This beautiful Riad is located in the heart Morocos largest Medina. A mere 7-10min walk from Bab Boujloud Gate (don’t worry if you don’t know where this is – we were greeted 2 steps away from where the petit taxi dropped us off by the owner himself at 1030pm at night).
Upon entering the Medina you are immediately swept away into another world by the culture, the sounds, the sights and smells of all that is Morocco. For those that are worried, the area is completely safe (even for women) as both my girlfriend and I walked up and down countless times.
Dar Hafsa is operated by a family that knows their business and knows it well. From our very arrival right to our departure, we were taken care of with the attention, detail and care as though we were family.
The Riad itself is something to behold. Recently restored, the colours will mesmerize you, the handiwork will take your breath away and Abdul and his family will simply put – will kill you with kindness.
Immediately upon entering we were offered Moroccan mint tea. Sounds like nothing right? Well wait until you try it – yummy and refreshing!
Our room was immaculate (we stayed in Room 1 on the first floor for 2 nights) and had an ensuite bathroom. The wi-fi was was quick and a nice addition!
After our first night we were exposed to a Moroccan breakfast of more than 10 items. Various breads and condiments, cheeses and olives – extremely filling! Again I opted for the mint tea while my girlfriend chose coffee with milk.
Abdul suggested that if we had limited time and we were up for it, we could consider a tour through the Middle Atlas Mountains. We obliged and we (along with another young couple staying at the Riad) went off on our almost 8hr tour. With plenty of stops and places to eat and marvel at Morocco along the way, this was well worth the time and money – and more importantly exposed us to the rich beauty, which I did not expect from Morocco. Our guide (Hasan) spoke a little English and communicated predominantly in French and warned us of those who may ask for money and when and where it might be acceptable and customary (which was nice)
Both nights we stayed within the Medina to eat and were treated to the delicacies that are traditional to Morocco (as suggested by Abdul). 10 euro (and that is a little on the high side) will more than feed even those with the largest of appetites and the food was fresh and tasty. Restaurateurs are used to tourists so language is not a concern
Our second day, Abdul recommended a small (close to another 6hrs) tour through the Medina. For those that think they can operate through the Medina themselves – forget it! Fez’s oldest Medina has more than 9400 streets – this tour was amazing and well worth it! Our guide met us at the Riad in the morning and was excellent, spoke fluent English and French and was well educated and knowledgeable about the area that surrounded us.
Both my girlfriend and I were not only impressed by this Riad but by the individual attention given to each of the Riad’s guests while there. Abdul and his family helped us experience Fez. We would absolutely recommend Dar Hafsa, you will not be disappointed (we can’t wait to go back)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Hafsa is a traditional 19th century Morocccan home. Recently renovated, the house is a beautiful example of fine Moroccan craftsmanship. The ornate tile work and painted doors reflect the best in cultural design. An open floor plan with multiple indoor balconies gives the house a cozy feeling, but not at the expense of privacy. A roof-top terrace offers an expansive view of the Fes Medina and the Riff Mountains.This lovely accommodation is seven minutes from the Blue Gate (Bab Bouljoud), and a simple right-hand turn from the main street (derb sidi safi souiket ben safi talaa sghira) and souk. It is situated on a quiet, clean byway. Those looking for a more authentic Fes stay will find themselves a reasonable distance from hustle and bustle of the shopping and trade.You will feel welcome at Dar Hafsa by the family who manages the guest house, Mariam and Aziz and their parents. They are friendly and generous. English, French, and Arabic languages are spoken well, along with some Spanish and German. Your comfort and satisfaction is assured, and the family can share their local knowledge to enrich your stay. ... more less
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