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Dar el-Ghalia
Ranked #66 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Reviewed July 21, 2010

After a hassling trip from the station by the taxi mafia, we arrived in a paradise through the wall to sit and sip mint tea before registration The interior area is large and the staff were very helpful and incredibly discreet. Rooms are spacious if the floors a little uneven, to be expected after 700 years I guess. The Manager gave us good advice on where to go and to get lost without a giude. Anyone will guide you home for 10 Dirhams (1 Euro) or less. Breakfast on the terrace with a view that was awe inspiring is a fantastic way to start your day before a wander through the souk.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2010

My girlfriend at I stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights in February for our first trip to Morocco. This hotel is located inside the Medina and you must walk about 1000 feet through narrow, winding passageways from the road. We arrived in Fes after dark, so we were a little concerned when our cab driver got out of the car and was leading us to the hotel. Fortunately, he knew where the hotel was, because a few other cab drivers that we rode with during our trip didnt.

For dinner on the first night, we were afraid to venture out our first night, so we ate at the hotel restaurant, which was extremely overpriced. Since the hotel is in a residential area of the Medina, there are no nearby restaurants. The best thing to do is to take a cab into New Fes to eat, which should cost $2. We stayed in the Yazmeen Room and to our suprise there was no tv.

On a positive note, this experience was authentically Moroccan. The decor inside the hotel, although a little worn, was excellent. There is a nice courtyard inside and even has a water fountain. The hotel was very quiet at night. There are only 13 rooms and it seemed like everybody went to bed around 9PM.

Overall, I think you get what you pay for. This property is one of the cheapest guesthouses that we found inside the Medina. It's priced a little less, because it's off the beaten path.

I think the only thing that makes it a 4-star is the lobby and restaurant decor. The rooms and bathrooms could definitely use some refurbishing.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

This really was a palace, as you discover entering the enormous central courtyard. Arriving at dusk is ideal, as the Moorish lanterns are lit, the fountain is on, and you are served tea in one of the many couches scattered around. Our suite was lovely, with two sitting areas and a gracious iron four-poster bed. The bath was tiny, even claustrophobic - but these are the choices you make staying in an historic property.

The staff could not have been better - friendly, helpful, attentive. When their hammam (steam area) wasn't ready, they arranged for a guide to escort us to the local hammam, where he scrubbed and tugged us into bliss. The food was great, and the dining room is beautiful. We ended up eating there both nights of our stay. It is NOT cheap, but a fine dinner with a nice selection of Moroccan wines and attentive service more than compensated for the higher prices.

The location is a bit obscure, but an advance phone call took care of that. As our taxi pulled up in the local main street, there was a hotel guide there to take our bags and lead us to the derb (alley) on which the hotel was located.

We would stay there again in a heartbeat, and encourage anyone else to stay there, as well. A wonderful treat, and a true highlight of our time in Fez.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

I’m quiet familiar with the riads in Fes (I have visited many of them) and I should say that I’m really surprised by the large number of positive reactions.

Marvelous Riad, but not the best one: Riad Fes (where U2 shouted a video clip last year) and Riad LALA Charifa are much nicer and better located... Their are of course many more.

The location is really terrible. You just can not find it by your self and you definitely need someone to take you there.

Location in Fes is a very very important matter. You should know that the old center of Fes (Fes el Bali) is like a labyrinth. It's just impossible to find your way in their and absolutely need someone to guide you (avoid illegal guides). It is also very busy and noisy and you would be much better in the other part of the city (Fes el Jdid). Here are also some nice riads…

The hotel doesn’t look fresh: it's rather dusty and dirty in some places.

Don't you ever order a pot a menthe tea in the Riad: they will charge you 250 dh while 5 meters down the street you will pay 25 DH (it is x 10 times more expensive). This really pissed me off!!!! Sorry.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 8, 2009

The hotel situation is in the middle of the medina which is a bit crazy. After having a walk in the old town it is nice to go back to what it looked like paradise. So authentically moroccan and peaceful. Staff was great and the restaurant serves fantastic food although not cheap. The terrace overlooks the whole medina, beautiful!!!! If we went back to Fes we would go back there!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Santpolenca
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Reviewed April 26, 2009

Descriptions of the suboptimal location are apt. You will need the escort that they provide to find it. You do NOT want to be wandering the medina in the dark trying to find this place. As they open the door to the interior, however, prepare to be amazed. We thought this was a beautiful place and was a truly memorable place to stay (not only because it was our honeymoon). Best orange juice I had in my entire life.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MinnesotaDude
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

The Riad itself is lovely. An 18th century palace converted to a riad. Our room on the first floor was just remarkable, with amazing decor. There is a hammam in this Riad which is well worth it...be sure to book one along with a massage. Great value for your money and you will be incredibly relaxed. The terrace is lovely however the view is primarily of the rooftops of the medina and lots of satellite dishes. However, is it lovely to sit there and hear the azzan being called. The food is not bad either and reasonably priced. The staff is quite helpful, and will even run down to the market to make purchases for you. I highly recommend getting some of the olive soap used in the hammam to take back.

The only downside to this Riad is the location. It is located about 5-10 minutes walk inside the Medina, but not in a good area of the medina. There are quite alot of young men loitering about, which would make you feel very unsafe. I did not feel comfortable walking around at night, and even during the day , on occasion. If you wouuld like to stay at this Riad, I highly recommend you ask them to meet you at the train station or wherever your point of arrival is. Also, ask them too book you a tour guide to take you around the souks and anywhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Dar el-Ghalia

Address: 13/15 Ras Jnane | Ross Rhi Medina de Fes, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#41 Luxury Hotel in Fes
Price Range: $64 - $248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar el-Ghalia 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad El Ghalia is a prince palace built back in the 18th century.Located in the heart of the old medina's Andalusian district, this magnificent 18th Century palace belongs to a well-known Fassi Family At Riad El Ghalia, all the rooms are organized around the central patio (space dedicated to main activities). There are a variety of different room types, each named after ancestors of the family who still own and run it. Each room is en-suite, and other facilities include lounge areas, internet access, and traditional hammam. On our terrace you can appreciate the Fes gastronomy while enjoying a unique view on the whole medina with its uncountable minarets. You can also relax there sipping a drink at any time of the day. Faithful to its culinary tradition, the palace houses a well-known restaurant with a table d'hotes of great finesse serving true Fassi cooking, the most famous of Moroccan cuisines. ... more   less 
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