We spent four nights at Riad Dar Houdou during our recent trip to Fes. Great location -- close to the Medressa and five minutes walk to the Bab Boujloud (Blue Gate). We stayed in one of the rooms in the first floor (there are only three rooms in this riad) which was nice, sunny and quite with a large window. It had attached bathroom. Steve, the owner of the Riad is a lovely person, very caring and so helpful -- thoroughly enjoyed his sense of humor and wit. It was always a pleasure chatting with Steve. Thank God Steve had organized to get us picked up from the train station or else we would have been totally lost in the maze of the Medina! As soon as we settled in at the Riad Steve gave us a map of the Medina, gave us an idea about the how the lanes ways work inside the Medina, recommended places of interests, where to eat etc. The first night Steve took us out for a walk, showed us around the Medina and introduced us to Café Clock where we had our dinner -- Clock Cafe is a must-visit while in Fes, it’s a lovely cafe, clean, nicely decorated, very friendly staff and great food (try their falafel, harira and couscous bouhaloo that comes with roast chicken, caramelized onion, raisins, almonds and apricots…YUMM!?) and very good coffee. We also tried out the restaurants around the Blue Gate but nothing compares to the food and ambience of Café Clock. The staff at Dar Houdou, Mohammed and Saadia, are gorgeous, so friendly (Saadia spoke very little English though) and forever coming forward to help. Both Steve and Mohammed helped us with our tours within and outside of Fes. The walking tour of the Medina with Ali was an eye opener and the trips to Meknes/Volubilis and Mulay Ismail were worth it. Breakfast served in the inner courtyard was excellent among many other things it consisted of freshly baked baguette, Moroccan crepes, Berber bread, Madeline, freshly squeezed juice, fruits etc. Wi-fi is available in the Riad, however, for some reason our laptop was not working so we got to use Steve's computer whenever we needed to – that was a huge help. We had bought few carpets from Fes and both Steve and Mohammed were so concerned whether we would be able to communicate with the people at the Post Office that both of them took us to the Post Office and stayed there till the carpets were packed and were ready for shipment. I can go on and on about Dar Houdou….!? I highly recommend Dar Houdou and would definitely stay here if I return to Fes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully restored traditional house. Located in a quiet street within the ancient medina. Two minutes walk from historical sites, shops, restaurants, taxis and the famous blue gate (Bab Boujeloud). Three double bedrooms; each with on-suite bathroom. A terrace, courtyard, kitchen and a living room are available to all the guests. Airport collections, guided tours and additional meals are available on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Houdou Guest House Hotel Fes