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Dar Houdou Guest House
Ranked #66 of 210 Fes B&B and Inns
Uppsala
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“Best guest house experience in the country”
Reviewed 15 November 2009

So me and my wife arrives to Fez (from Marrakesh) and the owner Steve comes to pick us up. The guy is probably the most service minded guest house/hotel owner I have ever met and he and his crew really made us feel we were at home.
The recently resaturated guest house (or Dar) is located in a small alley just in between the two major paths in the central of the medina. It offers just a few but clean and nice room and a terrace with quite an impressive view of the city. There you can sit in the sun and enjoy the large breakfast and read any of the guest house's (guide)books/maps.

Dar Houduo can arrange tours. We picked a half day tour in the medina with an excellent guide, cost 150 dirhams.

I could not come up with a single argument to choose any other guest house in Fez!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2009

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dar Houdou. Perfect for those who want to lay their hat in the medina ,close to the exotic sights, sounds and smells, in a quiet sanctuary. Steve was a very attentive host before we arrived via e mail and during our stay. The transfer taxi was well worth having on arrival and departure.
We stayed in the rooftop room, the best room in the house we thought, with it's access to the terrace,shuttered windows, mosaics and en suite. Private.
We loved the fact that you could help yourself to tea,coffee a banana...whenever you felt like.We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2009
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

pros: good location in medina near cafe clock, excellent value(we didn't want to break the bank yet we wanted clean and comfortable accommodations), nice terrace.

cons: I wish bkfast was varied w fresh not packaged juice and cheese. fruit/figs would be nice too.

Overall, owner was not on premises at that the time, so maybe we had a bit different experience than some others, but manager Mohammed helped us out perfectly well. Owner arranged for us to be picked up at the train. We took the guided medina tour which was nice (although beware on the tour, the lunch place she takes you to is poor/pricey and insist on finding out your choices for lunch). They graciously helped us out by doing some emergency laundry for us. There is a nice common room to relax, w wireless internet.

This is a very clean and nice and practical place for the price, but if you want the lavish opulence of other Riads, then you have to pay the price. This fit our needs quite well.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Surrey, U.K
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

I really enjoyed staying in Fez in Steve's Guest House. It was lovely with lots of character. Steve was extreamly helpful and made sure that my stay was a very pleasant one. If I go back to Fez again, one day, I would definitely would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Perth
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Reviewed 31 October 2009

Helpful house manager and a beautiful place to stay make this hard to beat. Room was immaculate and the rooftop terrace was a great place to relax. The bathroom from time to time had a bad smell but I expect this is nothing to do with anything except the Medina plumbing! Probably impossible to fix. If you are only there for a couple of days I recommend you take a guided tour arranged by the house. We did and we were suprised at how much we could fit in to one day and how many very interesting things there were to see. The house can arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you there when you arrive for a small price which was a great way to get there as you could have some trouble on your own. Overall a fantastic experience and would go back.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed 30 October 2009

- Excellent location, friendly and hospitable owner Steve. Both Steve and Mohammed went out there way to make our holiday special, rooms immaculate and lovely breakfast each morning!
-Enjoyed recommended trip to Meknes on the train for a day, makes going on day trips hassle free to return to the peace and calm of Dar Houdou.
- Will definitely be returning with friends next spring!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 25 October 2009

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Fes, but everyone needs somewhere to kick back and relax, and where better to do it than Dar Houdou?! Our host Steven made every aspect of our stay superbly comfortable, everything from picking us up and walking us to the dar on our first night to organising drivers and day-trips for us. Steve actually bought and renovated this dar to the highest standards of comfort, whilst preserving a lot of the original features of the property, including the fesi fountain and mosaics. We stayed on the roof terrace and felt like we had our own part of the city to enjoy. This in itself was remarkable given we were only a ten second walk from the busiest of Fes's streets, but you wouldn't know it given how quiet the dar is! Steve also makes sure his guests are well fed at breakfasts, and everyone is allowed to make the most of his amply-stocked bookshelves. The dar itself was spotless and very relaxed, but Steve's help and friendliness made this stay one to remember, we'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to explore the marvel that is Fes, especially if you want an English speaking host.

  • Stayed September 2009, 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 #66 of 210 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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