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“Good value, great breakfast and nice room”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bab Al Madina

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Bab Al Madina
Ranked #149 of 204 Fes B&B and Inns
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Good value, great breakfast and nice room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Our room was on the third floor and was huge!! It had a double bed and a bunk bed - there was only two of us though so this didn't really matter but it was nice to have the extra space.

The bathroom was nice and big, with shower gel and shampoo available, however did smell and there were many cockroaches.

The room had a nice balcony overlooking the main street which was nice to watch people come and go.

The breakfast was very nice and filling and it was lovely having breakfast at the front of the hotel outside, watching the people go by.

One of the staff members took us for a walk to the tanneries - just like the previous person mentioned - we did not feel obliged to buy anything and it was a good experience and very close to the hotel.

Staff were friendly and offer you mint tea when you sit downstairs which was nice, and even gave us a small departing gift.

There were a couple of negatives while staying here, however overall it was a pleasant place to stay.

Negatives:

We emailed the hotel two days before our arrival, advising them that we would be arriving early (5.30am) from an overnight bus from Merzouga. They replied, advising this was fine and that we could check in at any time with no problems.
We arrived at 5.30am (very tired due to no sleep on the bus) we were greeted quite abruptly and told that the hotel was full, and we would not be able to have access to our room until 12pm. We were told we could wait in the lobby area (three men were sleeping on the lounges in the lobby and there were no lights on...) We sat around until 7.30am and decided to go for a walk, came back at 8.30am and had breakfast and at around 9am we were lucky - our room was available.


Wifi only works in the lobby area (which often has what seemed like friends of the staff lying watching television in the dark room during the day) or at the front of the hotel.

While looking out from the balcony one afternoon, we witnessed a man (we are not sure if he was friends with the hotel staff or was associated to the hotel in some way, as he was present at the front of the hotel with staff regularly throughout our three day stay, or if he was a guest) purposely run over a small defenceless puppy with his car. A puppy was sheltering himself from the hot sun under the mans car, locals were tying to coax the puppy out, however he was scared. The man purposely accelerated as he did not want to wait any longer, and the puppy was ran over on his spine and rear legs. This was a sickening and horrible act to witness and we hope that this man was not associated to the hotel in any way and that he pays for what he did in some way. :(

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 454 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

We were not sure with this choice but need not have worried as it was a great choice and a great stay. We arrived before 5am from an overnight bus but when we knocked on the door they let us in and took us straight to our room - amazing - we went straight to bed and it was wonderful.
Our room was on the first floor facing the back, so it was a little dark but nice and quiet. It was also very large and came with a fridge and cable tv. The ensuite bathroom was small but there was great hot water from the shower and shampoo and bath gel were included - very rare in this budget price range.
Breakfast was included and was very good with egg, hot pancake, plenty of bread and coffee.
The guys on the front desk gave good advice and did not push tours etc they even organised for a guide to take us to the tanneries at no cost, there was of course the walk through a couple of stores but it was not pushy at all.
The hotel was spotless and our room was cleaned daily.
The location is at the north of the medina and close to the main tanneries. Its a bit of a walk to the blue gate but we regularly walked there and back no problems. In fact we liked this end of the medina the most as it felt more authentic and less aimed at the tourists than the main parts.
The hotel also had good wifi.
Recommend for budget travelers, the only negative is it lacks the charm of Riads and the ensuite was small and sometimes smelt a little.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

We stayed here for two nights in September.
The location is excellent, right next to the Madina.
The staff are wonderful, extremely helpful and friendly. They arranged a guide to take us around the Madina and that was the highlight of our holiday.
We were travelling by motorbike and a garage was provided for us just a minutes walk away.
The hotel is simple, comfortable and clean.
As noted by other reviewers, the breakfast is excellent!
We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013 via mobile

Very nice people and good prices. Excellent tea all day for free! Nice rooms and very nice service. Very good breakfast and awesome tour trip around old Medina for a very good price. The staff is very friendly and helpful

We enjoyed our stay
Vito, Romano, Matej

  • Stayed September 2013
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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

My two friends and I stayed at Bab Al Madina in the middle of June this year and loved it. Our bus arrived in Fes at five in the morning. When we arrived at the hotel, Mohammad graciously let us sleep in the sitting/dining area (there are plenty of couches) as our room wasn't available yet. Just a few hours later, he woke us up to tell us that our room had been cleaned and was ready for us. That afternoon, Mohammad took us to the medina and showed us where a few things were...all just to help out. Breakfast was delicious and hearty, a good way to start the day. The staff at Bab Al Madina were all extremely friendly and went out of their way to help us out. I would highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the main street as it gets pretty loud early in the mornings.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Kristiansund, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

The hotel was ok, although the bathroom has a low standard. Breakfast was good.
The negative thing about the hotel is the place where it is located, it is not the most cosy area you can stay in. The good about the location is that it is close to the Medina.
Watch out for people who are overpricing, for example taxi-drivers etc. Taxi-drivers can tell you the wrong prices for hotels,prices that are much lower than it really is.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Bristol UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

I stayed for a week in May 2013, a retired woman travelling alone. I was made to feel very welcome & all my requests were immediately granted, without being hassled to take up tours, guides etc. The hotel is family run with good staff, all of whom speak French & enough English. They will help you with all the information & advice you need. It is not near the Blue Gate which is a godsend, as it is quiet, but there are petit taxis stopping outside the door, so for less than a pound you can get anywhere, if you dont want to walk. It is also very handy when you arrive & leave with your bags. Plenty of the places you want to visit are at that end of the Medina. The hotel is very clean & sheets & towels were changed every day. The breakfast is plentiful & varied with nice coffee or English tea. There is a roof terrace where you can sunbathe or chill out. The hotel provides evening meals on request if you dont want to go out. I was pleased there was a computer, without charge, for the use of visitors, as I dont have a smart phone, but there is also free wifi. Overall, while it is not a Riad, the decor is traditional with tiles & painted ceilings; the best description is a Moroccan B&B, so probably nearer a typical Moroccan experience than the Riad ! Somehow it felt more comfortable stepping out into the world of Fes from a basic B&B than from a luxurious place. The value is amazing, & I was concerned it might be more like a hostel, but it isn't.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Bab Al Madina
Address: N 28 Ouad Zahoun, Fes 30030, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #149 of 204 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bab Al Madina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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