Dar el-Ghalia

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

13-15 Rue Ross Rhi, Fes, 30000, Morocco
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Costs 44% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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We ate in 3 different...

by Sheri_Z

We ate in 3 different restaurants -- and each was wonderful!

1. Restaurant Zagora. This is in the new Medina (the modern city) and beyond that, you'll have to ask for directions.

2. Camping International. Despite the name, this is a restaurant on the roads just outside of Fez, so it has a country-style feeling, wild entertainment , and planty of space for large parties.

3. Dar El Ghalia. This is a restored palace in the Andalucian quarter of the casbah, or the old Medina, near (I think) the lower gate. Managed by the Lebbar family, it is now a luxury hotel and restaurant. On the first floor was the executive suite, and it was truly fantastic, with jacuzzi, sitting room and bedroom. The main point about this restaurant is ambience. You eat in the main salon which has a central fountain, Oriental decoration and 3 story-high ceiling, and there are side rooms where one could relax and have tea. I was told that the building is perhaps 150 years old or so. 1. The Zagora had a very lively, crowded interior. An 'udist plays and eventually the audience sang with him. Our menu included appetizers, then a kind of bastilla, a Fez specialty but made in an easier way, in individual pastries, with 2 different fillings, one probably pigeon. Then lamb cooked so well that it comes off the bone with yr. fork with spices including ginger. And fruit.

2. At the Camping International we had a wonderful and filling soup with beans, freshly made bread, then what looked like Cornish hens (maybe pigeons) and flan (or creme caramel).

3. At the Dar El Ghalia, we had 4 or 5 different appetizers, including a great crushed eggplant specialty with cumin, and a little vinegar, a crushed tomato dip with sugar. Then, another huge plate of rack of lamb cooked slowly, (this was cooked for us at a private lunch with almonds and hard-boiled eggs), and then a whole fish, prepared with fresh coriander and other spices, and finally a dessert, that was made of sugared pastry in sort of flaky large pieces, unlike the usual baklava type of desserts. And finally fruit, oranges with cinnamon.

Each restaurant naturally serves Moroccan mint tea after dinner.


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Where to stay in Fez

by bigsmac

I will be traveling to Fez alone, but it seems like every hostel I try to book only accompanies groups of 2 or more, and I would have to pay for both beds in the room even if it was just me staying there. Does anyone know if there are any hostels that do shared rooms? Thank you.

Re: Where to stay in Fez

by brotherleelove

I had a cheap single room in the old Medina, not in the modern part of town. I don't remember the name but it's just inside the Porte Bleu on the right, just past a restaurant and upstairs above a shop. I don't remember how much I paid but I remember it wasn't very much at all.

Re: Where to stay in Fez

by cabeyp

A few hotels offer single rooms at very decent prices.
Sharing/ Dorms is not common in Morocco as it wouldn't fit in with their culture. You can sometimes already have difficulties sharing male & female friends.

Travel Tips for Fes

The Spider's House and Guide Books for Fes

by barryg23

There is good coverage of Fes in most guidebooks which cover Morocco. I’ve used the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Insight Guides to Morocco and there’s not much to choose between them. The most important thing exploring the medina is a good map but none of these has a particularly great map.

A fictional book about Fes, which I’d strongly recommend to anyone interested in the city, is The Spider’s House by the American writer Paul Bowles. Bowles lived in Morocco for most of his adult life and many of his novels are based in Morocco. The Spider's House is set in Fes in 1954, just before Morocco's independence from France. His story is told through the eyes of two main characters: a local youth, Amar and Stenham, an American expatriate writer. I've read most of Bowles's Moroccan novels and The Spider's House was my favourite. It gives a great picture of life in Fes at one of the most important times in the cities history.

Car Hire in Fes

by barryg23

Car hire rates vary widely in Fes and even the lowest rates can be quite expensive. We were looking to hire a car - the cheapest car possible - for 9 days and to return it to Marrakech. We were quoted over 6000Dh by Hertz and 5800Dh by Avis before getting a much better, but still expensive offer of 4050Dh from Europcar. The only catch was that we had to pay a 12,000Dh deposit upfront. This was far too much for us as neither of us had this much in our current accounts and the guy refused to take our credit card number instead as a deposit.

We tried another lender, Budget, and they had a better price on a Fiat Uno but none was available for two days. So we went back to Europcar and tried plan B: paying a higher initial price and hence less of a deposit. We negotiated 10% off the final initial price which meant we paid 4293Dh for the car with a deposit of 3600Dh.

After all that negotiation we were hoping for a nice, reliable Fiat Uno. Well, it did get us around the country in 9 days but there were a few issues along the way, mostly with starting the car. On some occasions we’d have to try 5 or 6 times to get the thing going. This made us a little wary of stopping the car in the middle of nowhere though after a few days we stopped worrying about it. Of course it started fine in Fes - it was only when we had reached Meknes that the problems arose.

Jemaa El Kairaouyine: Center of Muslim Faith

by Bernhadette

The Kairaouyine mosque is one of the first sights on the list of each tourist. Closed to non-muslims, it's nevertheless worth-while to see. Even if you can just have a look at it from the outside. You won't be able to conceive the building as a whole, because the streets around it are so narrow. But you can throw a glance at the different parts of it through one of its gates.

Legend has it, that the mosque was founded in 857 by the daughter of a refugee merchant from Kairouan, Fatima Bint Mohammed El Feheri. In the 10th century it was aggrandized several times and given the status of a university. It became one of the most important centers of muslim faith and teachings in the Arabic world. But the Kairaouyine university not just offered education in theological questions but also in sciences and the humanities. Even Pope Silvester is said to have studied here in the 10th century, and to have afterwards introduced the highly advanced Arabian mathematics to Europe. Two of the most famous teachers at the Kairaouyine were the geograph Ibn Battuta (1304-1377) and the historian Ibn Chaldoun (1332-1406).
In the 1960ies the faculties were moved to newly built universities all over the country.

Nejjarine Museum

by kit_mc

This is a museum of wooden arts and crafts, which may not sound that interesting but I was quite impressed by this place. It was completely renovated not so long ago, along with the square in which it's situated.

Over three floors, you'll find examples of religious wooden crafts such as prayer tablets and items from mosques, cabinets and other household furniture and various odds and ends. My favourite was a wooden peg leg! Unfortunately for me, all the descriptions are in French and Arabic, so some of the items I still had no idea what they were. The building itself, a restored caravanserai, is impressive and the standard of display good. That said, to be really enthused you'd have to be really into wood.

Other things that make this place pretty special are the roof top cafe with great views over the Medina and of the surrounding mountains and the toilets. The toilets here are spotless and worth the 20 dh entry fee alone!! Open until daily 10am to 5pm.

Only negative point was that the dark alley on the way here, the hustlers were fairly persistent.


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Address: 13-15 Rue Ross Rhi, Fes, 30000, Morocco