We got a very good room at a good price for three days. Some mention that the hotel is hidden in the Medina, but Mark gave us three different descriptions of getting there and in the end we asked Mohammed, a nice employee and friend of the hotel, to bring us from one of the 14 gates of the Medina (Bab el Guissa) to our rooms. The area is a bit sketchy for newcomers but it is also how it is everywhere in the real Fez. We had an English guide one day that the hotel had set up (Abdul) and he brought us on a full day tour which was filled with excellent information. Abdul also brought us to a very nice family restaurant at a good price, called Zohra. Ask for Abdul perhaps as he is an old gentleman and seems to know his way around quite well.
We went on a day trip with Mark in his SUV through a number of places including Ifrane, the Cedar Forests and Barbary Apes, Azrou, Meknes and Volubilis. It was great getting information from a person who had moved there, since it lent an interesting perspective. I would suggest perhaps not doing all of those things, as it was described as fitting "comfortably" in a one day, a large part was sitting in the air conditioned car, driving by the sites. Best would be to ask for specific places and stop along the road with Mark telling some history about the place.
There is a restaurant around the corner from the hotel showed to us on our first night, but the prices were outrageously high (they did have multiple "menus" (120, 150, 200, 300) for a chicken tajine depending on the costumer). This is not a reflection on the hotel, but for future tourists and venturers this is a warning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Rbab is a charming, 300 year old house in the Fès Medina. It has been lightly restored to provide spacious, en suite bedrooms with air conditioning, within the framework of the existing house. All the original features remain - access to your room is by huge, gilded cedar wood doors - and the house is a warren of small staircases and interesting corners. There's an informal atmosphere - the house was originally our family home - and great food available to order. ... more less
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