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We had a very enjoyable couple of nights at Dar Hafsa. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable.
The location in Fes was nice and central, easy to return to. The host, Abdul, met us personally at the Blue Gate when we arrived to...More
Everything is fantastic!
The staff is nice and make us feel like home, the breakfast is good, the room is clean, the location is convenient!
Prior to our arrival, the host also had quick response to our query and sent his staff to pick up...More
Dar Hafsa is the best hotel we have stayed at in Morocco. It was very clean and reasonably priced. All staff were extremely kind, friendly, and hospitable-- they really went out of their way to provide us with a great experience. We cannot wait to...More
We had an amazing experience staying at Dar Hafsa. Starting with the owner Abdul Karim, to the staff, Soufian, Mohamed and Zakia, we received extraordinary hospitality beyond the line of duty. We stayed at the Dar for one week and felt truly at home. The...More
The whole team at Dar Hafsa were fantastic, right from Abdul meeting us personally at the Blue Gate on arrival - what a treat to spend time in this wonderful house, with great hosts and the warmest hospitality. We would definitely recommend this 'experience' to...More
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