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.
Mohammed and Mark were very responsive with communication prior to our arrival. While there Mohammed was extremely helpful and informative about all different aspects of visiting the Medina. The Dar Rbab and our room were in fantastic condition and immaculately clean. We ate at the Rbab on our first evening and it was the best meal that we had in Morocco. Very peaceful, welcoming place to stay. Mohammed was invaluable as a resource. Enjoyed meeting so many interesting and friendly guests. Very well staffed and professionally run.
Dar Rbab is most likely the best riad in all of Fez, having traveled all over morocco I can assure you that the quality of living will be equal if not better than a fancy hotel. The ornaments and wood work of the interior is breathtaking. In the afternoon they will play Frank Sinatra and serve you tea, what more can you ask for?
This riad is nothing short of amazing! Our host went above and beyond - he even sent someone to come pick us up outside the medina and bring us through to the location since it's hard to find. He also sent us up with a FABULOUS guide to take us around Fes. Just above and beyond and great time. Breakfast was also delicious. All the staff was great.
Very nice authentic Riad. Si Mohammed was very welcoming and Farida provided great food.
Wasn't too difficult to find...But we did have GPS!
The room is beautiful as are the photos of the announcement. Maybe a little dark, especially the bathroom.
When we arrived at the riad did not have anyone waiting for us and we had to be at the door waiting in the street, about 15 minutes until the manager appeared.
It is well located inside the medina.
Very nice place to stay, Mark responded my messages quickly and gave me detailed instructions, neighborhood can be a little bit not satisfying
We didn't meet Mark in person since he hires a nice man named Mohamed to look after his place. The room was pleasant but coming from southern Morocco we were shocked at how expensive Fez was for accommodation. We were also surprised that even when you stay at a place owned by an Englishman you come up against Fez's oldest trick, that is, when your guest house sets up for you a guide who comes to pick you up at the guest house to give you a "tour" of the medina. For 250 durhams (25 euros) we paid this "guide" named Abdual to show us Fez's medieval medina. Or so we thought. We soon figured out the sixty-something Abdual had a hidden agenda. Within minutes after he picked us up at the airbnb, he said we should see a pottery warehouse that made authentic pottery. To get there, we would have to take a taxi somewhere that we'd pay for. We told him we would much prefer seeing the medina instead. Five minutes later we found ourselves outside the medina where Abdual was talking to a taxi driver so we could go to the pottery place. Again, we had to tell Abdual we didn't want to go. Next we were led to an enormous tannery where Abdual led us up to the roof where we got to see leather being dyed in vats. But inside, Abdual told us we needed to hear more about leather by the "expert", a man who took us into an enormous storeroom where all manner of leather products were on sale--jackets, boots, shoes, ottomans, etc. Immediately the man started in on high-pressure sales tactics that floored me. How was this a tour of Fez? Talk about uncomfortable! We were lucky to get out of there with just one item (which I realized later I paid way too much for.) Next, Abdual led us to a silk-weaving place where a fast-talking salesman started wrapping us in scarves and trying to get us to buy clothes. Whenever we tried to look at something on our own in the medina, such as spices, Abdual would tell us he knew a much better place to buy spices and hurry us away. The "better" place would turn out to be his own predetermined store designed to rip off tourists, a place where he was obviously getting a commission. The prices at his "better" stores, like the spice place, were ludicrously high. He also tried to take us to a jewelry warehouse and a carpet warehouse. When we told he we didn't want to be led to any more "warehouses" he gave up on us and took us back to the airbnb. Our "tour" of the media had ended. Advice: don't ever hire a guide in Fez even if you trust your hotel. Never. The medina is navigable on your own, especially now since they've added colour-coded signs to help you. Don't hire a guide, ever!
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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.