This is a gorgeous riad beautifiully restored, it is comfortable, tasteful, great service, has fantastic views of the medina from the terrace….it is well located in the heart of the medina..near the local shops; on the way to the main attractions of tanneries, souqs, medersas and mosques…staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable in advising sights to see and the local culture… The building is stunning with intricate plaster carvings, original and restored mosaics done in traditional way, it is quiet at night, beautifully decorated with furnishings that are typically moroccan and compliment the building…

I would like to express our absolute gratitude and appreciation to Graham, Jamal and the lovely woman (i did not get her name) who made our breakfast during our stay at Dar El Menia! It was a perfect location for us, just a few turns in the alleys off the main street, easily accessible, and completely comfortable. The traditional atmosphere with all the comforts of modern convenience were enjoyed! Graham’s informative without fussy sense of style really appealed to us. If we wanted or needed information, Graham and/or Jamal offered perfect solutions, but if we wanted to explore, we were encouraged to have our unique experience. Our only disappointment was that we could not stay longer. Salaam Graham, Jamal et al Dar El Menia!

Una joya dentro de la Medina! Es una casa de huéspedes con 4 habitaciones muy bien refaccionada y decorada con muy buen gusto y al mejor estilo árabe marroquí, es un placer para todos los sentidos. Tanto Graham su dueño como Jamal y su familia, encargados del lugar son muy gentiles y atentos en todo momento. Su dueño se encarga de coordinar para guiarte hasta el sitio. El desayuno lo sirven en la terraza con una vista increíble de Fes. 10 puntos para Dar el Menia, super recomendable!

Dar el Menia – getting inside the traditional Fez. Visiting Fez is like going back in time – staying at the Dar el Menia makes the time travel complete. On my architecture travel trough Morocco – Dar el Menia was not just a place to stay but also an architectural experience. The house is a beautiful old traditional courtyard house situated nicely in the labyrinth of the Fez medina. Feeling at home in your study material – what a treat! Dar el Menia ended up being my temporary home in Fez. The host Graham and his crew are very helpful an welcoming – doing their best to make your stay in Fez pleasant. Fez is a very intense experience – packed with impressions and it’s recommendable to invest in accommodation were you feel at home and relaxed. Dar el Menia is beautifully decorated and restored with respect for the traditional Arab architecture and handicraft. There is a lot of beautiful handicraft details – beautiful cedar doors, stucco work and original tiles flooring. The roof terrace is an excellent break from the narrow and hectic allays of Fez – for breakfast – a siesta – or a sundown. I warmly recommend to knock at the door of the Dar el Menia. Staying there is much more than a just a pleasant stay – it makes it possible to get a little piece of the Arab architectures hidden places.

Graham made our stay in Fes comfortable, enjoyable and wonderful. I had never been to Morocco before, and this is exactly the type of place that made it easy to settle in and get to know the city and the country. Graham organized a car to pick us up at the airport and then lead us through the windy streets of the Medina to his guesthouse. There, he provided us with clean, exquisitely decorated rooms and an insider’s view of the city. The stay included a delicious breakfast on the roof every morning. Graham also arranged for us to take a full-day walking tour with a fabulous, informative english-speaking guide, as well a unique dining experience, in which a restaurant employee came to the guesthouse and led us on a 20 minute walk through the maze of streets to a delicious, authentic restaurant! Fes was the highlight of our trip to Morocco, much in part due to our wonderful stay at Graham’s guesthouse. Thanks, Graham!

Een prachtig, in oude stijl gerestaureerd huis (Dar) met oog voor detail. Goede locatie (direct naast 1 van de 2 hoofdstraten), mooie binnenplaats en prachtige kamers. Zeer aardige eigenaar (een Brit) en personeel. Een echte aanrader.

Dear Graham
finally home after our vacation, i wanted to thank you on behalf of our group. We had an excellent time in your house!
All was good: the location, the gorgeous rooms – but especially the people: Jamal, what a gem in all ways, Mustapha and his wife so discreetly keeping the spirit of the house, Tammy, the guide who eased us into the Medina. So, i just wanted to thank you for making our stay such a memorable one! Congratulations for having created such a heaven! Wishing you all the very best with your house and your business!

Dar El Menia es una casa de huéspedes con encanto en el centro de F? S, Marruecos. Está alojado en un riad restaurado del siglo 18, con tallas de suelo de mármol y yeso, perfectamente ubicado en el corazón de la medina medieval, clasificado por la UNESCO, la más grande del mundo. Gracias a su ubicación céntrica, cerca de Talaa Kebira (la calle principal), este hotel refinado es la base perfecta para explorar las atracciones principales de Fez y la CAF? S, restaurantes y mercados. Además, la familia de la localidad, que ejecuta el Dar El Menia casa de huéspedes, ofrecerá a sus huéspedes la opurtunidad de tener un conocimiento profundo de la cultura de Fez. Los huéspedes pueden cenar en la terraza grande, donde disfrutarán de unas fantásticas vistas de la Medina y la mezquita o simplemente relajarse en el elegante salón marroquí, están equipadas con muebles hechos a mano a mano a nivel local. Entre los servicios, dos cocinas totalmente equipadas, una en la planta baja y el otro en la terraza grande.

This little hotel was fantastic. Graham and Jamal and team were all super friendly, relaxed and informative. I wish we had stayed longer just to hang out. We stayed on the second floor room which was extra beautiful with the tile and furnishings and came prepared for us with a cage for the baby. The bathroom is not connected to the room, but is convenient, clean and really well designed. Breakfast was perfect, other guests were cool and the location is great. We think Graham has the right idea for a guesthouse. Thank you a thousand times! Oh yeah, beds were extra comfortable too which is an exception in Morocco.

This is a really nice little Guest House in the Center of Fes and it is really good value for money. The British owned Graham is a really nice chap who is willing to offer advice on the city, help with transfers, provide internet and printers and even has an honesty bar where you can help yourself to drinks etc. The sun terrace and breakfast area on the room were great and we had a nice relaxing evening up these with a couple of bottles of beer. This Riad is great Value for money, right in the heart of Fes and i would stay here again if i was coming back to Fes.

Just wanted to say we had a great time in Dar El Menia, stayed May 9th to 11th 2012, thanks to Graham, Jamal and the breakfast staff, sorry we didn’t get their names! First time in Fes, and always wanted to stay in a Riad, this was just perfect. Really enjoyed our evenings on the roof terrace, perfect for chilling out and breakfast on the roof terrace was fab!. Great location to experience life in the Medina.
Would definitely recommend it!

Dar El Menia was quite beautiful and the description does not do it justice. Our room was beautifully furnished and decorated, clean, comfortable and quiet, and the approach to the riad was dramatic and mysterious. The riad was well situated in the medina, close to good eating places and interesting stall, shops and markets.The view from the terrace was fantastic. Graham was a knowledgable host, and provided excellent on what to see and do in Fez. We certainly felt at home here. Oum Koltoum and Mostafa were generous and charming, and Oum Koltoum is an excellent cook. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Dar El menia, and will definitely stay there if we returned to Morocco.

Home from home! After reading the reviews of Dar El Menia we booked a 4 night stay. We wanted to stay in the medina for an authentic old Moroccan experience, and that’s exactly what we got. Dar El Menia is a beautiful old building with the artisan features and a sun terrace in a quiet little back street. There is plenty to discover within walking distance, and a personal guide can easily be arranged. The guide they arranged for us was a genuinely nice guy who was enthusiastic about the medina’s history, didn’t try to sell us anything and charged a very reasonable fee.  Ex-pat owner Graham lives in the house and plays the perfect host. His assistant Jamal is around during the day and makes sure your stay is as good as it can be.

Graham, who lives onsite, is a good host. He gave us excellent insider information on Fez places to visit, where to have a great Hammam experience, etc. He is very laid back and jovial and fun to have a few drinks with – good conversation about life & the culture. The Riad is compact and beautiful with an amazing view from the terrace. We also enjoyed a traditional Moroccan meal on the terrace the night we arrived (just let Graham know in advance as the cook they bring in spends several hours preparing the meal). While $20 euros may seem pricey, it is worth doing at least once during your vacation. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find a traditional meal to enjoy and it is worth the cultural experience. Also, the staff at El Menia are terrific! Jamal has excellent English and is very willing to help. The Riad is clean and you get a feeling immediately to make yourself at home. Amal was also quite helpful being a middleman for some laundry we needed and got us a great price that tourists normally wouldn’t get. Tips: if I did it over again, the only thing I’d change is taking a taxi to Ain-Zleten from the bus station on my own as this was not difficult and only 15DH. Jamal can then meet you at the gate to the medina and direct you to the Riad. Have a great stay! The Riad is in a fantastic location and the rooms are great!

Our home in the Medina. We rented the whole riad for our group of 8 people and had it all to ourselves! The owner, Graham, was only felt as the nice spirit who helped us do the complicated booking and had left by the time we arrived. Everyday, Jamal came and checked that we were fine, gave us all the information we needed, helped us to do all sorts of bookings and brought even his friends onto the roof terrance on our last night for a beautiful imporvised guitar concert. Then there was Mustafa and his wife who prepared the lovely breakfast and an even lovelier dinner one night! The rooftop terrance was our comun hang-out: for yoga and tai-chi in the mornings, for drinks and meals in the evenings…. All the rooms were very beautiful and comfortable and the location – in the center of the Medina yet absolutely calm.

O local é uma graça, bem decorado, camas confortaveis, lençois e toalhas limpas. A Ducha tambem é boa, proporcionando banhos deliciosos. Jamal, que nos recebeu quando chegamos foi super atencioso, nos deu as primeiras coordenadas, facilitou nossos primeiros Dias no Marrocos. Ele nos forneceu mapa e nos orientou sobre o jeito de ser dos marroquinos. A principio, o caminho para chegar nos deixou apreensivos, mas ao abrir a porta pudemos sentir a Paz e conforto do local, sentimo-nos em casa! Recomendo programar o transfer da etacao ou aeroporto … Nao é facil encontrar o local pela primeira vez.

Unique Friendly Beautiful. A lovely Dar hidden right in the heart of the Fez Medina. Graham was laid back and helpful, the accommodation was clean and very beautifully restored. Our room was a little double that opened right onto the courtyard with comfy bed and lovely furnishings.
The breakfasts on the terrace were really delicious, served with great courtesy and care.
A delight and good value.

We had a great stay at graham’s Riad. The location is fantastic and the actual riad very clean and authentically furnished. It was beautiful. The best thing about this Riad was the staff. Speaking English was a bonus but they always went out of their way to help. We were picked up by Jamal to show us the way. He also took us to the chemist and the dry cleaners so that we knew where to go and were charged appropriately. I was very sick the first night and everyone was genuinely caring. The dinner we had booked and I couldn’t eat, was put away for lunch for us the next day. Mustafa and his wife always asked how I was and looked after me with soup and tea. We felt very welcome and are truly grateful for the help.

Très bon séjour. Riad bien situé. Très bon accueil avec conseils pertinents. Cuisine copieuse et raffinée à base de produits frais.

An amazing house with stunning rooms among the best accommodation I’ve stayed in Morocco. Jamal was very helpful and a delicious home cooked traditional vegetarian meal was waiting for us on arrival (pre arranged) breakfast was great too. A terrific stay thank you!!

Dar el Mania is a truly beautiful riad, recently restored to an extremely high standard. The room we opted for (the larger and more expensive option) was indeed large, authentically and tastefully decorated, complete with bathroom containing modern fixtures but still traditional in its feel. The shower worked well, hot water with good pressure, toilet clean, modern- overall it should satisfy the most demanding standard. We stayed in winter, and although the riad was cold by the nature of its design (open), the heater in our room worked really well, giving us welcome warmth without an irritating old air conditioner rumble so common in other establishments. Breakfast was the best we had in Morocco, served by the delightful Mostafa and Khartoum (sp?) on the rooftop terrace. Graham organised a great guide for the day (Khalid) as well as a trip to Volubilis and Meknes with other guests staying in the riad. The riad is truly in the heart of the medina, so a few steps out the door and you are on the Talaa Kabira. Only after touring Morocco did we realise just how good this riad was…..

“Perfect Honeymoon” This riad was absolutely perfect for our honeymoon. Graham was very helpful and his assistant Jamal was a trusty sidekick. After arriving Jamal went to the Cafe clock and to supper with us. The following morning he drew up a map with the best things to do in Fez. Breakfast was delicious, simple and classically Moroccan. The rooms were well decorated with comfortable beds and a nice hot shower.

Very nice riad! located very close to one of the busiest streets in fez old medina, this cozy riad is beautifully restored. The rooms are reasonably spacious and the bathroom is superb. there is constant hot water and a powerful shower. Jamal and Graham were super helpful and friendly.

The medina in fez is an unbelievable compact, bustling and realistic glimpse into a morrocco of old. Although beautiful and inspirational, It could have been intimidating if it wasnt for the tranquil oasis of Dar El Menia and the friendly helpful staff. Being picked up from the airport and then escorted to the Dar was great after a late flight, Graham has sorted an arrangement that you he deals with the taxi service so no cash transaction and no danger of ‘creative’ routes and pricing that others we met had experienced.
This great start was continued with help and advice (including a tour/essential for orientation) that meant we were confident and informed regarding activities in and out of the medina.
The medina is beautiful and authentic with romantic rooms with ensuite.
Right in the centre of the medina but tranquil and quiet.
Great stay and so glad we stayed here, clean, safe and calm in an ancient city!

Just excellent! What a gem this small guest house is! Excellent location. Our host, Graham, as well as Jamal, could not have been more helpful to us. Graham arranged a wonderful day tour of Volubilis and Meknes that I will never forget. They also found a fantastic restaurant with someone to walk us there and back. We loved the breakfasts on the scenic roof, our cook and his wife were amazingly sweet. We were so lucky to have stayed here!

My wife, daughter, and I just had a very brief two night stay at the Dar El Menia. Like others have said, Graham and his staff are excellent.

There were three of us traveling, so Graham put us up in their triple room. It was very large, with a balcony overlooking the central courtyard. The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was very well furnished. And everything, I mean everything, was spotlessly clean. Graham has an excellent assistant named Jamal, who helped us arrange train travel, find a taxi, and was just a great extension as a co-host. We had a marvelous breakfast on the rooftop terrace. My best memory of the trip: after a hectic day shopping, to open the door to the riad and find candles burning softly in antique lanterns in the courtyard. It was just an “ahhhhhhh” kind of moment, and exactly what I needed. Oh, and they have wi-fi!

Well done Dar El Menia!!! We had a fantastic time in Fez especially as Dar El Menia Is such a special place to stay. I can’t believe that only three hours from London lies this exotic city set in the middle ages.
Dar El Menia is well run beautiful traditional Fessi house with all the splendure of the 14 century – built when Morocco was at its height! The Riad has all of its original features with the addition of excellent ensuite bathrooms and great views from the terrace over looking the city. The staff were kind and never tired of our thousands of questions, I would return in a flash and have no problem reccommending this excellent guest house.

We loved Fes and this is in large part due to Dar El Menia. The C14th building has been beautifully restored with plenty of craftmanship to admire and the rooms are all understatedly Moroccan with the modern comforts you would expect. Jamal and Paul were great hosts and were happy to answer all our questions. Their suggestions for great places to eat went down particularly well in a city where so much is hidden behind walls and back streets – they really made our stay. Highlights include the sunny balcony overlooking the Fes Medina (especially at dawn if you can get out of the comfy beds), beers in the fridge, the cool and calm of the house after the busy medina and the amazing shower! I really can’t fault the place – it was the authentic Riad experience we were looking for in Fes at a great price.

Een prachtig, in oude stijl gerestaureerd huis (Dar) met oog voor detail. Goede locatie (direct naast 1 van de 2 hoofdstraten), mooie binnenplaats en prachtige kamers. Zeer aardige eigenaar (een Brit) en personeel. Een echte aanrader.

A wonderful place to stay. The house is beautifully decorated, staff are welcoming and extremely helpful with every aspect of your stay. Whilst the medina can be a little overwhelming to those inexperienced with Morocco, Dar El Menia is a peaceful and relaxing environment ideally placed for exploration of the medina. This was my first visit to Morocco, and while I stayed in many places during the course of my travels around the country, none came close to Dar El menia. An absolute pleasure.

My husband and I travelled with another couple for a three night stay. We arrived early in the morning and it really made our day that breakfast was served without having ordered it . What’s more Graham (the owner) didn’t even charge it ,which was also the case with the extra bottle of wine with our dinner . The dar is very well located , a big surprise (traditional , nicely restored house), when you enter the house after having walked through a small alley to get there .You will immediately feel at home . Not to forget that it is a peaceful place to sleep regarding the location. Atmosphere is informal and Graham has very good staff ; the couple in charge of breakfast and the cleaning of the rooms and also Djamal . Graham provides you with honest information and booked us a very good city guide . Breakfast is good and we recommend to have dinner in the dar prepared by the maid.It is a home cooked dinner with vegetables you won’t get in therestaurants in the medina . We would definitely stay there again!

Graham and the staff are friendly and helpful. The riad has been restored in keeping with a traditional Moroccan home. The courtyard and rooms are well furnished (courtesy of Omar). It is located in the very heart of the Medina! Ask Graham about his favorite lunch spot – 1/3 of the price of the fancy spots and twice as good – again, you’ll never find it on your own!

This is a very beautiful and romantic riad! It is centrally located on a little alley right off of the main drag and close to shops and restaurants. Yes, since the alley is very quiet, you might perceive it as being a little bit scary especially at night. However, it is such a small distance to walk that I felt completely safe. Jamal was one of the hosts, and he was very friendly and extremely helpful with providing us with travel information about Fez and the surrounding areas. He helped us with laundry and drew us a map! The older couple who cooked us delicious breakfasts and spiced coffee were really nice and seemed genuinely interested in making our stay comfortable. This is a great find and a good value! We would definitely recommend this place to our friends!

Dar El Menia is one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in Fes, Morocco. I usually only stay in large commercial hotels, but on my last visit, I was recommended this hotel by a close friend. So I decided to give it a try. At first look, the place does not even look like a hotel. It looks like a comfortable, cozy home. But it was the Dar El Menia, alright. It is built in authentic Moroccan style, with amazing architecture centered on a courtyard that sits in the middle of the Dar. As a matter of fact, as I came to know from the owner, the Dar was restored from a previous construction that dates back to the 14th century! However, don’t let the years fool you, as the restoration was done keeping modern technology in mind, and that is the reason I was able to enjoy Wi-Fi all over the hotel. The best part of the Dar, perhaps, is the rooftop dining section, from where you can get some amazing views of the Fes skyline, with Moroccan-styled tombs and mosques and an amazing sunset and sunrise. The suite that I stayed in was an amazing experience, with excellent wash and bath facilities. To top it all, I even had access to a fully-equipped kitchen, present on both floors of the hotel, and could put my culinary skills to the test. It was like a home away from home, with the small size of the hotel, unlike the larger commercial establishments that are all over the place. The Dar El Menia can accommodate only 10 people at a time, so you can get the best value for your money. Moreover, the Dar will also organize tours of the surrounding areas upon request. Meals are extraordinary, with free breakfasts. I learnt from the staff (which, incidentally, consists of just a handful of very courteous and caring people, and also included a chambermaid service) that the owner of the Dar left a family in charge of the hotel, and they are a pleasurable couple indeed. They cater to all your needs, and make sure you enjoy as much as you can. Though I did not use it, the hotel provides taxi service to and from the airport and train stations. Overall, it is just about the most peaceful, affordable, tasteful, and comfortable and in short, the best hotel I’ve stayed in Fes. I was really surprised to know that the hotel is not that well-known. Well, good for me back then as I would have had to book months in advance if it was better known. A must visit and stay in Morocco

A hidden treasure, and as good as anything with an unbeatable price. You won’t find it alone the first time, but they come and get you. But then the whole idea of Fes is to get lost in the Medina. Breakfast is perfect and served on the roof. Room are spotless and comfortable

A beautifully decorated dar that is over 200 years old, managed by friendly easy-going British owner. The dar was in excellent location right in the heart of medina, although it was slightly difficult to locate in a small alleyway. But once you walk into the dar, it’s like a different world. Abdul who was helping in the dar was very friendly, helpful and talented with playing guitar, the spanish way.

Graham was wonderfull as well as employees. Meal was delicious, just like breakfast A very nice place to stay!!!

In Fez there are lots and lots of riads everywhere but Dar El Menia, is the sort of Riad you can probably fall in love with.
The organisation is definitely awesome, we have been picked up in Meknes and took directly to Dar El Menia which is conveniently located on a narrow street just behind the corner of Talaa Kebira the main street in the Medina.
The interiors have been beautifully restored without changing the original structure of the house. Rooms are cleaned up daily and traditionally furbished with local crafts, not cheap at all!!!
We had breakfast every morning on the terrace and enjoyed very much our stay. Highly recommended!!!

The owner had made necessary arrangements for pick-up from the nearest car park well in advance and we were met by a lovely young man who showed us around the house, made us a cup of tea on arrival and then did a brief tour of the immediate surroundings. The room was beautifully decorated, warm and cosy. We had dinner at the house on our first night and it was beautifully prepared and presented. The breakfasts were great and we loved the rooftop terrace! Not too far from the house is the popular Cafe Clock, which is a lovely sanctuary in the middle of the Medina, staffed by warm and lovely young people! We loved our stay at the Dar El Menia and would definitely return.

Amazing, amazing, amazing.. You’ll live an episode of Arabian Nights in Dar el Menia.

My partner and I spent four days in Fez and had the privilege to stay at Dar El Menia. This house is the real Moroccan experience but with mod cons. Hidden down a tiny alley way right in the middle of the Medina. Dar El Menia is perfectly located for exploring all the city has to offer. The rooms are spacious and the house sympathetically restored to its 14th century glory. The house is run by an English man, Graham, who has employed all local staff who live nearby and therefore have in depth knowledge of the Medina. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this B and B to any one.

This is a beautiful authentic Dar/Riad in the heart of the biggest Medina in the world!
We paid an extra 5€ per night to nominate a room. It was roomy and had it’s own internal balcony with a sofa and view over the inner courtyard. Abdul and Graham were very helpful and the husband and wife team who did the breakfast and cleaning were great and obviously happy to be there. The maid is an excellent cook so try the evening meal!! I would definitely recommend this Band B to my friends!!!

I went here a couple of years ago when it had just been renovated and was impressed so went back again for this trip. Breakfast on the roof terrace (still warm enough in November) was great too, highly recommended.

This Riad is still not known very much, but you have to check it out. It is amazing! The architecture and the way it is rebuilt is not the only thing you will love there. We where lucky because we had the best room (acctually there where two rooms). Abdul – the young assistant of the owner is very nice and helps you with every question u will have. The breakfast is very good, the food (if you order one) is very nice and way to much! You can use the kitchen if you want to make tea – all those things can not describe the beauty of that little riad. So I can recomend this!

Excelente Riad. Muy bien situado. El callejón de acceso es un poco tétrico pero no hay problema-. Trato excelent

Consiglierei a tutti questo riad. La camera era spaziosa, curata nei minimi particolari e con un bagno ottimo!! Il riad è veramente incantevole.Graham e Abdul sono gentilissimi e disponibilissimi a dare qualsiasi tipo di informazione e consiglio. La colazione era veramente eccellente, servita sulla splendida terrazza, e preparata con amore e cura, e veramente abbondante e buona!! Ringrazio il Riad El Menia per avermi fatto vivere questa meravigliosa esperienza nell’incantevole medina di Fes! Andateci, merita!

Esta muy bien ubicada, aunque acojone un poco el pasillo que hay que recorrer para entrar, situado entre dos casas, yo recomiendo contratar el servicio de trasnporte al areopuerto que te ofrecen porque si no es muy dificil llegar,
En la misma calle donde esta situado, subiendo estan todas las tiendas con mucha vidilla, y un hamman muy curioso, y está decorada con mucho gusto, muy acogedora, y con un desayuno estupendo en una azotea muy relajante, y un personal muy profesional y servicial, La verdad es que la recomiendo tanto si vas con tu pareja, como con amigos o con familia,

Thank you for this very nice stay. The location of the Dar is very central for a tourism purpose. The owner and his team are very welcoming and helpful. Don’t hesitate to order the diner, the meal is delicious, the extra diram required worth it. The upper rooms are great for 2 couples … There is a small living room. Nice stay there!

Riad bien situé au coeur de la Medina. Difficile à trouver par soi-même, un coup de fil avant l’arrivée permet de faire un rdv avec Abdul qui viendra vous chercher.
Chambres spacieuses et décorées avec goût. Salle de bain originale.
Le petit-déjeuner en commun avec les autres hôtes, permet d’échanger les différentes expériences. Le dîner sur place était très bon.

If you are looking for an authentic and beautifully restored riad this is definitely the place for you. From the minute we met Jamaal at the medina parking lot until we left at the end, we felt very much at home. We also used the official guide (Khalid) that Jamaal set up for us and we had an excellent tour of the entire Medina.

A four day visit to the Fez medina had it’s perfect beginning by being accompanied to the door by the driver who met us at the airport. We were welcomed by Abdul and shown around the beautifully restored dar. Dinner on the panoramic terrace prepared by Mustafa and his wife was delicious. The location is right off the main street of Tala’a Kbira so just out the door you are right in the middle of the medina and just a few minutes walk to the major sights. The Cafè Clock, hang-out for visitors and ex-pats is a few minutes away, and a great place to go if you need a light meal or want to listen to live music on Sunday evening. In particular I want to thank all of the staff of Dar El Menia and Graham for their help and kindness. I think the most lasting impression we have of Morocco is the warmth and generosity of it’s people. If you want a ‘full immersion’ experience of Fez, stay at Dar El Menia. I certainly hope to return!!!

We loved this Dar: the decor, the location and last, but not least, the welcome and helpfulness of Graeme and his staff. After the confusion and bustle of the medina, it was an oasis of tranquillity. The rooftop terrace was the ideal place to kick back and relax in the evening and listen to the numerous calls to prayer; incredibly atmospheric! There was a plentiful and tasty breakfast, also served on the terrace, to start the day in style. We didn’t have dinner so can’t comment. Definitely recommend this place.

Staying in Dar el Menia really made us feel like having a home in another city. A fantastic welcome when we arrived after a journey in the night: breakfast on the rooftop terrace. We could not have wished for a better start of our stay in Fes. Friendly owner and staff, relaxed atmosphere, evening home cooked Moroccan dinners at the rooftop, and last but not : a beautiful house! So, plans to go to Fes? Dar el Menia is a great place to stay! We will certainly go back! Lucas van der Wee and Marlies Bedeker, Delft, the Netherlands

I was a little nervous about being able to find a house inside of the giant Fes medina, but I had nothing to worry about as Dar El Menia sent someone to meet me right at my taxi as I arrived. The location is perfect– right next to one of the main streets so it’s easy to find your way back. The small staff at Dar El Menia is helpful, energetic, and ready to give directions or touring information at anytime. The rooms were quaint and well decorated, not overdone. With only 4 (I think) rooms, the house has an intimate feel and all guests eat beakfast together on the roof terrace. The perfect place to stay and imagine you really are a Fesi.

Excellent service in all respects, good room and a well located riad mean that we would happily stay there again.

Arriving in Fez and not knowing where to go and not planning the accommodation ahead is certainly not to be recommended because you are sure to be ‘ripped off’ by the many helpful ‘official government guides.’

Our family of four was ‘extremely fortunate’ to be able to book ahead our accommodation at the stylish boutique Dar El Menia. We can highly recommend this riad which has as excellent central location in the heart of the old ‘medina.’ If you a couple or family, this ‘Riad’ is perfect. It has a human scale with approximate 5 beautifully appointed bedrooms with off-suite bathrooms, very clean and sensitively renovation in a traditional Moroccan style. The owner, Graham an Englishman and his excellent staff, Abdullah the General Manager will make you feel very much at home and with their wealth of knowledge about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of Fez. Graham has a husband and wife team who look after the house keeping and as a bonus and if you request , they will prepare a ‘home-cooked’ Moroccan dinner served on the roof terrace overlooking the old city. This meal was one of the highlights of our stay in Fez and was without a doubt the best meal we had in Morocco.

If you are looking for a well located, well appointed boutique riad experience in Fez with a warm inviting atmosphere, operated in ‘method and order’ as only an Englishman can do, then I would favorably recommend Dar El Menia at

I was a little nervous about being able to find a house inside of the giant Fes medina, but I had nothing to worry about as Dar El Menia sent someone to meet me right at my taxi as I arrived. The location is perfect– right next to one of the main streets so it’s easy to find your way back. The small staff at Dar El Menia is helpful, energetic, and ready to give directions or touring information at anytime. The rooms were quaint and well decorated, not overdone. With only 4 (I think) rooms, the house has an intimate feel and all guests eat beakfast together on the roof terrace. The perfect place to stay and imagine you really are a Fesi.

Great meals and service, it felt safe and secure in its location and in the service offered, I highly recommend this place and hope to return there when next in fes

We only stayed here the first night in Morocco before getting picked up to go to the desert. The owner was really accomodating in getting us a room and helping us get to the house. Abdul was fantastic….he helped us figure out a plan for seeing the medina on our own and generally was a great help. I wish we could have stayed longer to hang out with him some more. I was really impressed with how well this place was restored and the location. Breakfast was awesome, and we also enjoyed dinner on the terrace. Sadly we had to move on, but I felt like we made the most of our time thanks to help of everyone at this place

Excellent service in all respects, good room and a well located riad mean that we would happily stay there again.

Dar el Menia, mitten in der Medina (Altstadt) von Fes gelegen, ist ein großartiger Ort, um wirklich in eine Vergangenheit ein- (oder aus-)zusteigen, wenngleich auch niemand auf den Komfort modernen Lebens verzichten muss (komfortable Dusche, Toilette, Strom, romantische Beleuchtung etc.). Wer allerdings Hightech- Standart geniesen will, sollte doch lieber in der modernen Neustadt von Fes eine Bleibe suchen. Aber wer bereit ist, auf das letzte I-Pünktchen dieser Art zu verzichten und sich lieber auf die freundliche , persönliche und warmherzige Atmosphäre dieses nahezu magischen Ortes einzulassen, der kommt bei 1001 Nacht an. Für Ortsunsichere lohnt sich der Service, sich vom Parkplatz abholen zu lassen: Sie können dabei getrost eines der Telefone der Umgebung nutzen und haben gerade 1nen Dirham investiert, dass alles geklärt ist, anstatt das eigene Handy zu belasten.

Dann geht es zu Fuß (man kann auch einen Träger mit einer Art Transportkarre recht, recht preiswert heuern) gemeinsam mit dem freundlichen Abholer durch ein Stück der Innenstadt – und Sie werden verstehen, warum nur so: am Ende ist die Straße 80 cm breit. Hinter der liebevoll restaurierten Tür erschließt sich dann die Welt eines ebenso wundervoll restaurierten Innenlebens: Dar bedeutet Haus- Riad umfriedeter Garten, und Sie erwartet, wie es der Name schon sagt, kein Garten mit rauschenden Bäumen im Innenhof, dafür ein Haus, welches alle Eindrücke einer über ein Jahrtausend gewachsenen Kultur in liebevollstem Detail bietet. Ungewöhnlich natürlich für uns “Nördliche” die dichte , geschlossene Bauweise, aber umso dankbarer angenommen, sollte es Hochsommer sein! Die Terrasse bietet genügend Licht und Weitblick, als dass die so gemütlichen Räume einer fantastischen “Wohnhöhle” auch fensterlos nach außen, jedoch reich genug geöffnet nach innen einen wirklich angenehmen Lebenskomfort bieten. Man nehme sich Zeit für die Details- vom Wasserhahn bis zu den zwei riesigen Massivholztüren im Hof… es lohnt sich. Nicht zu vergessen sind der freundliche Service mit delikatem marokkanischen Frühstück a la homemade und überhaupt die angenehme Atmosphäre im Haus. Wer sich mit Französisch und Arabisch nicht ganz so sicher fühlt!!!! ist auch in diesem Punkt bei vorzüglichem Englisch bei Abdul, dem Hauskoordinator oder Graham, dem britischen Besitzer bestens aufgehoben. Alle Fragen werden umfänglich und freundlich beantwortet, es gibt immer einenWeg, ein Problem zu lösen. Von diesem sicheren und angenehm stillen Ort ist es nur ein paar Meter zum Trubel der altstädtischen Straßen und somit das ideale Nebeneinander von Ruhe und Aktion gewährleistet. Empfehlung: Kaufen Sie sich den Reiseführer von Fes bei Lonley Planet (allerdings zur Zeit nur in englisch), der ist der beste und hat eine brauchbare Karte im Anhang sowie reale Kaufpreisempfehlungen, alles andere kann man vergessen. Unser Ratschlag: Verpassen sie nicht das traumhafte Fes und tun sich den Gefallen im zauberhaften Dar el Menia zu wohnen!

It is very difficult to explain ( for me as a German in English language) how much we liked the Dar el Menia, it´s excellent condition (including what means lasting restauration), it´s fantastic world of “1001 nights- standard”, it´s real great daily service or it´s silence in the middle of a lively old medina. It´s also an island for people, who can´t speak Arabic or French to relax the head from all that strong thinking all the day outside. You´ll find everytime somebody to talk in a really friendly way. It´s not usual hospitality you´ll find ebut much more. You feel saved in a familary ambiance. There is so much to tell about- but better to go and see!

An oasis of calm, but just a few steps away from the best Fez has to offer: its amazing Medina. The house has been restored in an amazing way. We stayed in a double room with shared bathroom, the room was a thing of beauty, with heating, cozy blankets and tastefully decorated. The bathroom was also beautiful and very clean! Abdoul is definitely an added value!! Very sweet and knowledgeable, a pleasure to talk to!

Dar El Menia è nel cuore della medina. Graham vi organizzerà l’arrivo con una macchina all’aeroporto e l’autista vi accompagnerà sino all’albergo. Le prime volte la medina è un po’ labirintica, ma dopo un paio di passeggiate imparerete a orientarvi senza problemi. Al riad abbiamo gustato una ottima cena, tra le migliori provate in Marocco… Non fatevi scappare l’esperienza del corso di cucina marocchina al Clock Cafè, esaltante! Insomma, 5 stelle piene!

We stumbled across the Dar El Menia by accident, and we are so thankful that we did. It is an elegant, Andalusian-style dar in the heart of the bustling Fez medina that offers attentive service at superbly reasonable prices. Breakfast on the roof is a delight; the rooms are spacious, comfortable, and beautifully decorated; the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and exceptionally welcoming. We were provided with information on what was happening in Fez, where to go, what to see, and good places to eat. Trips out of the city were arranged for us, as was transport to the railway station. It was the service that we wanted. Our room didn’t have an en-suite bathroom, but it was just across the stairwell which was no serious inconvenience. The early-morning adhan was a disturbance, but given that it is intended to be heard across the city, there can be no real complaints. Graham and his team provided us with the most wonderful setting for the first leg of our trip to Morocco and helped to create marvellous memories. I would not hesitate to recommend Da El Menia to those travelling to Fez. An oasis of calm, but just a few steps away from the best Fez has to offer: its amazing Medina. The house has been restored in an amazing way. We stayed in a double room with shared bathroom, the room was a thing of beauty, with heating, cozy blankets and tastefully decorated. The bathroom was also beautiful and very clean! Abdoul is definitely an added value!! Very sweet and knowledgeable, a pleasure to talk to!

Dar El Menia is perfectly located on a tiny alley way just off the Medina’s main street, Talaa Kibira – minutes walk from all sights of interest. Behind a beautifully carved door is a luxurious oasis, a traditional house restored to its original grandeur with all mod cons discretely installed without compromising the house’s traditional appeal. We ate a home cooked evening meal there on our first night, cooked and served by our maid, the food was excellent and we ate at Dar El Menia again on our last night in Fez.. I would unreservedly recommend Dar El Menia for any one wanting to experience Fez Medina. PERFECT!

Dar El Menia is exactly what you want when staying in Fez Medina! It is an extremly old courtyard house with all its old features and charms intact. Restored tp a high standard and with all the modern facilities you would expect. Staff are warm and friendly and the evening meal we ate on the terrace was the best we had in Fez. Are room was medium/large with a beautiful ensuite shower room. Stay here!

Well, I chose Dar El Menia based on all of the greats reviews here and I they are all right. Dar El Menia is a wonderful place to stay. I was with my husband, 3 daughters (8, 13 and 15) and my parents and I wanted somewhere that we could have to ourselves. It was very pretty, especially the lovely wrought iron work on the windows and balcony. Graham, the owner, had been very helpful before we left, organising our return trip by mini bus to Casablanca and a day trip to Volubis and when we were there Abdul organised a belly dancing lesson and henna for the girls. The cooing class Graham suggested to me that I booked before we went (at Cafe Clock) was fantastic and a real highlight of the holiday for me (and little Lucy who spent the day with me). The stairs are tricky and I wasn’t sure how Mum was going to manage as her knees had become very bad just before we left. But after some initial trepidation she managed well and just developed a way of slowly getting up and down them. We had dinner prepared for us on the night we arrived and after our dday trip and that was really good. Great to have good Moroccan food in a lovely setting and then just wander downstairs to bed. It was also very good for us to have access to the kitchenn to cook for ourselves and I enjoyed buying some things in the markets and then cooking. The location is great. I thought at first that we would have trouble finding our way back to it when we went out but actually it was fine. It is very central in the Medina for easy walks.

Everything is simply beautiful in this house which still has a fresh smell of linseed oil from a recent total renovation. Every little detail has been carefully chosen, and I just hated to place my fluorescent green plastic toothbrush in the aged ceramic cup in the bathroom, it looked so misplaced. Graham (the owner) and his staff Abdul and Mostapha with wife Um Kal Thum are there in the morning around breakfasttime and in the evening for some hours. Ready to answer your questions and help you. The rest of the day you have the house pretty much to yourself, you can use the kitchen, chill on the roof terrace and feel at home. Abdul is such a nice young man, full of good advice, from where to clean your mobile from desert sand to what Morrocan music to buy and where. He will pick you up in the middle of the night and show you the way to the house if there is a need for it! Um Kal Thum is a very good cook and she also helped us with our laundry, Mostapha is all smiles, very proud of the medina where he is born, and will also give you good ideas on what to see and do. Bring earplugs, or the morning prayer call from the neighbouring mosque will wake you up every morning at 5.30! (this will be the case wherever you choose to stay as there are many mosques in the Medina) If you are tall, avoid the Mezzanine room, as it has a low ceiling (but it is very cosy!). The other rooms are “grander”! The riad was a real treat to stay in . It is centrally located and the rooms are decorated in a traditional way but at the same time they offer comfort and a peaceful retreat from the busy medina. The staff couldn’t have done more for us . One member of staff even walked us to the taxi rank at 3 in the morning to make sure we didn’t get lost or feel worried! The breakfast was served in a relaxed manner and sitting on the rooftop at night listening to the occasional call to prayer was very memorable . I would highly recomend this riad for a real Moroccan experience

A beautifully restored riad right in the centre of the medina, only a minute or so from one of the main streets in Fez. It’s extremely quiet at night and has a great roof terrace with views over the medina and to the surrounding hills. The owner and staff are extremely welcoming and friendly, and the riad has a very homely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to anyone travelling to Fez. This Riad was one of the most beautiful and charming places we stayed on our tour of Morocco. It is in the heart of the old medina and i would rfeturn in a heartbeat.

Our family of four book a suite at Dar El Menia in July of this year. Two double rooms conected by a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. The house is stunning and the rooms are likewise. The decor is quite minimal compared to other riads we stayed in which seem to go way over the top and look a bit chinsie. The house was furnished with a good eye and looked really beautiful. We found it extremley relaxing after the mad rush of the hot Medina. The location is just about perfect near the main drag ,Talaa Kibira, but far enough away to be quiet on an evening, being tucked away down a small alley.

This is a superb guesthouse, more like a hotel really, I would very much like to return.

We stayed at Dar El Menia for 3 nights. It is a very beautiful guesthouse and the staff are friendly and welcoming. The house is a traditional Magreb house built around a central courtyard. The restoration is of a high standard and the ensuites are done with taste. The roof terrace has excellent views and cool in the evenings. The location is perfect just off the main street on a quite little alley way near to all the action. The evening meals are a must…. EXCELLENT!!

Our family stayed at Dar El Menia in July of 2009 and had a fabulous time there. The riad is charming and atmospheric, the rooms are comfortable and quiet, and the rooftop terrace was a great place to retire to at the end of the night for a cold beer. The riad’s owner (Graham) was a congenial and helpful host. The location is excelllent – right in the medina, you can walk to everything. Our children were fascinated both by the riad itself and the lane that it is located on. We would highly recommend Dar El Menia – and would definitely stay there again when in Fes.

We were picked up by Hicham (an employee) en brought to the riad where we were warmly welcomed by Graham (the owner). The suites were already booked so we had to take the rooms with the shared bath room. At first we had our doubts, but the bath room turned out to be perfectly decorated and very clean. The riad is a great place to start your excursions from through Fes. You can walk from the riad to nearly every location in the old medina by just following the main road (Talaa Kbira). And the people provide a very welcome and relaxed atmosphere. The very much worth the price and If I go back to Fes I will definitly stay in el Menia.

We stayed in this beautifully restored Riad in the heart of the Fes Medina for three nights, and were very pleased with it. It’s a bit hidden, in a quiet alley of the main street in the Medina, and very peaceful. The Riad has a lot of character, with many old details and nicely decorated rooms. Also, there is a large roof terrace, with a good view of the hills surrounding the city. Staff is helpful, and because the Riad only has four rooms the overall atmosphere is very relaxed, almost like staying in a rented appartment. We would definitely recommend Dar el Menia to friends planning to stay in Fes.

Dar El Menia is a little jewel among the bussle of Fez Medina. A truly beatiful house with kind and welcoming staff; situated near the heart of the Medina. The location is excellent and the views from the terrace superb. The restoration has been done to a high standard and the rooms clean and tidy. We had an evening meal which would have fed four adults which was just great. I would whole heartedly recommend Dar El Menia to anyone visiting Fes. Just GO.

My wife and I stay at Dar El Menia for four nights. The house is extremely beautiful and the staff warm and friendly. The roof top terrace is well furnished with sofas. It was a joy to sit out in the cool evening with a beer and experience the evening atmophere. We ate an excellent evening meal prepared by the maid on the terrace. The breakfast is also on the terrace and kept us going most of the day I would highly recomend Dar El Menia and hope to return… SOON!

My stay in Dar El Menia made my holiday in Fes complete. On arrival i was greeted by Mustafa and his wife who run the house for the owner, they were very friendly and Icham their son provided me with lots of local info. The house is beautifully decorated in the traditional Moroccon style, on entering the front door it takes your breath away. I included breakfast and evening meal in my stay, which was well worth it, food was plentiful and delicious and served on the terrace, which made it a pleasant way to meet other guests. My room was very comfortable, loved the decor especially the wash basin in the bathroom! If i have the chance to visit Fes again , I will be heading for Del El Menia.

A beautifully restored guest house, in a great location to explore the magical medina of Fes. The rooms have been restored to a high standard offering a calm oasis to the mania that is the medina. Graham, Hicham, Mostapha and Um Kalthum made every effort to ensure our stay was trouble free, from a delicious dinner on the first night, great breakfasts to ensuring you felt at home all the time and arranged everything you asked for. Highly recommended and can’t wait to return…

Mark & Monika

My wife and I spent 2 nights in Dar El Meina during our trip to Morocco. It is a beautifully restored and maintained guest house in the medina in Fes. It is really like staying in a house, as there are only 3-4 rooms and you get a key to the front door. The Dar is not “hosted per se, but the family that the owner has hired to run it took very good care of us. They really make you feel welcome and overall the experience we had staying there was vastly superior to staying at a hotel.

We spent four nights at Dar El Menia, and it was a perfect way to immerse ourselves in the fascinating medina in Fes. The accommodations are beautifully restored, with a soaring interior courtyard and a nice rooftop terrace. The included breakfast was all we needed for energy for each full day of exploring. We had a room with a private bath, though rooms with shared baths are available. The caretaker and his family, as well as the owner, treated us so well with friendliness and advice on where to go and what to see, in Fes and in the surrounding area (a side trip to Volubilis is a must). It’s worthwhile to set aside some time just to sit in the dar to appreciate its beauty.

Recommend Dar el menia for a surprise weekend away. Was tucked down an alleyway in heart of medina near enough to restaurants to walk home easily at night. Room was gorgeous and the house was charming and felt very special without feeling too flash. Hicham and family were very hospitable and he was very helpful and on hand for forgetful and confused visitors! Would definitely recommend it as a lovely place to stay in the medina without breaking the bank…

Beautiful newly renovated house with 4 rooms decorated in the original marrocan style. The house is very well located to visit the Medina or get a taxi for a drive out of Fes.

You will definetely feel at home at Dar El Menia since the number of guests is limited. We were alone the first evening with our own house key. The house was full the following days with 7 persons incl. a baby representing 5 different nationalities.

Mustafa and his wife cook wonderfull evening meals if you wish (recommended on day of arrival) and prepare a nice breakfast, which you enjoy on the roof terrace. Icham is a great help for organizing guides or tours around Fes and provides you with good tips in general.

All in all you cannot do anything wrong booking here. Don’t look further, just book at Dar El Menia !

Our family stayed in Dar El Menia for a couple nights in February. It is charming and comfortable, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the position is perfect. Not only will we go back again (we live in Rabat) but we have recommended it to my mother in law who will stay there in May. It’s a terrific riad, and Fes is fun. Go

A rental that actually feels like a good hotel. One of the prettiest Dars and Riads we have seen in Fez, with full service, located on the Medina’s main axis and close to most things you may want to see or do in Fez. Very helpful staff and owner, so you never get lost and can make the most of your stay. Absolutely excellent cooking for dinner, strongly recommended to those who can afford this palatable option. We had a fantastic 4-day stay and our two children loved the quiet and refreshing atmosphere in the house, the nice breakfast, and the staff!

Authentic and well restored riad. Great location, great service, great food, and friendly. Nice views from the terrace. Would stay here again – any day.

Dar El-Menia is a beautifully renovated traditional Morocccan home situated steps away from the Bab Bou-Jeloud. Graham, Mustapha, his wife and son Hisham were extremely friendly, helpful and made us feel at home. Delicious home cooked (and plentiful) breakfasts, central location and lovely patio make this your best bet for your stay in Fes.

Fes was the last leg of our trip in Morocco and Dar El Menia quickly became our home away from home and great end to our adventure. Graham, the Dar owner, has done a wonderful job renovating – you are in awe from the moment you arrive. Both himself and his staff are friendly, breakfast was great and the location couldn’t have been better. I highly recommend

Dar El Menia is a wonderfully restored and very atmospheric old Moroccan house, and well run by Graham and his local staff. You will be well looked after here and very comfortable, as well as being right in the heart of the medina in Fes. Next time I go to Fes this is where I will stay.

This riad is a beautiful, calm oasis in the Medina of Fes. It is in an excellent location as it is close to the parking so not too far to walk with bags. The staff were friendly, the breakfast was excellent and the owner was friendly and helpful. My only, very minor, complaint was that the maid never came near our room in the three days that we were there so the bed remained unmade (unless we did it ourselves).

Tranquillity in the heart of the Madina. Fantastic spot, no hassle at all. Mustapha and his Mrs saw to all our wants . If you want to visit Fes, and truly know it. Its a must to stay in a Dar. And you would be struggling to find better for the price……….Also pop around the corner, just uphill a few steps and enjoy a special arabic coffee or mint tea at the little cafe tucked away in the corner. enjoy……………………

I have to admit that I do not usually trust Tripadvisor reviews and that I was skeptical at first about all the positive reviews I read about Dar El Menia, but this time I have to admit I was wrong. Dar El Menia is truly a beauty, not only because of the exceptinal place, the location, but also because of how you get treated by its owner and the people who run it. I apprecitated that even though I got to Fez at 7.00 am in the morning they came to meet me and let me get to my room at 8.00 am! I stayed for 2 days, and every day we had a great breakfast on the terrace with some of the guests and the owner himself, who lives nearby. The room was extremely clean and well kept. As I said, a perfect place for Fez!

This house has been restored by the owner of an other guesthouse in Fès, the Dar Seffarine. Owned by a british couple, it is a moderate size dar, wich makes it quite interesting, compared to other ones bigger and more expensive. Yes, it is very difficult to find resaonnable price for a room in a beautiful dar those days … This Dar El Menia propose a good choice.

Expect to take an architectural lesson from living there a few days. It is a jewel box ! On of the good aspects is that there are a lot of beautiful furniture there …

Breakfast is normaly served on the terrace. When we were there, it has been raining all the time, so we took it in the kitchen, wich wasn’t convenient as far as there is not much place to sit … was the only “bad aspect” …

Conclusion: choose this dar for situation ( perfect ), lovely decorating and genuine architecture, size ( moderate and typical ), and price.


I was lucky enough to stay at Dar el Menia with friends for almost a week, and after the heavy traffic and bustle of the medina and long days full of walking and being out and about, it was a quiet, cozy and welcome retreat. Hicham and his family were warm and friendly and made us feel completely at home – every morning we woke up to a hot home-cooked breakfast and fresh coffee and one night they made us a huge traditional Moroccan dinner – every bit of which was delicious. The place is extremely clean and well-maintained, very secure and absolutely silent at night (except for the 5am call to prayer from the nearby mosques)! Only difficulty might be for travelers who have trouble with stairs – there are a lot of them, and they are high, though there is one bedroom and bathroom on the first level of the riad.

Our first night we didn’t know where to go for dinner so Hicham had a friend accompany us to a nearby restaurant in the medina (which was fantastic), and walked us home at night so we wouldn’t get lost in the maze! Everyone we met there went out of their way for us.

The riad is beautifully restored, as their website says – there was always plentiful hot water in the showers, space heaters in all the rooms (worked like a charm in the VERY COLD winter weather) a kitchen at guests’ disposal and a beautiful roof terrace that overlooks the whole city. I couldn’t imagine staying in a regular hotel in such a historic city as Fes – staying at Dar el Menia will make your trip to Morocco fully authentic and a true cultural experience. You will not be disappointed!

We stayed at Dar El Menia in October for 4 nights, we rented the whole Dar. It blew us away, from the arrival through winding alleys getting narrower by the minute to an unassuming door, then inside a beautiful oasis of a traditional house in the middle of the Fes medina. Traditional Fes tile work and everywhere glorious traditional colours and decoration.

Up the winding staircase to the rooftop where there is a view over the medina and across the hills. We ate our breakfasts everyday on the roof top and spent many hours in the evening taking in the sights and sounds.

The caretakers of the Dar were superb and could not have been more helpful, we had a wonderful traditional dinner one night at the dar, highly recommended.

This is a fantastic place to go with friends, family etc as it sleeps alot and there are enough places and spaces for everyone to get together or to have some alone time.

The stairs are narrow and winding so if you have any leg probs then maybe not so good. We found it no problem though.

Staying here made the beginning of a long trip a fabulous experience and set the tone for the rest of our travels.



No visit to Fez is complete without staying in Dar El Menia. The Riad is beautifully restored and sits right in the middle of Fez’s magical medina. The caretakers, Mostopha, his wife and their son, Hicham are wonderful hosts and extremely helpful.

We had a family of 8 and were able to take over the entire Riad. The bedrooms are spacious and the rooftop provides a panoramic view of the city. I highly recommend having dinner in the Riad at least one night. It is a very special experience (we had our Christmas dinner there). Mostapha’s wife is a wonderful cook.

5 stars for Dar El Menia!

My Nephew and I stayed at Dar El Menia for four nights in October, and wished we could stay longer. The guesthouse is perfectly located in the old medina so it’s quick to reach from the nearest gate, yet far enough within the medina to feel well submerged into into the medina’s culture. Dar El Menia was perfectly clean and comfortable, as well as exceedingly charming. Plus it’s NOT so close to a mosque that you are blasted out of the bed early in the morning with the call to prayer! This is very much a bonus in a place like the Fez medina. It is an intimate, lovingly restored old building with loads of character and a lovely terrace for breakfast and stargazing. Hicham and his father & mother manage the daily affairs and can set up taxis to nearby sites like Volubilis, Meknes and Moulay Idris for about 800 dh per day. Nice stuff

I had a fantastic stay at Dar el Menia. My travel to Morocco was something of a nightmare, with missed connections and delays that caused me to arrive 12 hours later then expected, at 3 am. It was something of a challenge getting to the guest house, but everyone there worked with me and was quite helpful. I crashed hard and they came by around 2:00 to see if I wanted “breakfast”! This was a nice bonus, as breakfast is included with the room, but usually served between 8 and 10. That was typical of how people went out of their way to take care of me while I was there.

The guest house is stunning. Beautifully restored with great detail and a lovely, comfortable place to hang out. Weather permitting, breakfast is served on the roof, which was a great way to start the day.

It’s right in the middle of the Medina, so once you get out of the tiny alley that leads to the house, you are immediately in the thick of things. I have absolutely no reservations recommending Dar el Menia to anyone considering a visit to Fes.

I would just like to say we had a fabulous trip to Fes. Dar El Menia is a truly beautiful Riad. Mustafa and his wife are absolutely delightful and the home cooked food excellent.

I would recommend this Riad to anyone we all had a great time.

We’ve just got back home from a great trip of Morocco. It really is a fantastic country of extremes. My boyfriend and I stayed at Dar El Menia for three nights and had wonderful time. The house is very special and Fez is like nowhere I’ve ever been before straight out of the middle ages.

The dar is right in the center of the Medina and is very comfortable and the staff helpful and kind. The architectural detail of the house is outstanding echoing fez’s imperial past.

We had a great stay and would love to go back!

My girlfriend and I spent 3 nights at Dar El Menia for a romantic break. We booked the whole house which worked out excellent value. The house is run by a local Moroccan family who are kind and the maid is an excellent cook.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this B&B to anyone we had a terrific time and hope to return.

My Dad and I stayed at the Dar El Menia for a week in Fes and absolutely loved it. The Dar is beautifully restored with the original mosaics, woodwork, and marble floors and the people are wonderful. The Dar El Menia is the ideal retreat from the bustling, winding medina. Graham and Gail were wonderful and Hicham and his family who run the Dar were really nice and great cooks. They arranged a guide for us who showed us around the medina and introduced us to all of the handicrafts of Fes. We ate breakfast with the other guests on the terrace, which gave us the opportunity to meet people and to compare travel notes. We had such a great time, we must come back!

Our Group consisted of a party of girlfriends. We spent two weeks in Morocco staying at Casablanca and Marrakech. We spent four days in Fez staying at Dar El Menia and we had the best time!. We rented the house as a whole which worked out very reasonable. Hicham met us at the train station and help us sort out a couple of red taxis and we went to the Medina. Our luggage was carried for us and we arrived at the house in the heart of the Medina. Walking down the tiny narrow street we walked through a carved wooden door and entered the courtyard of this wonderful house. Our three night stay was so homely and the staff friendly and kind.

We were all a bit concerned that we might get hassled being a group of women but on the whole this was not the case. Fez is shopping heaven especially for leather bags, shoes and scarfs -haggling is a must and a moroccan art form.

We ate at Dar El Menia on our last night and it was superb! Eating in the Medina was also great. Hicham took us to a traditional restaurant, deep in the Medina, on our first night which was great fun but very touristy. The cafes at Bab Boujloud were more our style and great for people watching. Hicham arranged a guide for us on our first day which was well worth the money and helped us get our bearings (a little) around the Medina.

We spent an evening at the bar in Hotel Batha, near Bab Boujloud, which made a welcome change. All in all Morocco was a great experience and for me Fez was the best place and Dar El Menia the best accommodation. Highly recommended!!

My girlfriend and I arrived at Fez airport our taxi was waiting for us and dropped us at an unassuming car park to be met by Hicham. He took us to Dar El Menia through tiny streets. Fez is an amazing place like no where we’d been before. The house is just perfect centered around a atrium with huge doors and marble floors. Neither myself nor my girlfriend had been to Morocco and we had no idea what to expect. But it was great and Dar El Menia was the high light; great accommodation, great food and friendly staff – jaw dropping first impressions.

Dar El Menia offers fist class accommodation at excellent prices. We were a large party and booked the whole house. The price per night per person came to 27.50€ so we were expecting cheap and chearful. Instead we got one of the best houses I have ever stayed in. The rooms are large and comfortable but what really impresses is the old Moroccan features, the courtyard, plaster work, tiles and cedar wood every where including huge doors and all the ceilings.

The staff were warm and friendly and live nearby and were always happy to help day or night. The food the maid cooked us was EXCELLENT and again great value for money even cheaper than the local nearby cafes (which were great fun).

The Medina itself was like something out of the old testiment and suprisingly my kids loved it!

All in all a great experience and we all would like to return.

Dar El Menia provided a stunning and tranquil reprieve from the wonderful madness Fes, and we loved the balance of meeting fellow travelers while also getting to know Hicham and his family a bit during our stay.

I guess the high light of the stay was the food Um Kalthum cooked for us and served us on the terrace but it’s difficult to say as the whole experience was just fantastic. Breakfasts in the winter sun served freshly made on the roof terrace was lovely and the quite contrast of Dar El Menia and the Fez explosion of the senses was very welcome.

We paid 60€ for a double room with shared bathroom, breakfast inclusive. The room was beautiful and cleaned and tidied every day. The shared bathroom room, large and equipped with all you would need. The Restoration is to a high standard with a real attention to detail. And the staff friendly and welcoming. All in all great value for money!

We would recommend this guest house to any one!

I first went to Dar El Menia with friends in December last year and we all had a fantastic time. Fes is an extraordinary and unique place, the Medina has a medieval atmosphere with its tiny streets, donkey jams and local color. My second stay at Dar El Menia was with my boyfriend and we had, yet again, a superb time. The staff, always genuinely helpful, have now established as a very efficient team with the right mix of hospitality while affording privacy and comfort.

Dar El Menia’s accommodations is as magical as I remembered it the first time but with some additional authentic touches. The roof terrace’ breakfasts and evenings spent chatting, with some local red wine, is still the hight light for me.

Excellent value for money!

Dar El Menia is such a beautiful place to stay, a real piece of moroccan art. From the moment we arrived we have had a wonderful, magical time. The hospitality of the staff namely Hicham,Mustafa and Um Kalthoom is outstanding and this beautiful house have made visiting Fes a unique experience, at the same time we instantly felt welcomed and at home. My children had great fun in the house and the madina. They want to go again.

Wow! What an amazing place to stay! Dar El Menia is simply stunning. We arranged with the house to be picked up at the airport and arrived at a car park by grand taxi to be met by Hicham, all went without a hitch. We arrived wandering through narrow, noisy, twisting streets, through an unassuming but beautifully carved door and into a quiet sunny courtyard, it was quite an experience. The house is awesome, alive with atmosphere and a sense of age, of time past. Whoever restored this house really put their all into it.

We hired the en-suite room for five nights which for the two of us was just perfect. We asked the maid to cook for us and she provided a feast enough for twice our number. It was delicious! The best food we ate in Morocco.

Breakfast was served on the roof-terrace and was just what you needed to keep you on your feet for a long day of exploring the maze that is Fes Medina.

When we began to pack for are onward journey we regretted that we had not stayed longer. We spent a month in Morocco and had a fantastic time. It still strikes me that a place so foreign, so far removed from our home, is only two and a half hours away by plane. Dar El Menia was the best place we stayed whilst in Morocco. We hope to return and would not hesitate to recommend it.

A friend and I stayed for a few days in April 2007, and will certainly come again. The house is exquisitely restored, the people who run it warm and friendly (giving advice on restaurants and a local hammam). The owner was there at the time, and he and his guests treated us as friends, inviting us to eat with them on the roof.

Views from the roof great, good bedding, good company, and good bathrooms

Tranquil yet central in this bustling medieval medina – furnished in an authentic morroccon way.

restored in a genuine and histrical way – intimate yet able to accomodate a family!

Great views from the roof terrace – kitchen on roof an added bon

Wow, what an incredible experience it has been to stay at Dar El Menia in Fes. It is right in the midst of the medina and its amazing decor gave us a great taste of the grandeur this imperial city once enjoyed. The house had everything we needed to relax in after days spent adventuring the mysteries of the medieval streets of Fes. It felt like being on a film set and returning at night to the luxury a film star would expect!!! The family who are employed to look after you do just that and more. We were made to feel very at home whilst at the same time allowed to enjoy the privacy that a whole house rental like this allows. Highly recommended! I will definitely be back in the Spring.

We arrived at Fes train station and we were pick up by two taxis and a smiling and welcoming Hicham, He organised our arrival having our luggage transported by caruso. The house is breathtaking we all walked in and did a 360 our jaws on the floor. It is such a beautiful house! The tile work and the plaster work are incredabily intercate. All the ceilings, window frames, and doors – including the two pairs of salon doors one set standing at over 12ft high – are all made of solid cedar. The cedar aroma fills the house and adds to the ambience of serenity and magisty.

The staff were very friendly and welcoming. They went out of their way to be helpful, the maid took one of our female traveling companions to a hamma and Hicham showed us around the Medina

Every morning we were cooked a fresh breakfast and in the evening we were treat to a feast of traditional moroccan fair of huge proportions.

Sat in the main salon with its four meter high ceiling, it is hard to believe that you are slap bang in the middle of the world’s largest and most populated medinas. The contrast between the insane hussle and bussle and the calm tranquility of the house is most welcome and after a day spent running up and down the medina’s labryth like streets it is needed!!

I have travel a lot in the Middle East and I will most certainly return to Dar El Menia and in fact I have already booked.


We stayed at Dar El Menia recently for a few days and had a great experience. I’m a furniture maker, so I really loved the craftsmanship throughout the house….from the hammered copper sink to the huge, carved cedar doors.

I think there are many beautiful medina homes to choose from in Fes, but for us, the best part about the house was the family that take care of it. Hicham, the son, speaks good English, is very helpful, and has a great sense of humor. Mustapha, the father, helps with the details of the home and is quite proud of the work he has put into the restoration. One of my buddies was sick one day, and Mustapha helped us track down some natural herbs/medicine as soon as he heard–he has a heart of gold and will go out of his way to help you if you need something. Um Klthum is a fabulous cook. One day, we hiked around the medina all day and we’re too tired to trek out again for a meal. We arranged with her ahead of time to have a home-cooked Moroccan meal that night and it was the best meal we had in Fes. Her harira (Moroccan soup) was outstanding. We ate on the rooftop balcony and enjoyed the sunset and stars at night….great experience. The breakfasts were great too.

I lived in Tunisia for 2 1/2 years and there were no riads there at the time. I got to know the people and culture, but it took a bit of time. This is a great way to experience the culture of Fes by staying in the heart of the city, being able to learn a bit of Arabic from the caretaker family (if you want to), and literally walking out your door into all the great sounds, sights, and smells of Fes!

We stayed at Dar El Menia recently for a few days and had a great experience. I’m a furniture maker, so I really loved the craftsmanship throughout the house….from the hammered copper sink to the huge, carved cedar doors.

I think there are many beautiful medina homes to choose from in Fes, but for us, the best part about the house was the family that take care of it. Hicham, the son, speaks good English, is very helpful, and has a great sense of humor. Mustapha, the father, helps with the details of the home and is quite proud of the work he has put into the restoration. One of my buddies was sick one day, and Mustapha helped us track down some natural herbs/medicine as soon as he heard–he has a heart of gold and will go out of his way to help you if you need something. Um Klthum is a fabulous cook. One day, we hiked around the medina all day and we’re too tired to trek out again for a meal. We arranged with her ahead of time to have a home-cooked Moroccan meal that night and it was the best meal we had in Fes. Her harira (Moroccan soup) was outstanding. We ate on the rooftop balcony and enjoyed the sunset and stars at night….great experience. The breakfasts were great too.

I lived in Tunisia for 2 1/2 years and there were no riads there at the time. I got to know the people and culture, but it took a bit of time. This is a great way to experience the culture of Fes by staying in the heart of the city, being able to learn a bit of Arabic from the caretaker family (if you want to), and literally walking out your door into all the great sounds, sights, and smells of Fes!

We stayed at Dar El Menia for 9 days – and it was just perfect! The owner gave us a lot of information before arriving in Fes which was extremely helpful and transportation was arranged and was very prompt. Fortunately, we had the whole house to ourself and it was the perfect escape after exploring the chaotic medina. The riad is beautifully restored and the zellij and stucco works are of the highest standard. We ate every night on the terrace with Umm Khoultoum cooking traditional Morroccan cuisine of huge proportions – (delicious & better than any of the restaurants in the medina – and just what you need after a busy day) The location of the riad is just perfect, it is off one of the main roads (making it very easy not to get lost) and five minute walk from the car park so hailing a taxi is not difficult. By the end of our stay we felt like family – Communicating through a medley of english, french and arabic – Moustapha, Umm Khoulthoum and Hicham treated us so well, going out of their way to help us – we’ll definitely come back again and again and again!

Dar El Menia is a magical place and provided us with peace and relaxation far removed from the magnificent chaos of the Medina. We are a large family and rented the whole house which proved to be great value for money. Hicham organised or transport from the airport with out a hitch, helped us with our bags. He took us to Dar El Menia and made us all feel very welcome. The rooms are all double bedrooms some two sleep three. They are kept immaculate and change and tidied every day. Breakfast was served fresh every morning by the maid using freshly purchased produce bought from the Medina and was delicious! We asked the maid to cook us an evening meal on a number of occasions and were treat to a traditional Moroccan feast as though we were her long lost family. The service was excellent.

We all agreed that we would return in a wink of an eye and plan to do so. Thoroughly recommended!!

We stayed when the house had only just been finished, probably one of the first few guests but everything went well. A great base to explore the Medina (just off one of the signed walking routes so if you get a bit lost – the Medina is a warren and it’s easy to do – you can find your way back ok). The breakfast was good and the maid / guardian cooked us a meal one evening! Access to the house is on foot only (the car park is a couple of minutes walk away) but Mostapha helped us with the bags so wasn’t a problem. I’d recommend it if you want to see what the Medina’s got to offer. Plus a taxi ride (these can be fun!) gets you to the Ville Nouvelle in about 10 minutes and gives a whole lot more to see.

Hoy mismo he llegado de pasar tres noches En este fantástico hotel. Asi que creo que debía hacer la crítica porque me siento en deuda con ellos por lo bien que nos trataron a mi amiga ya mi, en especial Abdul. Él es un chico encantador que está como encargado del hotel, su simpatía, saber estar y Maneras te Harán tomarle mucho cariño. El hotel está perfectamente ubicado, céntrico, en pura Medina. El desayuno se sirve de 8.30 a 9.30. Funciona perfectamente el agua caliente. Es sin duda alguna un hotel que recomendaría a mis amigos. No te arrepentirás.

La seconda volta a Fes, ricordavo molto della città ma i consigli attenti e precisi di Graham e Abdul mi hanno aperto una nuova Fez! Cosa dire del riad? Era la prima volta per la mia famiglia in Marocco, e questo è il posto migliore per approcciarlo, subito immersi nell’atmosfera di fiaba che ci si aspetta! Le camere sono semplici ma eleganti, imponenti, con gli infissi intagliati e ogni dettaglio curato come nei sogni! Il riad è un autentico gioiello lungo un’improbabile via laterale della Taala Kbira (non abbiate paura perchè è una zona centrale e sicura, al massimo verrete guardati con occhio affamato dai mille gattini che vivono in zona..e ovunque in marocco!). La gestione delle colazioni e dei pranzi è in mano ad una famiglia locale disponibilissima e quindi tutto è studiato a misura dell’ospite…sarete accontentati, noi abbiamo chiesto la Kennaria e ce l’hanno preparata la sera stessa..neanche a dirlo, tutto buonissimo!! Godete dell’alba sulla terrazza, ascoltando i rumori di Fez che si sveglia…un incanto, non ve ne pentirete!!

Bello, intimo e accogliente questo riad a Fes è in una posizione molto comoda per visitare la medina.

Ottima e abbondante la colazione e molto pulita la camera. La famiglia che lo gestisce è molto cordiale e disponibile.

Wenn man Fes und Marokko richtig gut kennenlernen möchte, dann ist Fes die beste Adresse. Wenn man jetzt auch noch das Flair eines marokkanischen Zimmers geniessen möchte, dann ist Dar El Menia Ihre Adresse. Zentral gelegen, ruhig, luxuriös, freundlich ist das Haus eine Oase in Fes. Absolut empfehlenswert.

belle maison extrêmement bien restaurée, beaucoup de charme, et très bien située dans la Médina. La terrasse est très sympa pour y passer un peu de temps. et en particulier le petit dej y est tres agréable. Nous y sommes allés avec des bébés et ça s’est très bien passé, les hôtes étaient au petit soin. seule bizarrerie, le propriétaire qui gère les réservations et qui n’est pas là – apparemment en Grande Bretagne. Le diner proposé sur place est aussi relativement cher pour le Maroc.

Hemos estado dos noches en este Dar durante la Semana Santa 2009 y la experiencia fue muy buena. Cuando llegamos nos pusimos en contacto con Hicham, el chico fasí que se encarga de atender junto a su padre y su madre a los viajeros durante la estancia en Dar El Menia. Hicham nos recogió en una de las puertas de la Medina y nos guió hasta llegar al alojamiento, que está céntrico, céntrico, en una de las bocacalles que dan a Talaa Kbira, calle comercial principal de un colorido impresonante. Hicham habla inglés y es una persona amabilísima, siempre dispuesta a ayudarte en este Fez laberíntico. Graham, el dueño, está por las mañanas, durante el desayuno, para saludar a los inquilinos, y es un tío muy simpático. El desayuno, muy completo, suele ser en el ático, con vistas a toda la Medina, cuando el tiempo acompaña. Allí conversas con el resto de inquilinos, con Hicham y sus padres, y el ambiente es muy familiar.

En cuanto a las habitaciones, hay cuatro. La nuestra tenía baño incluido, con ducha y agua caliente sin problemas, y estaba decorada muy originalmente con elementos marroquíes; la cama era muy confortable.

Por último, te ofrecen la posibilidad de cenar en el Dar por 200 dirhams por persona (unos 20 euros al cambio). Consideramos que es un poco cara para lo que sirven, pero no hay gran diferencia si te vas a un restaurante de los que hay cerca (salvo el Café Clock, muy recomendable), así que puede ser una buen opción cenar en el Dar y descansar de un intenso día de regateo. ¡¡¡Os lo recomendamos!!! Rebeca y Raúl

Riad splendidamente restaurato nei materiali e negli ornamenti della tradizione marocchina. La posizione è centrale, si raggiunge attraverso una via piccola e stretta (non spaventatevi!!), traversa della strada principale, Tala Kbira, poco distante dal parcheggio di Ain Zleten.

La famiglia che si occupa della gestione del riad è squisita, la colazione è ottima e abbondante e su richiesta è possibile anche consumare la cena con una buona bottiglia di vino.

Mr Grham, proprietario del riad, ci ha saputo dare ottimi consigli e ha risposto a ogni nostra domanda e curiosità.

El trato recibido por todos los que componen el equipo de Dar El Menia ha sido exquisito. Desde el contacto por internet, claro y rápido, además de eficacisimo ya que te orientan en todo lo que necesitas y como debes llegar hasta allí., trabajo de Graham es impecable. Hicham es un encanto y eficiente, Mostafa y Ulm absolutamente encantadores y serviciales. La casa es preciosa y la habitacion muy lograda. La ubicación del Dar es estupenda ya que esta en la misma medina y muy facíl para poder disfrutar a fondo de la medina. En cuanto a los servicios del hotel la única pega es deberia contar con tv o internet para ocupar las horas de relax en la casa.Lo que ma+ás me gustó fue la ubicación, la decoración y el personal.

Hemos estado una semana, tiempo mas que suficiente, para ver la Medina i parte de la ciudad nueva. Aconsejamos 4 dias y luego cambiar de ciudad

La familia que trabaja en el Riad, es maravillosa, Omcalzum, es la señora marroquí que trabaja en la casa y prepara los desayunos, aparte de la limpieza, todo está perfecto, su marido Mustapha, una persona respetable sencillo y muy agradable, colabora ayudando a su esposa y su hijo Hicham, un joven muy correcto y agradable, cuando llegamos al aereopuerto de Fes, nos vino a recoger un Taxi, que había enviado Hicham. el cual nos esperaba para llevarnos hasta el Riad.

Pensamos, que Fes al atardecer, se va cerrando y en el Riad, aunque ya se lo comentamos al propietário, falta música o TV, ya que las tiendas empiezan a cerrar hacia las 18.00 horas y no hay lugares para pasear, solo quedan cuatro restaurantes para los extrangeros que cierran a las 23.00 horas.