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Excellent 5/5 16 reviews

Central courtyard or patio

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

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 term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Fes Sais 15 km, Nearest railway: Gare de Fes 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

General Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or 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

3 Salons

Courtyard

Bathroom

Separate toilet

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".

Fes City

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.

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Review 1-10 of 16

3 Jul 2014

4/5

"Beau Riad traditionnel calme, spacieux et merveilleusement situé"

Je viens de passer 15 jours à Dar Myster pour le festival de musique sacrée , c'était génial pour aller aux différents concerts , 5 mns de marche pour le musée Batha et autres palais. Le Ri… More

8 May 2014

5/5

"Absolument magnifique"

Incroyable maison au coeur de la médina de Fes, près du coin des restaurants. Havre de paix au milieu de l'agitation de la médina. L'atmosphère et la décoration de la maison sont magnif… More

30 Apr 2014

5/5

"Made trip to fez perfect"

Great place in the heart of Fez. Had such a wonderful time. Would whole heartedly recommend Dar mystere. ....
Beautiful !

27 Oct 2013

4/5

"Great owner and manager - good value - stay here"

We had a funny visit to Fez in October, 2013. We planned to stay in Dar Mystere for three days and ended up staying eleven days, mostly by accident. The terrorist attack on the shopping mall scuttled our plans to fly to Nairobi, leaving us “stranded” in Dar Mystere while we made alternative Africa plans. What a great place to be “stuck”! First, Michael the owner and Alami the property manager were accommodating, responsive, flexible and soooooo helpful. They made us feel genuinely welcome, and accommodated our changing plans with such grace and hospitality. Thanks so much. The place is great too. It's absolutely enormous- we had two adults and two kids but six people could comfortably stay there. It's also tastefully decorated in the traditional Moroccon style (decorative tiles, lighting, fixtures, furniture, etc) that give it a beautiful, traditional vibe that really gets you into the spirit of the place and makes you feel like you are in old, traditional Morocco. Perfect. And, after spending so many days (many more than we planned!) walking the old medina, we came to realise that Dar Mystere really is in the very best part of the medina- close to many key sites and most critically, near the traditional food markets/stalls area of the medina, which in addition to being incredibly handy to access supplies, is easily the most fascinating, lively, vibrant, cultural part in our opinion. So, basically, you step out of your home and into the most amazing little cultural world, perfectly positioned in the best part of the medina. The only thing I could fault the place for is cleanliness. I want to be fair though. We gave them only a few hours turnaround time between us and the previous guests- not enough to clean such a huge place. And when my wife mentioned by email that she found the place not clean enough, Michael and Alami immediately sent a cleaner to do further cleaning, at no charge to us. Full kudos to them. It's just that the place is old, and therefore nearly impossible to bring up to a western standard of cleanliness. It needs serious renovation and refreshment (the kitchen and downstairs bathrooms especially) to restore them to their proper former glory. So if you are looking for new, clean and shiny, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for atmosphere, location, and lots of friendly, helpful hospitality, then look no further. This is the place. I would recommend it and the owner wholeheartedly.

Thank you for the review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your extended stay at Dar Mystere. Regarding the layout of some of the facilities, we are currently planning to alter the ground floor arrangement to allow a bigger, brighter kitchen area and to use a different space for the ground floor bathroom. We always welcome feedback from visitors and we hope you will consider Dar Mystere if you find yourself in Fez in the future.

1 Oct 2013

5/5

"Amazing Stay at Dar Mystere"

I rented Dar Mystere for one week in September. I had been in Morocco doing work experience for the summer and my 80 year old grandmother was coming over to bring me home :( As the medina is quite hil… More

Thank you for the wonderful review. We try our best to make our guests feel at home, and we have had excellent feedback from many guests about the attentiveness of our manager Alami. We hope that you will consider another stay Dar Mystere if you are in Fez in the future.

23 Apr 2013

5/5

"Lovely traditional Fez house in great location in Fez medina"

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.

28 Mar 2013

5/5

"séjour merveilleux à Fes"

Effectivement le séjour était merveilleux; un très bon accueil de Halami qui nous a très bien conseillé. Nous avons apprécié son attention (visite quotidienne et téléphone le soir à notre demande).
Le logement est magnifique (mais un peu froid en février). La ville est très belle, et à proximité de sites très intéressants (Mekmès, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss ...). La médina est impressionnante, et vivre au coeur de la médina est une expérience passionnante.
Je conseille vraiment de vivre une semaine à Dar Mystère, une des plus belles maisons dans laquelle j'ai pu dormir. On peut y séjourner à 5 ou 6, dans un confort parfait.
J'espère que j'aurai l'occasion d'y revenir. Je garde l'adresse précieusement.
Merci à vous et votre équipe; transmettez notre meilleur souvenir à Halami.
BW

31 Oct 2012

4/5

"A special place where we felt privileged to stay"

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 of… More

7 Sep 2012

2/5

"Be careful who is the one reviewing the property"

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, we are not in the business of fabricating reviews for our own benefit. If we were, we would have many more.

The email that was sent about the break-in we had was to stress that security is very important as there are many opportunities for the would-be thieves to strike. It's a shame that this advice was seen as some kind of threat.

Our property is a house rental as described, not a guest house. Our manager does not live on site and is certainly not some kind of servant. All other guests have found him agreeable and helpful and have commented so.

At the time this reviewer visited in February (this is the second review from this party) Fez was colder than it had been for a long time. We have heated bedrooms and two hot water heaters.

Unfortunately it was reported that this party were rude to the manager as well as calling the Dar Mystere telephone after they had left to berate the following guests about a lost earing.

I hope this response is helpful for any potential future customers.

7 May 2012

5/5

"A wonderful and peaceful stay in the heart of the medina"

The house is beautiful, very well renovated and decorated.It is very convenient, 5 minutes walk from a guarded parking, it's a peaceful place to rest after visiting the hurly-burly medina. The ho… More

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