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We stayed in Fez was just one evening en route from Merzouga to Chefchaouen. I don’t remember the names but the owner and the young guy were very welcoming. They picked us from the outer gates of the Medina to the Riad. We didn’t have...More
Convenient located in the heart of Medina, 10-15 minutes walk from Bab Bou Jeloud, the Dar is a true gem.
Our two nights stay at the place was lovely and the staff and the owner Abdul Karim are warm and kind people, very welcoming and...More
We trusted the many TripAdvisor reviews for this place and it really paid off. The entire staff are incredibly welcoming, and the hotel itself is cosy, clean and absolutely beautiful. The house has been in the owner's generation for over a hundred years, and the...More
I can only agree with the previous reviews. The place is enchanted and we'll never forget the staff: the lovely owner, Sofyan, Mohammed and the tour guide Ali, pure entertainment :) we were tempted non to hire a guide but honestly it was 100% worth...More
Stayed there for two nights. I arrived in the Fez airport late afternoon, took a taxi arranged through the hotel, and went to one of the gates of the old city. From there an assistant took me to the hotel. I do not know whether...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