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“Not our best riad experience”
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Dar Mehdi
Ranked #47 of 215 Fes B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Not our best riad experience”
Reviewed 4 July 2013

We were happy to be welcomed in such a friendly manner, with mint tea, by Laymia and Mohammed when we arrived, but it quickly felt overbearing. We had been in Morocco for over a week at that point and rather than asking, they went over the very basic basics with us again and seemed to be put off when we already knew that people were going to try to guide us and rip us off. We also felt some pressure to have dinner there the first night, which was presented as an option "with no pressure," but after they talked about the menu for 20 minutes, we felt pressure to agree... It was a bargain, at 100 dirhams each, and we were encouraged to bring a bottle of wine (which Mohammed had difficulty opening, corking the wine in the end). The dinner was good, and an easy option for our first night, but not one that we would have necessarily chosen.
Our room was nice enough, but the air conditioner dripped all night. When I explained this in the morning, Laymia said tha she would have someone take care of it, but it still dripped the second night, torturing us with the sound and creating a huge puddle on the floor. Also, the door to the bathroom was a shower stall door, sealing the room off from the bedroom because there was no wall or curtain seperating the shower, which was located in the middle of the room between the sink and the toilet, from the rest of the bathroom.
We left early our second morning and they were nice enough to pack us a breakfast of yogurt drink and cocnut cookies.
Loud music was played until 11 PM in the common areas, which we found to be excessive.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Campinas, SP
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2013

Are you sure you want to stay inside the Medina? Ask yourself that before you book a hotel/riad in Morocco. It is a wonderful and different experience, but it is not for everyone. If you are travelling for many days through Morocco, you can and you will get tired of it. You might prefer to choose a riad inside the Medina in smaller towns like Chefchaouen and choose a hotel outside the Medina in Fes and Marrakesh.
But if you have just a few days in Morocco, you should stay inside the Medina to have this experience. The Fes Medina is the most interesting and most stressful in Morocco.
Said that, the Riad is very charming decorated, rooms are clean, aircon works well, good bed and cushions. It is very quiet and peaceful, although it is located at the heart of the medina.
The bathroom is really small and I cant see a way to improve it. It is going to bother you after three days. For short stays it is OK.
The food there is wonderful, I had dinner there during all my stay. I wasn't able to find a better couscous anywhere in Morocco.
The breakfast was the best I had during my trip. Keep in mind it is moroccan style, you will have a variety of pastries and no fruits for breakfast.
Lamiyae works there until 4PM and she is the sweetest person in Morocco!!! Salah Eddine, that is there at evening and night is also very friendly and helpful. They can speak English, what is rare in Morocco. They are always there for you and they can make your stay there very pleasant so that you desire to return someday to see them again. I hope so! ;-)
As it is usual in a riad, there is no lift and you need to use the stairs, that are steep and narrow.
Not appropriate for elderly and disabled people.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2013

There are only four rooms so it was quiet and peaceful.

The hotel is really easy to find and it's well located.

The room was traditional, clean and spacious. The bed was also nice. The bathroom was old and the sink small.

The breakfast is superb (three different kind of bread, jam, fresh orange juice, coffee or mint tea). Every time we got back from the medina we could ask for mint tea or orange juice (and it was totally free). And it was the best mint tea we had in Morocco.

Staff was really friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Maribor, Slovenia
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

At the end of our trip to magical Morocco we spent two days in sympathetic Riad Dar Mehdi in Fes. Despite the maze of streets in the medina, the riad can be find with no problem. In the old building, which was restored with great taste, we have adopted a friendly Lamya and talkative Mohamed. They served us with a very good mint tea, the best in Morocco.
All rooms Riad are very nicely decorated, spacious enough and mostly clean. Breakfast, served in a pleasant atmosphere is abundant and tasty.
A real treasure of Riad is Mohamed. He gave us lots of useful tips for movement within the medina, what to look out for, who to avoid, where to buy what, when to see the sight ... About him we learned a lot of things about life in Fes. And proved to be a very good animator and enriched us both nights.
At his suggestion, we have dinner in Dar Mehdi. All the food was excellent, phenomenal, richly seasoned with excellent Moroccan spices. So good that we ate the other day which in Riyadh. 10 + for the cook!
If you are looking riad in Fes that will never disappoint you, then Riad Mehdi is exactly what you are looking for. Dar Mehdi and Mohamed will stay in a very beautiful memory-forever!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Venezia, Italia
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

We have been welcomed very kindly from all the members of the staff. Mohamed and Lamyae were lovely, helpful and always ready to offer us a hot cup of mint tea, the best we've had in Morocco. Special thanks to Lamyae that thought us how to do the perfect tea, and of course to Mohamed, who was very friendly and always there when we needed him! It's true, as other people wrote, that the bathroom's very small, but it's a detail that's absolutely well compensated by everything else.
The location is perfect: less than 5 minutes walking from the Blue Gate.

We have been very happy with our stay in Dar Mehdi!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2013

Dar Mehdi deserves all the praise is receives - especially for the outstanding service and overwhelmingly kind and gentle staff. As the whole family was down with a bad cold, they took great care of us, preparing hot lentil soup, bringing breakfast to our room, always asking if they could help in any way. And special thanks to Mohamed - he is truly amazing, always ready to help with whatever problem we had. Dar Mehdi is a beautiful building, exquisitely decorated, with a nice terrace upstairs. Our room (Bab Boujloud) was spacious, clean and nicely furnished, with a truly stunning ceiling. We found the location superb - 5 minutes from the Blue Gate, not difficult to find, the main street is just around the corner, Medersa Bou Inania - 2 minutes walking, also excellent for restaurants - both the Moroccan ones near the Blue Gate or the ones with non-Moroccan food like Cafe Clock (3 min on foot) or Le 44 Cafe (next door). It's situated right next to the produce market in Talaa Kbira, so it's easy to stock up on fruit etc. Breakfast at the hotel is nice and varies from day to day, and mint tea is for free. The only disappointing thing is a small and not very convenient bathroom.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Willemstad, Curacao
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2012

The location is at the start of the medina and hence a great starting point for exploring fes! The breakfast is nice and the hotel staff is very friendly! The hotel has a nice terrace upstairs with nice views.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dar Mehdi
Address: Derb ben Salem 40, Fes 30000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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Ranked #47 of 215 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Mehdi 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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