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“Lovely place” 4 of 5 stars
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Dar Gabriel
Bab Souk | Medina, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 22 Hotels in Chefchaouen
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Lovely place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

The location is just perfect, right in the Medina, surrounded by blue painted alleys and houses. Our room was pleasant and our host Ben was friendly and helpful. He gave us some good advice to visit some typical souks in nearby tiny villages.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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10 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

My wife and me just spent two nights in this lovely riad. The house looks wonderful, and is very well maintained. Our room, although not so spacious, was very nice. The bed and mattress were perfect and made great nights. Ben is a very charming host, who likes to take care of his guests. We were fortunate with some glorious sunny days, breakfast being served on the wonderful rooftop terrace. And like someone else said, you have to have dinner at least once here. Ben's wife is an amazing cook, her food was so much better then all the restaurants we've been to. Breakfast was ok, like everywhere in Morocco mainly pancakes, jam and fruits. I wish they would have added the the typical Chaouen goat cheese instead of the kiri cheese. Also, since you are living in the house of a family, don't expect it to be very quiet. Its a lively household so keep in account that it might be a bit noisy at times. Anyway, although a bit pricey, its the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

My wife and our friend stayed here midway through two weeks in Morocco for three nights and had a very good time. Unlike other recent reviewers we had amazing weather so I cannot comment as to it being cold and damp - it was perfect for us. The location is quite good. Frankly, the medina in Chefchouen is not very large so anywhere should be fine. The nice part about Dar Gabriel is that it is very close to a gate so you won't have to walk far to/from your taxi. The owner greeted us and got us to our room - he was excellent throughout the entire stay. We asked the first night if he minded if we hung out on the first floor to use the WiFi - his response was that "[his] house is [our] house". We asked to help make bread and couscous in the kitchen one day and they were more than happy to oblige. We ended up eating a dinner and a lunch there and both were excellent. The dinner was particularly nice as we had something relatively unique (not another tagine). The room itself was efficient - good size for three people with very good storage, but not large by any stretch. The shower always had hot water and that is what we were really looking for. Others have posted that their rooms were not serviced and ours were not, either. However, there is a note in the room that if you want your room serviced you can leave the key at the front desk. As we did not feel that the room needed to be serviced we never bothered to do this. I cannot say if others did not leave their key as requested but I could see that that might have happened as the note is not obvious. The rate was very reasonable for the what we got - the only minor issue was that they asked for payment in cash (dirham) rather than via credit card, so that prompted a last-minute run to an ATM since we did not have that much money with us. Not a big deal but something to be aware of. I would happily return to Dar Gabriel should I visit Chefchouen again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Banff, Canada
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We spent our first two days in Morocco in Chefchaouen at Dar Gabriel so this was our introduction to Moroccan culture. Very interesting medina and convenient location of the dar just inside Bab Suk. Unfortunately it rained off and on throughout our stay but we tried to make the best of it. The dar itself is nice with a traditional inner open courtyard but that made it cold and damp and we wore our coats inside as did the staff. We also lacked good lighting in our room so had to use flashlights to read even in the daytime. However some of that was due to the fact the wooden shutters had to be closed round-the-clock to keep the minimal heat from the wall heater from escaping. We did not use the rooftop terrace and our original room was to be on that level. With the rain that was not a very attractive choice. No doubt if the weather had been warm and sunny our experience would have been different.

The manager was excellent - very friendly and helpful. The day before our departure he went personally to the bus station to buy our tickets to our next destination. Buses quickly fill to capacity so this guaranteed our seats. He also walked with us to the taxi stand and helped us get a petit taxi to the station the next morning. Throughout our stay he made sure we were as comfortable as possible and even lent my husband a much welcome and warm djellabah - long Berber tunic/robe. However, we did have to ask staff for dry towels and toilet paper since our room was never serviced.

We had our two evening meals in the dar - and these were excellent. Breakfast was good as well and this is included in the room price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 nights and overall our stay was a pleasant one. Ben the manager is a really nice guy and goes out of his way to help you. The evening meals were really tasty and the breakfasts were a typical Moroccan mix of bread, pancakes, juice etc. If I had one negative point it would be that the rooms didn't have an authentic Moroccan feel to them, but they were still of a good standard. Overall this is a lovely place to stay and would recommend it...

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belleville, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

If you stay here you MUST stay for dinner. After our first dinner we chose not to go out the second night because it was sooo good! The only pitfall is that there is only one scheduled dinner time (you do not get to choose...breakfast however was anytime). Dinner was communal style so we ate with some of the other Riad guests, which was a nice way to meet people. Food was the best...not because it was exotic, just that it was flavourful and well prepared.

Ben was the only other positive part of this stay. He was most helpful and informative. He even spend some time showing us some arabic letters, etc. Thank you Ben!

As for the rest of the Riad. Sadly we found the other staff to be inattentive and slightly dismissive and I dare say rude. Upon arrival we were greeted rudely and attempted to be placed in the wrong room (booked two beds but tried to set us up in a room without this). Our room was basic, and was not serviced at all (had to request basic items like toilet paper and towels...twice!). Room was dimly light (so much so that we couldn't read in the room). It was raining while we were there and the entire Riad was COLD and very damp. The heater in the room provided minimal heat.

Location was perfect.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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dargabriel, Owner at Dar Gabriel, responded to this review, April 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your review, it's great to have guests who can give us feed back.
As I write we are installing new IKEA lights into each bedroom, so reading in bed is an easier option., we bought them in Malaga only yesterday.
It is raining, and the woodburner is lit, and it is warm and cosy...
I am not sure what happened with the staff, they are are actually very shy - Ikram, the receptioinist is a qualified massuese, and I am about to have a hot oil massage (for women only) - will report how it was on our owners page.
from Penelope Hogg - owner
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Dar Gabriel for two nights in March. The riad is very pretty and clean throughout and the room we were allocated was lovely but the lighting was a bit dim, though that would be my only complaint. The rooftop is a great place to relax and soak up some sun and the views of the medina are great.Ben was a superb host and treated us very well and his wife's cooking was deicious, 3 courses for only 7 euro's made it excellent value for money. Breakfast is ok, traditional Moroccan. If I ever visit Chefchaouen again I would stay here for sure.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bab Souk | Medina, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Tangier-Tetouan Region > Chefchaouen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 22 Hotels in Chefchaouen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Gabriel is a beautifully restored boutique riad hotel in Chefchaouen, northern Morocco, with seven bedrooms all en-suite. Downstairs is a sitting room heated by a wood burning stove, a restaurant kitchen, and intimate dining room. There are four bedrooms on the middle floor, roof terraces, three more bedrooms with kitchen and chill out space at roof level. Great views across medina and the river valley, with the Rif mountains behind. ... more   less 
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