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Hotel & Spa Riad Dar Bensouda
Ranked #9 of 98 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

We chose this accommodation based on Tripadvisor reviews and were not disappointed. Helpful staff, lovely rooms, good breakfast - I would happily return if I am ever lucky enough to be in Fes again. We ate one night in the Riad and the following night in The Ruined Garden which is nearby. Great to be off the busy tourist streets and get a better sense of the medina.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bled, Slovenia
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Riad Dar Bensouda is immaculate and outstanding experience and top of riads in Fes, Morroco.
Originally we planned to stay one night, but extended for additional night, because the atmosphere was so relaxing and room was outstanding. Our room was on ground floor with original doors from 17th century with lovely bathroom and bathtub. Room has courtyard/attic where one can relax or stay by the pool or enjoy lovely terrace on roof (with great view of Fes).
Rooms were very clean, new, not at all worn out, staff is extremely lovely and warm. Welcome tee with home cookies (as well as complementary water bottle) will be part of their welcome on arrival and also departure.


Food is also outstanding, various and great breakfasts, great lunch/dinners and also tee or coffee available any time.

We stayed with 5years old daugther and she also enjoyed the stay, food, the pool and some extra perks on the house (ice cream, fruit).

If you don't want to get lost in Medina getting to Dar Bensouda, call them in advance and they will wait for you and help you with the luggage.

We had a late departure (bus to Rissani) and we were welcomed to stay in riad until our departure.

Get the best of Fes by staying at dar Bensouda. Worth every penny.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

When we were picked up at the airport and dropped at a building site... And met by a man with a hand pulled cart to load our suitcases onto, and asked to follow him into the winding alleys of the medina, little did we expect such a beautiful Riad behind the small doorway. It's a lovely place and of course everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. Absolutely recommended!

Room Tip: We're on the main central courtyard, so it's like an extension of our rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Rabat, Morocco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Two nights in dar bensouda a house from the 17 centry with lot of history it was house of imam religion person 2 main court yard one where the rooms are and one with the pool professional staf and the breakfast was awesome thanks to said the manager and his team

  • Stayed April 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

Dar Bensouda was a real hidden gem. It's a beautiful hotel, very authentic with large, traditional rooms and a fantastic view from the roof. I would definitely recommend this hotel for couples and not for families with young children just because it is so tranquil, I think you'd probably feel a bit out of place. As for the location, it's perfect... IF you want the real Moroccan experience and don't mind a 10-15 minute walk through a labyrinth of streets and pushy sellers. If you're a confident traveller (and not a single woman) it's fantastic but I don't think it would be to everyone's liking. But the hotel itself was absolutely beautiful and the service couldn't have been better. Would highly recommend for couples for a truly authentic Moroccan experience.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We were collected from the airport with no complaint for our flight being nearly three hours late and given a warm welcome by Said. Coming out of the Medina into the courtyard is like arriving on a magical island. The rooms are simple, spacious, clean and comfortable. The staff are exceptionally courteous and helpful, the Wifi free and effective. Said, the manager, is outstanding - nothing is too much trouble and he is both charming and efficient in organising outings and finding a guide. We had an excellent guide (Khalid) on our first day who took us all round the medina and this was very worthwhile as he showed us how to find our way back to the Riad from various points. Visit the Kassr Annoujoum in Derb Zerbtana and take tea on the terrace after a guided tour of the wonderful gallery - it is quite exquisite. The terrace at Dar Bensouda is a real suntrap and gives great views over the medina and to the hills beyond. We ate in the Riad every evening and found this added to the relaxation of our stay. The food was traditional morroccan tagines, very good and sensibly priced. Although we were in Fes in January (cool evenings) the Riad was well heated with open fires in the restaurant and lounge.

Room Tip: We had one of the less expensive rooms which was fine but it would be worth taking a suite upstairs...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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MarrakechRiads, Gérant at Hotel & Spa Riad Dar Bensouda, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Dear David,
thank you so much for your review, I'm very proud because you like the stay in DAR BENSOUDSA, you will be always welcome in our house and we are very happy to chare this authentic building with all our guests all over the world.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

Dar Bensouda is lovely. I cannot imagine a more beautiful place to stay. The management was so kind and very helpful with directions, restaurant suggestions, etc. The breakfasts are delicious and served in a warm and charming room. Highly recommended!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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MarrakechRiads, Gérant at Hotel & Spa Riad Dar Bensouda, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Dear DomFrancon

thank you so much for recommending our house to the other visitors
I hope that you will be back here with us in DAR BENSOUDA
to take care of you and sharing all the good things with you you are always welcome among your friends

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Property: Hotel & Spa Riad Dar Bensouda
Address: 14, Zkak El Bgha | Elquettanine, Fes 30202, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Fes
#6 Luxury Hotel in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel & Spa Riad Dar Bensouda 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Bensouda is an authentic old palace in Fez, transformed into a charming guesthouse. Here you'll find exquisite traditional architecture harmoniously combined with all the comforts of modern accommodation. Dar Bensouda has two beautiful courtyards: the fountain courtyard around which eleven luxurious rooms and suites are arranged and the swimming pool patio with a leafy garden. Each room is individually decorated, air-conditioned, and has an en-suite bathroom with shower. The suites have a bathtub and a relaxing sitting room. ... more   less 
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