During my recent three week visit to Fes, i slept in eleven different riads and dars. Dar el Menia was one of the top places in terms of beauty, quality of service and food, as well as comfort.
It was not easy to find it as it is not marked correctly on the map on their webpage, and google maps dont help a lot when it comes to Fes medina. So the best is to have Issam pick you up somewhere to bring you to their place. Its position is in the very heart of the medina, a narrow derb (passage) which gives an authentic feel to the place.
The staff including Issam, Mustafa and Graham the owner was very friendly and gave good servis.
The dar itself is amazing - like a little palace with a lot of decoration by zellij and carving. The rooms are set up in the same style, and while this is a relatively cheap option, you feel like you are sleeping in a five-star oriental palace. The rooms is well equipped with all a traveler might need, there was heater as well, the towels of course, and the amenities in the bathroom.
The breakfast was served just oposite my room and there was plenty of bread, jams, butter, egg omelete and drinks.
I left this place with a very good feeling and I have to say I really liked it. They give what they promise, and more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar El Menia lies in the heart of Fes (Fez) Medina, former imperial capital of Morocco and the world’s largest medieval medina. Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is not a museum it is a living, breathing city and Dar El Menia provides the perfect luxurious base to begin exploring the old and the new. This dar, or courtyard house, is at least 250 years old and has recently been completely restored using local craftsmen, techniques and materials. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar El Menia Hotel Fes