10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely Guesthouse, Wonderful Service
"Dar Houdou is a great find. With just 3 rooms, expect very personalised service. Steve the owner is lovely company. Very thoughtful and hospitable. He offers guided walking tours to the souks. Breakfast is lovely with freshly squeezed juice, Maroc pancakes and muesli. Rooms are clean, comfortable and come with a heater. If you've got a 3rd person, Steve can offer a thick mattress. A bit of a squeeze but the mattress is comfy. The guesthouse is within the old medina with many twist and turns but Steve will come and get you from the main road when you 1st arrive. It's very near Cafe Clock - great food and nice place to hang out."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of March 2009
Fez's hidden gem
"Dar Houdou was like a home away from home. Although small in room size and can't be compared to major hotels in terms of amenities, Dar Houdou more than made up for it in terms of good hospitality, personable service and attention to detail. My friends and I were in Fez for 2 nights and totally enjoyed our stay there, partly thanks to Dar Houdou's warm and cosy ambience. It may be hard to locate for newbies to Fez but its location is right smack in the midst of the 2 main souks in Fez, making it easy for us to shop and wander about without being too far away from "home". We had the pleasure of meeting Dar Houdou's owner, Steve and the inn's manager, Mohamed and they were both warm and friendly and very, very welcoming. Dar Houdou may look inconspicuous on the outside but once the door opens, you walk into a whole new world that you'd be hard-pressed to leave. Definitely Fez's hidden gem in my book. -- Azlinda, Singapore"
- Travel date: Mon 30th of March 2009
oasis in fes
"My friends and I had a great time staying in this dar in Fes. Steve, the owner, was wonderful. Knowing how difficult it is to get around the alleys in Fes, he gladly arranged for a driver to pick me up from the airport and walked personally to the front door of the dar. (Highly recommend that, esp since some kids/young men are known to request money to "guide" you to your hotel, and may mislead you).
The house is beautifully renovated with 3 rooms(double occupancy), and private bathrooms. Somewhat cold in the winter, but each room had a space heater, and more importantly a bathroom with HOT running water! (which is not to be taken for granted in Morocco). The water pressure was great, and he also had some bathroom amenities laid out. The layout was very homey since my group of 6 friends shared the entire house. There is also a den/library with some leisure books, travel books, stereo and wireless internet connection. The only downside is that the atrium allows sound to travel and so sometime early in the morning or late at night, you can hear other guests who are hanging out in the atrium.
Each morning, Steve also provides his guests with a bountiful spread of food: fried crepes, fruit jam, baked bread, cheese, muffins, cereal, coffee and tea and freshly squeezed orange juice.
The location of the dar is a short walk to Cafe Clock (some slightly Western fare for those who have had their share of tagines), the souks (shopping), the ATM/bank, and internet cafe.
Steve can also arrange a guide to take you around the confusing medina.
Compared to other riads/dars that I've stayed in in Morocco, this is truly a clean, relaxing refuge with a friendly host."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of March 2009
Really friendly and helpful people and a spotlessly clean, perfectly restored dar.
"We came to Fez to view a house we had seen on the internet. Not only did Steve, the owner accompany us, offering us valuable advice, he brought along an expert on restoration to a second viewing. He also lined up a number of other properties to view so that we could compare what was on offer. We were also given invaluable assistance opening a bank account.
we were met at the airport and escorted to the guesthouse, which was a great help considering the maize of alleyways.
The house itself has been very conscienciously restored to its fine original state and is spotlessly clean. Steve employs a full time cleaner.
Breakfast of freshly squeezed juice, cerial, assorted fresh breads, cheese and jam was a great start to the day. We were also offered advice on where to visit and a fascinating tour of the medina was arranged for us.
I would whole heartedly recommend Dar Houdou"
- Travel date: Fri 20th of March 2009
"Steve, the owner of this guest house, is very helpful.
The breakfast is excelent.
The room service is very good.
Moahmed is also very helpful.
The location is inthe center of the medina."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of March 2009
Dar Houdou is the best!
"Dar Houdou was amazing. The place was clean and beautifully renovated. It still maintained some of the old moroccan architecture as well. Steve, the owner, was the greatest host. It felt like we were visiting a family member when we were there. He met us in Fez when we got there so we could more easily find the Dar. He set us up with a wonderful tour. He told us about all the great places to eat and where to find good deals on souvenirs. He even went with us on several occasions to help us haggle down prices for rugs and jewelry. He truly went above and beyond the role of a hotel owner. As for the place itself. The rooms are small but clean and the sheets and linens are glorious. First-rate cotton! Each room had a heater which allowed for a toasty room waiting for you once your day has ended in Fez. The breakfast is great with fresh squeezed tangerine juice, cereal, a fried dough that is simply delicious, as well as coffee, tea, cheese, jam, bread, and fruit. Great way to start your day (breakfast included). No complaints. This Dar is top-notch, and Steve is a rare gem. If you are in Fez, seriously consider this establishment!"
- Travel date: Fri 13th of February 2009
Great little guest house
"We booked a 4 day stay at the Dar Houdou in the centre of Fes Medina. The staff at the guest house were very friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfast was typically Morrocan and set us up for the day.
The house has been sympathetically restored, it is based around a beautifully tiled open courtyard and has a tranquil relaxed feel after the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
Steve was extremely helpful and arranged a private guide to show us around the Medina. We found it to be an exciting colourful experience.
We ate out at restaurants suggested by Steve and the staff, the food was delicious and extremely good value.
My teenage children loved the shopping and bartering. Whilst my husband and I wandered around lapping up the unique atmosphere, enjoying the intricate woodwork and architecture.
Fes is a must see and the Dar Houdou is in the perfect place to see it from."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of January 2009
Peace in the Medina
"I can no more than completely agree with the praising reviews above. After staying at Dar Houdou for a whole week, we felt completely at home there.
After long days of exploring the beautiful city of Fez and its surroundings (possible thanks to the great tips and organizing of Steve, Sam (the owners) and Mohammed (the 'manager')) it was always so nice to come back to our quiet room.
The house is also very clean and well kept and we could always use the kitchen and the cosy living room. As it has three rooms only, you know everyone and it is always very relaxed. When we come back to Fez (would be nice to experience the atmosphere some time in spring instead of winter) we will, without a doubt, stay here again!!"
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of January 2009
Beautifully restored, friendly guesthouse- highly recommended
"Well what can we say apart from what a great place !!!
We planned to stay in Fez for 3 nights and after having searched the Web found the owner, Steve's website. It was within our price range and looked nice so we booked.
Our expectations were exceeded I'm happy to say when we entered the house to find a beautiful courtyard with a lovely wooden balcony overlooking it. Our room was traditionally restored with colourful moroccan tiles- very neat and comfortable, every need catered for - even a hot water bottle if we needed one !!
The atmosphere as soon as the house is entered is warm and friendly. Mohammed provides both a fantastic breakfast and some invaluable info about Fez and where to go.
I would definately stay here again if I go to Fez and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of January 2009
Dar Houdou - Great Escape From Fez Chaos
"The Dar Houdou is a quaint (although beautifully restored with modern amenities, including wifi) three bedroom guesthouse located in the heart of the Medina. The breakfast was solid and the owner (Steve) was very informative and accommodating. He even picked me up from the Train station. I have never stayed in a cleaner guesthouse. The housekeeper cleaned my clothes on a daily basis. Unreal.
Highly recommended for the value and personable owner/staff."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of December 2008