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Riad Dar Guennoun
Ranked #43 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Reviewed 13 November 2012

A group of us stayed for three nights at this beautiful dar. The owner and host, Miriam, was really lovely, and helpful. The food is fantastic - sumptuous breakfasts, delicous dinners - the olives are so good and the bread (!), and we even had lunch at the riad one day, and a birthday cake on the morning we left. The riad is so beautiful and the bathrooms are quite luxurious - try the black soap! I truly wish that one day I will return for a longer stay. Thanks for everything!

Room Tip: If you have mobility problems, book the room on the ground floor. The stairs might be too much.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

We stayed for 3 nights. The Riad is lovely, great location and the (3rd generation) owner, Miriam (Moroccan / Australian) extremely helpful. We arrived by train from Tangier at 10 pm and Miriam arranged for a driver to meet us and bring us to the Riad. We would never have found it on our own! The location of the Riad is good, just inside the Medina, relatively easy to find (once you know where it is) and only 5 mins walk to Bab Rcif (one of the gates to the Medina). Miriam had upgraded us to the Juliette Suite and our friends to the Abdul Suite. Our bed in the Juliette Suite was enormous, the room large and beautifully decorated with rugs on the tiled floor, cloth hangings on the walls, drapes across the coloured glass windows overlooking the internal patio. The bathroom was large too with nice toiletries, complimentary slippers and thick towels. There was also a tiny TV, fridge and AC/Heating which we didnt use. There is a lovely terrace where we sat with a bottle of wine looking over the medina. We had arranged dinner in the Riad on arrival which was the usual meze style starters and Pastilla (chicken in filo pastry with icing sugar and cinnamon on top!). It was a bit dry but it had probably been cooked earlier in the day. We also had a bottle of wine at 150 dhs. The room was quiet and we slept well. Breakfast was orange juice, coffee/tea and a variety of honey, jams, cheese, olives and bread. We also had eggs, omelettes, pancakes and different breads. It was a good start to the day. We had exchanged several emails with Miriam and she had arranged a guide for us, Mohammed. We explained that we didnt want to buy anything on this trip and he took us to the carpet factory, clothing factory, tanneries, leather goods shops, spice shops, etc. but there was no hard sell. We paid him 50 Euros but felt it was worthwhile. The next day we went to the Medina on our own and due to his careful training were able to find our way around and home! We had been recommended to have a guide to show us around and we were glad we had. In the evening we went into New Fes. The restaurants (serving alcohol) are hard to find and expensive. However, in the end we asked a taxi to take us to a reasonable restaurant serving alcohol and he did!

Tip: Wifi not very good.
Tip: If you like to drink alcohol, we would recommend staying on the outside edge of the Medina as its alcohol-free and you can only get a drink in a hotel/Riad which can be quite quiet/lonely! Also, the Medina closes in the evening!
Tip: The red petite taxis are cheap - they are metered but can only take 3 people at a time. However, everything can be negotiated!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Christine T
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

I exchanged several e-mails with with Miriam before making my decision to stay at riad Dar Guennoun. Miriam make the decision easy. Since we were traveling from Rabat on the train, she cautioned us to be careful of the “friendlies” on the train that they did not have our best interests in mind. Indeed, we did meet three of them and all three tried to find out our names and where we were staying. We told them our sister was picking us up and they quickly left us alone.

Miriam met us with tea and pastries that were great. I had pre arranged with Miriam to have someone pick us up at the train station. They were there with a sign displaying our name and we were at the riad within 10 minutes. Well worth the 100dhs. plus tip. I had also asked her if she could arrange a tour beginning at 2:00. She did so, but also prepared for us a Moroccan salad. This is not your usual salad you get in a U.S. restaurant, but is an assortment of wonderful vegetables in small dishes. Carrots, beans, etc was placed before us and was one of the best we ate during our stay in Morocco. We also ordered dinner both nights of our stay and we could not have been more pleased. Their preparation and presentation of meals is outstanding and I encourage anyone to give it a try. She also had wine by the bottle or glass available. We chose a bottle of Moroccan wine both nights. Moroccan wine is very good. Try a glass while you are there.

Wi Fi is available in the lobby which is a place of calm that you must sit and enjoy while you are there. There is a fountain that drips water that echos throughout and is most relaxing. There is also a terrace that provided one of the most beautiful sunsets we saw while in Fes.

Since we were to meet our guide/driver at 7:00am the last morning, she insisted that Siad bring down our luggage so others would not be disturbed. We stayed on the third floor and Siad took our bags up as well as brought them down. Breakfast does not begin until 8:00, but we had a big surprise awaiting us at 6:30 that morning. Siad had prepared a full breakfast for us. We had not expected that, but were oh so pleased.

If you are looking for a beautiful place in the medina close to everything, this is a place you can book with confidence.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

From the minute we arrived the service was fantastic. We arrived after midnight and Miriam met us and made us tea. The driver the hotel arranged to meet us at the airport carried our bags to the door which I recommend as it would be difficult to find otherwise, although you don’t have to walk far from the point where the driver took us. You walk in through a plain door in a tiny alley way, and the building is beautiful inside, very traditional decoration so it’s a world away from identikit hotels. You couldn’t be anywhere but in Morocco as the decoration is all traditional crafts of zellig tiles and carved stucco. Our room was comfortable, very clean and very nicely decorated, with free wifi in our room, air con, TV and fridge, and when it was hot outside it was cool and comfortable, although quite dark as the windows are onto the courtyard rather than to outside. There is no room safe, but there is a safe in the office. On our first day the hotel had organised us a guide to take us round the medina, again highly recommended as even when we roughly knew our way around on the second day, we wandered round and round for ages – lots of fun to see everything but we wouldn’t have found half the things we wanted to see without the guide on the first day. We had a big lunch that day, and the hotel were kind enough to provide us with a light meal of salads and bread that evening, but we dined in the following evening and the food was wonderful. I particularly recommend the pastilla which was delicious. Breakfasts are also good (and the terrace on the roof is lovely), they are varied, generous and delicious with different kinds of pancakes every day, and they remembered after the first time that I wanted tea, not coffee in the morning. They also organised our guide and driver to Volubilis, Moulay Idris and Meknes, and rearranged it when we changed the day we wanted to go (because the main museum in Fes is closed on Tuesdays). When we ate outside the hotel on our last night, someone escorted us to the nearest point to find a taxi, and they gave us clear directions what to tell the taxi driver to bring us back. We ate by the way at the blue gate Bab Boujeloud (between 8 and 11 dirhams depending on day time or night time by taxi) and coincidentally ate at the Restaurant Guinoun, where I had fantastic couscous royale. There are nice shops round there as well and lots of life in the evening.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Louise090
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

Couple late 30's trav;lling around morocco. We stayed there for 3 nights (junior suite, top floor)

Arrived to fes after a tour in the atlas, the hotel is located in the medina away from the main streets. It is a very cute dar with a central area well decorated. the hotel also has a roof terrace to have breakfast and dinner when the weather permits.
Rooms are nicely decorated, large enough and has good showers
The room has a couple of windows on the outside so can be a bit noisy in early mornings.
Breakfast was very nice with omelette, pancakes, honey/jam, bread, olives.

The owners are really helpful and can organise any tours, guide even restaurants if needed.
We had a guide through the medina (recommended) and a meknes volubiliss day trip (great).
You can find taxis 5min away easely, it will cost more than double if you get them from the dar.

Otherwise, it is a debate whether to stay in the medina or not as it is easier to go out in the ville nouvelle, depends on what you want to do in the medina. Note that the hotel does excellent dinners if required with local wines. We also had a massage in the ville nouvelle but there are also a couple of riads which do them in the medina, book in advance though.

left by train to rabat (2h, 230 dir), taxi to station is 20 dir

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JoaozinhoLondon
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights with a group of friends. The rooms were great, the meals excellent and the staff, in particular Miriam, were very friendly and helpful. This is a beautiful haven in the Medina of Fez.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
1  Thank Rod H
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

A friend and I stayed at this Riad for 4 nights. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by Saiid with some mint tea and cookies. The staff that work there are incredibly friendly, and throughout our trip they were always very helpful. We felt as though they took us in as one of their own.
Breakfast everyday was fantastic! On the last day we had it on the terrace which was even better. The views from the terrace are just incredible!
The Riad organised 2 tours for us, one around the walls of the medina and one inside the walls of the medina. Both were fascinating. Make sure you try to leave at least one day, where you're able to wonder around the walls of the medina by yourself though. Getting lost inside the walls is all part of the experience!
All in all, this Riad is great in every aspect. You should definitely stay here!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: 70 Diour Jdoud Klakleyinne Medina | Fez el Bali, Fes 30200, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Fes
#23 Romantic Hotel in Fes
Price Range: £34 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dar Guennoun 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Guennoun is a beautiful traditional house located in the world’s oldest inhabited medieval Islamic cities, Fes. Dar Guennoun is located near one of the main access points to the Medina and is just five minutes from the famous Kairouyine University and the souks. Dar Guennoun is a 17th century house which has been extensively renovated. It is a wonderful example of Moorish architecture from the hand sculpted plaster to the artisan painted cedar wood and the mosaic covering floors and walls. ... more   less 
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