My husband and I have been living in Morocco for 6 years and have come to know what to expect from less expensive Moroccan hotels. While the Royal has a great location, it is definitely missing the sense of hospitality we've found elsewhere. We stayed one night in Rabat to see a performance. The Royal is well situated, between the train station and the National Theater. I'm not sure what staff the reviewers who described a "friendly, helpful" staff met, but they certainly weren't working the night I was there. I felt as if I was disturbing the front desk staff by checking in. We were never even greeted, just asked for passports and payment. Basically, instead of looking at guests, the staff just looked through us. The rooms are adequate but nothing special. Baths are very small but clean and there was hot water. There is a small unstocked fridge and a tiny wall-mounted TV with no remote. The AC/heating worked erratically and couldn't keep the room at a constant temperature. Breakfast was fine with fresh-squeezed orange juice and plenty of food. The hotel does not seem to have wifi anywhere - something that is now very common in most Moroccan hotels. One important thing for visitors to note is that the hotel takes neither credit cards nor checks and demands payment in advance. The best thing about the hotel is the location and the worst - which will keep me from ever booking again - is the staff and non-existent hospitality.
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- Rabat Royal Hotel