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We head a great time staying at Dar Hafsa. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Medina. The breakfast is really good an the terrace has a great view. Very nice place and very friendly and helpfull staff! I would come back...More
Let me start by saying that our host Abdul Kareem is one of the most genuine and gracious people we met in Morocco. This Riad, Dar Hafsa, is such a beautiful place and each room is special in its own way. We were lucky enough...More
Dar Hafsa has the best service I've received at any Moroccan hotel during my 12 days. On our first day, we got lost and ended up at the wrong parking garage. We called the owner of the hotel, and he sent one of his employees...More
To preface, this is my first (and most likely will be my only) review on Trip Advisor snd I have created an account so that I can confirm this is a great choice. My 2 night stay at Dar Hafsa was truly sublime; the employees...More
We had a great experience at Dar Hafsa!! Beautiful hotel, great breakfast and location. Abdul Kareem made us feel like family by showing us around on our first night and checking in with us to make sure we are doing well. He arranged a great...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