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“Great riad in the heart of Fes”
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Dar El Menia
Ranked #115 of 212 Fes B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Great riad in the heart of Fes”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Graham and the staff are friendly and helpful. The riad has been restored in keeping with a traditional Moroccan home. The courtyard and rooms are smallish, but well furnished (courtesy of Omar). It is located in the very heart of the Medina - although you'll never find it on your own! Ask Graham about his favorite lunch spot - 1/3 of the price of the fancy spots and twice as good - again, you'll never find it on yhouir own!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California, United States
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

My wife, daughter, and I just had a very brief two night stay at the Dar El Menia. Like others have said, Graham and his staff are excellent.

There were three of us traveling, so Graham put us up in their triple room. It was very large, with a balcony overlooking the central courtyard. The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was very well furnished. And everything, I mean everything, was spotlessly clean.

Graham has an excellent assistant named Jamal, who helped us arrange train travel, find a taxi, and was just a great extension as a co-host. We had a marvelous breakfast on the rooftop terrace.

My best memory of the trip: after a hectic day shopping, to open the door to the riad and find candles burning softly in antique lanterns in the courtyard. It was just an "ahhhhhhh" kind of moment, and exactly what I needed.

Oh, and they have wi-fi!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

This was our first trip to North Africa and instead of relying on a pre-organised group tour, we decided to arrange everything ourselves; and what a success it turned out to be. Dar el Menia in Fes was the perfect introduction for us to Morocco. Jamal couldn't have been more polite and helpful and we were extremely grateful for all his assistance throughout our stay. Mostapha and Um Kal Thum's terrace breakfasts were delicious and our room was comfortable, romantic and with the best hot shower and fluffy pillows we've ever had. Graham, the owner, is extremely hospitable and has cleverly created a relaxed and peaceful retreat right in the heart of the bustling souks. Should we return to Fes one day, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Dar el Menia again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Knaresborough
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

A wonderful place to stay. The house is beautifully decorated, staff are welcoming and extremely helpful with every aspect of your stay. Whilst the medina can be a little overwhelming to those inexperienced with Morocco, Dar El Menia is a peaceful and relaxing environment ideally placed for exploration of the medina. This was my first visit to Morocco, and while I stayed in many places during the course of my travels around the country, none came close to Dar El menia. An absolute pleasure.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Seattle
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

This is a very beautiful and romantic riad! It is centrally located on a little alley right off of the main drag and close to shops and restaurants. Yes, since the alley is very quiet, you might perceive it as being a little bit scary especially at night. However, it is such a small distance to walk that I felt completely safe.

Jamal was one of the hosts, and he was very friendly and extremely helpful with providing us with travel information about Fez and the surrounding areas. He helped us with laundry and drew us a map! The older couple who cooked us delicious breakfasts and spiced coffee were really nice and seemed genuinely interested in making our stay comfortable. This is a great find and a good value! We would definitely recommend this place to our friends!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

always a pleasure to return to dar el menia.wasnt too sure if i could leave a further review but all in all as good as ever.cosy,calm and friendly with great access to the medina

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Rabat, Morocco
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

Perfect for this family of four (including two elementary-school kids) for a weekend vacation in Fez. On a cool, quiet alley off the main drag but close to the thick of things and convenient to the Ain Azliten parking lot. Jamal was a welcoming and helpful host, the dinner was delicious, and the rooftop is a great place to sit and enjoy a drink (BYOB, however). Beautifully renovated, clean and well-tended. Informal and affordable. Do take note that stairs are narrow and high, so if knees or vertigo are an issue, make sure to get the ground-floor room.

Room Tip: Room 4 is a triple with a big interior balcony. Perfect for the kids to hang out!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Dar El Menia
Address: 7 Derb el Menia | El Kobra, Fes 30000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #115 of 212 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dar El Menia 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar El Menia lies in the heart of Fes (Fez) Medina, former imperial capital of Morocco and the world’s largest medieval medina. Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is not a museum it is a living, breathing city and Dar El Menia provides the perfect luxurious base to begin exploring the old and the new. This dar, or courtyard house, is at least 250 years old and has recently been completely restored using local craftsmen, techniques and materials. ... more   less 
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