6 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This lodging is considered a dar vice a riad because the open courtyard is without a garden... not to worry. There is tile, woodwork, carved plaster & open sky. Rooms are well designed... simple and chic. Crisp white linens. Modern plumbing. bull's horns for towel hooks. Stylish lighting. Even amble closet space with a room safe. Many, if not all, the rooms have gigantic antique doors... mind your head because they hurt when you walk into them (the inner door within the overall door... really, it hurts!). There is a separate dining area with a working fireplace... great during the cooler months. Outside, there will soon be another lounge area with swimming pool. That will be really nice when completed. BOTTOM LINE: you're inside the medina in an ancient building, but with modern comforts. Lodging full of character, but with Manhattan-like features! One note on the staff.. the hotel manager treats the establishment as his own and welcomes you as if you are a guest visiting him. Very, very professional and accomodating. Ultimately, wherever you end up staying, you will find it a bit challenging coming & going because the medina is quite difficult to navigate. The staff at Dar Bensouda will do everything possible to assist, but make certain you have a pocketful of 5 Dhm coins for the (apparently illegal) 12 year old boys that will guide to from point A to point B (just be certain to tell him not to take a detour to his step-uncle's rug showroom!). Enjoy!"
- Travel date: 26th March 2010
like a 5 star boutique hotel, so nice
"Impressive! one of the best places I've ever stayed in. Said, Ibrahim and the rest of the hotel crew were lovely and treated us like queens :) The Dar is amazing, a renovated traditional moroccan house, so beautiful. The rooms are big, really nice interiors (like in an interiors designer magazine) our bathroom was in a separated room upstairs, we even had a sofa and a little table inside! It was like sleeping in "La Alhambra". Breakfast is delicious, fresh squeezed orange juice and home made pancakes, with goat's cheese, etc... Amazing place!!! It looks even better in real than in the photos!!"
- Travel date: 3rd March 2010
Excellent Riad and crew
"This little palace in the centre of the busy but not rumourous Medina is a beautiful oasis, managed by SaÃ¯d and his crew. They offered all the comfort and friendliness a traveller would need. From the roof there is a spectacular view over the old city."
- Travel date: 28th February 2010
A most comfortable stay, beautiful building, wonderful people!
"I cannot praise Dar Ben Souda enough. From the moment I stepped in through the bog old door I was made to feel most welcome by Mahmoud, Youssef and the other staff members who were always on hand to help you in any way they could. The rooms were finished to an impeccable standard, with really comfortable beds and amazing power showers. I ate in the restaurant both evenings out of both convenenince and curiosity and was not disappointed as the food was fantastic. Miraculously, I found my own way back to the riad each day after exploring the medina, although it was very reassuring to know that the staff would come and collect me if I got lost!"
- Travel date: 19th January 2010
A True Oasis!
"We arrived in Fez late at night and were taken to a first Riad only to be disappointed. Our driver had heard of a new Riad that had just opened after years of extensive Renovation; Dar Bensouda, directly across from a small mosque. Mahmoud the hotel manager greeted us and gave us a tour of the available rooms. We were impressed by the cleanliness and the charm. The beds and down duvets (covered in rose petals) provided the best sleep we had during our two weeks in Morocco. Mahmoud was extremely helpful and helped us get set up with wireless and even let my daughter use his computer while I was on mine. OVERALL VERY VERY IMPRESSED! and would return. The Riad itself is a formidable building with 3 ft thick walls, spacious rooms and a lovely terrace on the roof. The breakfast provided was excellent as well."
- Travel date: 16th January 2010
"I happened to travel around the world quite a lot and have been to many 5-start hotels, but this is someting different altogether. Forget your boring hotel room. Being in this place is at the same time exciting and relaxing! The personnel is so friendly, the rooms spacious, clean and comfortable. Superbly located for anyone travelling to Fez and exploring it. Breakfast at the terrace overlooking Fez is just amazing. Great value too. Great job Mahmoud and the team. Elvir"
- Travel date: 15th January 2010
Hotel & Spa Riad Dar Bensouda is also called
- Riad Dar Bensouda
- dar bensouda
- hotel riad dar bensouda fez