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“Good place with nice people in the real Medina (may scare some people)”
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Dar Rbab
Ranked #68 of 211 Fes B&B and Inns
Fes, Morocco
1 review
“Good place with nice people in the real Medina (may scare some people)”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mark_Willenbrock, Owner at Dar Rbab, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you for your review.

The bathrooms for both the Indian Room and the Red Room were designed as traditional hammans - something close to a wet room. They aren't designed to drain efficiently, but were built when I was planning a family home rather than a guest house. One day we'll get around to knocking off all the traditional tadelekt plaster (an ancient traditional finish using raw lime plaster mixed with coloured pigment and egg white, then polished with a flat stone from the river) and put in shower cubicles... but maybe not.

There is a restaurant in our street but as the reviewer says, it is poor. In all our reservation confirmations we recommend guests eat with us on the first night, before they have their bearings, as the medina is difficult to find your way around.

I would normally break up a day trip with a lot more interaction, but it's extremely challenging to do so in Ramadan, when most people are either shut or asleep. Two shorter trips were offered, and the guests chose the longer one. Incidentally, before the transport touristique industry jumps on me, I should point out that I'm a director of a societe transport touristique Marocaine, and licensed for toutes destination...
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We had a wonderful time in the riad, especially because of housekeeper Mohammed. He speaks English and was willing to help us with everything, from finding an atm to buying a leather bag for a good price.

The rooms are good, not like a designhotel but they're clean and cosy. The owner and his wife are very kind, we had a wonderful ramadanbreakfast with them.

The riad is in the medina, but very close to a gate. So you can easily walk for a bread or a restaurant in the old medina, but you're also very fast at the taxiplace to go to the nouvelle Fes.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

On the plus side, dar Rbab has a warm and friendly atmosphere, mostly due to the manager, Mohammed, who truly did go above and beyond. As I was checking out, the woman who works in the kitchen asked me for a tip, and the owner's wife yelled at her. It was awkward.

Food is fine, bathroom was fine. I think my room was clean, but it was somewhat worn out, so didn't have that immaculate "hotel" look, but if you were looking for that, you'd stay at a hotel.

If you are a woman traveling solo, be advised that when you leave at night and walk through the medina, you will have a couple of dozen men making rude comments to you as you walk (even if you're dressed conservatively, and on the older side). I don't think they're actually dangerous, but they are awful.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

If you're looking for a warm welcome to Fes then this is the place! Not only are all the staff kind and friendly, the riad is absolutely stunning and right in the heart of the medina! At first, you'll wonder where you are but soon you'll get your bearings and realise that the riad is located in a great place, close to the souks and the wood museum which is a great thing to do in your spare time.
Muhammed the housekeeper is happy to organise transfers and yours of the medina or the mountains. Basically, he'll help you with whatever you need.
The owner Mark and his wife are great hosts. Contact with Mark has been a breeze. You'll feel welcomed and at ease at Dar Rbab. A must in Fes.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

My brother and I stayed at Dar Rbab for our first couple nights in Morocco and it was a lovely place to stay. The room was comfortable, with air conditioning, wifi, and a nice hot shower, and the breakfast in the courtyard was delicious. It's right in the heart of the medina and easy to find your way back to, once you know where it is. Mark was extremely helpful when we were trying to sort out our bus tickets for our next destination, even offering us a lift into Ville Nouvelle, and told some great stories about his thirteen years in Morocco.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

we stayed there for a couple of nights and definetly it was the best choice. I must say that its very easy to get lost in the Medina, but this Dar is well located, in a quiet street and quite easy to find.
Service was amazing. Mohammed was very kind and nice with us. Always helping with any request we had and giving a lot of helpful information. They make you feel as home.
Rooms are comfortable and clean, and with air condition which is very good in summer time.
I highly recommend this place to stay and for sure if i come back again i will stay there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Me and my boyfriend only stayed one night here but i still feel like this is enough to review it. The riad is lovely and has a great character about it (maybe as its a little further away from the touristy top bit of the medina) and Mark, the owner, has some great stories if you ask the right questions :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dar Rbab
Address: 3 Derb el Kateb | Zkak Roumane, Fes 30110, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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Ranked #68 of 211 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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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