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The one thing we found out at 5am on our first night is that the call to prayer is louder than we remembered it from our time in Egypt, something that has woken me up everyday since.
We boarded our train the following morning to Fes. The trains here are very comfortable and cheap, especially for first class. The train arrived on time and …
Loved – Everything. The maddening clamour of daily life, the souks covered in dust, smiling faces, yelling people... "Balak, balak!" warnings to remind you to sidestep out of the way of a donkey carrying the day's wares led by another yelling/smiling merchant.
But the moment of moments was this - our first day we literally stumble …
Breakfast - the typical Moroccan spread, but with a type of homemade bread that we had yet to sample here, and with some yogurt and cheese. Feeling brave, I tried some of the yogurt and cheese and luckily, didn't have any stomach issues with the dairy products.
We decided not to call Hicham nor use an official guide today, and instead …
We checked out and left our backpacks at the front desk before heading out to the Hassan II Mosque. Having some issues getting a taxi, a local guy took us down another street and hailed us a taxi. I figured he was angling for a tip, and he asked for a little something to get some breakfast - I handed over 10 dirham, but then he said he needed …
... used for people to stay in. Ours had 6 individually decorated Moroccan style ceramics rooms. A fully dressed Muslim woman served us welcome green tea with mint leaves and a moroccan tagine on floor cushions. A tagine is a clay or ceramic pot, which is what the stew or meat (or brain) is cooked in.
As I write this, im sitting on the roof of the riad, over looking the Morocco's oldest imperial city (known as the medina) with arid landscape just beyond that. It's still and quiet ...
How has this b&b rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Dar El Hana Fes
When our original Dar reservations fell through, we were booked into the Dar El Hana. Once we arrived, we understood why the reviews were so positive about Josephine and her Dar. The rooms were spacious and very comfortable. The breakfast was excellent...fresh squeezed Moroccan orange juice can't be beat. When we asked for a dinner to be prepared and that we would heat it when we returned, it was there waiting and so were the candles to light our dining experience. We have stayed in many places over the years, but this was one of the most outstanding. And on top of that, as one of our group said several times, "the best showers in all of Morocco." They were hot and the water pressure was excellent.
Wonderful Host and Beautiful Home
My sister and I stayed at Dar El Hana just last week and had a wonderful time. The house if beautiful and spotlessly clean, by far the nicest place we stayed in Morocco. Josephine was also an incredible host - she greeted us with tea, gave us advice on bargaining, shopping, and tourist activities. I can't recommend Dar El Hana enough!
Home away from home
We couldn't recommend a better and more welcoming place to stay than Dar El Hana. It was our first stop in Morocco, and we were greeted to the property with mint tea & biscuits, and given a map and introduction to Fes. It was great to have someone who you could ask all your questions!
Josephine was a brilliant host, and organised a very interesting and well priced tour around the city for us - seeing things that not all tourists would get to see!
The property is located in the heart of the Medina, and only a few steps away from the main routes.
We would definitely stay here again if we're in Fes!
Lovely Guest House in Fes Medina
Four of us, including a 13-month-old baby, stayed for four nights at this excellent guest house.
Josephine and Fatima made us wonderfully welcome, provided us with delicious food, gave us very useful advice on the medina, arranged taxis, and much more.
The house has been lovingly restored to combine traditional features and decorations with modern amenities, and it is baby-friendly. All of the rooms are a good size and have a bathroom. The terrace has views over the centre of the medina.
The house is in the heart of the medina, just of Talaa Kabira, but is only a couple of minutes down from the car park.
Overall, this is one of the best value guest houses in Fes, and I would highly recommend it to anyone, including those with children.
I recently stayed for 5 nights at the wonderful Dar El Hana, and would highly recommend staying here. The riad has been beautifully restored, and has an amazing roof terrace (with potted plants, lanterns and even an outdoor shower!) and fantastic views over the medina -- a perfect spot to chill out in the evening and listen to the call to prayer from the nearby mosques.
A delightful hostess and a lovely B & B
I found the Dar el Hana through internet research on Riads/ryads. My husband and I stayed two nights and really enjoyed our room, the location, and the owner, Josephine, who treated us like welcome guests. She also arranged a nice tour of the medina, whose complicated, narrow streets can be intimidating for the visitor. I highly recommend Dar el Hana.
A great stay at this house in the Fes medina
Dar El Hana house is well located within the Fes medina. Josephine has taken great care in restoring this lovely house. Josephine is an excellent hostess with a wonderful sense of Australian humour. Josephine is able to arrange day trips within and outside the Fes medina and to the surrounding cities. The house has three spacious and well presented bedrooms, an excellent dining area and a wonderful rooftop terrace for an evening meal and good company. Our stay in Fes was very enjoyable thanks to Josephine.
We stayed here recently and can highly recommend it. Staying at Dar El Hana was an absolute highlight of our trip to Morocco. The riad and the rooms are very comfortable and we felt very much at home. The host, Josephine is warm and welcoming and her and her staff were genuinely hospitable. The location is fantastic, just tucked away off one of the main streets in the medina, so it is both convenient and peaceful. I can highly recommend the rooftop shower under the stars on the riad's terrace! We had a meal on the rooftop terrace on our last evening, which was a lovely 3 course meal including the best tagine we had tried in Morocco. The breakfast is delicious and generous. We loved Fes and a huge part of that was because we stayed at this lovely riad. Yet another good recommendation found on TripAdvisor.
This place was absolutely wonderful. The house is beautiful and in a great location within the medina. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with care. They're also very comfortable. Josephine, who runs the house, is super helpful and a lovely woman. The breakfasts are great. And there is a terrace that overlooks the medina. This house exceeded our expectations. We stayed for four nights and wish we could have stayed longer. I HIGHLY recommend this house!
Best Value in the Medina
Dar El Hana deserves to be better known and I am sure that it will be when the news starts to get out. This boutique B and B with 3 rooms is run by its charming Australian hostess Josephine who has restored the house to its former glory. Delicious breakfasts and good value room rates make this one of the best and most accessible ways to stay in a traditional riad/dar in the medina of Fes.