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Review of Pension Sekaya

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Pension Sekaya
Ranked #32 of 59 Specialty Lodging in Fes
Vienna, Austria
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

Sometimes it's hard to believe what other people write about a place. We stayed in the Riad in September, so it wasn't damp. At all.

Yes, the place is hard to find, but it is in the medina of Fes, almost everything there is hard to find. Kind of its charm. And once one of the female staff members showed us the way, we had no problems finding back there.

The staff was great, they would answer all our questions. And we had a lot of questions. From prices to where to buy Arabic books. Two of them spoke English very well. They also arranged a visit in a hammam for us. Of course it was more expensive than what a local pays, but it was cheaper than one of the tourist hammams and we were the only tourists in the two (separate) places.

The breakfast was very good, with bread, jam, cheese and olives, eggs, coffee and mint tea. And those sort of pancakes.

We stayed in two different rooms, one on first floor, which was small and rather dark, but who is going to spend time in the room if you have a beautiful terrace and an inner couryard to choose from? It also had windows only into the courtyard, but that's how they build in Arabic medinas. And it means, that it is really quiet and perfectly dark at night. The second room was on the ground floor, with the beautiful double-doors you can see on the photos already online. The room was really high and a lot cooler than the first one. Both rooms had their own bathrooms (hot water) and air con.

If you expect a Europan-style hotel (or hostel) with tiled bathrooms, bedside lamps and windows to the outside of the house, don't stay there. But then don't stay in the medina at all. If you want an affordable and friendly place, inside the medina (means no trouble with taxi drivers), with helpful staff, good breakfast and clean rooms, this has all of it.

Maybe there was a change of staff recently? Otherwise I can't understand some of the ratings...

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Jakob A
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Las Palmas
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2011

A very pretty Dar set just off the mail street in the Medina. Quite hard to find unless you are shown. The hosts are very polite and helpful and breakfast on the roof is with a great view of the Medina. The breakfast is good with plenty of coffee. The rooms are adequate and have attached showers and loo. It is all clean although it doesn't give you that impression. The floor is of old bricks and therefore looks unswept. There was a smell of drains during my stay and I never did find out if it was FEZ or the Pension.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank HarveyLasPalmas
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Rome, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2011

It's a really nice Riad in the heart of Medina, it's five minutes walking from the Blue Gate, but at the same time is far from noises, it's like an oasis of peace in the middle of the funny caos of Medina. Rooms are nice and comfortables, and they serve a wonderful breakfast on the nice terrace. A friendly and kind staff is waiting for you there!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank paolarega
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2011

Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Location is perfect, in a quiet corner a minute away from Talaa Kebira. The central courtyard is peaceful and charming. Breakfasts are plentiful. The rooms are basic but clean and en-suite with hot showers, although a bit dark as all windows lead to the courtyard.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank JorgeBS
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Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2011

Pros:
Beautiful 17th century interior
Very quiet
Super helpful, warm and friendly staff. Zak and his team really helped us out a lot.
Reasonably priced (for Fes, anyway)

Cons:
Bathrooms are small and wet
Cold in winter, though the rooms do have A/C
Hard to find - ask for someone to meet you at the gate

This is a great place to dump your bags and go explore the Medina. It's not somewhere you'll find yourself lounging around probably, but it is nevertheless a nice retreat from the madness of the Medina.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Gerard H
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Warsaw, Poland
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2010

The first very annoying thing is the remotness of this place-it's hard to find it yourself, and the hustlers the owner would sent for you to the airport would hardly try to rip you off...
the second and I guess the worst thing is the overwhelming dump of this place......water from the bathroom would flood you stuff in the room [the whole room would be around max.4m2 with no reliable light source..
If the owners tried to make the impression of living in the deep Middle Ages they achieved their goal...
It's horrible place and would never recommend it to anyone

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Nika005
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

The locatn is certainly tops but be aware that, like most riads, the rooms are a bit dark & the bathrooms leave a bit to be desired. Still, the staff were super friendly & helpful.

It was certainly cheapish so you get what you pay for - and Pension Sekaya was good value.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Pension Sekaya

Property: Pension Sekaya
Address: 16 Sekayat Demnati | Zleiten, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 59 Specialty Lodging in Fes
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pension Sekaya: stay at 12 € / person, including breakfast.   At the heart of the medina, in a large traditional house completely restored house 11 rooms from 2 to 5 beds with private bathrooms. Large panoramic terrace for breakfast and lunch. Kitchen available. Quiet 5 minutes from the car park, historic sites and shops.   This guest house Riad or pension, is a little hotel in the beginning of the last century. Recently renovated, it is quietly situated in the historical part, the Medina of Fez. Haven offers the services of a guest house in the first class, and the owners reserve you their best reception Its structure and its proportions it exudes calm and serenity that will not leave you indifferent. Our riad in Fez is easily accessible, ideal for exploring the maze of the medina of Fez and its region. Our Moroccan restaurant, you will discover Fassi cuisine in all its facets. ... more   less 
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