About this listing
Dar Rbab is a 300 year old house in the heart of the walled medina of Fes. The White Room is a large and cool room on the upper floor.
The room has a double bed, plus an additional single bed, with a private, en suite bathroom newly renovated with a beautiful grey tadelekt - polished plaster - finish. We brought the sand all the way from Marrakech! There's a recently installed, reverse cycle air conditioning unit that can heat and cool.
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; it was 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.
We try not to make rules, but we would be grateful if you didn't smoke in the bedrooms.
The room has air conditioning and for the sake of the planet and our power bills, we'd ask you to switch it off if you go out for the day and to make sure the doors and windows are shut when it's on.
Our night in the Riad Dar Rbabwas great!
Mohammed welcome us (my girlfriend and me) with a delightful tea, and then showed us the room, which was incredible! Local decoration and quite big, with private bathroom...what else can you ask for??
It is very very close to the main streets of the Medina, so perfect for "getting lost", live the Fes experience, and come back safe to sleep.
I highly recommed this Riad!!
5stars from me!
Overall we had a pleasant stay at this place, we were welcomed with mint tea and the place is clean. The air-conditioning in the room was nice. The room itself is quite dark, and unfortunately the light switch next to the door in the bathroom didn't work so we had to walk into a dark bathroom to turn on the light. Also, we left very early to take a bus to Fez but we couldn't close the door from the outside without keys. The day before we also had difficulties opening the door from the outside. Finally, the place is located inside the Medina but a little far from the main street which asks for people helping you to find the place and ask money for it. So overall it is OK but some things were a little inconvenient, especially compared to another airbnb that we had stayed the night before.
I didn't actually met Mark, but the person who runs the house, Mohamed, is very kind and helpful. When I arrived, I was quite ill and ended up going to the hospital. Mohamed gave me very good advice. Later, when I felt better he gave me great recommendations for what to see in town.
The accommodations are pretty cool. If you're looking to stay in the medina at a riad, this is a good bet. It is a little rough around the egdes, but it's not without its charms.
Do use a porter your first time going, as it is hard to find.
Thank you for taking care of me.
Nice riad with old jazz standards playing in the evening lending to great ambiance in the shared areas. Breakfasts cooked daily are fine (the lady who cooked was lovely), but were the smallest of the 7 riads/hotels we stayed in, but there are plenty places to eat in Fes if the quantity is not enough. The room was comfortable, but it wouldn't suit anyone claustrophobic, as there are no windows in the room, apart from a tiny window in the bathroom. The bathroom is a traditional style wet room, and the floor gets very wet and slippery after a shower, but there is plenty of hot water which is a bonus in Morocco. The location is in the medina but the porters will help you find your way on arrival for a mere 20mad. Personally, I wouldn't pay the 25 Euro fee to have a taxi arranged, as you can get a Grand Taxi or even a Petit Taxi quite easily pretty much everywhere in Morrocco, who will charge a fraction of the price - but don't worry, this will not be arranged unless you request it! If you're looking for somewhere tranquil and air conditioned in the medina in Fes, this is a great choice.
The Riad is absolutely gorgeous and definitely hard to find if we were on our own but thankfully we had great communication with the house manager, S'Mohamed and he made sure we were guided to the Riad. The Medina can be quite daunting but S'Mohamed and Abdoul made sure that we were comfortable both inside and outside the Riad.
The hosts went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and help us out in the Medina. We had quite the experience having Abdoul walk us around and make sure that we had all we needed. Even when one of us got sick, they went above and beyond to help us, making sure that we were well taken care of, staying with us into the early hours of the morning. The kindness that they showed us is something I hope to be able to repay to another someday. Thank you for all you did! The 'Unofficial king of Morocco' definitely fits S'Mohamed! And the people of Morocco are incredibly friendly, hospitable and welcoming. Loved it!
The place is pretty hard to find, it is hidden well in the medina. When I arrived there was no one home, so next time I'll make sure to call ahead. When I got there I called mark and he answered right away and got someone there to let me in. The other visitors there were awesome and so I am thankful he has such great guests. Mohammad was super helpful with getting me bus tickets and making sure I had he best time possible.
That was my first experience with Airbnb and I have been quite impressive. The price was very good, and I have been well welcome.
The localization is hard to find because the medina is a maze but the indications are precise.
The ryad is charming and the breakfast is good.
I have seen a cockroach but this is due to warming and dirty street of Morocco. The Ryad is really clean.
A nice place to go
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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.