About This Listing
Available for medium or long term rental, this one bedroom fully furnished self-contained apartment is ideally located in the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina of Fes (Fez), Morocco.
The apartment is located a few metres off the main street in the medina and boasts superb views of the medina on the terrace, shared with another American owned holiday let. Comes complete with 32 inch flatscreen TV with satellite, air conditioner, fridge, oven, microwave, rangehood, western bathroom, electric hot water, washing machine, queen size bed and all linen. A complete renovation was finished in January 2012. Price includes water and electricity.
Due to the apartment's great location, markets, shops and souks are only meters from your front doorstep, and all you need for a self-catering holiday is within a few minutes from home.
Fez is the medieval capital of Morocco, and the medina of Fes-el Bali, the larger of the two medinas of Fes, is believed to be the world's largest contiguous car-free urban area and the best-preserved old city in the Arab world. Despite the traditional character of most of the city, there is also a modern section, the Ville Nouvelle, or "New City". Today that is a bustling commercial center.
Other Things to Note
Check in after 2pm
Check out before 10am
Please note that on request, we have a portable WiFi hotspot which is available for you to use. We request a refundable 200DH security deposit (sometimes this things leave with our guests!) and we will give your the WiFi hotspot. You will need to recharge it at your own expense, which is 10DH per day. Ben, our house manager, will show you how to recharge it.
For Long Term (> 1 month) bookings:
Rental is paid monthly in advance.
To secure booking, 1 month rental plus a security deposit equivalent to 1 month's rental is payable in advance.
Minimum rental term is 4 months.
Cancellation mid-term will incur the loss of the deposit.
Bottled gas for the oven is extra, at a cost of about 40MAD per month.
To ensure the apartment is well maintained, we suggest a weekly cleaner at 200MAD per visit.
Parties are not permitted, and as in accordance with the law, Moroccan nationals are not permitted in the house unless proof of marriage or business relationship can be produced.
Le terme employé n'est pas exagéré, il s'agit en effet d'un appartement fantastique au coeur de la médina de Fès. Joliment décoré, astucieusement rénové et disposant de tout ce dont on a besoin. En l'absence d'Anthony, Ben s'occupe merveilleusement de vous recevoir et de vous conduire à bon port. Sympathique, accessible et disponible, il volera à votre secours en cas de pépin et vous fournira toutes les informations nécessaires afin de vous orienter dans la médina. Une expérience que je recommande chaudement.
A perfectly acceptable place to stay in Fez Medina with a nice location if you can't afford a room in a riad. Some windows were faulty and to switch the oven on you need to stick your arm in with a lighter or match(!) but the neighbourhood is safe and friendly. If you haven't visited Fez before be prepared also for sewage smells which are omnipresent when staying in this district of the old town (as opposed to Batha, Ziat and places further up Tala Kabira towards the Blue Gate). Overall a pleasant stay.
This is a great apartment and the location is perfect to explore the medina and I felt very safe. Ben had a map of the medina for me when I arrived and he talked me through places to go and where to buy spices etc. Ben and Angela (from Da El Hana) both very very helpful and approachable. The folk in the shops around the apartment are very kind and I had several glasses of tea in the shop on the corner as you head down the hill. I was booked to stay a week and ended up extending my stay by another 4 days.
first and formost, every rating i am making, and my comments, are directed towards dar al waha-- the place that anthony k "upgraded" us to (without, we assume airbnb notice). apparently the couple staying before us at this nice enough apartment in fes medina wanted to extend their stay. thus, prior to our arriving in morocco, my husband and i agreed to stay at dar al waha-- which was in anthony and his mother's words an "upgrade." dar al waha is a beautiful looking place inside fes medina, as well. it isnt too far in, but you still feel amidst the hustle and bustle of life-- you hear the beautiful melodies of prayer at least five times a day, children laughing, donkeys, people doing busines-- the whole thing. it is a surreal and amazing experience (or at least was for us, coming from los angeles). in addition, we had a driver pick us up from the train station and get us there, and "ben" was also with him-- i'm not sure if ben works for anthony and his mother, or just his mother, but he is a kind and generous soul, who proved very helpful to, us as anthony and his mother were completely absent from any issue or transaction made. *after 12 days in fes, the city became quite manageable, however we recommend having a driver pick you up (anthony or his mom seemed to be able to arrange that-- it will cost you, compared to petit taxis, but it is well worth it). this "upgrade" we were put up in was a bit of mixed bag-- as i said, it is gorgeous-- yet, there is little hot water, cockroaches,sandy dust all over bed from walls we assume and many stairs. Lastly-- there is a glorious two tiered terrace-- it offers fantastic views of fes, the medina, the sky-- just watch out... EVERY CHAIR IS BROKEN, OR ON THE VERGE-- my husband actually fell totally onto the ground , as one shattered beneath him. all in all, i assume that anthony and his mom are decent people-- we must have just caught them at a busy time-- nevertheless, especially when in such a (for us) foreign place, a bit of specific info and care would have helped-- especially considering the price we paid! i am well aware that we got an upgrade, and as we profusely told them prior-- we were quite grateful-- however after actually living in a place that only "appeared" to be an upgrade, we feel a bit taken... we would hoewever like to...
Thanks for your review on our house Dar Al Waha and the kind comments made.
There were, however, some concerns that were raised, to which I would like
to take the opportunity to respond: Firstly we termed your stay an
“upgrade” because we moved you from a 1 bedroom apartment with a shared
terrace to a 2 bedroom house with 2 private terraces. I understand your being upset about cockroaches, which can be a
problem in all houses from a modest Dar, such as mine, to a palatial Riad,
from North Africa across to the Middle East. Although reports of these
appearing in my house are rare, if notified we respond with a second clean
and provision of insect spray. Unfortunately I can never guarantee I can
completely lock out these hardy critters, however I assure you we are doing
our best to minimize their occurrence by covering drains and ensuring no
gaps beneath the front door. Regarding my presence on site, as this is a
holiday rental, I would not think that there should not be an expectation
that the owners always be present (I do not live in Morocco at the moment).
We have Ben who meets guests and supervises, a cleaner and an Ex Pat
manager employed to ensure the properties are managed effectively and
issues resolved promptly, once notified. As for the
chair situation, this is noted. They were replaced in 2010, however in the
extreme African sun, they may become weathered. I will ensure an inspection
is done and weathered ones removed. In all, I firmly believe that you
received a bargain for this house at 25 Euro per night. A simple Airbnb
search will reveal that the price is extremely competitive, and for a the
same price you would either be living far away in the New Town, or bunking
up with a Moroccan family. Despite the issues you encountered, I hope you
enjoyed your stay in Fes,
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About the Host, Anthony
I have been travelling extensively to Morocco since 2005, and have a keen interest in medieval architecture, which is why I have undertaken the ambitious project of restoring two traditional properties, just off the main street in the UNESCO heritage listed Fes (sometimes spelt Fez) Medina. I want guests to have a thoroughly enjoyable time, enjoy their usual creature comforts whilst living in a medieval urban environment that hasn't changed for 1000 years. If you share that same sense of adventure, but you're maybe a bit over doing it rough, then my comfortable, well equipped and ideally located places are perfect for you.