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Reviewed 4 July 2018

I have been at dar El Ghalia one night with my family. The place is in the medina, but not far from one of its entrances, so it is easy to be reached. Its architecture and furniture is beautiful and recalls the palaces of Prince of Persia. The staff is very corteous and helpful. Rooms are a bit small, with scarce light and no wardrope. Bathrooms would need for sure some renovation work.

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Marco C
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Thanks to Dar El-Ghalia for making our Morocco experience one of the best out of 20+ travels we had as a couple. This place is elegant, welcoming and beautiful. If you see the rooms are moldy or its a run down place and looking for a 5-star place -- then you should not be in Morocco in the first place. This Riad provides you that experience and if you're that traveller that welcomes that - then stay here!

They will try to arrange things for you like tour guide, car for hire to/from airport - but you can be polite and decline if you think you'd be able to do it yourself. They are offering it because they offer. They even have a dinner service (I would not say a "restaurant" because it clearly is just a kitchen in the side) but that is very much appreciated especially if you see yourself unable to go out of the Riad (raid.. tired..) and that's a convenience. but if you'd ask for restaurant recommendations they will even escort you to go there.

The alley heading to the Riad is elegant - It cant be any more "Medina" , with kids playing on the alley way (there's a school after the Riad) and shoppers passing by, donkey passing by or its poop on the side. Staying here makes the Morocco experience authentic.

Room tip: check the room during check and ask for another one if you're picky!
Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Ivan Rivera S
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

First of all, this guest house is by far a 4-star rated. Almost everything is run down and not looked after properly. It just doesn't feel fresh and clean. They upgraded us to a suite. I found out the toilet seat wasn't properly installed (it slides sideways) and the shower head was broken so the shower head falls off when you run the water, let alone the low water pressure. Also, the paint on the wall was peeling off. The room smells moldy and old. I had to ask them to change the room.

Secondly, the location of the guest house is in the middle of the old city (a maze of small alleys). You WILL get lost... many times. If you're into adventure, you'd enjoy it. If not, don't ever try to walk alone after dark. Also, if you're driving, do yourself a favor, DON'T.

Last but not least, the staffs do try their best to make your stay pleasant and comfortable. But again, I seriously DO NOT THINK this is a 4-star. I'd say it's more like a 2/2.5-star. Thanks for reading and good luck.

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank ChrisC12497
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

My friends and I stayed at Dar el-Ghalia for 3 nights. The central courtyard is stunning and truly feels like you've been transported back in time. The staff are so helpful and friendly. While the accommodations might not match up to the grandeur of the inner courtyard, they are comfortable and represent a good value. My friends had an opportunity to have lunch here and said the meal was delicious. Don't forget to check out the rooftop, and bring up a bottle of wine to enjoy the sunset!

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank Rahim R
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

I have been to Fes on 3 ocassions but this is the first time I have stayed at such a formal looking establishment with such wonderful staff. We were met on the edge of the maze of passages that makes up Fes's old city by the staff who offered took helped us with our bags and escorted us to the grand front door. The interior of this place is furnished in 1920's elegance, with photos of its glamorous past - visits from royalty adorn the walls and a fountain trickles in the center of the covered courtyard.

Its very easy for a place like this to seem dated or stuffy - any thoughts of this is swiftly dispelled by the people who work here. Mustafa is the formally dressed individual who manages guests needs in el-Ghalia, while he displayed an impeccable knowledge of all the formalities associated with fine dining and the comportment of a formal waiter we very quickly found him to have an amazing sense of humour and fun.

The breakfast was one of the best we had overlooking the old city from the rooftop, the room was magnificent and so tall and grand. it was amazing also to see a Riad so tastefully updated to include wheelchair access.. something very rare in the Fes old town. Despite all this what sticks in our mind is the people here who were exemplary.

Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Mark C
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