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“Couldn't imagine a more hospitable place”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dar Hafsa

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Dar Hafsa
Ranked #7 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
“Couldn't imagine a more hospitable place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2011

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

Beautifully decorated, clean and comfortable hostel. Run by a very friendly family who speak excellent English and went out of their way to make us feel at home and make the most of our short stay in Fes - we were picked up from the edge of the Medina, given great advice about what to see, how to get there, where to go shopping and what to pay etc. The breakfast and rooftop terrace are also gorgeous. Great mid-priced option.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2011

Karim and his family made us feel very at home and treated us as friends rather than guests. Lovely riad for the price, great location and delicious breakfasts.

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merielove, Propriétaire at Dar Hafsa, responded to this review, November 25, 2011
it was such a pleasure and an honor to be a friend thank you for your nice review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

A beautiful place In the middle of the
Medina. The rooms are beautifully decorated and very clean with hot showers.

We were made to feel very welcome by the lovely friendly family who were always on hand to help with any questions we had and had lots of suggestions of places to see and visit. We were met at the blue gate when we arrived and given a room to rest in on our last day as as we were getting an overnight train which we were so grateful for.

All in all it is a wonderful place to stay and hope to be back one day inshallah :)

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merielove, Propriétaire at Dar Hafsa, responded to this review, November 25, 2011
thank you very much for your nice review you also were very friendly we hope t see you again
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

Our stay at Dar Hafsa was nothing but perfect. The owner of the Dar and his family were extremely welcoming. After a bad experience at another Riad, we rang Dar Hafsa at 10pm on the off chance that they would have a spare room. Within 5 minutes we were met at the blue gates and were guided back to Dar Hafsa. The Dar itself was beautiful. The room was very clean, comfortable, beautiful decorated and amazing great value. In the morning we were greeted with the most amazing breakfast. We have never had anything quite like it! Through-out our stay, we were constantly thinking about the next breakfast. It was fresh and extremely tasty. The Morocco tea was also incredible. Dar Hafsa is situated in a perfect location. It is located in the middle of the Medina. It is less than a 10 minute walk to the tannery, blue gates and the restaurants. Located just off the medina, I always found it crazy how quiet our road was. The views from the terrace where amazing. The staff were always very helpful. We were advised on the best places to go and were given great advice about Fez sights. Every morning we were greeted with a smile! We would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone.

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merielove, Propriétaire at Dar Hafsa, responded to this review, December 1, 2011
Thank you so much for such lovely review and really i thank god for
Having Nice people Like you in my house
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

We were made to feel really welcome in this lovely family run Riad! having arrived late on friday evening, we were met by Abduls son at the Bab el Jeloud and taken to the Riad. All rooms were spotless and extremely comfortable and the breakfasts; a table full of pastries, breads, olives and confiture, was without a doubt the best weve had so far on this trip! Ive recommended this Riad to a couple travelling to Fes soon and am in no doubt that they will enjoy it :-)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

This was a fantastic hotel in the heart of the Old City of Fez. It's Moroccoan style was comfortable and very affordable. The service and advice given by the staff was brilliant. I would highly recommend this hotel and would definately stay there again!

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Property: Dar Hafsa
Address: 34 Derb Sidi Safi Souiket Ben Safi | Talaa Sghira Medina, Fes 31110, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Hafsa 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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