An affordable option for independent travellers


Dar Mystere is a traditional Moroccan courtyard house, or dar, available for up to 6 people to rent exclusively sharing in 3 bedrooms.


From as little as €40 for two sharing per night (plus an additional €20 per extra person), guests have exclusive use of the house.


It is perfectly located for the first time visitor to the ancient medina of the former capital city of Morocco.


Dar Mystere is an affordable option for independent travellers who prefer privacy and value their own space. Single occupants, couples or small parties can experience the harmony, simplicity and beauty of Moroccan life 'behind closed doors' in the mysterious ancient medina of Fez.


You can contact us for a personal quote or make a booking through our TripAdvisor page.

Sandy McCutcheon
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The Moroccan economy has lost $320 million as a direct result of the government’s decision made in January of this year to restrict VoIP service. The revelation is part of a new report by the American Centre for Technological Innovation at the Brookings Institution Blocking calls via VoIP (Voice over IP) was instituted in early January by the national telecommunications networks Agency (ANRT). The telecom watchdog had justified the decision by explaining that "the delivery of all telephone traffic to the end customer can be assured by public telecommunications network operators. (...) The regulatory provisions governing the provision of telephony services (VoIP or other) are clear and those services can be provided only by holders of telecommunications licenses operators ". Unsurprisingly the blockage had caused an outcry, many users highlighting the negative impacts for those wishing to join their families abroad, or for entrepreneurs who work remotely or with international clients and who used to use these applications to move their business calls cheaply. This latest, study conducted by the director of the Centre for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, a think -tank based in Washington, justifies the public anger by showing just how much the country has lost. In the report, Darrell M. West, founding director of the Washington DC-based nonprofit public policy organisation and the report’s writer, analyses the worldwide economic loss due to internet shutdowns in certain countries. West estimates the total loss of revenue at $2.4 billion last year, alone. According to reports in The Huffington Post and Morocco World News, the author of the study says that he took into consideration the size of the country's GDP (based on 2016 projections of the Boston Consulting Group), the duration of the disturbance (182 days in the case of Morocco or the first six months of blocking), and percentage of the population affected by this cut. He also examined whether blocking concerned the entire Internet, only the mobile internet, or specific applications and services such as social media, research platforms, video or messaging. He also compiled information on the rate of subscription to a mobile subscription in each country. In looking at the economic impact of blocking specific applications and services, the author relied on a study by two economists from MIT in 2013 on the use of free services like Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and WhatsApp Wikipedia in the United States, and found that the use of these applications was a contribution of 0.23% to the national GDP. "Since these services have increased significantly since 2013, the impact could well be higher in today's economy," said the author of the study. While the UN adopted, in July, a resolution condemning the restrictions on access to information on the internet and calling to guarantee the human rights online, the author of the study believes that the partial or total blockage of the internet or certain services "separates people from their families, their friends, and their livelihoods, undermines economic growth, hindering the start-up ecosystem, threatens stability social interrupting economic activity." According to the same report, the economy most affected is India’s with $968 million lost, followed by Saudi Arabia with $465 million, Morocco with $320 million, Iraq with $209 million, and the Republic of the Congo $72 million in estimated losses. While Moroccans continue to express their dismay at the decision and have launched a campaign calling on citizens to boycott the three main telecommunications triumvirate of Morocco including Maroc Telecom, Meditel, and INWI, a majority have turned to Virtual Private Networks which avoid the blocking. The Administrative Court of Rabat held a hearing on Tuesday into a case filed by a Moroccan citizen against ANRT’s decision to restrict the use of VoIP. SHARE THIS!
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A hotel, described by many guests as "cheap and cheerful", has been demolished, much to the surprise of regular visitors to Casablanca The Ibis Hotel at Casa Voyageur in Casablanca was never a grand establishment and over the years it had become a little seedy. Nevertheless, it was the first stop for thousands of visitors arriving in Morocco. Located one minute from the railway station it was convenient for jet-lagged travellers wanting to catch up on sleep before embarking on their Moroccan holiday. Now it is gone. A great location, but now, no hotel The Ibis hotel in Boulevard Bahmad, Place De La Gare Casa-Voyageur .has disappeared. The destruction was completed on Monday 17 October and now the site is being prepared for Morocco's TGV (high-speed train) as well as the redevelopment of the rather dilapidated railway station. The hotel gives way to the TGV and a new station While Ibis has another more modern hotel in the city centre, a spokesperson says that the Casa-Voyageur hotel will be rebuilt on another site. SHARE THIS!
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This week the town of Moulay Idriss experienced flash floods in which at least 2 teenagers lives were lost and many homes damaged. The View From Fez is joining Rose Button in raising funds to assist families whose homes were damaged Rose has met with 7 families whose homes were very badly damaged and who have lost nearly everything. The immediate need is for blankets and replacement of basic food supplies like oil, tea, coffee, flour, milk and sugar. There are 3 homes which need work to fix walls damaged by the flash flood, improve drainage and to support an elderly couple to clear there room of mud caked on walls, the floor and even the ceiling. One home is that of a single mum with 4 children who have lost everything- so we will also replace the white goods and arrange for a plumber and electrician to ensure the appliances are safe. These families do not have spare money - in total 30 adults and children will be supported. These families are delighted and relieved to have our support. We will also provide a donation to the families that lost their children in the flash flood. We are looking to raise €500-1000 and even a small €10 donation will make a difference to the community. Please assist by making a donation via PayPal ( It can be in any currency. SHARE THIS!

Reviews from our guests

Reviewed April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

"Clean, a good location and very spacious".  Read more

Reviewed April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

5 of 5 stars

"Great base in a great city".  Read more

Reviewed February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

"Riad ideally located for a total immersion in the heart of the medina in Fes".  Read more

Reviewed December 2014 for a stay in October 2014

5 of 5 stars

"Beautiful, characterful spacious house in an amazing location at a great price".  Read more

Reviewed August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

5 of 5 stars

"Idependent living at it's best!".  Read more

Reviewed May 2014 for a stay in February 2014

5 of 5 stars

"Absolument magnifique".  Read more

Reviewed April 2014 for a stay in January 2014

5 of 5 stars

"Made trip to Fez perfect".  Read more

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