Period of Stay: 12th Dec - 13th Dec 2013 (1 night)
Cost: 28 Euros (315 Dirhams)(including taxes - 3 Euro for city tax - via Booking.com) for Soleil Twin Room
(1) Comfortable bed, pillows and the room and toilet were very clean.
(2) Wifi was fast and reliable.
(1) Location: the taxi driver didn't know the place exactly though you can reach from Bab Berdaine. Keep walking straight from Bab Berdaine and through the archway further down the road until you see a signage for the riad then turn right. It is not too difficult to find. It takes about 15 minutes though to walk to the main square (Place El Hedim) and the major attractions around it.
(2) Disco music at 6am - seriously?
(3) incompetent, money-minded boss - no breakfast (even a 6 Euro hostel and all the other accommodation I had stayed in for similar price provided breakfast); all the other accommodation that I had stayed in previously used the rate of 1 Euro = 11 Dirhams, which is very standard in almost all the accommodation I use, but he uses the most updated rate of 11.2 Euros and then when I paid him he had no change and he looked like he was in dazed state and was trying to ask the helper for some change. After waiting for about 10 minutes and he was still walking around in a daze, I gave up and left.
He also couldn't tell me what company or the cost of the local bus going to Chefchaouen (booth number 6 at the Gare Routiere, 50 Dirhams) though he could tell me that a bus leaves at noon (left at almost 1230 though and reached at about 5pm but they will drop you off somewhere outside and get you a grand taxi with others (no additional charge) to get there).
While he did provide a useful map and tells you how to get to the main square and highlighted some of the attractions, one of those he highlighted was terrible - Prison de Kara near the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail - a total waste of time and money!
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