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.
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!
Un super séjour dans cet agréable Riad qui est effectivement très bien situé au coeur de la Médina !
Merci à Mohammed pour ses bons conseils : La guide officielle pour visiter Fés (Indispensable !) et ses bons plans restos !
Un petit bémol sur la salle de bain qui est très rudimentaire, il manque un peu d'éclairage et un petit porte serviette ou armoire pour poser nos affaires! Et dommage qu'il n'y ait pas de fenêtre dans cette chambre !
The place is lovely. Large living room, mint tea on arrival, the White Room is beautiful- except maybe for the (much too) dim lights. Since Mark wasn't there we were hosted by a man named Mohammed that ask me a lot of money for cabs to the airport, CTM bus station etc: provide for the cabs on your own - Mohammed was quite a crook.
We had a really nice stay. Very beautiful riad. Mark was very helpful before our trip with providing information and advice. Everything was very clean and pleasant.
Excellent accueil. Logement typique bien situé dans la médina. Idéal pour découvrir Fès en immersion totale. Revers de la médaille, il est difficile à trouver lorsqu'on arrive, et je conseille de demander que Mark envoie un chauffeur vous chercher. Nous avons beaucoup aimé le petit déjeuner et le repas du soir.
Very nice and affordable riad in a not so nice part of town. We got lost multiple times trying to find our way back through the maze of Fes. This may not be unique to this location, and may just be Fes in general. The property manager Mohammed is very nice, very helpful and helped us set up a tour. As explained in the listing, it is very difficult to find, but Mohammed was very good about coming out to the gate to get us. The bathroom is very nice and had hot water the whole time, wifi was decent. If you're looking to book this room, please be aware, as it's been explained and other reviews, that smoking is allowed in the house and you may smell it in your rooms. We did not like this, but knew that this would be the case going into it. All in all, a very good place to stay in Fes.
The place of Mark is very nice! It is a really well restored riad with a very good location because you are not in the crowd of the visitors/foreigners, very close to the market and craftsmen, the places to see. The lady is cooking very well but she doesnt speak English neither French. The only thing which was missing was the way we were welcomed: very basic with no advice or instructions for our stay in the city.
Le riad de Mark est très beau, très bien entretenu. L'emplacement est très bon car loin de la foule des touristes et en même temps proche des lieux à voir et du marché où les marocains font leurs courses, mangent des brochettes. La dame cuisine très bien mais ne parle ni anglais, ni français. L'accueil du premier jour a été décevant car nous aurions aimé avoir quelques informations de base sur la ville.
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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.