About the home
Dar Mystere is an affordable option for independent travellers, whether as couples or small parties, to experience Moroccan life 'behind closed doors' in the mysterious ancient medina of Fez.
The cost covers the exclusive use of the house and will appeal to guests who prefer privacy and value their own space.
Dar Mystere has been renovated and restored to offer modern comforts while retaining the original architectural Moroccan style.
The excellent location of Dar Mystere offers easy access to numerous local amenities such as restaurants and bazaars. Set in a quite cul-de-sac alley in an area popular with international visitors, it provides the ideal base for exploration of the medina and the wonders of Fez.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Towels provided, please check with the advertiser regarding linen|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
The house can sleep up six people and comprises of the following:-
1 double bedroom with en-suite
1 double bedroom
1 twin bedroom
Fully equipped kitchen
Two terraces, one with wonderful views over Mount Zalah and the medina
Breakfast is not included in the price but can be provided on request. Guided tours of the Medina and the surrounding area and collections from all points of arrival are available on request.
Further details outdoors:
From the split level roof terrace are views over the medina to the Borj Nord (North Fort), the Tombs of the Merenids and beyond to the slopes of Mount Zalah. Up here on the roof terrace is another kitchen/utility area, ideal for a relaxing evening after a days adventure in the medina.
The Fes region
Fes or Fez is the second largest city of Morocco, following Casablanca, with a population of approximately 1 million (2010). It is the capital of the Fès-Boulemane region.
The former capital, is one of the country's four "imperial cities," the others being Rabat, Marrakech and Meknes. It comprises three distinct parts, Fes el Bali (the old, walled city or medina), Fes-Jdid (new Fes, home of the Mellah) and the Ville Nouvelle (the French-created, newest section of Fes).
Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its medina, the larger of the two medinas of Fes, is believed to be the world's largest contiguous car-free urban area. The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world. It has been called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa".
The Fes City / Fes Medina area
Close by Dar Mystere are many famous tourist attractions including Bab Boujloud (The Blue Gate), the 14th century Water Clock built by Abou al-Hassan Ibn Ali Ahmed Tlemsani, Bou Inania Madersa - founded by Sultan Abou el Hassan in the year 1350, as well as many mosques, hammams and the bazaars of Tala'a Sghira (little hill) and Tala'a K'Bira (big hill). Here is the original starting point for a walk down into the depths of the medina.
There are many eateries serving traditional Moroccan cuisine in this area, from palace restaurants to street food cafes and stalls - Thami's amongst them. For a unique experience, a visit to the world famous Cafe Clock just around the corner from Dar Mystere is a must for camel burger and chips.
The shops in the area cater for tourist trinkets, where you can pick up fine hand made lamps, glazed pottery and traditional Moroccan clothing, as well as stock up on fragrant Moroccan saffron. You will also find the fruit, vegetable, meat and olive stalls that local people use, as the medina of Fez is no museum piece, but the oldest living medieval city in the world.
How to get there
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Ryanair flights from London Stansted 3 times per week.
Activities near Fes City
23 Apr 2013
My partner and our friends (so two couples) stayed at Dar Mystere in March. Although it belongs to someone we know in our home town, this is an impartial review. It was helpful to us to know that we could trust the owner and get reliable information before we went.
We were met by arrangement at the station which was a great help. The house-keeper Alami was very helpful with good English. He doesn't stay at the Dar but lives about ten minutes walk away and was on hand if we needed him. He showed us around the house and then welcomed us to make it our home.
We explored and were delighted to find that the house, although simple, was very clean and modern yet still traditional with tiled everything. The bedrooms were around a balcony and we could have easily accommodated 2 or three more people. 1 is ensuite but the other has a toilet and washbasin so close that it is virtually ensuite (though the shower is downstairs). The third bedroom is on the 2nd floor and there is a roof garden above that. On the ground floor is the kitchen, a spacious dining area which is the full height of the three floors with a 'roof' which can be wound back to reveal the sky. We didn't do much of this as in March it was still quite chilly and there were some hefty rain showers. Around the ground floor central space are three 'salons' sort of furnished alcoves so that you can choose where to sit in the evenings or to read a guidebook.
The kitchen was basically equipped with a large fridge, a cooker top (but no oven) and kettle. I would have liked to cook with food brought from the market, which I could have done, except that we found lots of places to eat nearby and wanted to explore the various Moroccan cooking styles. But don't plan on extensive dinner party cooking - more one or two pot would be fine. The bathroom/shower room is downstairs and tiled with a deep shower tray/bath. There is plentiful hot water from a new boiler. There is no central heating though, and as Moroccan houses are designed to keep the heat out, and with lots of tiled surfaces the house got chilly in the evening. This was easily solved by fleeces and sitting in the little curtained salon which also had a heater (which we mostly didn't use) but don't expect it to be like an overly-central-heated hotel room.
The cost of the Dar is extremely reasonable too so again, you can go for 5-star luxury in a hotel at a 5 star price. This Dar is for people who want a home-from-home comfortable place with atmosphere and genuine traditional taste of Moroccan life (although we didn't have any chickens or other animals living with us).
I wouldn't recommend it for someone with mobility problems though as houses and buildings in Morocco generally have lots of steep narrow stairs and it's quite hard to get around. This house has four floors all together and lots of stairs to navigate - though you could get away with one set if you sleep on the first floor or even in a salon on the ground floor.
Free and efficient wi-fi was a real benefit as I was able to Skype my dog-sitting daughter and also check out websites for guide books and reviews of restaurants, so do take an Ipad or Kindle if you have one. I did and left it locked in the Dar when we went out.
Outside, we were down a small street in between the two major streets in the medina - a perfect location as it was (mostly) quiet but in easy reach of taxis and the major food market so we could just pop out for milk, eggs, meat, bread, fruit and vegetables (and the odd camel's head). People were friendly although you do get hassled if you stop and look at goods or ask directions. I found it helped to wear moderate dress and was really glad that I had taken a dark brown pashmina type scarf which I could cover up with. Somehow, my M&S holiday clothes seemed really out of place and I felt more comfortable in less conspicuous Western dress covering my arms and body shape. This way I felt more at home and part of the medina life. And don't be afraid to talk to people, they are friendly and mostly will try and communicate even if not in English. Just be firm but polite if people are too pushy.
Cost of things is not that much different to UK, except taxis which are cheap. Alcohol is possible but not common and is very expensive so worth buying a bottle of gin from duty free on your way if you like something to see the sun over the yard arm to feel as though you are on holiday. There is a well-stocked supermarket a taxi drive away though.
Overall, Fez is not a pace to go for a tidy luxury holiday (although there are some fantastic riads) but it is a rich and fascinating place which is very different from life in the UK. If you embrace that, you will have a very enjoyable time.
31 Oct 2012
Dar Mystere was an unforgettable experience. Arriving and being rushed through the evening crowds in the medina was exciting; the dar itself is like being transported into a setting fpr 1001 tales... more
07 Sep 2012
I think the worst aspect of this property was after paying the money to stay here the owner sent an email stating that a previous holiday guests, they house had been robbed while they were out and to... more
I think the statement that our reviews are not genuine is entirely out of order and is a blatant untruth. This is a false allegation and should be removed. All reviewers have stayed at Dar Mystere,... more
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|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Standard 6 persons||1 Sep 12||15 Dec 12||€ 840||€ 120||-||1 Night|
|Christmas 6 persons||15 Dec 12||4 Jan 13||€ 1400||€ 150||-||1 Night|
|Early Spring 2013||4 Jan 13||29 Mar 13||€ 420||€ 60||€ 60||1 Night|
|Easter 2013||29 Mar 13||16 Apr 13||€ 750||€ 150||€ 150||1 Night|
|Spring/Summer 2013||16 Apr 13||7 Jun 13||€ 600||€ 100||€ 100||1 Night|
|Fez Festival 2013||7 Jun 13||16 Jun 13||€ 750||€ 150||€ 150||1 Night|
|Summer 2013||16 Jun 13||11 Aug 13||€ 500||€ 80||€ 80||1 Night|
|Summer Discount||11 Aug 13||26 Aug 13||€ 350||€ 50||€ 50||1 Night|
|Late Summer/Autumn||26 Aug 13||1 Nov 13||€ 500||€ 80||€ 80||1 Night|
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