About this listing
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 been awarded 2013, 2014 and 2015 Certificates of Excellence by Tripadvisor putting us in the top 10% most popular accommodations in the world for the last 3 years running!
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, Imane 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, Imane 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.
Interaction with Guests
We will not usually be present during your stay however Imane 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 Imane 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.
Other Things to Note
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 show you to the house.
Once in - make yourself at home!
No smoking inside the house but on the roof is ok.
Wifi is free and the code is written in the bedrooms.
We had a fantastic time at Dar el Ma! The riad is absolutely stunning with plenty of communal space to relax in after a busy day wondering through the Medina. Imane was so welcoming and helpful, preparing a delicious breakfast each morning and happily answering any questions and queries we had. Highly recommended!
Awesome stay and hosts! Claire and Joe were incredibly patient, helpful and accommodating! They arranged taxis for us on late notice and were always very quick with replies to messages. The riad itself is absolutely beautiful and the space is huge--- beyond the bedroom you have there is tons of communal space. This is a particularly awesome space for a group or family to stay. Tons of space and privacy if you have the whole place. If you're in a bigger group be sure to check out the other bedroom available at this riad too! Breakfast in the morning is amazing and traditional.
We had the best experience at Dar el Ma!
Houda and Imane were incredibly helpful - they gave us directions and great advice. Also the breakfast that they made for us was amazing - delicious and made from fresh. Such a great way to start the day.
Joe and Claire were also quick to reply to emails and very flexible with our check in/ check out.
The place itself was exactly as is shown in the photos - a very comfortable stay in a beautiful home with a great view from the roof out over Fes.
Thank you so much for all your help! We will definitely recommend to our friends and family and stay again if we come back!
On the airport we got a transfer to the old medina parkingplace where Imane (our host) was waiting to guide us to the house. She is very friendly and speaks good english and showed us the house and answered all our questions.
The rooftop terrace is beautiful with a realy good breakfast in the morning.
Everything was clean and realy quiet.
We stayed in this lovely Riad for one night before flying out of Fez airport. Communication with Claire and Joe was great and they were very quick to respond to any questions. We organised to be met at ain azliten car park and brought to the Riad this worked out well as I could see it being complicated to find even though it is right off the main street of the Medina. The fact that it was so close to the main street was nice as we had limited time in Fez so did not spend lots of time getting lost finding our way to and from the main drag. Imane was super friendly and has perfect English she gave us a lovely breakfast and even brought us some traditional treats her mother had baked the previous day. We also needed to print our boarding cards and Imane brought us all the way to the Internet cafe and made sure we were ok. The Riad itself is lovely with loads of traditional features and the rooftop view is stunning especially at sunrise. I would highly recommend staying here when in Fez.
The manager was very helpful and accommodating and the trip was very enjoyable
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About the Host, Claire And Joe
We live on a houseboat in London with our chickens and cats when we're not escaping to the madness of magical Fes. We loved restoring Dar el Ma - delays and donkeys and all - and enjoyed making friends and having adventures in the medina. It's brilliant now to be able to welcome others into the house so they fall in love with the quirks of the medina too!
We're both freelancers, love travelling and have enjoyed using Airbnb ourselves.
Houda, (fourth photo) who works in Dar el Ma when we're not there, is from Fes and speaks Arabic, English and French. She's a fabulous cook, a great henna'ist and a wonderful friend :)