Dar El Ma is a lovingly restored traditional Moroccan house conveniently located in a quiet alley between the hubbub of the two main streets of the medina.
We have just been awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor putting us in the top 10% most popular accommodations in the world!
We have two lovely double rooms in the three storey house, so there's plenty of space to relax and you can book both rooms if you'd like to have the whole house to yourselves.
Ferhana means happy in Darija (it was one of the first words we learnt)! and the room has a comfortable double bed and also a small single bed in a quirky mezzanine up a wooden ladder; perfect for an older child.
The room looks out over an inner courtyard and the house itself is full of light, peaceful sounds, local colours and ornate detail.
We also have two roof terraces, where you can lounge around and admire the view across the ancient medina, have a barbeque or even take an outdoor shower (modestly screened by palms)!
We may be there but even if we're not, Houda will look after you and make breakfast from fresh bread and local produce.
There's a hammam style shower/bathroom, a fully equipped large kitchen and a kitchenette, a roomy salon, a 'snug' (cosy Berber-cushioned downstairs mezzanine), two toilets, washing machine and wifi. There are books, maps, boardgames, table football, comfy nooks and plenty of crannies, not to mention a lovely atmosphere so it's very much a case of make yourself at home...
Dar el Ma is opposite a hammam (traditional bath house) which is wonderful to experience - you'll feel wonderfully scrubbed and renewed - and next to the baker, so you'll smell the fresh bread twice a day.
Enjoy Fes - it's a mad and magical place!
IF YOU BOOK PLEASE READ THE 'HOST'S DIRECTIONS' PART OF YOUR AIRBNB RECEIPT EMAIL - THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
This is our other room: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/647778
Or you can book the entire house (2 rooms) if free !: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/697112
P.S. If you fancy learning how to shop for and make a few delicious Moroccan dishes, Houda is a brilliant cook and can teach up to 2 people at a time in the kitchen at Dar el Ma - let us know if you're interested.
The entire house is yours so this means you can relax in the lounge, or play some table football. You can read a book in the snug or do some work in the office. The kitchen is all yours to cook in and there is also a hammam style bathroom and then a utility room for washing clothes.
On the roof is a kitchenette and two roof terraces, most likely with a cat or two on! You can cool off in the outdoor roof shower after a day of relaxing views over the medina.
We will not usually be present during your stay however Houda the house manager will be there from 8am to 4pm to help you with anything you need, as well as serve you a delicious breakfast in the morning.
We will however be on hand at any time via message, email and phone, mainly before your arrival to help plan how you arrive.
We supply a mobile phone in each room should you need to contact Houda in the evening so you can always be in touch.
The House 'Dar el Ma' is situated in the heart of the medina between the two main pedestrian streets. This means you are close to everything in the old medina.
The medina is pedestrian so the best way to get around is on foot! Please read our Host's Directions section regarding the very important need to assist you with your arrival plans.
Please don't try and turn up at the house by yourself - we will arrange for you to be met - as there may not be anyone at the house to let you in... Please read the HOST'S DIRECTIONS part of your Airbnb booking confirmation email for more information.
Despite having flexible check in times we can not allow check in before 8am on the day of your arrival. Guests wishing to arrive in the early hours, before 8am would need to either book the room from the night before or arrange to wait until after 8am until we can meet you to shoe you to the house.
Thanks to all involved for making our stay at Dar el Ma so smooth and enjoyable. Joe for replying to emails so promptly and efficiently, and for arranging the taxi to pick us up at 2000hrs from Fes airport. Mohammed for guiding us through the darkness of the Medina to our beds, and for making us the welcome mint tea. Houda for everything else, not just the lovely breakfasts but also guidance on places to visit and eat, and the chats we had about all kinds of things. Houda is a wonderful ambassador for Dar el Ma, for Fes, and for Morocco.
The house is right in the Medina so you could stay absorbed in the tangle of fascinating alleys for days on end without seeing any road traffic. The roof of the house is a good place to spend time, both in the early morning as the sun clears the mist over the rooftops, and in the evening, preferably with a glass of duty free!
Thanks also to our fellow guests Catherine and Olivier, with whom we shared a meal and a drink on our last evening, on the roof of course! Dar el Ma is a great place for meeting new people.
We had a great stay in the ferhana room from which we enjoyed the Fez medina. The place is really quiet (although it is smack bang in the middle of the medina) clean and the rooftop breakfast is one to remember.
Surely come back here!
amazing renovated house in the medina. hard to find at first but it is worth it. amazing shower and houda was the best. every morning a nice breakfast. recommendable for everyone
Claire and Joe are lovely people! The riad is an amazing peacefull place to stay in Fes! I think it is the best! Also the breakfast by Houda was very good as well!
When we are going back we're certanly going back to this place.
This is a beautiful and unique riad, centrally located in the best part of Fez! Houda was an absolute doll and took great care of us. We left and couldn't stop talking about how we wish we lived in Fez so we could be friends with her. She fixed us an awesome breakfast and spent time explaining Moroccan culture and life in Fez. This is the perfect place for a family or group of friends to book because you can have the entire riad to yourself, and it's stocked with games and plenty of areas to lounge and relax.
The stay at the BnB was great. The service was great, the welcome was warm, the beds were comfy, the house beautiful, the location brilliant and the view from the roof terrace magnificent. Thank you so much for the best start we could've had to our trip!
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if you are going to stay in Fes this is the place to be.
you'll be welcomed from the moment you are picked up from the airport by the taxidriver and treated like kings or queens by houda, the majordomo during your stay.
even the cat living on the roof is there to caress or be caressed.
a delightfully quiet and well equipped traditional moroccan house right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the medina that seems to not have changed for centuries.
it's like living in the fairy tales of a 1001 nights for a while.
This was my first stop in Morocco and it is so perfectly located. It is right in the heart of the old souk. I was thankful when someone came to meet us when we arrived in the car park to show us where to go.
Houda is absolutely amazing! Her English is perfect and she was very helpful when we were wanting to arrange a rental car. The breakfast array was spectacular. You will not be disappointed.
The riad lives up to the photos and I think I spent the first hour just exploring everywhere. Beds were extremely comfortable.
The hosts were also very gracious towards us when our plans changed and we had to leave a night early.
I would highly recommend this riad as a perfect place to stay in Fez.
Claire and Joe bought this old riad in 2006 and with the help of some talented local workers, brought it back to life in an original Moroccan style--but with modern plumbing and electric wiring, kitchen, and sliding glass roof panels over the central courtyard skylight. The Ferhana room was spacious, with a high ceiling, lovely carved wooden shutters with stained glass looking out over the courtyard, and a nice sitting/sleeping loft accessible by a ladder (great for kids). The bed was comfortable and enough blankets were supplied for the cool November evenings. The best part is Houda, the housekeeper/arranger/translator, who prepared large traditional breakfasts, translated our English and mediocre French into Arabic when we asked, and was very helpful giving directions for getting around efficiently within the rabbit warren of "streets" of the Medina, which was our favorite in Morocco (the widest street is about 2m, and no cars are allowed). Check out Joe & Claire's photo book showing the process of deconstructing and rebuilding their riad--the patience and trust required to have pulled this off successfully is admirable. If you are lucky, you will be the only guests and have the house to yourself...
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