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Dar Drissi
Ranked #61 of 223 Fes B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Upon arrival in Fez, we were met by our driver(airport transfer arranged with Dar Drissi for 19 Euros). Saiss-Fez airport is about 10 km from the Fez and with traffic it took approximately 45 minutes to reach a parking lot in the Old Medina of Fez where we met with Kebir. Kebir is the manager of Dar Drissi and he showed us the way to the riad. There is no way we would have found this riad if it were not for Kebir. The riad is about a 5 minute walk from the parking lot just off Tala'a Kbira(main street). After serving us some tea, Kebir gave us a tour of the riad. He was careful to point out the details in the painted ceiling and carved stucco of this 300 year old riad. We stayed all 4 nights in the lower double bedroom which is right above the kitchen area.

Typical characteristic of a riad is the open courtyard in the middle of the house. If you are a light sleeper it might be best to bring ear plugs as sounds from the courtyard/kitchen can heard in the early morning as they breakfast is prepared. Breakfast is served between 9-10 am each morning and it consists of Moroccan pancake, baguette, various jams, olives, freshly squeezed orange juice(best I had in Morocco), boiled egg, cheese, yogurt, tea/coffee.

The terrace is a great place to relax and enjoy a view of the Old Medina. We spent a few hours here just relaxing and surfing the net (free wifi & decent signal throughout the entire riad) after a busy day in the souks. There is a make shift nomadic tent with seats on the lower terrace and a seating area on the upper balcony. This would be a lovely place to eat breakfast but given my visit was in late December/ it was far to cold in the mornings to do this. I just want to point out that the stairs are very steep so be very careful when using them.

The lower bedroom where we spent our 4 nights has an ensuite bathroom. Although small, the room is cozy and has a beautifully painted ceiling. The bed and pillows were super comfortable and we slept very well. The ceiling in the bathroom is low, so for taller people this maybe a problem. On the second night of our stay we noticed some water dripping from the ceiling and brought it to the attention of Kebir. It was nothing major, and not harm was done to us. That was the last time we saw water dripping during our stay.

We had an early departure after our last night at Dar Drissi and we had asked Kebir if it was possible for him to pack a little breakfast for us to take - instead he offered to give us our breakfast early! He came 2 hours earlier to prepare our breakfast for us which we greatly appreciated! Kebir really couldn't do enough to make our stay comfortable.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this riad. Its location is ideal for exploring the souks and is close to all the main sites in the Old Medina (its 10 minute walk to Bab Boujloud). And Kebir's hospitality really made us feel welcomed :)

Room Tip: Ensuite bathroom in the lower double room has a low ceiling.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

We spent a night in Fez at this Riyadh.
The owner (Kibir) was very nice and helpful, picked up us in a nearby parking area to take us to the place as it is hard to find. That is the bad side of it, getting there by night might be a bit scary, you have to walk around 100m through a very narrow street (1 m or so) with little light.
The room we took was quite small and the ceiling of the bathroom was quite low so a bit uncomfortable.

Room Tip: Avoid the low ceiling bathroom room!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

I love bringing my group to stay at this traditional house within the ancient walls of the Medina in Fes el bali. The rooms are all comfortable, well-maintained and very clean with wifi. The house manager, Kabir, is excellent in every way, with perfect English, and several other languages. I miss our wonderful breakfasts and the view from the rooftop, where we had dinner the first night.
An excellent deal if you like comfort and authenticity.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The hotel is amazingly beautiful, our room (the cheapest) was a bit small, but the rest was amazing, the terrace, the service.

If you want to do the hammam experience nearby, don't forget to buy your black soap and the sponge.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Never mind Dar Drissi, they should call this place TARDISSI; it is much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. The other amazing thing about it is how quiet it is, considering it is stuck in the middle of a bustling market area. It was also surprisingly cool, even in June. I find it hard to fault the place; about the most critical thing I could come up with was that one of the electrical sockets looked a bit loose, and the stairs are not suitable for those who are unsteady on their feet. We were picked up at the airport by a taxi arranged by Kibir, Dar Drissi’s man on the spot. Kibir then met us at the car park with two burly sidekicks who carried our luggage to the riad. On the first day he gave us a quick tour of the building’s many floors, and pledged to do what he could to ensure we enjoyed our stay – a pledge he fulfilled in spades. He arranged a guide for us on day two, a visit to a hammam (steam room) on day three and on our last night recommended a restaurant so two of our four-strong party could celebrate their birthdays. I am not saying Fes’s old town is impenetrable or hard to navigate, but with the steam room and the restaurant, in both cases we were escorted by representatives of the establishments from our front door to their front doors to ensure we got there. I can’t imagine that happening in London, somehow. We stayed in the sumptuous Grand Salon and could easily have smuggled the entire family in there with room left over for an impromptu game of cricket on the adjoining gallery-cum-balcony. Whether our teenaged sons would have enjoyed the stay, is hard to say. There is no TV, but there is wi-fi, and there are plenty of sights, smells and sounds in the day to enchant, but not much night life other than fine dining, people watching, shopping and haggling. If your kids are into messing about on the beach, amusement arcades and theme parks, this is not the holiday for them. If they are into experiencing a fast disappearing world that looks like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, this is a magnificent place to have a short break. I would heartily recommend Dar Drissi.

Room Tip: Electrical plug sockets are two-pin affairs. UK-style three-pin plugs are provided, but guests tend...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

A delightful and restful break in beautiful surroundings. We had the large double room and it was magnificent. The views from the roof over the city and beyond are fantastic and its a lovely place to relax and watch birds circling in the evenings. The hospitality is warm and helpful. Thank you, we will come again.

Room Tip: For couples the large room at the top is magical.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Dar Drissi was a beautiful and comfortable riad. It really surprised us when we got there. I guess we expected a fairly austere riad like many of our others we had been to, but we were very pleased when we got there. It's over 300 years old, very elegant and beautiful. Much of it is original (restored). Modern, western facilities, very quiet - off the beaten path. We felt secure and safe and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We added an extra day because we were enjoying the comfort so much. I highly recommend it. If and when I return to Morocco, I will definitely stay at Dar Drissi in Fez.

Room Tip: The two salons are the best, especially if you are travelling with groups.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Dar Drissi

Address: 24 Derb el Menia Kbira (offTalaa Kbira) | Chrabliyene, Fes Medina, Fes, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #61 of 223 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range: $47 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Drissi is a guest house in the ancient Medina in Fez (Fes) Morocco. It is a 250 year old property that has been restored to its original decorative style and modernised in respect of en suite bathrooms and air conditioning in all rooms. Free breakfasts, clean towels and bed linen, daily room cleaning and wifi are included in the price. A local tourist tax of 2 EUR per person per night will be added to the final bill. Prices depend on the room choice and the season. ... more   less 
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