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“Brilliant Dar ran by a kind and generous family” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dar Hafsa
Ranked #6 of 100 Hotels in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Brilliant Dar ran by a kind and generous family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

My wife and I spent two weeks in Morocco, and Fez was by far the best city we had the chance to experience. Although you need a life time for Fez alone. Karim and his daughter from Dar Hefsa were very welcoming and allowed us to really get a sense of the relaxed fassi life. The Dar himself is amazing, beautifully renovated by the owner, with excellent hygiene standards, and well located off tala sghrira, which makes exploring the medina at any time of the day very easy (especially after one of the copious breakfasts in the dar). I would recommend asking Karim for any information about where/who/what and how in fez. He is very patient and helpful. He was also useful in setting us off for the next leg of our journey to Essouira. If you want a place in Fez that makes you feel at home and not just a tourist in a riad then go for dar hefsa without hesitations

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013 via mobile

It was our first time visiting Morocco and the family-run Dar Hafsa riad was an ideal intoduction to the country's famous hospitality. Visitors are made to feel so welcome that you might get the impression that you are staying wih a favourite uncle rather than a businessman. Copious glasses of mint tea are accompanied by friendly and essential advice about Moroccan culture and what to do (and what not to do!) while in Fez.

The riad itself is beautifully decorated and the rooms are first rate. Breakfast is a real treat and even the most ravenous traveller would be hard pushed to finish it all. To top all this off is a roof terrace with a great view over the surrounding area.

With regards to location, you couldn't ask to be closer to the Medina and the cities main attractions are all with in walking distance.

We hope to return soon.

Katrina and Peter

  • Stayed May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Fantastic location with beautiful Moroccon decor in this Dar tucked away down a quiet residential alley. Lovely rooftop garden to look out over the city. Very clean and tidy and lovely room with great ensuite (very good shower). There are four guest rooms - I would recommend asking for one of the higher rooms. Karim is a great host and goes out of his way to make sure you are happy and can organise taxis, tour guides etc. Impressive breakfast with mix of breads and pastries. Great value, location and atmosphere - highly recommend. Went with a friend and it was perfect as a base.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend this homely riad. Beautifully decorated in traditional crafts, materials, fabrics throughout, with roof terrace with great view across the medina to the hills beyond Fes. In a quiet location in the heart of the medina, a true oasis. Excellent value for money, welcome mint tea upon arrival and fabulous breakfast. Thank you Karim and family for a wonderful stay in Fez.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013

Our train from Marrakech was 6 hours late (accident delay) getting into Fes. We were dead tired at 11pm so I can't tell you what a welcome sight it was to see Karim, the Riad Dar Hafsa owner, waiting for us at Bab Boujeloud Gate ready to escort us to his riad, a 5 minute walk away. The riad has been in his family for 130 years annd you can tell he and his family take the upmost pride in making sure everything in this wonderful establishment is as perfect as it can possibly be. Unfortunately for us the Dar Hafsa was fully booked past our initial first night. But Karim came to the rescue again, personally took us to another impressive but well priced riad a short distance away and made sure we were happy in our new digs. Great riad, great people, and very well priced. Give it a try.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013 via mobile

The hotel itself is lovely, a minutes walk from the hustle of the medina. It is clean, quiet, and elaborately decorated. The best part if staying here though is the owner Karim, who throughout your entire stay works tirelessly to make sure you are happy and informed about where to go, what to see etc. As part of a two girl group it was really reassuring to know we could ask Karim anything and that he would look out for us, advising us where to buy jewellery (out in the desert), organising a trip to the Sahara with safe reliable people and describing the local delicacies even get his daughter to take us to the local hamam. I would recommend to everyone, Karim and his family are truly wonderful people.

  • Stayed April 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013 via mobile

A great riad experience in the heart of the medina, but away from the noise of the "commercial" hustle and bustle. Karim and his daughter were wonderful hosts, proving cultural insights into Fes and Morocco, advising us for our activities, organised an official guide for the medina when we requested and were just happy to chat with us any time.
Also, the communication when we booked and before our arrival was extremely helpful, eg, beware of 'touts' on the train to Fes. This warning meant we were prepared for that to happen - which it did!
Karim also met us at the gate when we arrived and led the way to the riad.
Breakfast comprised an incredible variety and kept us going all day.
This dar was the cheapest dar/riad we stayed in during our two weeks in Morocco, yet provided one of the best eperiences.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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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 #6 of 100 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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