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Really loved our stay at this dar (better than the other Dar we stayed at) because of their extremely kind hospitality, mint tea welcome, cute and cozy room, really great breakfast spread, and overall wonderful owners and staff. Highly recommend. We also took an okay...More
We started our 12 day trip of Morocco at Dar Hafsa. We were picked up in a taxi arranged by the Riad and greeted by the owner who showed us through the busy streets of fez medina and to our hotel. We were welcomed with...More
Great place to stay within the walls of the Medina. Clean, great food and incredible staff. We felt welcomed and at home. Anything you need, the Dar Hafsa will gladly provide. Enjoy your stay in Morroco !!!
Service was very friendly and helped us get linked up with a great guide to tour the medina. Wish I could have stayed longer! Staff were able to meet us at the blue gate and guide us to the hotel, which would have been difficult...More
My wife and I stayed at Dar Hafsa for two nights in March and were very happy with our stay. The owner and the staff are very friendly and they really make an effort that everything is well. Very good location for exploring the Medina....More
Response from Darrell T | Reviewed this property |
Hello Linda. Dar Hafsa itself is deep in the medina and every place you want to go from there is going to be up or down. Walking is your only option. There is no vehicular traffic in the medina. So even if you stay nearer... More
Hello Linda. Dar Hafsa itself is deep in the medina and every place you want to go from there is going to be up or down. Walking is your only option. There is no vehicular traffic in the medina. So even if you stay nearer the edge, anything you might want to see in the medina is down and back up. It is certainly an interesting and ancient atmosphere but not easy. We spent five days in Fez and our view was somewhat colored by cold/flu but I think two days would have been enough and three plenty.
If you stay at Dar Hafsa, they will meet you at the gate and you need them to. Don't imagine you will readily find your way around Fez medina on your own and any friendly volunteer WILL financially abuse you. I expect most Dars/Riads you might stay at will do that for you and will also arrange any guides or day trips you might want. Yes they will get a cut of the fee and probably of anything you buy but so will your guide and any other third party you might deal with. At least your hotel is somewhat accountable and wants a good review. However "official" your guide may be and however much you may disclaim shopping, his chief interest is going to be to take you to the Tannery and the Rug Factory (???I need my wife) and he IS part of the sales team. The reality is that the Tannery, Weavery?, and perhaps an equivalent pottery place are the most interesting things to see in Fez. I can't remember but don,t think you should have to pay more than 150 durhams for a guide. Avoid the expensive lunch (that everyone will get a cut of) and do that meal when you want to.
We rented a car for two of our six weeks and saw Moulay Idress/Volubilis and Chefchaoen that way. The former would be a great day trip. The latter might be better as an overnighter but the countryside/ride is also interesting. None of those places are easy walking.
I don,t know your time lines but, if that is a limiting factor, you might want to choose Marrakech over Fez. Flat, better museums and galleries, possible on your own and at your own speed, and the medina is almost as fascinating and less aggravating.
Best wishes. Darrell