A friend and I stayed in a double room without a bathroom as we were trying to economize on our three week stay in Morocco. The hotel is on a random side street, but it is conveniently located in the center of town within close walking distance of the medina and restaurants. The room was clean and brightly painted with a mural of the city on the walls. Though the decor wasn't necessarily my style, I didn't find it off putting for 100 dirhams (each) per night. The staff were friendly upon arrival and the owner spoke good English, Spanish and French. The towels provided for the shower were slightly larger than hand towels, so if you plan on staying here you might want to ask for a few extras or just bring your own. There was no toilet paper in the shared bathroom, but we probably could have asked for that too. Instead we used our own during the few hours we were there. The bathroom that was near our room, was not nice to look at; however, the water in the shower was very hot - a pleasant surprise.
Unfortunately, I am no longer one to stay up late and we were placed in a room facing the street. Our room had a small balcony that faced the alley below, which was not a pleasant view. The doors to the balcony and window did not close tightly. Because of this, we listened to people pass by on the street until at least 3AM, we also listened to a cat meow incessantly and overheard a feline scuffle at one point. Our room door did not close firmly either and for the first hour after going to sleep the door would move with the breeze making a thud each time. Eventually, I got up and placed my backpack in front of it so that it would no longer move. When the call to prayer came at 5AM we were again awoken. On top of the noise, though the sheets were clean the mattress was hard and lumpy and the pillows were the same. Fairly early in the night I chose to use the neck pillow I'd purchased in the airport instead of the large, hard pillows. This may be a personal preference as my travel partner found the pillows to her liking.
The next morning when I went downstairs to ask about the train schedule and station, I was told by the gentleman (not the owner) in broken Spanish (I don't speak French) that he didn't think there were trains until later. He proceeded to go just outside the door of the hotel, give a gentle kick to a man sleeping on the ground in front of the door and ask him in Arabic about the train situation. I heard the sleeping man mumble something and the hotel employee confirmed that there were no trains until 10 or 11. That was it, no offer to help us find out and no additional information. Considering the price of the hotel, I didn't fully expect 4 star assistance, but I certainly wasn't expecting someone to be wrapped in a blanket sleeping on the street in front of the hotel entrance to provide information either.
In sum, if you are broke and are comfortable with clean yet austere accommodations then this may be a good spot. If you are a light sleeper I'd recommend you ask for a room that is not on the street side. Also, the shared bathroom on the third floor seemed a bit nicer than ours so a third floor room may be better in that regard too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly, small hotel in a quiet side street., run by young Moroccans who are very welcoming and up to date on what's happening in town, some of the rooms have been decorated by local artists. The mattresses are good and everything is immaculately kept, including the shared facilities. A few rooms have their own bathroom and balconies. And there are four pleasant apartments, with tow double rooms And a sitting area. The rooftop terrace is a great place for an evening drink or to relax. ... more less
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