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“Perfect, calm place to stay in the middle of the medina!”
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Dar Hafsa
Ranked #6 of 98 Hotels in Fes
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Perfect, calm place to stay in the middle of the medina!”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed for four nights at Dar Hafsa and could not have asked for a better place to stay during our trip to Fes!

From the moment we arrived in Fes the owner, Abdul Karim could not have done more to help us. He met us in person at the Blue Gate and guided us through to Dar Hafsa- which is brilliantly located on a quiet side road off the main street, only about a 5-10 (if you walk slow like us!) walk.

The guesthouse itself is beautifully decorated and our room (on the ground floor) was lovely and peaceful an also kept very cool- which is very welcome after a long walk in the medina! There is an air conditioning unit in the room if you like but we did not find we needed to use it.

Abdul helped to make our trip in Fes the very best it could be- recommending us sites to see and offering advice on which restaurants are best to avoid and those places where we could get excellent value, local food. He turned out to be right each time! He also arranged a guide for us to tour the old , medina and its very winding streets, as well as a driver to tour the surrounding mountain towns. This was all at quite short notice but he sorted everything out for us as though it were no trouble at all and with a smile! When I mentioned that I would like to buy some Rhassoul clay during my stay he even offered to buy some for me to get me a good price and quality.

I must also mention the delicious breakfast- the first morning we were amazed as he bought out a huge spread of delicious looking plates for us including various pastries and crepes/doughnuts as well as honey, jam and boiled eggs.

Overall I would like to thank Abdul and his daughters; who also work with him, for a brilliant stay and we hope to return! If you are looking for good quality accommodation at an excellent price and with a personal touch then this is the perfect place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

From the moment we arrived to when we left the staff were excellent. We were told the best places to go and the owner put all the effort in to arrange things for us. This was especially helpful in a city as large and confusing as Fes. Neither me nor my girlfriend are bad navigators but if it was not for the help of the owner we would have been lost for sure.

The room was very nice and comfortable. It managed to feel luxourious yet be affordable at the same time. The breakfasts which are included were very large, with a wide range of pastries to choose from. The view from the terrace is simply breathtaking. You could be excused for spending the whole stay up there. In short you will certainly not be dissapointed if you stayed here.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2013 via mobile

Dar Hafsa and its owner, Abdul Karim, could not have been a better fit for myself and my two grown children during our stay in the Medina. I chose it base on the Trip Advisor reviews but was thrilled to have our experience far exceed our expectations. We were personally met at the main gate despite our late arrival hour (12:30AM) and walked to Dar Hafsa through the quieting streets. Abdul Karim spoke with us along the way making us feel instantly comfortable. We had agreed in advance not to hire a guide, but when he asked us and explained why it might be a good idea (35 Euro for the entire day) we all changed our minds quickly. And he was correct. 9000+ winding alleys with no markings or points of reference make it impossible for a visitor to find their way in one day. Not to mention that the facades are unremarkable but it is only once you enter through the doors that you find the incredible beauty within. You must know which doors to enter!

Dar Hafsa has an entrance that is a common room for eating, visiting and quiet time. Decor include traditional Moroccan fabrics and mosaics. Very pretty and comfortable. The rooms are located on three floors. We stayed in two rooms, both with twin beds. We all slept amazingly well.....which is uncommon for all three of us when traveling. Both quiet and comfortable, our rooms were simple but pretty and both had full private baths. The only warning are the steeper than what we are used to in the US stairs (common in Morocco) for the rooms in the upper levels. WiFi worked perfectly....also a rarity when traveling (and is included).

on the first morning we were able to sleep in and were greeted with home made breads (some made as we awoke just for us), spreads, OJ, mint tea, and hard boiled eggs. I can't describe the simple beauty of the presentation or the amazing flavored in the simple food in a way that would do them justice. This was no ordinary continental spread.

After touring the incredible sites we returned to rest before dinner. Our dinner reservations were made for us by Abdul Karim (thank you!) at a new restaurant where we were promised multiple courses of fabulous food for around 35 Euro for the three of us. (This was delivered as promised but that is for another review.) Since we had a couple of hours we rested and Abdul Karim brought us tea on the roof top. Relaxing and beautiful we looked out over the medina and surrounding hillside while enjoying our tea and wonderful conversation.

The take-away........fantastic, comfortable, reasonably priced lodging with an owner who is willing to go the 'extra mile' to make your stay memorable. His daughter works with him and is equally as lovely. This will be my new 'go to' place when recommending to friends. If you prefer a big hotel with a big lobby, this is not the right fit for you.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Casablanca, Morocco
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

I had a great time in Fès, and Dar Hafsa's staff played a key role in this. Besides offering a great place to stay, they also gave us very valuable advices and arranged everything for this trip to be perfect, from arranging a guided tour to recommending nice restaurants. Thank you guys!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

My 4 nights stay in Riad Dar Hafsa in Fes was a fantastic experience. The place is very conveniently located in the old medina about 5 minutes walk from the Blue Gate, a few minutes walk from tanneries and places with souvenirs and restaurants are abundant nearby too. The riad is very clean and well looked after with a beautiful decor throughout. The room was spacious and cosy and had all amenities, breakfast was delicious and there is also a roof terrace in the riad overlooking the medina with a beautiful view. The place overall is a hidden gem with a very good value for money. But the most pleasant thing about it is the host who gets out of his way to help you and assist you with his answers to any questions and requests you may have. I have never met a more polite and kind man and that makes you feel like staying at home and makes this place even more special. I would recommend choosing Dar Hafsa to anyone staying in this fabulous city of Fes.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Our experience in Fes was made all the more amazing by Karim and his lovely daughter Mariam. Staying in the beautiful Dar Hafsa felt like staying at a favourite uncle's house! Waking up after a comfortable and quiet sleep, you can expect to be greeted with warm smiles and a great breakfast. Karim is very knowledgable about the city and will recommend you the best places to eat, sites to see, and places to shop. He helped us organize the rest of our trip and made sure that we had an authentic and very pleasant Moroccan experience. Dar Hafsa was very clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated - not to mention in a great location. Coming back to genuine, warm smiles after a long day of exploring Fes made all the difference - they are truly happy to go the extra mile for their guests and I would highly recommend this superb place!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Woking, Surrey
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Knowing that spending a week in Fes is quite a challenge we deliberately chose Dar Hafsa on the basis of previous reveiews recommending it for its convenience for the old Medina and for the helpfulness of Karim and his family. We were not disappointed!

The place itself is perfect, just off one of the main market streets with its shops and cafes. Karim and Mariam are perfect hosts, ready with advice and all the help you need (and a cup of tea when necessary!) including where to shop and the best places to eat. They also organised two day trips with a car for us which enabled us to get out and see some of the surrounding area.

Old Fes is a great experience but quite daunting for the unitiated. It takes a few days to properly attune yourself, especially to walking around the soukes and being able to absorb and enjoy the sights and smells without being worried or put off by everyone trying to sell you things! Yes, some of that can be a pain, but in most cases a firm "no thank you" said with a smile is far better than just ignoring folk or becoming defensive. Most people are friendly and welcoming, and an unwillingness to engage with the local people means you miss out on so much of what such a place has to offer.

If however you want to experience the real Fes, Karim and Dar Hasfa could not be a better choice. Thank you so much for looking after us so well.

Room Tip: Room on ground floor is by the central courtyard so isn't ideal if you want an early night.
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  • Stayed May 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
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Ranked #6 of 98 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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