We were met at the airport late at night by a driver who did not talk at all. He called on his mobile throughout the journey and then left us in the taxi in a dark alley for half an hour. He told us nothing. Finally an unknown young man arrived and took us and our luggage to an unknown destination. Even though we are seasoned third world travellers, this was terrifying. When we finally reached the riad he demanded money and left us with luggage battered from the walk to the riad. The riad charged us 15 Euros for this "airpot transfer" as well.
They put us in a double bed room when we had booked a twin. The second bed they brought in was so small that only a tiny child could have slept there.
Although there was no street noise, guest noise was a big problem. The courtyard is covered in a platic sheet and amplifies every sound. We could hear the bodily functions of every guest on our floor. Lobby noise was amplified into our room, preventing sleep. When we complained that I was ill with a virus and needed sleep, Thierry arrogantly replied that we should get up earlier! Hot water ran out after only one of us had showered.
Entire riad was so dark that it was impossible to even see a map or book.
They gave us one free night but it was still a nightmare stay.
On a good note, Abdul and Fatima were wonderful and are what made this hotel worthy of a poor rating instead of a terrible one!
AVOID El Tibibt.
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