Dar El Menia lies in the heart of Fes (Fez) Medina, former imperial capital of Morocco and the world’s largest medieval medina. Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is not a museum it is a living, breathing city and Dar El Menia provides the perfect luxurious base to begin exploring the old and the new. This dar, or courtyard house, is at least 250 years old and has recently been completely restored using local craftsmen, techniques and materials.
This fully restored dar is focused around its traditional courtyard, which, with its original marble floor, patterned tiles (zellig) and plaster carving, provides natural air conditioning and is the heart of the house around which all accommodation is based.
Dar El Menia is run and owned by an Englishman, Graham Coules. He has employed an old medina family who reside nearby. Um Klthum is the maid and is a superb traditional Moroccan cook, Abdul speaks English, French and Spanish and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the medina, Mostapha is the custodian of the house, he worked on the restoration project and is always on hand with a smile and a few words of Arabic to teach. One of the unique features of Dar El Menia is the opportunity this local family provides for further in-depth exploration of the people and culture of Fes.
Four bedrooms over three floors all having access to a private or en-suite bathroom
Free WiFi available to all our guests
Evening meals by arrangement (additional information given upon booking)
Two kitchens – one on ground floor, one on roof-terrace (both fully equipped with tea and coffee provided)
Moroccan communal salon
Internal balcony overlooking marble floored, open air, inner courtyard
Large roof-terrace with kitchen, sitting and dining areas – views over the Merenid tombs, Medina and mosques
Dinning area adjoining the ground floor kitchen and Moroccan salon
Three of our rooms have double king-size bed which can be split into singles as per guest’s instruction and two of our rooms can be arrange to accommodate three people per room
Travel cots available upon request
Heaters are provided and lots of warm blankets
There is a cinni fan in every room
Taxis arranged to and from airport/train station
Dar El Menia will be pleased to arrange an airport/train station transfer direct to Dar El Menia upon request. Alternatively make your way to Ain Azliten car park where you will be met and escorted to Dar El Menia. Further information upon reservation.
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