If you ever want to have a total Moroccan experience, Hotel Foucauld is the place. Named after a French missionary, the hotel offers a stay that lets you live as the local people do. Every room is decorated in a local home style fashion with window air conditioning that only half works, and there is no elevator. You are essentially in a Moroccan home and carry your own suitcases to the second floor where all of the sleeping quarters are located. Your window looks out over a dusty busy street with noisy taxis and the muezzin's call to prayer from a nearby mosque joining in with strong body odors smelling of spice and the aromas from sweaty horses drawing carriages. When you step out of the hotel you are right in the heart of the "Jemma al Fna" where monkey handlers and snake charmers entertain colorfully dressed tourists, vendors hawk orange juice and dried nuts, and there are open air restaurant stands. The scene may not look too appetizing to some, but I try and trust what they have to offer: couscous with vegetables, cumin flavored brains, intestines in spicy ras el hanout sauce, seasoned beef hooves in saffron sauce, etc.... This is how I like to travel and enjoy the adventures of North African countries, and I give stars to an establishment if it offers me the experience that I have dreamed about. If you are looking for a Bristol multiple stars accomodation with smoothly working AC, a jacuzzi bath tub, and 95 TV channels, Hotel Foucauld is not for you.
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