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“Best riad experience in Morocco!”
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Dar Rabha
Ranked #4 of 69 Speciality Lodging in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra, Australia
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Best riad experience in Morocco!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This place is seriously magical - it is the best riad experience we've had so far in Morocco! Perhaps the best thing about this hostel is the communal courtyard at the base - everyone congregates around here and both staff and travellers are super friendly and just so chilled! We met some awesome people at this riad and ending up spending most breakfasts and dinners with them. It was so nice to meet likeminded, young, budget-concious + friendly travellers! We were also lucky enough to be there during ramadan, when they served 'breakfast' (dinner) for free every night! The free actual breakfast in the morning is great too - more than you can eat! Aside from the above, the rooms were airy + bright, the water hot, the wifi fast, the beds super comfortable and in a perfect location. You literally couldn't ask for anything more in fes! Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Dar Rabha made Morocco feel like home. The staff were awesome! They catered to any need we had. Whether that be serving mint tea at any time throughout the day, or leading us wherever we wanted to visit. They took us to restaurants, set up a tour (with a guide named Hassan), led us to a Hamam, showed us where to get a shave; these guys were awesome! Four of us stayed in a five person room with one other guest. The room was air conditioned and definitely reflected the Moroccan style. Nice quiet place! They also served a nice small breakfast. Dar Rabha made our trip to Morocco awesome!

Room Tip: Try to get a room that is on a higher floor and away from the common area, as it will be quieter.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

It seems that only the coolest, most easy-going people stay here. Every guest you will want as your new best friend. The guys who run this place are for realz the kindest, funniest, and most caring people you will meet in Fes. They help with anything you need. It feels like you're staying with your family at their rad riad, without the family drama. It's located in a nice area that is easy to find and really close to most things you're gonna want to do, too. Oh, and it's clean and there's a big breakfast that's included too!

Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

On arrival Marouane found out that I was learning Arabic. From that point onwards he refused to speak to me in English. He and the other staff were all wonderfully friendly and showed true Moroccan hospitality, the sort of which one would not find in other traveller/hostel establishments. This felt much more homely.

The breakfast was a feast, with one or two of the other guests packing away their leftovers for lunchtime snacks as there was just too much to finish in one sitting. The only problem is that breakfast is not served until 9am, so if you are peckish or want to get going before then you will either have to forfeit the free breakfast or return after a wander.

The comfort of the rooftop lounge/terrace is heavenly. Don't expect a great few of the surrounding area - the buildings in Fes are built virtually on top of each other! - but do expect to find some solitude and tranquility that is a necessity after a day of exploring Fes's streets.

I personally would recommend other cities over Fes if you are on your own/want to explore on your own, as I found it was the city in which you are least able to ditch the 'Tourist' sticker branded on your forehead. I was annoyed not to have spent more time in Rabat and Meknes as when I was there (even if it was for less than a day in both places) I found the locals were not so much eyeing up your wallet, as being just truly and genuinely friendly. Nevertheless if you are passing by do stop in briefly to experience an attack on the senses that only the ancient Medina of Fes can really give!

(Oh and beware of the faux-guides and ending up getting to the end of the day and realising that what you thought was just friendliness was actually an attempt to get money of you. I had a bad experience of being led to a number of shops, feeling very pressured into buying gifts for my family but also my 'guide'. Whilst he was off getting mint tea for me the shop owner said how poor my guide's family was and how I should probably get them a gift, only for the gift to be rejected at the end of the day and for me being led down a dark street and told I needed to give him money instead. As I said, if you are on your own, be warned!)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Surprise, Arizona
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Dar Rabha beautifully restored in the old Moroccan tradition. The location was great with it being on the edge of the Medina. It is very easy to find. The staff, especially Chorouk, were helpful in booking tours and helping you to find items in the medina. Aziz, the owner, is very much into healthy food and told us excellent places to eat. He also shared his insights and culture with us.

On the rooftop is a beautifully decorated sitting room. The breakfast was plentiful. Of course, you could drink that wonderful mint tea any time of the day. On the last day, even though we left early, they made us a sack breakfast to take with us. My only complaint is they served the breakfast usually after 9:00 in the morning.

Overall, this is an excellent value and choice to stay in Fes. We highly recommend it.

Room Tip: The private rooms are a good value with a nice bathroom and a hot shower.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Since travelling as a solo woman in Morocco can be a very stimulating experience, it was great to had found a lovely place such as Dar Rahba to stay at. It felt like home.The staff was very nice and polite, always helpful and offered tea many time thoughout the day if you were staying in (it was raining a lot when I visited). I even got to share a meal with the family and staff from a communual dish one evening!
The breakfast included in the price was delicious, the rooftop terrace cozy with a real moroccan living room. The place was quiet and clean and it actually had hot showers with good water pressure, a rarity in Morocco!
Very good value (I stayed in the 6 bed dorm). Would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Consell, Spain
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

No doubt we would recommend Dar Rabha to anyone. 1. Location was great. Really easy to find and to go around the medina. 2. We felt super secure and relaxed @ the hostel. It is clean and has good facilities. 3. All people who worked their were super friendly and were extremely helpful. One of the the girls - Shorok gave us an Arabic class and it was really good. We learned a lot and we practiced in the streets of the medina. We also met the owner of the hostel who was pretty cool and took us around a bit telling us about their culture and tradition. 4. Breakfast was great....oh yeah. One of the guys makes the best tea ever! :) 5. Dar Rabha is super beautiful. Really nicely renovated and decorated. The rooftop terrace was really nice to chill out. If we go back to Fez we would definitely go back to this place. Shokran Dar Rabha!

Room Tip: Room number 1 is great!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dar Rabha
Address: 41 Derb Serraj, Taala Sghira | Fes el Bali, Fes 302000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 69 Speciality Lodging in Fes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Dar Rabha 1.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mingle with culturally curious travellers in a laid back, authentic Moroccan setting! Watch local Fassi artisans trade their handicrafts, hear the Call To Prayer reverberate around the ancient medina of Fez from our rooftop tent & breathe in air aromatic with Moroccan spices.Dar Rabha has dorms, family rooms and superior suites to suit travellers looking for an authentic Moroccan experience. ... more   less 
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