If you're coming to Fes, or Morocco for that matter, you have to stay here.
The owners of Dar Hafsa set up a van to pick 5 friends and me up from the airport upon our arrival, which drove us as far into Fes as the roads would allow. The owner himself--the incredible Abdul Karim, who we all still hope will adopt us one day--then came to guide us through the narrow, labyrinthine streets of the Medina to our building. The location of Dar Hafsa is perfect: it's a short walk (~10 minutes) from excellent restaurants where you can try out some tasty beef tajine with dried prunes, and it's far away from any sort of road, so it's very peaceful at night. On top of that, every morning the family prepares a spectacular breakfast with many types of bread and cakes with cheese, honey, olives, apricot jam...unfortunately, I don't know the names of any of the foods, so see the attached photo for all the gastro-glory.
Abdul Karim set us up with a great guide the second day, who showed us around the Medina and explained history, architecture, and haggling tips to us (all in perfect English). We got to see the tannery where all the leather goods are made, along with countless rug shops where we not only saw how they were made, but we also got the chance to test out our bartering chops. The next day, our group set off early in the morning towards the Sahara desert for a camel ride in the dunes, camping in the desert, and a two-night stay at a beautiful little hostel (all of which Abdul Karim also set up for us).
In the end, we were all heartbroken to have to leave Morocco behind, and I assure you: if it wasn't for the hospitality we received from everyone at Dar Hafsa, we would have had nearly as great of a stay. Oh, and in case you're worried about any sort of language barrier: Abdul Karim and his family all speak perfect English, and allegedly they speak even better French and German.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Hafsa is a traditional 19th century Morocccan home. Recently renovated, the house is a beautiful example of fine Moroccan craftsmanship. The ornate tile work and painted doors reflect the best in cultural design. An open floor plan with multiple indoor balconies gives the house a cozy feeling, but not at the expense of privacy. A roof-top terrace offers an expansive view of the Fes Medina and the Riff Mountains.This lovely accommodation is seven minutes from the Blue Gate (Bab Bouljoud), and a simple right-hand turn from the main street (derb sidi safi souiket ben safi talaa sghira) and souk. It is situated on a quiet, clean byway. Those looking for a more authentic Fes stay will find themselves a reasonable distance from hustle and bustle of the shopping and trade.You will feel welcome at Dar Hafsa by the family who manages the guest house, Mariam and Aziz and their parents. They are friendly and generous. English, French, and Arabic languages are spoken well, along with some Spanish and German. Your comfort and satisfaction is assured, and the family can share their local knowledge to enrich your stay. ... more less
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