We have been staying at the Hotel Balima since our first visit in 1997. We have been back 9 times since and except for one time, always stay at the Balima.
Its a landmark hotel, almost part of the Parliament building opposite. Ok, the Balima is not 4star, more 3 star. But, it is clean, the workers are attentive, the reception staff are helpful, especially Hassan.
The Bar area is cozy but sadly, too SMOKEY and not in keeping with 21st Century anti smoking. The forecourt/bar and cafe is the best in Rabat for relaxing and people watching.
The breakfast room is fine, but breaksfast can be boring after a few days...the same things each morning.
The restuarnt should be avoided, unless you are really hungry and starving. Lots of classy restaurants are nearby. The guest reception lounge on the fist floor is perfect place to chill out.
The best rooms are the ones facing the Parliament building on Ave Mohammed.
The club adjoining the hotel is ideally located, but you can sometimes hear the beat of the music when you are trying to sleep.
The Balima is in the best location if you are staying in Rabat and want a central, safe, location. Prices are reasonable, rooms are clean, staff are helpful, views are good if you get a room overlooking the main Ave Mohammed and Parliament building.
We can imagine what this hotel must have been like in its glorious former days, perhaps only the rich and famous could afford to stay at the Balima. However, it now needs a 21 century make over, but hopefully keep its old charm.
We are back again in October 2006 and will not hesitate to stay with the devil we know and love.
Burrell, London, 2006.
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