Dar Xariffa, Fez Morocco

Castle - Private room · Fes, Fes-Boulemane, Morocco

The Space

This is a traditional riad house, but not one that is over-decorated. Just your normal Moroccan home, with a western toilet :). I bought and renovated it with the intention of living there myself, or renting it primarily for American students learning Arabic. If this describes you, please drop me a line!

It is accessible in about 5 minutes walk from Place Er Rcif, at the heart of the old medina, and located very near El Karaouine, Tijani and the leather souk. (The mark on the map below represents the approximate location.)

2 Double rooms, 3 single rooms, 2 spacious salons, kitchen, interior courtyard, hammam. Wifi, hot water, cleaning etc., and use of kitchen included.

I can accept payment by in GBP or EUR also.

1 week minimum stay!
The price for the listing is for one of the three single rooms. Double or full rooms or the whole house are available at the following prices:
Upper double - $200/week
Lower full - $190/week
$1000/ for the whole house - 5 bedrooms, 2 salons, kitchen, etc.

The house is intended for more long-term stays, but may be available short term also. Please contact me with questions.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $180 /week
Monthly Price: $420 /month
Cancellation: Strict
  • The Dar Xariffa ryad is what I consider a gem if you're looking for an unique and somewhat authentic experience living a Moroccan lifestyle. The traditional house, a cheap option for my friend and me during our travels to Fès, has a total of 6 bedrooms, 5 of which are usable with beds and bedding. It is three floors high with two half-stories where there are extra bedrooms. There are two traditional living rooms, a kitchen, and a hammam (shower room) in the basement. The roof is the pièce de resistance, offering a view that most locals don't share of the beautiful Medina. The hammering of the copper workers can be heard in the distance and the call to prayers echo back and fourth. It's truly a treat! Although the ryad offers large spaces, a cheap price, and all the basics one would need, it is in no way a luxurious experience. It might be compared to urban camping with a covered roof and beds. The building is a "work in progress" (as mentions the proprietor in her notes on the house, who manages the building long-distance). There were many work tools left neatly in the corner of the central covered courtyard, some doors (including the bathroom door) didn't shut all the way/well, and the western toilet (which uses the old pipes of the ancient medina) could not flush toilet paper, forcing us to collect our soiled sanitation essentials in small baggies to take to the street daily (baggies not provided - we bought/collected them from around town). There was also no hand soap, so we bought some at the new city's modern Carrefour supermarket for ourselves and the next user. Also, the kitchen uses gas-fired hot water and stove, which can be a little scary if you're not used to large tanks that you always need to open and reclose with each use. For us, although many of these things were not a problem, I know many travelers who would consider these as "make it or or break it" essentials of traveling. For us, we enjoyed the more rugged experience and considered many of the experiences as part of the lifestyle of real Moroccans still living in the medina today. Remember, it's not a hotel and no one lives there right now, so the only people who uses it are airbnb clients and the construction man (I think) who comes in periodically to do work. Once we understood this, we could more easily understand why the ryad was the way it was. We loved it! Since Lauren, the proprietor, is not living in Fès, she manages the ryad long distance thanks to the help of a student who previously lived there. He still lives in Fez for the moment as a student of Arabic and welcomed us to come to the American Center to wait for him until his class ended to take us to the ryad. He was very kind and offered us a walking tour of the...

    May 2013
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