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Dar Fes Medina
Ranked #5 of 216 Fes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 25, 2011

We had previously stayed at Dar Fes Medina in May 2010. Twelve months on we returned as honorary family members. The welcome was great, room magnificient, breakfast lives on in our memories. We hope to return in 2012. What more can one say?

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

Chose this place on a recent 3-night stay based on its Trip Advisor review. It was a great choice. This Riad is fairly new (I think < 10 months) and owner Mohammed takes great care to make sure everything is perfect for guests. Not as large or fancy as some, it nevertheless has a beautiful courtyard and great, comfortable rooms. At EUR65/night, it was also a great deal.

Location at first seems out of the way, but is actually only 10 min walk to most tourist sites in the Medina, and (important!) only 1 block from the closest street access for taxis.

Staff were all very nice, and owner speaks great English and is very helpful with recommendations. Nice rooftop deck with view over southern part of the Medina.

Room Tip: I'd probably avoid staying on the ground floor
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 14, 2011

Our first trip to Morocco, so we were a bit sceptical about the country due to recent bombing in Marrakech. Dar Fes Guesthouse arranged to pick us up at Fes Sais Airport, in a quality cab. It dropped us at the front door of Dar Fes Guesthouse. Warmest welcome from Mohammed, the owner, who speaks excellent English, in the most humble manner. Freshly made peppermint tea was served before we needed to check in. Mr. Mohammed made us feel totally at home. He later arranged for us to have traditionally home-cooked Moroccan dinner at a house, where the owner's wife and mother cooked the most delicious food for a lot less than one would pay in a tourist restaurant. The portions were huge. We were taken there and back for our safety, not we needed safety. Our overall stay, I can assure anyone, is one of a wonderful experience. The whole guesthouse and the rooms were spotlessly clean, beds were firm, the tranquilty of being right inside the walled city is something I would recommend you to try. The ornate decoration of this typical ancient Moroccan "Dar" or House is enchanting.

Room Tip: All rooms are really good. Airy yet with air-con.
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 11, 2011

Dar Fes Medina.
Go.
Let yourself be absorbed in the warm hospitality, homey feeling and relaxed atmosphere which you will feel immediately upon arrival at the big solid door.
Opening to the cool foyer and reception area, you will be greeted there by your host, Mohamed, or perhaps his assistant and helper Soukayna or the open smile and reserved, good manners of Said, o maybe even someone else from this tight family-like circle.
All the good things you can read here are, from my experience, true to the letter. If there is anything bad to say about a stay at Dar Fes Medina, I suspect the issue can more be ascribed to the person writing it than to staying there.
Beautifully decorated, exceptionally clean and maintained, good value for the price, excellent breakfast and service, guides available, etc.. all 5 star. Location is practical, especially if you enjoy walking these streets.
Booking with Dar Fes was actually a happy accident. It was one of several places we had looked at, but went off to visit Chaouen without a reservation in Fes – works… mostly. In my semi-passable Quebec French my call, just a day before travelling down to Fes was answered by Soukayna, who bravely struggled to comprehend what I wanted and take credit card details. She even asked if they should pick us up! I was, of course, too (stupidly) proud of my ability to find the way from the bus station into the Medina to their door and politely refused… a stroke of—less—than genius.
Grabbing the swaying bus for the several hours journey, late afternoon arrival in Fes, so far so good. Even asked directions from a money changer who proceeded to regale us with tales of his time in Berlin, in German!, Ach du Lieber… I was sure hoping the navigatrice was up for this.
Having traveled to other places in this country before and arriving directly from the north, I thought I was well prepared for Fes. Even Marrakesh was fairly well mastered in a day or two, and hey, with the navigatrice at my side… should be a cinch? Right? Wrong.
She was. Until… then the streets (something like? 9 or 10,000 ? of them?) of the Medina. Of course bravely fending off all the, less than restrained, offers for help, a real specialty in Fes, moreso than anywhere else it seemed… we made our way deeper in, then conceded, we were lost. Did not happen even in Marrakesh… but this was Fes. Seeing a grand opportunity for some real fun I grabbed a few ten year olds and showed them the name and address of Dar Fes. Needless to say they had little to no idea but were way too proud to let this chance slip by.
They led us up and down, asking here and there, no one knew this relatively new place, and they bravely fended off any interlopers, both their own size and much larger. Eventually they found the big heavy door and, although somewhat ambivalent about encouraging the behavior one begins to hate in these places, duly rewarded all my young guides for their labors.
Of course they wanted more and protested a bit until being shooed away by Soukayna.
We would see them many times again strolling their neighborhood and it was always a friendly greeting and a little fun to chat.
There is a bit more to report on the guide we had, and Fes in general, but that should not detract from the great reveiw for the stay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

We stayed at Dar Fes Medina for 4 nights in April and would highly recommend you to stay here. The house is only a few years old but it has been lovingly built in the traditional style. The house is in a very good location right next to Bab Ziat (gate) and only 10 minutes stroll to the centre of the medina. The house is very tastefully decorated with fabulous Moroccan furniture and the rooms are very comfortable. We loved the roof top terrace and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast up there in the sunshine every morning. Many thanks for a great stay and for the hardworking staff who looked after our every need.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

My wife and I enjoyed our stay at this little place. Mohammed is a good host and i have to say Dar Fes Medina had the best breakfast out of all my hotels in Morocco. Wifi, flatscreen and rooftop terrace were also a nice bonus.

Also the location was great as it was just outside the best parts of the old city. Just retrace your route a few times so you don't get lost. ha.

loved it here, would stay again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

We were picked up at the train Stn by a driver who took us right to the door of the riad for 15 MAD. Worth it!
Mohammed, the owner greeted us with tea and buscuits upon our arrival (I think he meets with every guest individually) and gave us an orientation of the area and the greater medina. He informed us of guided services, some good restaraunts and he was sure to let us know that it was just information and we could choose what we were interested in. He really went outbid his way to ensure we had a wonderful time in Fez.
We ended up getting a guide for a medina tour which Mohammed organized and it was fabulous. We learned and saw so much. The restaraunts that were recommended, Dar Hatim and a pizza place across the street, were also fantastic.
The Riad itself is gorgeous. It is authentically decorated, the rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable and the showers are hot. The breakfast was delicious and even included eggs, a unique touch compared to other riads.
The staff were also friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Address: Mokri | Fes Medina, Fes 30110, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #5 of 216 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range: $64 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dar Fes Medina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Fez Medina is jewel at the heart of the ancient Medina of Fez is situated in Ziat, a traditional Moroccan house offers ten beautifully appointed rooms which blend the old and the new in a tasteful manner. Incorporated into the traditional architecture, with its carved plaster, cedar woodwork and zellij tiles, are quiet air conditioning, television and satellite programs, as well as free wifi to keep you connected during your stay. Each of the ten rooms has the latest in medically designed beds and private bathrooms. ... more   less 
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