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“stunning views, beautifully fresh food + a good nights sleep” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Gabriel
Bab Souk | Medina, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #9 of 22 Hotels in Chefchaouen
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London, United Kingdom
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“stunning views, beautifully fresh food + a good nights sleep”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2010

My experience of Dar Gabriel exceeded expectations in cleanliness and comfort, I have spent many an uncomfortable night in Moroccan hotels with thin mattresses and hard pillows. After speaking with Ben, the gentlemen who served us dinner in the restaurant, i found out the hotel is ran by brits, this explained the comfy beds!!
The views from the top terrace of Dar Gabriel were truly magnificent,,,helter-skelter of Chefchouen rooftops and the hills below rolled on and on.
Ben + staff were charming, as was the decor. Food was plentiful, fresh and delicious.
My friends and I wondered about the Medina, purchasing various spices + jewelery then drank mint tea in the Square.
Lovely trip

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2010

Located inside the medina, not a great location but was okay as the medina is not large. The rooms was very small, very basic with limited furnishing and poor bed and 5cm thick pillows that were basically non-existent. Bed was uncomfortable and we had a bad night's sleep. No door on toilet, no shampoo, no bottled water etc only one small bar cheap bar of soap. The service was very poor, upon arrival we were not even acknowledged by Ben for the first 5 minutes, he was content to speak with the driver. Some of the heavy luggage had to be carried up to the room by ourselves. Later when we spoke with him he couldn’t understand English, couldn’t provide a map or understand a question about shampoo which was not provided. Breakfast was very simple served on a dirty table, lots of large bread crumbs etc from previous meals. We were the only guests in the riad! This place is suitable for back packers at best, it was horrible! There was a 2010 Tripadvisor award on display, we were dumb founded how this place could get an award. We were supposed to stay for two nights but found better acommodation nearby after the first night.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

This place is nice, clean and well located but there are a few other places with the same.

The main advantage here is the service. Ben is a very friendly, lovely man. He brought us tea whenever we wanted, did our personal laundry at no cost, even brought me medicine.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

Hidden away it was a lucky find, we fell upon this hotel after we arrived weary from travelling from Spain, walking the streets we saw a sign up a blue alleyway. The hotel was beautiful inside with alot of thought gone into the interior design, Our room was very spacious, decorated with authentic rugs and lamps. The ensuite bathroom had hot shower and very nice touches to it such as Morrocon soaps.
We were starving as we had arrived late, manager Ben's wife cooked us a delicious Morrocan 3 course meal, best meal I have had in our travels arround Morroco! We were so pleased to find this Boutique hotel tucked away in the middle of the town that we stayed an extra 3 nights to explore around the area. This is a morrocan hotel with european standards,

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

We travelled around Morocco for two weeks and Ben was the finest host! The Riad is beautifully and tastefully done up with lots of open spaces and seating areas. We loved the room, the terrace, the yumm Morocain food cooked by Fatima- Ben's wife and the cosy home atmosphere. The Riad is in the heart of the souk and the medina in Chaouen is not very big anyways. Ben is always there with a helping hand- be it carrying heavy luggage to the top floor or letting you use the washing machine and everything he does is done with a big smile right across his face. Couldn't have found a better place to stay! The only glitch was the heating in the room which was just not warm enough.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxon, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2010

We loved the hotel, great service and the food was really good. It's in the old town which is brimming with life. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

i have travelled extensively in morocco for decades and chefchaouen has long been my favourite town.nestled amongst the mountains,it has a medi-eval charm,the hassle is non existent and -best of all-all the houses are made of blue icing sugar.and now to make things better, i have found a hotel where i can truely feel at home.dar gabriel has a feel that is both palatial yet homely.beautiful rooms,an enormous roof terrace with views,a lounge which boasts a fireplace for those cold winter nights, and ,best of all, the finest food i have eaten in morocco.without frills it is food moroccans would eat-at a wedding perhaps-simple tagines and cous cous but with subtle flavours that delight the taste buds.salads and fruit dishes that surprise in their depth.go and eat there,have a look round and you´ll decide you want to stay

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 #9 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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