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Hostal Guernika
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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5 reviews
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“Traveling would be a heaven if one could always stay in places like this”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

The place
Charming building blended in the medina blue buildings. The inside architectural style is more a surprisingly Moroccan classic for the communal areas and an Iberic simple-but-clean-and-comfy for the rooms. Reading area with some bookshelves and armchairs around a fireplace that was a blessing in the chilly Moroccan winter - and wifi. :D Rooftop terrace that is a killer, with one of the best views to the rooftops of Chefchaouen.

Service
Clearly the main and most precious asset of this hostel. The Spanish owner and her team were really successful in keeping a very special mix of simplicity, comfort and welcoming feeling that makes this place truly special and that fits totally with the no-frills atmosphere of Chefchaouen. (Little story: I went to the hamman nearby the hostal and managed to leave my mobile phone there. Guess what? People from the hostal went there, got my mobile and shipped it to France back to me. Better service than caring about an ex-guest, impossible...)

Value
250DH on the low season for a triple room, with the view you can see attached to this comment. Easily one of the best deals in terms of lodging in my entire traveller's short life. :D Might not be the cheapest, but hard to go cheaper and not way worse in terms of quality.

Location
Easy to reach from the bus station (Petit Taxi, around 5-10DH until the Hotel Parador Square), inside the medina and a 2 min walk from the Uta El-Hamman Square (the main square of the medina).

Rooms
Clean, in a cosy-homely Iberic style, simple, with no-frills but comfortable. During the cold season, I would suggest to take the ones overlooking the medina and the landscape due the sun and light during the morning and afternoon. Heating system worked very well after we asked the owner to help us to turn it on. Regarding the bathroom, small but cozy, functional and (the most important thing at all in a hotel room) clean. Hot water was a bit of a challenge sometimes, but it is so in the whole Morocco (architectural reasons, maybe?) and therefore it wasn't such a big deal.

The final impression
An amazing good deal if you are looking for a place that will stay in your traveller's memory but cannot go that much high in terms of budget. Or even if you can go higher in terms of budget. Good service is simply priceless.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Concórdia Brazil
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Very good option in a very good location. Close to the main square. Very good value. Great terrace. Beautiful house.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

Can't beat the location - 2 minutes from the central square and the rooms are bright. Guernika is a cute place..just make sure you get the mountain view rooms - the others are a bit dark. The terrace is a great place to hang out at and gaze at the stars.

The only complaint was the size of the bathrooms - the smallest I've ever seen. However, at the price we paid, its not really fair to expect much more.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Thank ashchi1
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

Hostal Guernika is a lovely and wellmanaged hostel in the blue city Chefchaouen. The rooms are very clean and they have a sunny terrace with a great view to the mountains. On a rainy winter day they were so nice to put a fire in the chimney. Thanks for being so helpful and the nice stay in your hostal.

Anja

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Poland
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

Nice hotel with perfect location. Rooms rather simple and small, some with great view, others unfortunately dark. Clean colorful bathrooms. While our visit in winter it was very cold at nights as rooms have no heaters. The best thing about this hotel is beautiful roof terrace with spectacular view. Unfortunately the owners speak only Spanish so it was quite challenging to communicate. In general: great value for money.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 12 January 2010

After having our reservation given away in Fes we didn't know what to expect. Thankfully, Hostal Guernika was beyond our wildest dreams. Lot's of class and tasteful decoration, felt more like a hotel. We stayed in a double room with a private bath- I believe most of the rooms have bath ensuite. The terrace, as others have noted, is spectacular and the owners are very welcoming and attentive. Probably most important for me, the rooms were clean and the environment felt cheerful and relaxed.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank lmsanchez
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2006

This hotel is run by Spaniards and as such, is quite popular with Spaniards. I would say we felt a bit outnumbered staying here and a bit alienated as well, but we may have been too sensitive....the owner only really spoke Spanish and it was a challenge to be understood but we made it! My husband and I stayed here in June 2006 for 3 nights.The hostel is located just inside the main entrance of the Medina. It is about a 5 minute walk from the main square assuming you don't bother to stop and chat with the guys offering you "something special, my friend." Hostel is 4 floors with a fabulous terrace overlooking the new ville and mountainsides. The downside is that the bathrooms (when the rooms are fully booked) can be difficult to access for showers in the morning. It also seemed that there was no hot water after lunch. But we would suggest you press on, and if you can get a room overlooking the correct side, you will be rewarded with fabulous views and you won't care if you skipped your morning shower. We found this listed in Lonely Planet and it described a housefull of friendly animals....alas, all we found was one grumpy dog who growled at us each time we entered the main door. No domesticated cats either....can you tell we were really missing our animals? No food available here, no big deal but don't count on breakfast included. The rooms are squeaky clean as are the bathrooms and shower. This was KEY! As a bonus, your room key has a most excellent key fob. If you have your windows open in the morning, you may be woken up by woodworkers across the alley who start work around 8:30. All in all, this is a charmingly decorated place with tilework and uplifting color schemes and clean as a whistle. We recommend!

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Property: Hostal Guernika
Address: Calle Ibn Askar, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Chefchaouen
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Ranked #2 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Chefchaouen
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Hostal Guernika Hotel Chefchaouen

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