Dar Sienna
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Dar Sienna

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4.5
#11 of 82 B&Bs in Fes
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Dar Sienna is a cosy guesthouse, located in the heart of the car-free Fez medina. ALSO AVAILABLE TO RENT THE WHOLE HOUSE, SLEEPS 2-6 PERSONS. Free breakfast and high-speed wifi and use of kitchen.Golf course and swimming pool nearby. Excursions to Sefrou, Meknes, Volubilis arranged. Cookery and breadbaking lessons at Cafe Clock.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Golf course
Horseback riding
Airport transportation
Hot spring bath
Rooftop terrace
Wifi
Breakfast in the room
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Washing machine
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Seating area
Kitchenette
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Arabic, Dutch and 1 more

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6 Derb Eloued, Fes 30000 Morocco
481Reviews2Q+A81Room tips

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ditsywitsy wrote a review Jan 2015
Torquay, United Kingdom505 contributions161 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The pre-arrival communication with Sonhild was extremely smooth and most informative. We were made to feel welcome long before we arrived.

Manager Ahmed met us at the railway station, haggled with taxi drivers and had us on our way to the Bab R’Cif in no time. Guided by Ahmed we entered on foot, though the gate and on into the heart of the Madina. A few lefts and rights and there we were feet from the beautifully carved front door of the sacred zaouia of Moulay Idriss II and then almost immediately down into a most unlikely tunnel and the front door of Dar Sienna.

Dar Sienna is a centrally located tower house. The room is right on the top floor of the tower - up four flights of tight stairs. The lovely roof terrace with views all around the Medina was the venue for mint tea, sweet pastries and a five star briefing by Ahmed. Because no staff live on-site the briefing included lessons in opening and closing the different locks.

Saba the housekeeper serves a super breakfast and is quick to offer tea at other times. Ahmed is no further than his cell and visits each morning to encourage and provide valuable information and suggestions.

A most relaxed and comfortable base for exploring Fes-el-Bali and further afield.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Meneka G wrote a review Nov 2014
London, England, United Kingdom1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this riad with my mother and we had a great time. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were quaint and beautifully decorated and the breakfast was fit for a king! I would definitely go back! The riad itself was located in the heart of the Medina and the rooftop provided an excellent view of the Medina at night and during the day!
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Date of stay: December 2013Trip type: Travelled with family
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bblMontreal wrote a review Nov 2014
montreal18 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really loved the nice Dar Sienna!
Great location in center of Medina, beautifuly designed with local arts and crafts, and, above all, the wonderfull welcome and hospitality of Ahmed and Sabah.
Ahmed met us at the bus station and helped us a lot to direct in the Fes Medina, he answered all our questions with kindness and, the last day, helped us to find a taxi during a general strike!!!
Sabah, a kind and smily young woman, served us our realy tasty breakfast on the nice roof terrace.
Thank you very much to both of you!

The bedroom was very clean, nice and spacious, and we were glad to be allowed to use the kitchen and the washing machine!

We Highly recommend the DAR SIENNA!

(The only fault is the smallness and the humidity smell of the tiny bathroom downstairs...We could'nt even undress due to a lack of space).
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Date of stay: October 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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franziska2806 wrote a review Mar 2011
Sydney, Australia1 contribution5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
the staff were pretty good ...
the owner stayed when we were there ... the room we were given was where she stayed because her jeans were there and she smoked ... we were given the poor cousin of accommodation while she moved to the top floor ... bad call ...
we had to leave early as i twisted my ankle and she did not send us the account we paid in full for the days we stayed as she indicated so that we could claim it back on insurance. the owner would send us to places such as restarants, carpet, silver to buy goods from her networks in Fez at over inflated prices. we only found this out from a local when we went new town Fez. We felt ripped off at the lack of transparency. The owner did not even gives us ideas or places to stay when we left old medina because of my twisted ankle in new town fez. she just let us go in a taxi and that was it ... very poor i would say ... however, mohamend and fattima were great and truly the best people, as were the local people of Fez. I would stay at another Riad. And to the owner if you read this and she will as she likes to tell people that she would like a good review ... be transparent to people, and not treat the locals as if they were your workers, which is what we saw and experienced when she had the local workers do some handy work at the riad.
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Date of stay: December 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Pete D wrote a review Mar 2011
Inverness, United Kingdom8 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived in Fez train station, having stayed in various places around Morocco preceeding this, and took a petite (small) taxi to a meeting point as arranged with the owner.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Muhammed, who led us to Dar Sienna. Muhammed was very friendly and welcomming, although he put on Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston on repeat to welcome us, which, although not to our taste was fine at first, but when the songs were looping later in the evening it got quite frustrating.
First impressions when arriving at Dar Sienna was that it was a nice house. We were shown the details of the restoration in a booklet. The level of work involved was impressive.
The room seemed nice, albeit cold. The biggest wow factor is by far the location, we went up to the roof terrace. There is a spectacular 360 degree view. You are essentially in the near as possible to absolute centre of the old city of Fez. We've been all accross Morocco, and this is up there with the greatest views we had. (Certainly this time we visited Morocco at least).
On first inspection, the room was freezing, partially due to the windows being opened. We closed the windows and turned on the heater.
We briefly met another couple, staying at Dar Sienna, one of which had unfortunally become unwell whilst in Fez, so were mostly room bound. But like us, loved the view from the terrace. The first night we watched sun set with some mint tea.
As said, Muhammed was very friendly and assisted with queries when asked.
On the first night, we advised Muhammed we were going out to explore. He helpfully followed behind us at a distance to make sure we were reasonably decent at our bearings, which was a nice touch.
We were then taken to the resteraunt that he used to work in, where we bought dinner. That was good for the first night.
The problems were when we arrived back to the Dar.
The room had heated up a bit since we'd turned on the heating, but was still very cold. There were no curtains or shutters between the central room, and our room, so light shon through from the window dividing the communal area and the room we were staying in.
There was a heavy wall hanging rug being used as a bed throw (presumably because of the temperature) Which did it's job, but wasn't comfortable to sleep in. (It did contrast greatly with the extremely flimsy single (not exagerating) pillow each provided.)
There was a design book in our room which had damp spores throughout it.
There were no guests this night other than the Australian couple that had also retired for the night.
Once Muhammed put the music off and left, We switched off the lights for the communal area and got some sleep.
The next day, my partner spent 40 minutes trying to get hot water out of the shower, (as it was advertised) before coming back to bed.
We were given a lovely breakfast by Fatima. Then found our way to the Tannery and Cafe clock - both a must see.
We bought some food and brought it back to the Dar.
Everyone was out so we contacted the owner in London, and asked about internet access (to find that the laptop that Muhammed had been using for his youtube videos etc. all the previous night was for guest use. (That would've been helpful to know the previous night)
Muhammed was out, but arrived back with some new guests. Things were a bit cramped so we retired to our room.
Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston came on again, and the new guests and Muhammed were up chatting.
Muhammed kindly knocked on our door to offer tea, and I advised that we were off to bed, so no thanks.
The other guests stayed up for a while. We heard them complain about no hot water too to Muhammed.
Once they went to bed, we put up with an hour more of the same music coming through the door and windows, before asking if Muhammed could switch it off. He obliged, it would have been nice if he had taken the hint when I both spoke, and gestured that we were going to bed several hours prior to that.
We discussed leaving at that point, the room was still freezing, and my partner had a wheezy cough.
Once Muhammid finally left, we switched the hall light off, so that it was no longer shining into our room. We then slept.
We got up very early the next day - but again there was no hot water, so we left a tip for Fatima and Muhammed and left.
We advised the owner by text that we had left, and requested a refund for the two days following, which she agreed to refund. (That's relatively rare in old town places once paid)
The owner also took on board our comments regarding the noise, and ammended the description to reflect this.
For the rest of the holiday my partner had a chest infection and had to get antibiotics. We didn't let this ruin our holiday, but it did restrict how much we could explore.

Overall, the view is amazing.
The Dar is very pretty too.
I think the place would have been fantastic when initially run, but damp, no hot water, and an overall lack of TLC for the place made it inappropriate for our stay.
For what it was, it was overpriced, we stayed in several cheaper places with more considered service. Although saying that, if improvements are made, and you don't stay in the standard room, it's worth it for the view.
If you stay on the standard room, the design/layout is not appropriate if you want a quiet stay or a good sleep.
The shower didn't drain of cold water, and a bucket had to be used to aid.
With a little bit of care,some tweaks, sorting out the water situation and a bit of training this could be a very nice house. At the time we visited it was at the standard of one of the better youth hostels, rather than as the descripton states:
"Perfectly located for travellers wishing to immerse themselves in Moroccan culture.Helpful and friendly English,French,Arabic speaking staff and amazing Moroccan hospitality."
We got amazing Moroccan hospitality on our holiday, in several places, just not Dar Sienna.
I do believe the owner was unaware of the shortcomings, and suspect they will be improved as needed, she comes across as a nice person, though part of the problem with this place lies with it being run from afar, and part with the layout/or use of the main room.
The kitchen is nice, similar to many in Morocco.
I'd be interested in visiting it in a couple years, but wouldn't book here again unless I'd inspected it first.
If this had been advertised as:

A youth hostel, with an absolutely amazing view, bit noisy, a place where we'll help you pick where to go in Fez, and cook you breakfast.
And the possibility of having to brave cold water was mentioned, we'd've perhaps visited it on another holiday, just not this one.
Wish I could be more positive about this place, as it's not too far off with everything, but its failings are fatal. We stayed in several other Dars and Riads, all without the issues this one had. I had to write this review, this impacted for a week after we left.
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Date of stay: March 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chris K wrote a review Oct 2014
Wymondham, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Superb location in the centre of Fes Medina. The house has a wonderful ambience with beautiful decor and a nice roof terrace. Owner Sonhild, her manager Ahmed and housekeeper Saba did their utmost to make us feel welcome, including meeting us at Fes railway station from a late evening train, providing helpful advice, arranging onward travel and accommodation and providing great breakfasts.
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Date of stay: September 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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zigtravel wrote a review Oct 2014
Norfolk, United Kingdom366 contributions107 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A wonderful house, the highlight of our trip to Fes. Slap bang in central Old Fes, and yet the roof terrace is so calming. Wonderful house staff, from the housekeeper Saba who is so so wonderful, to the house manager to the driver. Beautifully decked out, the owner Sonhild has a clear passion for Fes and Morocco. She is also a great communicator on email.
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Date of stay: September 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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rachelmaudnoel wrote a review Sept 2014
London, United Kingdom6 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Dar Sienna for our first visit to Fes and absolutely loved it! The house has beautiful decor, amazing views from the terrace and breakfast was one of the best we had in Morocco. Ahmed was incredibly helpful in helping us find our feet in the medina and pointing out a few favourite places on the map, and the house feels like a home away from home with a lovely kitchen, fridge etc you can use yourselves. Sonhild, the owner was very attentive in responding to emails, booked our transfer from the airport at last minute and sent lots of helpful information before we arrived. We were made to feel very welcome - a must stay for Fes newcomers!
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Date of stay: September 2014
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evasiesto wrote a review Sept 2014
2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I started our roundtrip through Morocco here and had an absolutely fantastic 3 nights stay in the gorgeus Dar Sienna. Its great location in the heart of the medina gives you the chance to fully experience the real life of Fes but at the same time you can enjoy the peace and calm inside Dar Sienna. It is stylishly decorated and you can appreciate the attention to details, it is very clean and equipped with everything you need even with a kitchen you can use whenever you want. The rooftop views are astonishing: you will have a 360 degree view of the medina while you enjoy a delicious breakfast made by Saba, probably the best one we’ve ever tried in Morocco during our trip. What really makes the difference is Ahmed, the manager of Dar Sienna: always helpful giving lots of insights, providing tips and maps to don’t get lost, absolutely friendly and funny. Dar Sienna exceeded our expectations and I truly recommend it!
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Date of stay: August 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alexandra G wrote a review Jul 2014
Bonn, Germany1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The house is wonderfully located in the center of Fes and beautifully decorated. Absolute highlight is the terrace with a view of the whole city. But the best asset of the house is the staff. Saba prepares delicious breakfasts and Ahmed is the best manager you could immagine. Lovely welcoming, excellent information, always helpful, lots of insights about local culture. He really makes the difference. We stayed in Darsienna three days at the beginning of our Morocco tour und one day at the end before leaving. When we came back to Dar Sienna the last day our kids sayed "finally home". Ahmed had been waiting for us 90 minutes at the train station (train was late) and missed his breakfast after fasting all day. Both Saba and Ahmed were great with the kids and made them love Morocco. Thank you!
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bibi786 asked a question Jun 2017
Leicester, United Kingdom
Hi Would someone from the hotel pick us up from the airport Saiss?
Answer from Sonhild G
48 contributions11 helpful votes
Yes, all our guests are met at their point of arrival: airport, train or bus station.
monicaluli asked a question Sept 2014
Vina del Mar, Chile
uisier saber las posibilidades de estacionamiento
Answer from Sonhild G
48 contributions11 helpful votes
Hello There is secure parking just outside the car-free medina. The house manager will help you park the car and accompany you to the house. So no problem at all for parking , or finding the house.
ελενα π wrote a tip Dec 2018
Central Greece, Greece51 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"on the top floor!!!"
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Jordan Y wrote a tip Jul 2018
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The deluxe seffarine room is quiet, comfortable, spacious and comes with a beautiful traditional Moroccan bathroom."
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David C wrote a tip May 2018
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Consider the top or 1st floor room, having a bathroom so close to the bedroom is fantastic as privacy is best."
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Sienna-Rose G wrote a tip Jan 2018
Guildford, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The highest room has the best view!"
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Ryan K wrote a tip Dec 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The upstairs room near the terrace is so wonderful."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dar Sienna
Which popular attractions are close to Dar Sienna?
Nearby attractions include Al-Attarine Madrasa (0.09 miles), Fes el-Bali (0.3 miles), and Museo Nejjarine (0.04 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dar Sienna?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Dar Sienna?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Dar Sienna?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Dar Sienna?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dar Sienna?
Conveniently located restaurants include Riad Rcif, Darori Resto, and Restaurant Ouliya.
Does Dar Sienna have airport transportation?
Yes, Dar Sienna offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dar Sienna?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dar Sienna?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, Arabic, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Dar Sienna?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bab Boujloud (0.5 miles), Kairaouine Mosque (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin) (0.1 miles), and Chouara Tannery (0.3 miles).
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