I am frankly surprised that there have been so many negative reviews of the Hotel Bouregreg, where I spent two nights in February 2013. I thought that it offered very good value for money in a city where medium-priced hotels are rather thin on the ground. Booking online, I paid 76 Euros, which included breakfast and all taxes.
The location of the hotel is excellent, being right opposite one of the many entrances to Rabat's walled medina (old city). It is also next to a Metro stop, which is a very useful way of getting round. If you arrive at Rabat Ville railway station, you can reach the hotel by Metro or walk (the distance is only a kilometre or so).
I was happy with my room, which had a very comfortable double bed, an a/c (which doubled as a heater), a rather old-fashioned TV (BBC World available) and a good-sized bathroom, with a bath (but no plug!) and hot water at all times. There was also free wi-fi Internet access, with excellent connectivity. My room was light and airy and overlooked a large outdoor courtyard. There was plenty of hanging space and the room was certainly clean, as was the bed linen. I did, however, find the lighting rather harsh. One could also hear distant noise from the hotel nightclub late at night, although it was not too disturbing.
The breakfast was rather disappointing, the coffee being absolutely vile! The small croissants and pastries were tasty enough, though. I had hoped to find a wider range of food and drink on offer. It would have been nice if there had been fresh orange juice, for example. The hotel is built round a large and attractive indoor courtyard, where one can enjoy a drink; the small bar is a bit smoky but not unpleasant.
Other reviewers were critical of the hotel staff. I am not. I found the staff working on the reception desk cheerful and friendly. I never needed to ask for their help, so I cannot comment on their helpfulness or otherwise.
Would I stay at the Bouregreg again? Definitely - and I would also recommend it to visitors to Rabat looking for a good value medium-priced hotel. Visitors to Rabat should be aware that decent hotels there are far from cheap.
A few restaurant recommendations. Just two Metro stops away (at Bab el Had) is an excellent and very moderately-priced Syrian restaurant called Yamal Acham. I'd also recommend Le Grand Comptoir (279 avenue Mohamed V), close to Rabat Ville station. Although expensive by Moroccan standards, the French cuisine is great and the wine surprisingly reasonably-priced. For more casual dining, try Cafe Weimar at the Goethe Institut, close to Bab er Rouah. Their pizzas and pasta dishes are really good.
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