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dar gnaoua
Ranked #16 of 226 Fes B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

We arrived from our long journey from Mergouza and were met be Ahmed at the taxi stand. He arranged for our luggage to be taken to the Riad and personally walked us to the Riad, showing us along the way several landmarks that would be invaluable.
The property is well restored and esthetically pleasing. We had booked two rooms (triple and double) for our family of five but were given three rooms. All the rooms are very large, cozy and exceptionally clean. They all had A/C but we didn't need it. The property has lots of public spaces that you can read or just relax. There is even a small kitchen downstairs that you can use. The best is the roof top terrace with an incredible view of the city. You are in the Medina and we could sit for hours watching the people, children, animals on the roof tops.
We had planned dinner upon arrival at the Riad but it was so delicious that we chose to eat there the second night as well. You can set your own menu and everything we ate was amazing. We took our dinners and breakfasts on the roof top terrace to enjoy the moderate temperatures and incredible views of Fes.
The best part of our trip, however, was not the property but the people. The owner, Lournve was around a lot and helped us on several occasions. She was especially kind to my wife who had the stomach bug and not feeling well. Ahmed was amazing. We had originally thought we would hire a guide but after a not so good experience in Marrakesh, we were unsure. Ahmed and Lournve also recommended we could easily do Fes without a guide and that was great advice. Every morning Ahmed would sit down with us and help us plan out an itinerary for the day. Each day a little different but we feel we saw most of the sights and truly experienced Fes (which we greatly preferred over Marrakesh). He even walked us to the main part of the Medina on the first morning, showing us the many Dar Gnaoua signs and major landmarks. We wondered the city for two days and never got lost. From arrival to final departure, I can not say enough good things about Ahmed. He is truly there 24/7 to ensure you have a wonderful experience. We are sooooooo thankful we stayed at Gar Gnaoua!!!!! Thank you Lournve and Ahmed.

Room Tip: We had a variety of room and all were great
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

We came stressed to Dar Gnaoua – and left totally relaxed. Achmed and Rachid are probably the most friendly Moroccains we met on our trip. They were really helpful and accommodating.
The breakfast is tasty and the rooms vary from sweet to romantic dreams. The old house itself is perfectly renovated and the inner design more than tasteful. The view from the terrasse is awesome. Another plus: In the labyrinthy Medina of Fes, there are good way signs to Dar Gnaoua.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

Dar Gnaoua is a wonderful place. It has been restored with impeccable taste, and prices are very reasonable. We had the lovely room at the top of the house, looking out to the terrace. Breakfast was delicious, as was the dinner we had one night on the terrace. Laurence is a great host, and Ahmed was wonderfully helpful and kind.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

We booked this Riad for 1 night last minute based on the rave reviews of the place.

Whilst Ahmed was incredibly sweet and tried to accomadate us as much as possible, the Riad was absolutely freezing. The aircon heater did not function properly and none of our group had a very good sleep that night. The Riad is also quite far in and difficult to find and we did not find it conducive to pop in and out of and were afraid to come back too late at night. Beyond this the facilities were acceptable but unimpressive.

What really upset us to no end was the fact that at the beginning of our stay we were told the riad would be able to store our main luggage for us for 2 days so that we were able to go away with just backpacks on a weekend trip to Chefchouen. Everyone in the group packed accordingly but on the morning of our departure, we were told that the Riad would not be able to keep it. We even got Ahmad to phone the riad owner Lawrence whom we actually begged to store our 3 suitcases. We were rudely told that this was not possible. Absolutely no effort was made to accomadate our luggage situation despite agreeing to it the day before. Finally after the upsetting phone call and in a rush to catch our bus and with nowhere to leave our luggage,we contacted the riad in the old city that we had stayed in earlier that week, who happily agreed to store our luggage in their riad. We were forced to pull our heavy luggage through the old city and up hills to another riad. This experience left us all upset and we were shocked by how we were treated by the owner. We travelled through Morroco for 3 weeks and stayed at a number of Riads where everyone went out of their way to welcome and help us and besides this riad we did not have a single bad experience. We were truly horrified and would never stay here again or recommend that anyone stays in a place where guests are treated in such an appaling manner .

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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l_alberro, Propriétaire at dar gnaoua, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2016
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Chère Nabila ,
Je suis désolée que vous n'ayez pas aimé notre service. Nous essayons de faire le maximum pour nos clients : pour un sejour d'une nuit pour 3 personnes , nous avons été vous chercher spontanément à votre riad précédent , nous avons payé la carriole de vos très lourds bagages . Nous vous avons attendu jusqu'à plus une heure du matin , ce qui est vraiment très tard en medina de fes, et je crains que vous ne soyez rentrées un peu trop fatiguées par votre soirée arrosée pour remarquer les chauffages a bain d'huile dans vos chambres, d'où votre sensation de froid .
Effectivement nous ne pouvions garder vos très gros bagages pendant 48 h sans avoir la moindre idée de l'heure et de l'endroit où vous vouliez que nous les emmenions , et vous exigiez ce service , naturellement rendu à des clients revenant au riad mais plus délicat autrement ( et interdit par la loi ...)Nous vous avons proposé de les emmener à votre riad suivant , mais vous avez refusé de prendre en charge les 2€ de la carriole et je crois , Nabila que vous n'aviez pas encore réservé votre prochain établissement .( c'est tellement plus fun de changer d'adresse tous les soirs pour profiter des tarifs last minute et exiger un service de majordomes privé !!) . Nos lecteurs apprécieront le 284e commentaire de Dar gnaoua , le SEUL horrible !!

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Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

I can't recommend this place enough; it is gorgeous and the staff are very friendly. They make you feel at home, you can use the kitchen if you like yet it is like you are lounging in a restored palace. The riad is traditional and very beautiful, they spent 2 years restoring it. The owner Laurence and the staff bend over backwards to make sure that you are having a good time and to help you out with recommendations and getting you to where you want to go. There is a lovely terrace for breakfast, with a view of the city. We stayed in the top room, which is spacious and beautiful. Pick this room, it is very special. Arrange for a driver to pick you up and staff will meet you at the gate to walk you up to the riad, you will not be able to find it on your own the first time. The staff will ensure you are well acquainted with maps and directions and the riad is very well sign posted, better than most, so it's no problem to find your way back. The owner made excellent restaurant recommendations which we enjoyed and has a beautiful shop with lovely design items not the usual stuff available everywhere in the markets. It was also the most comfortable riad of our stay, with plenty of heaters and a nice soft bed- finally! As we were traveling over the new year and into January I was cold in all the other riads that we stayed at, but with several heaters here I was toasty and warm. Moroccan beds are usually very hard but this one was lovely. Wifi is available on the main floor. You can have a lovely traditional dinner in if you like as well, just ask in advance. They will also do laundry for you if you need a refresh. Excellent value for money and the warm staff make it a wonderful stay. It was the best of our visit in 5 roads which is saying something as they were all very good.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 24 Derb Lamzerderb | Akbet Bensoual, Fes 30030, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Fes-Boulemane Region > Fes
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Ranked #16 of 226 B&Bs / Inns in Fes
Price Range: $56 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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