About This Listing
This is our smallest room. It's a double bedroom, located on the ground floor, with our normal, vast set of double cedar doors, gilded and painted, and leading onto the central courtyard, which is open to the sky in the summer, and covered and heated in the winter.
The room has a comfortable double bed with a wrought iron frame, a hand made Rbati carpet, and that's about it. Thick walls keep the medina and summer heat at bay, and there's a majestically high, cedar wood ceiling. There is modern air conditioning and heating.
The room has a private, en suite shower room with shower, wc, and hand basin, finished in dramatic black tadelekt.
We part own a Moroccan Tourist Transport company and are happy to provide quotes to take you on into the Atlas, the Sahara, the Rif, Marrakech and Essaouira. Rates start at 120 euros per day for an air conditioned 4x4/SUV, fuel, and an English speaking driver/guide.
We try not to make any rules... but we would prefer it if you didn't smoke in the bedrooms.
Please note that while everything from a banquet to a snack is available, and breakfast is included, the kitchen is not available for guests use.
As the house surrounds a courtyard, please respect other guests need to sleep and avoid loud noise late at night. If you have the house to yourself and there are no other guests or family there, party as late as you like.
Was recommended to Mark's place by another great airbnb I'd stayed at in Morocco. I didn't ever meet Mark (though he did give some great tips on travel within Morocco) but was well looked after by Mohammad who takes care of the house and is able to arrange anything you might need.
Très bien situé. Très beau Riad. Salle de bain dans la chambre. Petit déjeuner sympa à part le jus d'orange- mélangé avec de l'eau :-(. Bon renseignements et toujours disponible pour des renseignements. Par contre nous n'avons pas fait la connaissance de Mark. C'est plus une expérience hôtel qu'airbnb.
Wonderful riad full of charm with kind management staff/host. Considering that all things are "hard to find" in the Fes Medina, the Riad's location is perfectly situated and surprisingly peaceful and quiet in the midst of twining streets where you can experience the charms of Fes Medina. Mohammad, the manager, was a kind and informative host with great recommendations!
Mark was superb in terms of booking, answering questions, helping me to feel acclimated to my arrival/stay in Fes. He responded to my messages very quickly, but he does need to update some of the information listed for Dar Rbab. It says (as of April 28, 2015) that if you choose to go with the driver he books (who will walk you to the door of Dar Rbab), that you do not pay the driver--this was not true; upon guiding me to Dar Rbab, both the house manager and driver told me I must pay the driver, which was inconvenient since I didn't have the correct change.
I met many wonderful locals who grew up and live in Fes, but I must say that I didn't care for the house manager, Mohammed. Unlike Mark (with whom I only corresponded via messages), he isn't graciously welcoming or helpful--and is very businesslike. He was more interested in getting me to spend my tourist money than in my having an authentic, un-ripped off experience. He was brusque and judgmental when I said I wasn't sure if I'd want to hire a guide (that he'd recommend) and that really turned me off from hiring a guide through him, period (especially after reading some negative guide experiences in from others who booked through Dar Rbab).
While it is more expensive to book a taxi to/from the airport through Mark/Mohammed, remember that you're not just paying the taxi driver, but for the middle-men as well. It's convenient when you land in Fes, especially if you don't know Arabic and are completely foreign to Fes's layout, but it's not necessary to book a return taxi ride, since it's far cheaper (150 dirhams to airport) to hire a taxi at Bab Guissa (the nearest entrance to Dar Rbab).
Fatima, the cleaning lady/cook is lovely and kind, and the house is gorgeous. The Medersa Room does constantly smell of sewage, has poor ventilation, and isn't well-lit. But you get what you pay for--it's the cheapest room in the house.
The wifi is not very good--it's quite poor, actually. I got superb wifi at a hotel cafe in the medina--and I wasn't even staying at that hotel!
I'm not sure I'd stay here again because I disliked interacting with Mohammed--perhaps if they hire a kinder, friendlier, less shady house manager. Mark and Fatima (and the booked taxi driver) are wonderful.
thank you Mohammad, we couldn't have asked for a better host!
The Dar Rbab is in a great spot and relatively close to the gates. The Riad was lovely as was the host and Manager Mohammad. Mark was owner was helpful and very kind assisting me all the way to the gates with my luggage when I was unwell. I would not stay in the room on ground floor again though. At first it seemed fine but it quickly started smelling damp and was very cold. We considered checking out a day early as it was not good when feeling unwell.
Tres beau riad, bien placé a l entree de la medina, facile a trouver. Accueil tres sympathique des hotes. bon petit dejeuner et flexibilité. Par contre la chambre Meredesa n est vraiment pas la meilleure du riad, elle est sombre , humide , n est pas vraiment fermee par les portes qui laissent passer le bruit du salon, et la salle de bain n est pas top. je vous conseille de prendre une des autres chambre pour un bon sejour.
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About the Host, Mark
I've been in Morocco since 1999. I run a small specialist travel agency and regularly lead trips through the Sahara and the Atlas mountains.
I'm British, and speak English, French and the local Arabic dialect.
I adore travel, food, and culture. Dar Rbab was a family home to myself, my wife, who's Moroccan, and our two daughters and we hope our guests enjoy this beautiful old house as much as we do.