I have been travelling in Morocco for the last 3 weeks. It remains one of my favourite countries (this was not my first trip). Hectic medinas can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. My partner and I decided therefore, based on the Lonely planet review, to head for this hotel for our stay in Chefchaouen. We arrived in the evening after driving from Al Hoceima. We were particularly tired because we, unfortunately, took the road through Ketama and had an extremely unpleasant and frightening experience. (We were pursued by 2 cars whose drivers offered us cannabis and overtook me repeatedly and dangerously when I tried to get away from them. My advice is to avoid Ketama completely!).
Chefchaouen is amazingly set and the medina is wonderfully atmospheric and easy-going. Hotel Atlas looks good from the distance - set on a hill overlooking the city. When we arrived, however, we were a bit shocked. The exterior was badly in need of repair. There were some intimidating bouncers at the door. The lobby/reception area/bar reaked of smoke. There were several very drunk men sitting in the bar and talking/shouting very loudly. We asked to see the room - it was very basic (though seemed clean enough) but the bathroom was grim and evidently in need of some serious renovation. The views were good and it wasn't especially expensive but a night's stay would have been depressing and unpleasant. We stayed in the medina instead and had a wonderful 2 nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled atop a hill, Chefchaouen, Chefchaouen Atlas offers rooms with balconies and views of the medina or the mountains and an outdoor pool. The rooms have air conditioning and satellite TV. Guests can enjoy local and international specialties at the restaurant of Atlas Chefchaouen and relax with a drink at the bar. On site you will also find a large garden, a paddling pool and a reception 24h/24. The hotel also organizes guided tours of the city on foot. ... more less
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