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 2014 Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor putting us in the top 10% most popular accommodations in the world!
We have two lovely large 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.
The M'raya (mirror in arabic) room is so named due to the giant mirror and has a comfortable double bed and also another single bed on a mezzanine reached by a wooden ladder.
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/647717
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.
1) 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.
Interaction with Guests
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.
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.
You can stay in a Riad, but I would HIGHLY recommend staying here. Houda (the guest house's host) was SO, SO, SO helpful and willing to meet our every need. Claire and Joe were great in communicating even though they don't live in the Morocco house. It was wonderful seeing the photo album of all the restoration they did on the house. It's a great location in the old city. Make sure you get lost in it all. It was such a great holiday for my friend and I - from rain shower style bathrooms to very high ceilings and explorable nooks and crannies, we felt at home from the very beginning. I'd recommend a tour with their guide and a cooking lesson with Houda. She give the house so much care, attention and character. We spent one night watching the stars, eating the dinner and diving into deep topics of conversation. We were able to see so much on such a short visit because of their help and it was all because we stayed at this M'raya room. It was so spacious - which can be rare to find. I don't think I would have had a better experience at a different accommodation. If (and hopefully when) I go back to Fes, I really hope to stay there again.
We he a wonderful stay at the Dar El Ma. Fes is a beautiful city and the Dar is conveniently located between two of the medina's main streets. House was clean and well kept, will suggest to anyone visiting Fes!
We had a great time in Fes. Clare, Joe and Houda were very nice and helpful, the room clean and comfortable. We would definitely come back again!
We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful riad. Nice and quiet and Houda prepared some lovely traditional breakfasts.
The main living area was a little cold but if course it is January! The bedroom was warm though. There was s little smell from the medina but again not in the bedroom.
My girls loved exploring all the rooms, stairways and rooms!
We Highly recommend Dar el ma Riad.We had an amazing 2 nights in Fes, the Riad is amazing and comfortable, we really appreciate the time and energy putted in to the details in the house, it's really beautiful . By the way we loved the fuss ball game (nice touch) . We were hosted by Houda, she is lovely and helpful. Delicious breakfast and the rooftop was great as well.
The house is very beautiful and comfortable. Houda was nice and helpful. Our stay was pleasant.
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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 :)