I had a wonderful stay at Dar Aquas. I stayed for three nights and Brian immediately made me feel at home. He was more than happy to talk and answer any questions, about navigating this part of the medina, the work he did on the beautiful restoration of the place, anything. The dar is a beautiful and lovingly restored traditional home, complete with a small fountain in the foyer and a relaxing rooftop terrace. The rooms are all beautiful, airy, and extremely comfortable, with air conditioning, en suite bathrooms, and excellent wifi. A very delicious and extremely generous breakfast is included.
Brian was an incredibly gracious and generous host. I was traveling by myself and it was really nice to sit and chat on the rooftop terrace with him at the end of the day, discussing Morocco, politics, the economy, anything. He always made sure I had everything I needed, made sure I knew my way back and around the area the first day out, etc. He even was kind enough to offer and make me a sandwich to pack before taking a very early flight - which was delicious and very welcome during my layover! I can't say enough about how wonderful he was.
In addition to the hotel itself, I really enjoyed staying in this part of the medina, by Bab Rcif, because there are less tourists staying in this area. It was a great way to get to know another part of the medina, a more functional, everyday part where people are equally welcoming.
Bab Rcif is also one of the few places in the medina where vehicles can come in (up until there), so it was very convenient to be just a few minutes away walking to meet the taxi to the airport. Brian was also kind enough to make arrangements with a taxi driver he knows well, who came with his son to get me at the hotel and escort me to the taxi. They were also incredibly attentive and helped me with my bags.
Thank you so much Brian for the wonderful stay and the wonderful conversation!
This was my second visit to Dar Aquas - one that I had looked forward to for over a year. The location of the house (right in the middle of the 9th century medina) is excellent and the kindness of our hosts, Mary and Brian, made our first trip memorable.
I was delighted to find that the only changes were changes for the better - small additions had made the Dar even more beautiful, but the cosy rooms, the comfortable beds, the spotless en suites all remained as good as ever. Breakfast was even better than I remembered, with fresh local bread still warm from the oven and a range of local produce to supplement Mary's delicious omelettes.
I still believe that Dar Aquas is one of the best places to stay in Fes and I can't wait to make a third visit !
We had a wonderful stay at Dar Aquas, an excellent location for a winter break. It is a real gem of a place with beautiful tile work, wooden features and amazing plaster-work, a real find and perfect for anyone who wants to experience the real "hidden behind closed doors" world of the houses in Fez. Breakfast was excellent, a good array of local produce, honey, jam, olives and cheese, eggs with fresh local bread every day . Our room was beautiful , like the rest of the house very thoughtfully and authentically restored and clearly loved by the owners.
my first time in Africa, and Mary and Brian helped to make sure it was a fantastic experience. Mary cooked a wonderful breakfast every morning and gave suggestions and helpful advice to make sure each day went without a hitch including arranging a guide one morning, organising a driver for an excursion outside Fez another and on our last day organising a taxi back to the airport.
The Dar has been beautifully restored, has a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and our room was spotlessly clean. Fes was fascinating and worthy of more than the few days we had available.
My family and I are travelling around the Mediterranean in a motorhome and sometimes - very occasionally - we treat ourselves to a night or two in a hotel. We wanted to explore the wonderful city of Fes properly, not from a campsite on the edge of the city. We had read great things about Dar Aquas and emailed to ask if a family of two adults and two children could be accommodated. We were delighted to receive a reply almost immediately from Brian saying that he could. And not only accommodate but that they would create a family suite for us around the ground floor courtyard of this exquisitely restored Fazi townhouse. We felt enormously privileged to stay at Dar Aquas. Why? Its location, the quality of the interior, and the service and welcome we received. The guesthouse is perfectly located in the heard of Fes' medina. In a few minutes you can be at the Attarine Souk or the Karrouine mosque, exploring the area around the famous tanneries or people watching in Place R'Cif. And then, at the end of the day or if you need a break from the hubbub of the city, you can return to the calm sanctuary of Dar Aquas. The interior of the house is breathtaking. Brian and Mary have painstakingly and thoughtfully renovated Dar Aquas and every detail is perfect; from the tiling to the beaten copper sinks, the huge solid wood ceiling-high doors to the beautiful rugs and blankets that cover the beds. This is serious luxury with a historical richness to it; make sure you ask Brian to give you a tour of the house - it's a fascinating to hear the stories behind the restoration and the furniture and arts/crafts. Finally, the welcome and service - you simply couldn't ask for more. From the moment Brian - for it was only he as Mary was in Ireland - met us at Bab R'Cif and guided us to Dar Aquas it was clear he was a generous, attentive and engaging host, forthcoming with considered recommendations and warnings, helping us to navigate with excellent hand-drawn maps and sharing his knowledge and experience of the unique city he has chosen as his home. We all felt truly grateful to have stayed at Dar Aquas and would return again should we visit Fes in the future. Our stay here will remain in the memories of my family for a long, long time.