Dar Rbab is a 300 year old house in the heart of the walled medina of Fes. This room is named after the rooms main light, an amazing glazed red Moroccan lantern in the shape of a star.
The room has a double bed, with a private en suite bathroom up a flight of steps; like most steps in Fes and Dar Rbab, they're steep. People must have been more agile years ago.
You're on the upper floor of an a beautiful old house, originally our family home. We now run a family restaurant from the ground floor.
The house is in the region of 300 years old, and has all the features associated with historic houses in Fes. The centre of the two storey building is a courtyard, with pillars supporting balconies at the first floor. Access to all the principal rooms is by massive sets of cedarwood double doors, elaborately decorated and gilded on their inner sides.
Dar Rbab is emphatically not a hotel; when we are in Fes it is our family home, and when we are away the property is run by S'Mohamed and our housekeeper. Families with children are welcome.
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.
Nous sommes tombés sous le charme de ce lieu magique et de son équipe adorable. Merci encore à Mohamed pour son accueil chaleureux et ses conseils sur les bons plans de Fès!
We had a great stay at this riad. Mohammed, the caretaker for the riad, was exceptionally helpful and inviting. We hope to visit again!
Difficult to find but if you come late at night you’re asking for trouble — Mohamed finally came to pick us up which was super helpful. I can see the reasoning behind some of the mixed comments here but for us the experience was very pleasant. It’s not a high-end hotel but for the price and great atmosphere this is definitely a good deal.
Really really great place. Mark and the manager where both extremely helpful. The good was some of the best I had while in Morocco. I highly recommend booking a guide to take you around the city. It was easy to do through these guys. Would definitely stay here again!
Complicated but not impossible to find Dar Rbab, tis beautiful Riad!
Mohamed is just a perfect, discret and efficient host.
The Red room was a kind of princess room, with this beautiful oriental door !
Good bed ans very quiet night : perfect place to boost yourself after an intense day in the Medina.
Ok, there is a little smell coming frim the bathroom but, it´s nothing compared to the tanneries ;)
The breakfast was good too.
=> great place to stay !!
Fez was our first port of call in Morocco and it was very good to be welcomed by a driver who helped us find our way excellently. Our stay was very pleasant and we were given much help and kindness from the staff. It was also a nice atmosphere in the Riad because we were able to meet and chat over our experiences in the lovely central courtyard.
Would not recommend this riad; very unpleasant smell coming from bathroom. It is a problem not experienced in any other riad.
The riad has been beautifully renovated and in many ways, being located in the medina provides the possibility of an excellent experience of Fez.
However this has probably been the most unpleasant accommodation for us in Morocco. We have stayed in riads in Marrakech and Essaouria and have enjoyed those experiences. We understand and appreciate the Moroccan style of riads, however this house has been disappointing in aÿhu number of ways.
I’ve noticed that other riads would automatically clean the room, change the sheets and the towels – they were not hotels, but simple riads, with daily charges similar to this riad! Maybe we were just lucky with first two!
As with a previous review our accommodation, the “red room” had a consistent unpleasant smell coming from the bathroom and wafting into the bedroom. The Manager, Mohammed said that the smell was caused by the tannery in the medina – if this is the case then we could not recommend this riad for a pleasant stay. I must add that another riad’s bathroom in the same medina did not have this smelly problem.
The guests in the Riad were a delight and we enjoyed their company immensely!
We loved Morocco, especially staying in riads, which can reflect a more genuine experience of the country, however the expectation of a hygienic environment is not unreasonable?
We arrived very late at night, and no-one was prepared to have a drink or something to eat, and outside all shops were closed.
So my first impressions were very negative, even more as I saw a cockraoch.
The "Red Room" looks nice and bright on the photo, but it is dark and has no outside windows, only one window into the inside of the Riad. It has some very low parts, so I knocked my head several times while entering the bathroom.
Later during the 4 days stay I saw and killed a couple of more cockroaches. So if you don't like them you shouldn't go there.
Positive impressions? Yes. There are some correct people. A kind of General Manager called Mohamed, speaking very good English, reliable and trustworthy. The kind of person you would give 100 EUR and you're sure to get it back. I ordered a taxi for 5:00am and it came at 4:55am. Then a woman called Sabah (or so) preparing the breakfast and cleaning the room. A very quiet yet lovely person, who didn't speak English or Spanish, but she always quickly understood what I wanted.
The whole experience is "3 stars", but it's the arithmetic means, not the median. There were some experiences between 1 or 2 stars and others between 4 or 5 stars.
It was my second stay in Fes, and the first time I was much luckier with my accomodation.