9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Perfect in every way
"I recently stayed at Dar Anebar with my family from December 28, 2007 through January 2, 2008 in my second visit to Fes. It was absolutely perfect - the suites are very large and the rooms are reasonably sized; both are impeccably clean. The interior patio is beautiful to relax after a day in the medina, and the terrace on the roof is great to take in a little sun. The bathrooms are very comfortable, and the service is the best one could possibly ask for. We felt like we were at home, except we had a knowledgeable advisor in the owner Ahmed, and a very helpful and courteous staff at our disposal. The food is absolutely delicious. Even when we wanted a change from the tajine and couscous dinners after being in Morocco for 10+ days, we just asked the staff and they whipped up amazing and refreshing dishes. A truly perfect experience."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of January 2008
Everyone is family, amazing hospitality, beautiful riad.
"We travel a fair amount and can say with all honesty that Dar Anebar is at the top of our list of places we have ever stayed.
From the minute we walked into this Riad we were told to act as if we were in our own home; we were now considered family. Ahmed and the rest of the Anebar "family" (Aziz, Mustapha, Nadia, and the others) were there to assist in any way they could. The house is wonderfully restored and beautiful. The rooms are very comfortable. The dining experience was so good (food, decor, service) we never had a desire to eat dinner anywhere else in Fes!
I've never really enjoyed staying in Bed and Breakfast accommodations because it feels like you are a guest tiptoeing around someone else's home. However, the good people at Dar Anebar managed to make us feel like this was OUR home.
Ahmed was always helpful with advice and recommendations for a good Fes experience. He speaks several languages well, including English. His recommendation of a tour guide was perfect! Our guide, Mohammed Bouftila, was great. While we saw the usual tourist sites, he helped us discover another view that only someone that grew up in the Fes Medina(!) could give. It was educational, entertaining, and we met Fes residents and experienced things not found on typical tourist routes.
Our overall 2-week trip included Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, Rabat, Essaouira, and Meknes. Our stay at this Riad was by far the best part of the experience and we give it our highest of recommendations."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of November 2007
a hospitable, luxurious stay
"My husband and I stayed at Dar Anebar in May 2007. Ahmed and Nadia are gracious hosts that take you into their riad and make you feel like family. The rooms are tastefully decorated in authentic Moroccan decor and open up into a beautifully designed courtyard. We enjoyed a wholesome breakfast of mint tea, Moroccan pancakes, fresh fruit and eggs. If you're looking for comfort, and an authentic riad experience I would suggest you stay here.
The riad also serves dinner and the dinner we had at the Riad was the best meal we had during our 2 week stay in Morocco."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of November 2007
Fantastic, Hospital, Relaxing Riad
"We stayed here at the tail end of October at the end of our Honeymoon. It was the perfect place to finish off our trip. We had four days in a beautiful romantic room that was fantastically decorated. The room was huge and comfortable. The entire building was fantastic - especially in the evening with all the candles lit and the fountain going. The terrace was beautiful as well and a lovely place to watch a sunset.
The staff were great and made us feel right at home, they were very attentive without being intrusive. The food was fantastic and freshly prepared- and catered for a vegetarian diet.
Ahmed sorted out three trips for us while we were there- one to see the Roman ruins and Meknes. One around the ramparts of Fes, and a walking tour.
We had a great time in Fes and this was largely to do with Dar Anebar. I would highly recommend this to anyone who goes to Fes."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of November 2007
"The Riad is lovely, and all the people who work there are friendly and anxious to make a stay comfortable and relaxing - they certainly achieved that for us! We booked our stay a few months ago - booking 3 of their rooms, for 3 couples. A couple of weeks before our arrival I e mailed the owner Ahmed asking how best we could get there from the airport. He very quickly and efficiently arranged for a minibus to pick all 6 of us up from the airport. Our luggage was ferried from the minibus to the Riad by donkey. He then gave us a tour of the Riad so that we could decide who would have which room - it was hard to choose as all the rooms were lovely, with big beds and moroccan style furnishings. There were robes and plenty of towels in the bathrooms. Ahmed arranged a walking tour of Fes highlights for us on our first day, and a minibus and driver for another day to take us to Volubilis and lots of other places. We also had a lesson in mint tea making from staff in the kitchen. The breakfasts were excellent, and the two dinners we had were superb, freshly prepared and beautifully presented.
In all a very enjoyable and relaxing short break - we all felt very 'at home' and well looked after at Dar Anebar."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of October 2007
"My husband and I stayed here for a week during the month of July, 2007. The riad is tucked away in an accessible corner of the medina (by the Palais JamaÃ¯, one of the property landmarks in the area) and within close distance to a taxi stop. Nonetheless, the staff will go fetch you and bring you in upon arrival, a relief as you face the maze of the medina for the first time.
You are soon welcomed into a spotless, roomy riad with some mint tea. The hospitality is a highlight here; the staff was helpful and kind at all times. We will miss Aziz! The owner, Ahmed, personally arranges for excursions and guides into the medina itself, which was immensely useful to us. We were very happy with the guides he referred us to.
We ate at the riad every night (Fes does not have many restaurant options save for the Ville Nouvelle or upscale hotels) and it was wonderful. The food is amazing, particularly the pigeon bastella and the tajines.
We would highly recommend the place, with the only caveat that the air conditioning could use some work. During the summer months, the rooms can become uncomfortable."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of July 2007
"A very attractively appointed grand Riad, owned and run by a local family. Breakfasts were generous ; there are evening meals available (they also operate as a restaurant) and the food was first class . Great roof terrace overlooking almost the whole of Fes, it's quite a sight.. especially at night.
Staff were very helpful not only in the riad, but for local advice, and in making arrangements for us.
It's well located: it's within the ancient walled city, and we could either walk down into the heart of the old city, or up the hill a little
to the international -style Palais Jamai and use their bars and terraces( they do a good buffet lunch which is quite good value) Best of both worlds!
Fes is worth seeing, and this riad was a good find
- Travel date: Sat 28th of April 2007
"We just returned from a multi city tour of Morocco and our whole family agreed that Dar Anebar was our favourite place that we stayed in. It is conveniently located within the Medina for easy exploring of the Medina and also easy return to the Riad. The accommodations were beautiful. The courtyard and rooms were restored with traditional Moroccan decor. The rooftop terrace has a great view of the Medina. We ate 2 nights there and the food and staff were fantanstic. The owner Ahmed was extremely helpful in arranging transportation and had a lot of helpful advice. He made us feel he had our best interest at heart. Our stay at Dar Anebar was a 5 star experience with a feeling of still being at home."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of March 2007
Magnificent riad, host and dining!
"February 27, 2007
We spent our first four nights in Morocco in Fez at the wonderful Dar Anebar. Their porters met us at the medina entrance by the Palais Jamai and led us into the maze that is the Medina. A few turns and there we were at a wood door. Had no idea what to expect. Welcomed by the owner/host Ahmed. We entered into an oasis of beauty and calm. A 3 story riad with a large courtyard featuring a small bubbling fountain and orange trees. Subtle yet rich decor and a sense of peace.
The staff settled us into a lounging area with mint tea while our bags were taken to the room. We were given a tour of the riad that ended on the roof terrace with tables and couches that overlook the city. Our room (NaÃ¯ma Suite) was lovely with king size bed, sitting area, small refrigerator, and t.v. (great if you want one). We were made to feel welcomed by the additional fresh flowers, basket of fruit and chocolates by our pillows.
Beyond the sitting area was a dressing room and then the full bathroom including a double sink. The tub for soaking in after a day of shopping and walking the medina came fully equipped with the local brown soap and clay hair conditioner.
Big shuttered windows open onto the courtyard for breeze and light when desired.
Our big discovery though was the dining. Meals are served in the lounges off the courtyard. Sitting on plush couches at large tables. The service was perfect and the Food! Being a chef I did not know what to expect but all I can say is "Amazing"! Dined there three nights. Second night Ahmed sent us to a place that is considered one of the best restaurants/ hotels in town for dinner. It could not compare to Dar Anebar for food. Anebar's chef creates top notch restaurant meals yet gives a sense of home cooking as well. After another 3 nights in Marrakech we both agreed this was the best dining in both cities.
Ahmed arranged for an official medina guide, driver/guide for travelling, reservations and anything else we asked for. Just a charming caring professional person who is the epitome of Moroccan hospitality. It is his home and Ahmed and his staff make you feel like family, royal family.
Room prices ranged from 90 - 200 euro including breakfast.
Breakfast included: coffee, tea, juice, soft boiled egg, yogurt, assorted breakfast breads and pastries, jams and butter."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of February 2007