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“A cozy home in fez”
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Dar Sienna
Ranked #15 of 209 Fes B&B and Inns
Fairfax, Virginia
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17 reviews
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“A cozy home in fez”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

We rented the entire Dar and stayed there for 4 nights in early November. From the first time I contacted the owner, she started sending me a lot of valuable information to make sure that I would have a pleasant stay in Fez and make Dar Sienna like a home for us. Yes, we had a wonderful time in Fez and Dar Sienna.

When giving a review, as always, I write both the pros and cons with the hope that the review will be benefit to both the travelers and the property owner.

Pro:
- The hospitality was the best of all. It started before our arrival and ended at the time we stepped into the taxi for the next destination.
- The location was unbeatable, inside the medina but away from the noise. It is so near the historical site, Moulay Idriss II shrine, that we could easily asked the direction to get back to the Dar.
- The daily breakfast was sumptuous and delicious. Saba, I called her Lady Saba, worked so hard to make sure that we ate well before heading out for the day. She prepared mint tea every late afternoon for us too.
- The property manager, Ahmed, was very observing and anticipated our needs before we got into troubles, such as recommending city tour guide to save us from lost in the maze inside the medina.
- The Dar has a wonderful kitchen facility and very well equipped. (After x meals of Tagine, couscous, kebabs and pastillas, we were craving for something light. We cooked 2 dinners in the kitchen and got a few tips from Ahmed of cooking local vegetable soup. )
- The sheets, pillows, down comforters and towels were very high quality.


Cons:
- The hot shower was not adequate. The water got cold in the middle of shower. Two of us caught cold during the trip. They were not happy with the hot shower system.
- The ensuite shower room in the third level had no lighting fixtures that we couldn't take a shower in the evening. Although the property manager suggested not to close the shower curtain to let the light from the bedroom in. We didn't do it for not wanting to damp the hallway floor.
- The beds/mattresses in the bedrooms of the 2nd and 3rd level were too soft to be comfortable; especially after sleeping 4 nights there.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

firstly the communication with sonhid (owner) in arranging the stay was amazing. Ahmed ( manager) at the dar is incredibly helpful and interesting to talk with. saba looks after the house and prepares breakfast( displayed in a beautiful manner) and such a warm special caring woman. The house is in the most excellent location to walk everywhere around the medina, alleyways and all the fascinating souks, and a real place to be amongst the people of fez for a real experience. We stayed on the top floor in chamber celeste which is a beautiful room with wonderful mosaic floors/comfortable bed/cedar ceiling/leather poofs to take mint tea by the large windows while viewing over the ancient medina. There are three terraces to sit with moroccan rugs/cushions /lemon trees with perfect rooftop views to take in the ancient medina whilst listening to the call to prayer/looking over the fez green tiled rooftops/mosques/smoke rising from the communial bakery while eating a beautifully prepared and tasty breakfast made by saba. what more could you ask for!The whole house is perfectly decorated with cedar doors/stucco work/mosaic floors/huge kitchen/mint for tea/coffee/spices/washing machine and perfect hosts Saba and Ahmed. I highly recommend.

Room Tip: chamber celeste is really private and best views. the middle room has an amazing huge Moroccan bath...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

I agreed with all the comments about the great hospitality from the Ahmed and Sabat. The only problem is that I was assigned the room on the 1st floor which uses the downstairs bathroom. That bathroom is super tiny and smelly. You hardly have room to turn around, plus it is not very clean.
The location is very close to a well known landmark, so it is easy to ask for directions when you need help finding your way back. Be aware that the alleys in the medina are all rather dirty. You walk out of the dar and you see trash everywhere.
If you can put up with the 2 negatives, this dar is a good value. It maybe a little short on sitting areas if there are more than 1 group staying in the dar.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

The people were downright amazing.
Ahmed, the manager, organized a taxi for us, and waited for us so we don't get lost in the medina. He had all the info we could possibly need, and never gave a wrong advice. He's a very smart guy, so make sure you listen to him.
Sabah kept us well fed, and met us with unparalleled kindness.
We were also lucky enough to meet Sonhild, the owner, who is an uplifting person one can talk to for hours.
They all made absolutely sure we felt right at home.
The location of the house is also remarkable. It is in the inner, sacred, area of the medina and is in the very centre of action. Marrakech medina, that we visited afterwards, paled in comparison.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

All staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Amazing terrace to relax and felt very comfortable. Breakfast on the terrace was a definite highlight, fresh juice and a good supply of Moroccan tea. Highly recommend getting the airport transfers as is confusing to find in medina for the first time.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Cologne, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 15, 2013

I stayed at the Riad for two nights and about a week ago and can really recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, calm place in the middle of the old Medina.

Ahmed, the host of the Riad, picked me up at the train station so that I would not get lost. And in the morning he gave me a map which was really helpful for navigating the small alleyways and he also gave me recommendations on sights to see and restaurants to visit. The Riad is also located next to one of the main sights which is helpful in the rare occasion where you do have to ask people for the way. Also, Ahmed will give you a key to the building so you can come and go as you like and don't have to worry about someone staying up late in case you have a late dinner.

The breakfast was probably the most abundant I've had during my stay in Morocco and Saba, the lady who prepares the meals, is truly lovely. Also, the view from the rooftop terrace is stunning!

One little thing which I could be improved is to mention on the internet booking sites that, although all rooms have their own bathroom, some require you to cross the corridor to reach it or take the stairs one floor down. Despite this tiny issue, I would definitely recommend the Riad and would definitely also come here again in case I returned to Fez.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Latvia
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great choice if You like to experience Fes Medina life! Suggest! Wonderful view from the terrace, the best breakfast experience comparing to the rest of the trip in Morrocco. Wonderful staff - personal attitude, helpful and much more ;)

Room Tip: Also the budget room is very nice!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dar Sienna
Address: 6 Derb Eloued, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 209 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Sienna is a cosy guesthouse, located in the heart of the car-free Fez medina. ALSO AVAILABLE TO RENT THE WHOLE HOUSE, SLEEPS 2-6 PERSONS. Free breakfast and high-speed wifi and use of kitchen.Golf course and swimming pool nearby. Excursions to Sefrou, Meknes, Volubilis arranged. Cookery and breadbaking lessons at Cafe Clock. ... more   less 
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