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.
Très beau Riad, très bien situé, bonne situation pour un excellent séjour â Fes.
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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!
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 :)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chambre agréable et jolie dans une belle maison en pleine médina. Petit déjeuner copieux préparé chaque (website hidden)ès bon rapport qualité/prix. Merci pour l'accueil.