About this listing
To make a booking, check availability and prices please contact the owner Graham direct.
Dar El Menia has four bedrooms all with en-suite or private bathrooms. We have a standard double room for 49 EUR, a triple room for 55 EUR, a large double/twin for 65 EUR and Family Suite or Quad room for 75 EUR ( seasonal rates may apply). Breakfast is included. It is also possible to rent the entire house, further details upon inquiry.
Dar El Menia lies in the heart of Fes (Fez) Medina, former imperial capital of Morocco and the world’s largest medieval medina. Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is not a museum it is a living, breathing city and Dar El Menia provides the perfect luxurious base to begin exploring the old and the new. This dar, or courtyard house, is at least 250 years old and has recently been completely restored using local craftsmen, techniques and materials.
Situated adjacent to Talaa Kebira, the main artery of the walled city, Dar El Menia offers easy access to all major sites of interest, the water clock, tanneries, hammams, mosques and medersas as well as being perfectly placed to begin roaming the medina’s narrow car free streets, which contain all manner of crafts, markets, restaurants, cafés and personality.
This fully restored dar is focused around its traditional courtyard, which, with its original marble floor, patterned tiles (zellig) and plaster carving, provides natural air conditioning and is the heart of the house around which all accommodation is based.
Dar El Menia is owned by an Englishman, Graham Coules. He has employed an old medina family who reside nearby. Um Klthum is the maid and is a superb traditional Moroccan cook, Jamal speaks English, French and Spanish and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the medina, Mostapha is the custodian of the house, he worked on the restoration project and is always on hand with a smile and a few words of Arabic to teach. One of the unique features of Dar El Menia is the opportunity this local family provides for further in-depth exploration of the people and culture of Fes.
Dar El Menia sleeps eleven and its accommodation and amenities consists of:
Four bedrooms over three floors all having access to a private or en-suite bathroom
Free WiFi available to all our guests
Evening meals by arrangement (additional information given upon booking)
One additional ground floor toilet with wash facilities
Two kitchens – one on ground floor, one on roof-terrace (both fully equipped with tea and coffee provided)
Moroccan communal salon
Internal balcony overlooking marble floored, open air, inner courtyard
Large roof-terrace with kitchen, sitting and dining areas – views over the Merenid tombs, Medina and mosques
Additional dinning area adjoining the ground floor kitchen and Moroccan salon with locally hand crafted cedar banquets and matching tables
Evening meals by arrangement (additional information given upon booking)
Three of our rooms have double king-size bed which can be split into singles as per guest’s instruction and two of our rooms can be arrange to accommodate three people per room
Travel cots/stair gates available upon request
Heaters are provided for the winter months in every bedroom and lots of warm blankets
There is a cinni fan in every room
Taxis arranged to and from airport/train station
To be sent upon reservation.
Nous avons trouvé le riad magnifiquement bien rénové et la décoration très raffinée. Le couple s'occupant du petit-déjeuner était attentionné et charmant. Nous avions réservé 3 nuits dans le riad mais avons du quitter celui-ci au bout de la seconde nuit. En effet, la personne qui nous a reçus (Icham), mon mari, notre fils de 9 ans et moi-même, nous a attribué une chambre minuscule, avec un plafond d'environ 1 mètres 85 de hauteur alors que mon mari mesure 1 mètre 88. La petitesse de la chambre, en plus de la chaleur de Fes au mois d'août ont rendu les nuits passées dans le riad étouffantes et pas du tout reposantes. Nous n'avons jamais pu faire part à Icham de notre problème de chambre, vu son absence jour et nuit du riad. Nous sommes très déçus de l'accueil de ce riad qui mériterait un hôte plus attentif au bien-être des occupants.
The Manager of the Riad, Isaam was very friendly and helpful with a good command of English, which was a great bonus. The Riad itself is very historic and beautiful! Breakfast is excellent, compared to other riads and the local couple that prepared it were lovely too.
Graham, the English owner was back home in the UK during our stay at the riad, but if there were any queries regarding anything, he was prompt to respond which was reassuring and positive.
The location of the riad is perfect - you're literally in the heart of the old city, the medina, amidst all the action that makes Fez so wonderful to visit! Would stay in this Riad again!
We had a very nice stay in Fez, except that it was very hot and therefore also in the rooms. Even though there was a fan it did not really help much so that we decided to sleep on the terrace which was wonderful. The house is lovely and restored with love, the manager of the estate speaks very well German and was very helpful. The breakfast was good and I can really recommend this place but maybe not in summer!
Beautiful riad with extremely helpful and friendly staff. Good location! Highly recommended!
Experience was comfortable and smooth. Assam was very friendly and helpful, the the riad was well located, clean, and very pleasant to stay in.
No hizo nada para que nos sintiéramos como en casa, fué muy maleducado, y eso no tiene solución.
La localización es muy desagradable, toda apuntalada, falta higiene, y lo mejor es mustafá y su sra. No hay nada mas.
My two friends and I enjoyed our stay at Dar el Menia. The location was absolutely ideal. Graham was helpful, especially in arranging a very friendly and professional half-day tour around the Medina, without which we might never have gotten oriented in the maze of streets.
The accommodations are pretty basic, but we were comfortable and felt welcome to use the common areas as well as our room. The triple room we stayed in was less expensive and had a low ceiling that would have been uncomfortable for anyone taller than us (6 ft/183 cm or more), but the other rooms had much higher ceilings. Graham was on hand to chat or answer questions. Perhaps chalk this up to life in a riad, but we could hear everything going on in the house, and even the neighbors' houses too!
Breakfast on the roof was very nice, and we had one home cooked dinner there too, which was good, though I confess I expected a little more for the price (it was a very tasty though simple couscous with chicken and vegetables, with soup and beans... It would have been nice to try a dessert, or at least end with a mint tea). I'm not sure if this was the usual menu, though, because the arrangements were made at the last minute, and the maid had already been given the day off. 20€ per person just seemed a little steep for what we got.
We retreated to the rooftop terrace in the evenings to listen to the sounds of the Medina and watch the swallows and bats swoop down to eat the mosquitoes.
Overall, I really enjoyed our stay, and I would go back to Dar el Menia again. Knowing what I know now, I would spring for one of the other rooms, and I might discuss the menu of the home cooked meal with the staff before I committed to it.
Thank you for a fun and memorable visit!
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