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You’ll probably find better places, better amenities, better price etc etc in Fes
But that’s not what a holiday is all about.
It’s about perceptions and how you feel.
And that’s where Abdul and his team excel.
They make you feel good.
Of course the...More
Absolutely stunning restored ancient riad. Could not be a better taste of exotic, timeless Morocco. Our room was spacious with lots of character and comfort. We arrived after hours, and the staff was tremendously helpful and accommodating. They really went above and beyond to make...More
I love this riad! The service was impeccable. They met us late around 11pm at the entrance to the Medina to guide through to the riad. They provided us delicious mint tea whenever we requested and the included breakfast was a feast of various pastries....More
Incredibly happy with our choice to stay three nights at Dar Hafsa. Owner Abdul Karim and his staff Mohammed and Soufyane are truly wonderful hosts. From the moment we first exchanged emails to book the room the communication was smooth and efficient. We appreciated Mohammed...More
The riad is beautiful, the staff very helpful and friendly. Breakfast huge- combination of local and continental, with fresh eggs. Extra bonus was recommendations of treatments for cold from Muhammed and tea with night staff- Sufjan, who is very eager to learn foreign languages!
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