We stayed for 2 nights in November - having travelled for business. The hotel is comfortable and meets the basic needs. Clean and well maintained. The beds are very comfy with lovely fluffy pillows - a welcome after 14 hours travel. The breakfast was average, boiled eggs, scrambled, pastries, cereal, cheese and bread. Meknes is not a tourist area therefore you get to see the real morocco, the town is very busy and the ibis is between the old and the new town.
The old town is very traditional, lots of men sat drinking coffee in cafe's, woman do not frequent theses as it is not Culturally accepted. Whilst there are lots of men - it was by no way intimidating for a western woman. We could not find anywhere we would wish to eat in the town, therefore ate in the ibis which was very nice. Again this is not a tourist area - so limited shopping.
The new town is more vibrant - again lots of men meeting in cafe's, however there are a couple of bars where it is acceptable for woman to go and drink. Being a Muslim country alcohol is not widely available and is very expensive ( around £6 glass wine and £5 small bottle beer). Le pub is recommended - don't let the darkness put you off it is lovely inside and blacked out due to serving alcohol (as to not offend).
English is not widely spoken although the locals try, French is widely spoken as the third official language. The people of Morocco are extremely friendly, polite and helpful. They were a little curious of a blonde woman with an English accent!
Roads can be scary both for driving and walking - doesn't appear to be any system - free for all. Public transport is interesting - taxi's are public so expect to share! Travel first class on train (cheap and comfy) you are guaranteed a seat
Taxi from the airport is grande taxi - to rabet train station they charged 200d (v. Expensive) - negotiate!
Petit taxi - are local to area ( blue in meknes) (v. Cheap)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Between the old and the modern city, the Ibis Moussafir Meknes hotel offers you all the charm of Morocco. The different districts are accessible on foot and the hotel is located 20 km from the airport. Fès and the Roman city of Volubilis are a few km away. The hotel offers all moderrn amenities in a traditional setting: 104 air-conditioned rooms with traditional decoration, swimming pool with a terrace, bar open 24/24. A meeting room for 70 persons is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Moussafir Meknes