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Dar Houdou Guest House
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

We spent a week at this wonderful guesthouse and recommend it highly. The place is on a quiet street just off the bustling Talaa Sghira. Steve's done a great job restoring the house with zilij tile floors, woodwork and traditional plaster walls—simple and elegant. WiFi is available in the lounge area.

The bedrooms are small but very comfortable and quiet with sparkling clean en suite bathrooms. We stayed in the room that opens onto the rooftop terrace. Sitting out on the terrace at night listening to the azaan under a full moon was definitely one of the most sublime moments of our trip.

Service is excellent. Mohammad met us at one of the main squares and guided us to the place, giving us good tips and advice along the way. Steve was really thoughtful and helpful throughout our stay, even arranging for a porter to meet us early in the morning on the day of our departure to transport our heavy, shopping filled bags to a taxi that was waiting outside the Medina gate to take us to the train station. Thanks again Steve!

Make sure you save room at breakfast for the delicious home baked flat breads and almond pastries!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

My wife and I want to highly recommend Dar Houdou, in Fez, to you. Not only is the hotel centrally located in the old medina, but it is so well hidden in one of the many alleys of this part of town, that noise of commercial life doesn’t reach the hotel, unless you are sitting on the roof.

The rooms are of adequate size, the breakfasts are certainly more than adequate (huge, in fact), and the help staff are great. There were always some freshly cooked crepes, fruit of the season, cheese, yogurt, cereal, and Moroccan sweets.

Just ask Steve or Mohammed to arrange something for you, such as a tour, a ride to the station or airport, and it’s done. The prices are reasonable, and perhaps on the lower side of the going rate.

This traditional house has been completely remodeled for the westerner while preserving the charm of an old family home. Fresh bottled water, coffee and tea is always available to you as is fresh fruit in season.

Steve has a quick wit and beware of puns and jokes coming out of thin air. We very much enjoyed our ten day stay there. Being late sleepers, I never felt rushed to eat breakfast, even if was quite late in the morning. Early risers were also accomodated.

Steve will also assist in identifying what he considers good restaurants, and even went out of his way to help us with an overcharging merchant.

The local neighbors are nice and friendly. The local kids got to know us and would stop their rambunctious soccer game when they saw us approaching. They also seemed to enjoy practicing their French on us and interacting with us.

This hotel is well worth using as a home base for your stay in Fez.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

Dar Houdou is a haven of peace in the hectic medina. The room are small but simply and beautifuly decorated. We had a room up on the roof terrace and the sound of the call to prayer at sunset was unforgetable. Steve the owner is welcoming and knowlegdeable about all of Fez. He loves to show useful places to visit ( like the few places to get a glass of wine). Mohamed and Sadia prove just what is required in terms of housekeeping and an tasty breakfast also.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

Lovely riad in a great position. Only 30 seconds from the busy shopping street of Talaa Sghira, but peaceful and quiet once inside. Steve, the owner, has carefully restored the building which has resulted in three good sized en-suite bedrooms, a great terrace, airy and light central courtyard and two good sized salons on the ground floor. One of these is used as the kitchen/ dining area where you could choose to have your breakfast or if you preferred you could use the terrace or courtyard.

I was able to use the kitchen whenever I liked which was ideal after a long day shopping and sight seeing when I didn't want to got back out to eat at a restaurant.

The beds were great and I slept very well each night, the bathrooms were very clean and there was always plenty of hot water for a shower,

When Steve had to go out his manager Mohamed was left in charge and he is a very helpful chap who speaks very good English.

Also have to say that the breakfasts were very good with fresh orange juice, lots of fruit on offer, pancakes (I don't know the Moroccan name), cereal, fresh bread etc.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

I agree with most of the very happy reviews below about how nice and helpful the owner of the guesthouse and his employees are. The location puts you conveniently close to the Blue Gate, which is the start of the Fes medina walking tour in the Lonely Planet guide, and near many recommended restaurants. Everything was clean, and Mohammad even let us check out a bit late the day we left. I recommend Dar Houdou.

The following list of flaws are for the sake of full information in case you are considering a comparable guesthouse and need to differentiate:

Downsides:
(1) We stayed in two different rooms at this riad, and in both the shower allows water to flood all over the bathroom floor, where it puddles unless you take the squeegee provided and move it into the drains. This isn't a huge deal, but it's a little irksome to be doing housekeeping on vacation.
(2) The breakfast is provided in a very accommodating way: it's available until almost noon, you can take it upstairs, and there's plenty to eat. However, it is all in the form of sweet carbohydrates: fruit, baguette with jam, cereal, pastries. Tasty but not necessarily a nutritious start to a day of touring.
(3) Wireless internet is really only available on the ground floor, and often the signal doesn't reach beyond the computer room itself.
(4) There is no way to pay other than in cash.

These were small problems; on the whole we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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