There are a few booking sites on the web that mention Dar Gabriel but show no availability. Ignore these and contact the owners by email directly: we were pleasantly surprised that there were rooms available for our dates, even the room we wanted, Titrit.
The Dar is a perfect place in what is now my favourite town in Morocco. Rooms and common areas are very clean and it's situated in an excellent, convenient location inside the medina, just a few footsteps after Bab Souk. Follow the directions as on the Dar's website, you can't go wrong!
Ben and his family go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, at home and relaxed: they truly show they know what hospitality is about! Breakfast is delicious with very good coffee, fresh orange juice, fresh fruit, fresh bread, Moroccan pancakes etcetera. Do note that - as the bakeries in Chaouen don't open until 08:30 - breakfast is usually served from 08:30h onwards.
Chaouen is a very relaxed and peaceful place. Because our room had windows opening onto the street we did hear a lot of the street life until late in the evening and from early in the morning. You might want to choose another room without if you're a light sleeper.
Chefchaouen has stolen our hearts, and so has Ben: I hope I can return for another trip soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Gabriel is a beautifully restored boutique riad hotel in Chefchaouen, northern Morocco, with seven bedrooms all en-suite. Downstairs is a sitting room heated by a wood burning stove, a restaurant kitchen, and intimate dining room. There are four bedrooms on the middle floor, roof terraces, three more bedrooms with kitchen and chill out space at roof level. Great views across medina and the river valley, with the Rif mountains behind. ... more less
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