend this hotel for your visit to Fes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Dar Dmana is located inside La Medina, in the UNESCO's World Heritage List but ideally positioned close to the Batha square and having easy car access. There is a parking 2 minutes away the Riad. Rooms : Being a Riad the rooms vary from one to the other but all has been decorated with care and taste, in traditional Moroccan style, reflecting the characteristics of the traditional Moroccan houses. All the 10 rooms and 4 suites has air conditioning, fairly big bathrooms and satellite tv, wifi as well as direct telephone line. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Dmana Fes
- Riad Dar Dmana Hotel Fes