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Hotel Al Alba
Ranked #1 of 22 Asilah B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 July 2012

We have stayed at Al Alba in the new rooftop suite for a week in July 2012. Purpose of our visit was a traditional Moroccon wedding of a friend's son. We had extensive wedding parties and dinners at our friends' place, so we didn't enjoy any dinner at Al Alba. However, we have fully enjoyed our stay. Owners and staff are extremely polite, helpful and friendly. The accommodation is not large but adequately equipped, very neat, clean and has a nice atmosphere. The hotel is some 10 minutes walk from the medina and 2 minutes from the beach and boulevard. Not sure about the other rooms, but from our roof terrace we had a splendid view at the sea. The combination of the room and the comforatble roof terrace made this a very pleasant place with the sea breeze keeping the sun covered terrace nice and cool. All in all we experienced Al Alba as, although comparatively expensive, a pleasant niche boutique hotel and we sincerely enjoyed our stay at Al Alba.

Room Tip: Top roof suite (room no 10) is not cheap and may not have traditional suite size but has a lovely te...
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

My and my husbond stayed in this cosy hotel 1 night on the way from Agadir to Spain. It was 4 December 2010......
It was a beautiful rest after a long drive from Agadir. We had dinner at the restaurant, kefta tagine and wine.......;) After a good nights rest, we had time for a walk in the medina for more shopping before we took the Frs Ferry from Tangier to Tarifa. See you again!

Room Tip: Ask for king size bed.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

My husband & I stayed at this cozy hotel in Asilah for 2 nights. After the intensity of Marrakech, we found the beach town of Asilah to be charming & very mellow. Asilah is extremely picturesque, with its whitewashed walls, colorful murals and doorways. Since we were there in early June, it wasn't too crowded with tourists yet the weather was pleasant. We enjoyed the quaint beach boardwalk and medina, which seemed very safe and was bustling at night with mostly Moroccan families.

Before arrival, we made sure to print out the map provided by the hotel and directions from the train station. We arrived during the day, so we decided to walk from the train station. It's a very small town, so even though we initially walked down the wrong street, we found the place. While the terrain was a little bumpy with our rolling luggage, it really wasn't far at all, about a 10 minute walk. The staff would arrange for a taxi to pick you up from the station if you're not feeling adventurous. We stayed in one of their double rooms. While not huge, it was a reasonable size, very comfortable, new and impeccably clean. If you require a lot of room, then you should consider upgrading to a superior or a suite. The room was tastefully decorated in all white with dark blue accents and Moroccan details. The bathroom was very modern, equipped with all necessary toiletries and a hair drier. AC worked great and we slept great, no complaints. We could see the adorable house kitties hanging right outside our window. The wifi worked in the room.

The medina is a leisurely 5-10 minutes from the hotel, a pleasant walk. Avoid cutting to the beach boardwalk by the dubious dirt path next to the campground, walk to the first paved street further up.

Breakfast was very tasty. The highlight was little puff pastries stuffed with cheese and fresh tomato/olive oil jam. Yum. Dinner hours were very limited, but we were able to dine there one evening and it was delicious and gourmet. No alcohol was available, but not a big deal.

While we didn't interact with them too much, the Spanish owners were very nice. They conveniently accept PayPal and credit cards, not always an option in Morocco. They seemed to have a decent amount of staff (unlike many U.S. lodgings, which seem to operate with the barest minimum of people), mostly young women, and they were all readily available, friendly and helpful. They also helped us arrange taxi trips to a nearby beach and to the train station. Overall, I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

We've stayed 4 nights at hotel al alba. At arrival we asked the staff where to hide our personal belongings, because we had some money and golden jewelry. So instead of helping us we got a whole tirade: don't worry, you can let your personal belongings in your room, what do you think you are, no worries! We were assured, but not 100%. So in the room we did some precautionary measures. We hide the golden jewelry in a plastic bag beneath our clothes in the suitcase. Thinkg someone has to be very brutal to search in our bag.

When we left, we arrived at tetouan, unpacking our suitcase. To our shock the jewelry has been stolen. So we immediately called, but nobody answered the call. The next day I called the owner about what happend. She promised to do ' a research', and would be called. In stead of being called, we had to call about the results of the research. The results were shocking: there is no reason to doubt in our staff! As we were lying! The staff were the only people who had access to the room!

What measures I can take against this hotel? Especialy to recompensate the stealing of over 500 euro jewelry....?!

Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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alalba, Propietario at Hotel Al Alba, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2012

A SCAM: Moroccan Guests have asked us 470€ to silence the robbery of some hidden gems at the bottom of a suitcase.
Reasons we consider it an attempt to scam:
- The uncivil behavior in the hotel: The room shattered, a real dump.
- The accuracy of the stolen: 400 € and 70 € necklace and earrings
- They report the stolen 6 days after hide jewelry and two days after leaving the hotel.
- They were concerned about safety, and kept the passport in the safety box of the hotel, why no jewelry and money?.
- The money that they did not hide, wasn´t stolen.
- We ask then to denounce the Moroccan police (they were in Tetuan). They said no.
- By the hotel have spent thousands of customers and is the first case of stolen in six years with the same workers .

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

We stayed 2 nights at Al Alba and found the hotel charming, the staff were very friendly and their attitude was welcoming. I found the cost reasonable. Our room for 2 was comfortable and clean. I can be a stickler when it comes to sleep quality and the 2 nights at Al Alba, I slept like a baby. We could've had dinner elsewhere but we choose to have dinner at the hotel because it was delicious! If we are back in Asilah,we'll stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Delightful hotel. Reading room and area for breakfast was tastefully done. Painted in white & blue reflecting the setting of a coastal town. Run by very friendly and ever ready to assist staff Ibtism, Munia and Sanah. They made our stay really wonderful and enjoyable. Definitely 5 thumbs up

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

After a long drive from Fes, we were warmly welcomed to this very nice hotel. The rooms were delightful, all white with dark blue accents. Very much in Moroccan style. We were offered delicious mint tea in the cozy salon, while the owner Luis filled us in on all the amenities and local sights. We opeted for dinner at the hotel and were very impressed with the tasty, innovative menu. My favorite was the sour apple soup with foie. My husband had kefta tajine which was also very good. The next morning we had the excellent breakfast. All in all a pleasant and surprisingly pleasant stay. We will be back!

Room Tip: If you open the window at night expect some traffic noise. The air conditioning and the heater are v...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: 35 Lot. Nakhil | Near the Court, Asilah 90050, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Asilah
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Asilah
Price Range: £47 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Al Alba 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small, charming hotel, built with a subtle harmony of forms; a small peaceful corner by the sea. An inn for the traveler who is seeking calm and relaxation. Recently built according to the sober style and serene forms of the Arabic architecture, with nine rooms originally decorated so that they transmit calm and privacy; with welcoming rooms and terraces where to rest and recover the strength; a house with a family touch that tries to offer the traveler an unforgettable place and a reason to come back. ... more   less 
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