At first when we arrived to Marrakesh, they were supposed to send a cab to pick us up at the train station. But nobody did. Instead of that, we had to take a taxi by ourselves, where we spent 5 euros. That was not the problem. The problem was that the driver left us at some entrance of the medina and talked to some guy that was supposed to guide us tu the Riad. We had already been in some other places in Morocco so we knew what this guy was up to. He was sooo nice until we got to the door of the Dar Tuscia after walking for like ten minutes around really narrow streets and people looking at you. So we got there and he nocked at the door (which was locked and closed with a fence and nobody opened. So I was saying thank you to the guy and was going to give to him 40 dirhams, which is like 4 euros or $5 (he was getting well payed). Suddenly he started getting mad, saying that 40 dirhams were not money for him, that he deserved 200 dirhams (we are students who were traveling as backpackers, which means thats quite a lot of money for us). I was trying to wait until the door got unlocked... But it wasn't. Next, some guy came on the right, and some other in the left staring at us and the "Official Medina guide" as he wanted to be called was yelling and getting really angry. I could do nothing, because it was just me and my girlfriend and we didn't really knew even if we were in the real Dar Tuscia. So after this I gave him the money and just two seconds after the guys left really mad, the door opened!! And we were inside, the lady there said sorry but not really meaning it and then we had to wait almost one hour to get our room because it wasn't cleaned yet.
The thing I don't know is what we would do if we had to figure out by ourselves how to get out of there through the narrow streets, for example to get to Djemaa el Fna. Because we found there some other spanish travelers and they showed us the way, gave us tips and everything. Thing that I really doubt the Dar Tuscia staff would had done. The hotel is like 35-40 mins by walk to Djemaa El-Fna, which means it's reaaaly far away.
I have to say, that after one day, after we knew how to get everywhere, and got rid of the first impression of the hostel and the ubication, the Dar Tuscia was not that bad, it was even cozy and all that.
So I don't really know what to say... The breakfast was good, the ubication was not... The rooms were nice, but this place was runned by some women with their children and you could hear them cry sometimes at night. It's probably not the place to go if you are women traveling alone, or in a case like mine, where it was just me and my girlfriend. Even though we went through all of this we left with a better impression than we had at first
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