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“Our stay at medieval Medina of Fes.”

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Dar Houdou Guest House
Ranked #64 of 204 Fes B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Australia
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“Our stay at medieval Medina of Fes.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

Our introduction to Morocco could not have been better.(Sadly we only stayed one night in Fes at Dar Houdou).Located very close to the city gate and restaurants,yet in a very quite laneway.After arriving with the taxidriver who guided us to Dar Houdou(requested by us before arrival and organised by Steve who we did not meet but seems to be a good communicater)it felt very daunting ever to find our way around.But Mohammed from Dar Houdou wecomed us und explaind the system of lane ways which made us much more at ease.The amazing Breakfast was served ,by a nice lady ,downstairs (still dreaming of the tasty breber bread)where there is a kitchen,dining room,inner courtyard and a little room were you can just lazy strech out an read a book in "Jeannie Style".Our bedroom was small but nicely decorated and uncluttered.Also there was a great rooftop terasse.We can only recommend a stay at Dar Houdou ,not only is it a great place to stay but but also it has a good atmosphare contributed by the natural friendliness of the staff.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

The dar houdou is the perfect base to explore the medieval medina of Fez.
Situated near the Bab Boujloud it is convenient bfor taxis and a plethora of restaurants.
Having just 3 rooms there is a very friendly atmosphere and Steve and Mohammed provide
a warm , multilingual welcome and a seemingly endless supply of information and advice to
enable you to make the most of your stay.
An address to remember !

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

This peaceful Riad is located at the end of a street inside the Medina. Its owner, Steve, restored it with much taste, being an oasis within the bustling Fes.
The communication was perfect before and during our visit: Steve manage a driver to wait for us at the airport, he gave us maps, recommended us places to visit and where to eat, explained us how to move inside the Medina and the first day come a walk with us in order to be able to have references in our walks; chat with him during the times of relaxation is a pleasure, is attentive without being invasive.
The rooms have a fan (one of the three is air-conditioned) and all have a spacious inside bathrooms.
Everything is very clean, there is wifi and the breakfast, as well as the service, is excellent. The relation price/quality is more than good.
If I return to Fes would definitely stay at Dar Houdou.

Room Tip: The rooms are a bit tight for three (they add a mattress on the floor), for two are more than good...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Dar Houdou is a lovely little guest house not far from the Blue Gate so is convenient to all the sights. The rooms are spotless, comfortable and nicely decorated. If it's available, ask for the room on the rooftop. Bring your appetite in the morning as the breakfast is huge and delicious with array of pastries, yogurt and fruit. I can't say enough about the staff. Steve and Mohammad were so helpful with loads of helpful tips. Travelling alone, Dar Houdou was as cosy guest house ideal for mingling with other guests and making friends. I highly highly recommend!!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Salisbury, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

This guesthouse is ideally located for the sights, shopping and cafes of Fez, just down the street from Bab Boujloud and between the two main streets of Fez. The bedrooms and bathrooms are kept spotlessly clean, the breakfast is generous and delicious, the roof terrace is a lovely space to just sit and read and get away from the hustle and bustle and the welcome warm and friendly. This is not the first time that we have stayed and the standards are always consistent and reliable, it doesn't get any better than this!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

Owner and manager are both very nice, happy to show you around, will explain in great length all the sights and attractions and seem to be the only people in Fez not trying to sell you a tour!

The guest house is down a maze of alleys, but is between the two main streets in Fez - a great location if you want to explore.

The breakfast is massive, biggest of the 5 hotels we stayed at in Morroco. The rooms are nice. We were on the very top. There is a a smell of sewage my wife wasn't keen on, but I think that was just the generic smell of Fez.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dar Houdou Guest House

Property: Dar Houdou Guest House
Address: 42 Teriana Sghira | Talaa Sghira, Fes 30080, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 204 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 27
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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