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Dar Mystere - a traditional Moroccan medina house – Home 161995 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Dar Mystere - a traditional Moroccan medina house – Home 161995

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  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

House / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

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 quiet 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.

Location description from owner

The Fes-Boulemane Region

Fes or Fez is the second largest city of Morocco, following Casablanca, with a population of approximately 1 million (2010). It

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 quiet 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.

Location description from owner

The Fes-Boulemane 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

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 and chez Said 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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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • High chair available
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
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About the owner

Michael H
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
03 Feb 2017
Years listed:
5
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


This House has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 28 Apr 2011. Located in Fes, it has 23 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £206 to £736.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 03 Feb 2017.

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“Made trip to fez perfect”

Reviewed 30 Apr 2014

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

“Great owner and manager - good value - stay here”

Reviewed 27 Oct 2013

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.

“Lovely traditional Fez house in great location in Fez medina”

Reviewed 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.

“séjour merveilleux à Fes”

Reviewed 28 Mar 2013

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

“Mystical Stay in Dar Mystere”

Reviewed 8 Mar 2012

I spent 7 wonderful days in Dar Mystere and Fez, the house is really lovely with a very peaceful atmosphere and an Arabian nights feel. All facilities were perfectly adequate but do remember this house is designed to be cool and so at this time of year it pays to warm bedrooms up with the electric oil radiators in the bedrooms and downstairs in the Living area. Overall exceptional and by far the most luxurious of the accommodation I stayed in over 18 days in Morocco.

“Stunning House - the best I have stayed in.”

Reviewed 29 Oct 2011

We had never been to Fez and had no real idea what to expect other than what we had read in the travel guides. Dar Mystere is a fabulous example of a house restored to its full beauty in the heart of the Medina. Unlike your typical holiday accomodation this place was very tastefully appointed, offered total privacy and a wonderful sanctuary at the end of a day's exploring. We were totally overwhelmed at how big the house was - accomodation over 3 floors - 3 bathrooms, a great kichen. You could see who ever restored this house was fanatical about getting it right down to the last tile! We were offered a lot of assistance from Alami who looks after the house in Fez whilst the owner is away which also made the trip to Morocco special. He met us, arranged a porter for our bags and answered any questions we had about any aspect of our stay. By the end of the trip we could name Alami as our friend. He organised a brilliant guide for us to show us the Medina - this has to be reccomended as there are over 9000 streets in this maze to end all mazes. Dar Mystere without doubt is the best holiday accomodation I have ever stayed in and I can assure you I am one fussy customer :-)

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