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Dar Hafsa
Ranked #7 of 99 Hotels in Fes
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“From the land of one thousand welcomes; we say, one thousand thank you’s”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2011

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)!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2011

We stayed at Dar Hafsa for 3 nights at the end of May and booked it based on all the excellent reviews, which all proved to be true. Dar Hafsa has been beautifully restored and the rooms are nicely decorated and clean, the bed comfortable. The location is just perfect for exploring the medina and being on a side street, it is quiet. Don't miss out on the roof-top terrace, especially at sunset! The breakfast is wonderful, be sure to try everything, and if you want a special, delicious treat, then order a dinner there one night. The best thing about it though is the host, Abdul Karim and his family. Abdul goes way above and beyond and truly makes you feel welcome. He answered every question, organized an excellent tour of the medina one day as well as another day up in the mountains. We had a later flight on our last day and he let us leave our bags for the day and even come back to rest a bit. It was a wonderful stay and if we go back to Fes again, we will stay there.

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Highcliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2011

We booked Dar Hafsa because of the great reviews and the wonderful pictures on various website- we were not disappointed. We were blown away by the level of service provided, having no previous experience of Fes and only a limited time there Abdul Karim made sure that we were taken care of. We were given great advice on where to go and what to do, he organised taxis and tour guides and gave us recommendations on where to eat and shop. The breakfast provided was exceptional, traditional and freshly cooked. Seemingly unlimited Mint Tea! The restored Riad was extremely beautiful and authentic, and we were even given advice (and the maximum price we should pay!) on where to buy the silk curtains.

This place is a steal for the price we paid and we would highly recommend it to anyone passing through Fes.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2011

We stayed in Fez at Dar Hafsa for 4 nights in May 2011. This guesthouse was beautifully redone less than a year ago. It is in a great location just off one of the main ways from the Blue Gate, but far enough off to escape the noise and bustle. But the best thing about it is the owner Abdul Karim, along with his family, who was more than helpful with recommendations and planning trips for us. He works very hard to help his guests, and we certainly appreciated it. Dinner at the guesthouse was also outstanding (and affordable at 100Dh/each)!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2011

This is a little gem. The owner Abdul and his family are extremely helpful, the daughter Mariam took me to a local hammam and Abdul took my teenage son. What an experience! Abdul can arrange good accomodation in Chef and Merzouga. Dinner is very good and was waiting for us after a 20 hr journey from Canada. Abdul met us at the Blue gate and led us to the riad. Breakfast is tasty too. Riad has a nice terrace, we had the terrace room at the top and enjoyed it very much. Location is quiet, just off the main medina road coming from Bab Beljoud, walking distance to everything. Everything is clean and comfortable. Very much recommended.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2011

My friend and I stayed at Dar Hafsa during our trip to Fes recently. Our host was so helpful. Not only did he respond to my request for a room quickly but he met us at a central location so that we wouldn't get lost. The traditional home is beautifully done and the rooms are lovely, beds comfortable and we really felt at home. He helped to arrange our tour guide for the day and our desert tour both were things we really wanted to do. The breakfast was amazing and the tea spectacular. I would highly recommend staying here and I would definitely stay here again if I ever found myself in Fes.

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Property: Dar Hafsa
Address: 34 Derb Sidi Safi Souiket Ben Safi | Talaa Sghira Medina, Fes 31110, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 99 Hotels in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Hafsa 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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