Firstly, the area. Out front is a major, chaotic road intermingled with a building site for the new Metro. The other 3 sides look out onto areas that are rundown to say the least. This being Morocco, it felt safe enough as long as you keep your wits about you. Unfortunately, if you are female, it's best no to go out without a male companion as you will get hassle. Very handy for the Medina. Decent restaurants nearby - they do take a bit of finding though. Try La Corrida - out of the hotel, turn R, keep going for a km, it's on the R. Doesn't look much from the outside, but great food (no alcohol).
My room was ok, but a little bit worn and tired. The towel rail was falling off the wall, but the plumbing worked ok. Bed was comfortable. The room safe was already closed - when I asked about it, the reception staff said it was a problem throughout the hotel. This turned out to be [--], as colleagues that checked in later than me were given rooms with safes that worked. I suspect that they have lost the overide key, and as people check out leaving the safes shut, they become unusable. Not good - if they had a problem, they should at least have been honest about it.
Breakfast was ok, but the service is poor. Very hard to get a cup of coffee, almost impossible to get a second one. You have a 50% chance of a chipped cup.
By contrast, the service in the bars and the restaurant 'next door' (but actually part of the hotel) was exemplary. The food was good, if typically 3 times the price of the same meal outside the hotel. You can get anything from the restaurant delivered to the bar if you ask - don't rely on the bar menu.
The internet access was ok, but allow plenty of time if you want the archaic printer in the business centre to churn out any documents!
I didn't pay for the room so can't comment on value for money.
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