Dar Hafsa is a lovely old private home coverted to guest house with lots of excellent original architecture and an inviting rooftop terrace. It’s an easy location to find in the old medina, with access to shops, sights, restaurants, etc. Our host was very gracious and attentive to details, and we looked forward every day to the sumptuous breakfast we were provided. Though our room was comfy, the bathroom was pretty rough with water seeping up from underneath the tiles and a sink that took forever to drain. We never tried the shower; it was too scary to think about what with the seepage.
There was one thing that really turned me off, however. One afternoon, we came back and asked the owner’s daughter if she knew of a good local shop to buy argan oil. She said she wasn’t sure, but another gentleman with her piped up that he knew of a place and would take us there. Well, he took us to a shop where prices were double what we’d seen elsewhere. Not wanting to seem ungracious to the women there, we bought a few items. Then this same fellow asked us to accompany him on “his” shopping which, of course, turned out to be a ruse and we were led into a rug shop and waylaid by rug salesmen with a hard pitch. Five minutes of that scene and I walked out disgusted. We stayed in 6 different places in Morocco and this was the only one where someone tried to dupe us.
- 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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