The White Room, Dar Rbab, Fes

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Derb el Kateb, Fes, Fes Boulemane 30110, Morocco

The Space

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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $14 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $256 /week
Monthly Price: $853 /month
Check In: 12:00 AM (midnight)
Check Out: 12:00 AM (midnight)
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • Stayed in Dar Rbab recently and we were mostly happy. It was professionally run and we had confidence in it from the start. It is also a travel agent so you can book trips from there, which is convenient and at mid-range tourist prices. The caretaker is called Mohammed and is pleasant and efficient. We booked a taxi in and the dinner on the first night which was a good way to start. The breakfasts were excellent. The wine promised wasn't there, but no big deal. The house has been well restored and the interior looks great. It has that typical inward-facing courtyard format, so there are no proper windows looking out onto the street, which makes the rooms a bit dark. Our friends' downstairs room was slightly damp and in our room the adapter on the tap was missing, so we couldn't have a shower. The area is very close to the big sights, but at the same time, has a few corner boys at night, and could be intimidating. All in all though, it's a good and good value way to start in Fez.

    April 2014
  • Fantastic accommodation in Fes. We really enjoyed our stay at Dar Rbab and would recommend it to anyone going to visit Fes. It is a lovely home with lots of beautiful touches and is in the heart of the medina. Mark took us on a lovely day trip to Volubilis and Meknes and then we happened upon a fantasia on the way home which was a wonderful experience. There were a number of other trips that could be booked with/through Mark and I'm sure they were all of the same high quality. As stated in other reviews, Mohammed is a kind and knowledgeable caretaker and made sure we were well looked after.

    A few pieces of advice: Do take up Mark on the offer to get transportation from the airport (or train station) when you arrive. It's not easy finding Dar Rbab the first time, though after you're shown the way, you can probably figure it out from Bab Guissa. Also - we arranged to have our first meal (dinner) at Dar Rbab when we first arrived. It was one of the best meals we had here - absolutely delicious.

    All in all, a great experience and certainly it was at a very affordable price for how lovely the stay was.

    April 2014
  • We had a great stay at Mark's Place! The Riad was beautiful and really close to the sights in the medina. Mark's wife and Mohammed were nice hosts. I really recommend the apartment.

    March 2014
  • We had a great time in Dar Rbab! Mohammed was really kind and helped us with everything we needed in and around Dar Rbab. The rooms are fine. Not extremely luxuous, but if you are in Fes, all you need is a good bed to sleep in!
    After our stay in Fes, we went with Mark throug the desert and middle and high atlas, it was an unforgettable experience. 5 days long, Mark showed us everything we needed to see in Marokko, we saw beautiful sceenery and slept in the most lovely guesthouses.
    It was just perfect!
    Thank you, Mark and Mohammed!

    February 2014
  • We spent in Dar Rbab 3 days on our route through Morocco. It is nice and pleasent place for a short break in Fes. It is located just few steps from major attractions of the Medina. Just as Mark described very honestly in his offer, it is not easy to find for the first time, but we took a taxi arranged by Mark upon arrival so this problem was solved. This taxi was not cheap, but if you plan to arrive in the evening as we did, I recommend to follow this solution. Later on we were using GPS to navigate through medina and we never had problems again to find this place :). The building is located in a modest street but it is absolutely beautiful inside. Beautiful, historical patio welcomes you upon arrival. Room itself is rather basic and a bit cold in winter season, but it is clean and it does the job. Delecious breakfast is served every morning, hotel staff always puts a heater if its cold to warm you up while you are seating around the big, home-style table. Mark and his staff are extremely friendly and very helpful. We could feel like at home all the time. I strongly recommend this little hotel for stay in Fes. Good value of money :)

    February 2014
  • Both Dar Rbab and the White Room met most of our expectations. Certainly S'Mohamed and the morning cook were welcoming and pleasant. S'Mohamed in particular came out to Bab el Guissa to pick us up at dusk and took us back to the gate very early two mornings later. Likewise, the cook generously made us an early breakfast the morning of our departure. The living room is pleasing, as is the main courtyard which now houses the large table. While the White Room did have two beds and the lovely bathroom as described, unfortunately there was no place in the room to put anything, even wet towels, except on the floor. While we have travelled in exceedingly worse conditions before, this situation did make things somewhat difficult in terms of unpacking, repacking, and where to put things while we were out exploring. Other than this rather minor situation, this is a fine Airbnb, located as it is in a part of the medina that appears to be more of a residential area than the rather more frantic market area(s).

    January 2014
  • Dar Rbab was a good option for a stay in Fes. The staff are helpful and meeting and drop off were made easy. Follow the advice of the staff and hire a guide for a great orientation to Fes medina. Dar Rbab is clean, everything works and you will feel welcome.

    January 2014
  • Dar Rbab is a beautiful and ornate riad in the heart of the Fez Medina (old town). It certainly does what it says on the tin and you really feel like you are stepping into another world. Apart from the room and ensuite, which was comfortable and clean, with a lovely ornate wooden door, there was also several areas in the court yard and first floor balcony area that one could relax in. Fez Medina is not for the faint hearted, and whilst it was great to be in the hustle and bustle of this less touristy medina, it was also great to escape to the tranquility of the guest house. It was January when we visited and it rained very hard for a few days, but we were happy to spend more time that we'd planned for in this comfortable riad. Mark and his staff were all friendly and helpful. An Irish film company were doing some filming on one night, but Mark made sure we were not excluded so we were treated to a spontaneous party with wrestlers and Moroccan musicians and dancers... and even some food. A perfect start to the holiday. We wanted to discover Fez for ourselves so were left to our devices, but both Mark and Mohammed seemed to have the knowledge to help guide us if we wanted it.

    January 2014
  • The room was gorgeous, clean, and the breakfast filling and delicious. Although it was difficult to find, the house manager met us at the main entrance and walked us there. We recommend a guided tour and can ask the house manager to set one up. It's a good price for the whole day.

    January 2014
  • Dar Rbab is a nice courtyard house on the edge of the Medina in Fes. We had the white room, which like the rest of the rooms are long skinny rooms, with an ensuite shower room. The white room doesn't have any natural light, except for a small coloured glass window in the shower room. The bed room and quality of furniture is pretty basic, compared to other places we stayed in Morocco, however, it's pretty comfortable and that's all you need when you spend the rest of the day getting lost in the medina!

    The Dar is well looked after by Mohammed, the manager, who's very capable of organising any tours you would like to do. Mark, the owner, is a very great point of contact, he was swift to answer emails & questions, and again was able to arrange excursions and recommend itineraries.

    I'd recommend arranging dinner at the Dar, as the house keepers cooking is very good. Breakfast is pretty typical for Morocco, it's not going to win any food awards - a boiled egg with bread or pancake, fresh juice and coffee or tea.

    Everything costs in Morocco, and even more so in Fes we found; everyone is trying to get commission or a cut in a deal, which can be frustrating as you know the real cost is actually much lower than you've had to pay.

    I'd recommend getting a taxi from the station to the nearest gate and asking Mohammed to meet you there to take you to the Dar.

    I'd also recommend not going to the restaurants recommended to you by the guides or the dar, as you always end up with the same set menu for 150 dirhams, go and find The Ruined Garden and have an amazing meal in a crumbling courtyard, where you'll get a twist on traditional Moroccan cuisine.

    January 2014
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English, Français, العربية
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St Josephs College, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
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Bespoke travel agent, director of a Moroccan Transport Touristique company, and owner of Dar Rbab
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I've lived in Morocco for most of the past decade. I run a small travel agency specialising in 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 is a family home to myself, my wife, who's Moroccan, and our two daughters and we greatly enjoy welcoming and entertaining guests in our home.
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