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Owner and staff are wonderful. They offer helpful advice, guidance and an authentic experience in Fez. Wonderful breakfast as well. Housekeeping even laundered my clothes after a long trip throughout Morocco. A wonderful ending to a great trip in Morocco.
My daughter and I stayed 2 nights at Dar Hafsa and our host Abdul was very caring and looked after us very well. He arranged for a car to take us to Casablanca and suggested a wonderful inexpensive place to have dinner. Abdul arranged for...More
We loved our stay at this beautiful Dar conveniently located close to one of the main streets in the Medina. We were welcomed at the Blue Gate by the owner Abdul who personally walked us back to the Dar. We enjoyed a cup of mint...More
My boyfriend and I spent our first 2 nights here in fes and couldn't have hoped for a better welcome. We were picked up from the airport and walked to the riad where the owner welcomed us (despite it being 11:30 at night!!)
This Riad was my trip’s best surprise. Mister Abdekkarim is a gentleman always willing to help. The staff is alao friendly, rooms and bed are very good and location couldn’t be better, right in the heart of the Medina. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Response from Darrell T | Reviewed this property |
Hello Linda. Dar Hafsa itself is deep in the medina and every place you want to go from there is going to be up or down. Walking is your only option. There is no vehicular traffic in the medina. So even if you stay nearer... More
Hello Linda. Dar Hafsa itself is deep in the medina and every place you want to go from there is going to be up or down. Walking is your only option. There is no vehicular traffic in the medina. So even if you stay nearer the edge, anything you might want to see in the medina is down and back up. It is certainly an interesting and ancient atmosphere but not easy. We spent five days in Fez and our view was somewhat colored by cold/flu but I think two days would have been enough and three plenty.
If you stay at Dar Hafsa, they will meet you at the gate and you need them to. Don't imagine you will readily find your way around Fez medina on your own and any friendly volunteer WILL financially abuse you. I expect most Dars/Riads you might stay at will do that for you and will also arrange any guides or day trips you might want. Yes they will get a cut of the fee and probably of anything you buy but so will your guide and any other third party you might deal with. At least your hotel is somewhat accountable and wants a good review. However "official" your guide may be and however much you may disclaim shopping, his chief interest is going to be to take you to the Tannery and the Rug Factory (???I need my wife) and he IS part of the sales team. The reality is that the Tannery, Weavery?, and perhaps an equivalent pottery place are the most interesting things to see in Fez. I can't remember but don,t think you should have to pay more than 150 durhams for a guide. Avoid the expensive lunch (that everyone will get a cut of) and do that meal when you want to.
We rented a car for two of our six weeks and saw Moulay Idress/Volubilis and Chefchaoen that way. The former would be a great day trip. The latter might be better as an overnighter but the countryside/ride is also interesting. None of those places are easy walking.
I don,t know your time lines but, if that is a limiting factor, you might want to choose Marrakech over Fez. Flat, better museums and galleries, possible on your own and at your own speed, and the medina is almost as fascinating and less aggravating.
Best wishes. Darrell