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Riad Dar Dmana
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rue Sidi El Khiyat | Rue Salaj, Douh, Batha 20, Fes 30000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #38 of 86 hotels in Fes
Alaska
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Traditional Style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Riad Dar Dmana is a guest house converted from a large family home built about 600 years ago. There is a large common court, used for dining. The huge carved wooden doors, the chiseled plaster work around the doors, the painted tiles, the richly embroidered cushions let you imagine the court of Sheherezad. Each room has a private bathroom. The family meals are excellent. The Dar Dmana is in the new medina so you need a guide to find the place.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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  • 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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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The last review explains the good rating of this place on Trip Advisor; it can only be because people get cheaper rates if they give good reviews.
I stayed in one of the ground floor "suites", a double room with space for a sofa, but not a suite by any stretch of the imagination. The celing light & alcove lights didn't work, just a couple of low wattage wall lights, so I had to rely on my torch quite a lot.
The stench of sewage coming up from the bath plug hole made the whole room smell, & got worse when anyone in the riad flushed their toilet. There was also a very strong smell of damp.

The place is authentic in the sense that a lot of earth buildings that I saw in Morocco were falling down. The structural cracks in the wall above the bed were such that I actually prayed, before I went to sleep, that the place wouldn't collapse on me in the night. Can't say I've ever done this before...

There was mould on the walls, mainly in the bathroom, & something growing in the toothmug, which evidently hadn't been cleaned in quite a while.
I normally unpack, but didn't like to here as the place was so dirty. There were only 4 hangers (plus some cobwebs) in the wardrobe anyway, together with some heaps of seeds (possibly to try to cover up the bad smells?)

Walking around the sides of the bed involved climbing over furniture, as the bed was too wide for the width of the room. Wiring was pretty dodgy (see pic).

On the positive side, the architecture in the common areas was pretty & the staff were reasonably friendly; a couple of them (the owners?) also spoke English, which was a bonus.
However, do be aware that most of the photos accessible from the Trip Advisor website appear to be of a different riad; only about 20% appear to be for Dar Dmana.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

You can get great rates if you ask nicely and promise to spread the word (for example, by writing a trip advisor review!). Fantastic interior and unbeatable location - quiet side street but only a 3 minute walk to Boujloud.

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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Albany, NY
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My spouse and I stayed at the Riad Dar Dmana as part of a smae tour group. My room was on the ground floor adjacent to the eating are. It was spacious and well furnished. My one complaint is that my hand wash never dried and everything in my suitcase was became damp. Other guests on the upper floors had the same complaint. Our group dined here one night and the dinner was excellent. I recommend the experience. I have attached some pictures to encourage you to dine at the Riad. The staff are a family group and offer very fine service. This Riad should be part of your trip to Fes.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms did not have an outside window. Make sure you geta room with a window.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I stayed here in April 2013. The building has been beautifully restored. The rooms are individually decorated, very attractive, and comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful. This was a highlight of my trip to Morocco.

Room Tip: There is no elevator so rooms on the ground floor may be preferred to those on the 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bamberg, Germany
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The hotel is a beautifully decorated riad, with a majestic courtyard and comfortable rooms. Staff was very friendly, nice and accommodating. Breakfast was small, but very authentic and tasty. The downside was the guided tour we took with Mohamed, a guy who seems to belong to the hotel staff. The staff told us that the medina was a very complicated braid of alleys and that we would not be able to see the city without a guide. We took the tour, and asked to see Fes' historical sites. Well, the tour ended up being a very disappointing shopping tour. In the end, we were very disappointed and annoyed and the guide pretty upset as we shopped in stores other than the ones he took us to, which seemed to be pretty much tourist traps. Stay at the riad, but don't take the guided tour. By the way, the medina is not that complicated to navigate.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

What a fabulous place to stay and learn. We stayed here as part of a tour group of 15 guests and this family (generational) run riad goes above and beyond to make their guests feel at home. Each room in the riad is unique with three floors to traverse to cover them all, and with interior access overlooking the center courtyard, now dining room. The tile lined twisting steps took us all the way to the top floor to our room which had a full bath and a small window with a view of the street below, allowing for some sunset photos and vibe of the locals as they walked along the alley below. Dinner and breakfast were provided for us and what a treat they were. Full meal deals with entertainment in the evening. A very friendly and special place just steps from the Medina.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: Rue Sidi El Khiyat | Rue Salaj, Douh, Batha 20, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Fes
#21 Luxury Hotel in Fes
#35 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar Dmana 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Dar Dmana est l’une des plus authentiques maisons bourgeoises et un bijou de l’architecture hispano–mauresque. Située au cœur de la médina de Fès, à proximité de la célèbre porte Bab Boujloud. La demeure a été entièrement reconstituée et restaurée avec passion et talent en respectant l'architecture et les matériaux traditionnels de la ville de Fès. ... more   less 
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