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“First Class Enjoyment” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Gabriel
Bab Souk | Medina, Chefchaouen 91000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Chefchaouen
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“First Class Enjoyment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

We had a wonderful time. This blue medieval city is extremely attractive and unique. The Hotel is situated right in the middle of the old walled city. It is charming with artisan brickwork, tile work, rugs, carpets and tapestries. The attentiveness to our comfort and warmth from Manager Ben Salam was outstanding. The meals prepared by his wife were fantastic. Authentic delicious Moroccan cuisine. The views are uplifting. The hotel has a wonderful rooftop relaxation area to take in the sun and gaze at the mountains. A brilliant holiday in a lovely little boutique hotel. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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  • 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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sunshine coast
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at Dar Gabriel for 3 nights in December 2010, and had an amazing time, everything was great.

The owners and Staff make you feel very welcome, they are so kind and honest. I left my Ipod at their hotel and they returned it to me by post in Australia.

The hotel is so beautiful, there is a lovely room with a fireplace where we were offered tea. Breakfast is beautiful and Dinner is amazing. From upstairs on the roof terrace you have an amazing view over the medina and there is a beautifful lounge area.

Our room was very comfortable, clean, well maintained and beautifully decorated.

Dar Gabriel is in a great location, in the medina, and easy to get to through the gateway called Bab Souk (as they describe on the website).

We will deffinatly be coming back here, and will recomend to anybody going to Chefchaouen.

  • Stayed December 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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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by our host Ben with a smile and mint tea - our young children aged 5 and 3 were also made very welcome. Despite the damp, rainy weather, the hotel was cosy with the log burner giving a homely feel to the communal lounge area. The rooms were clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The en suite bathroom had a spacious walk in shower with piping hot water. The freshly prepared food was delicious and enjoyed thoroughly by my children too - and Ben and his family responded attentively to requests that the children ate earlier than the adults; nothing seemed too much trouble. This was our first visit to Morocco with our children and the wonderful experience here has left us eager to return.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Estepona, Spain
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

Travelling with two young children (3&1) can prove a challenge. This hotel made our visit to Chef. both easy and enjoyable. The staff are accomodating and flexible and were keen to help in everyway. The layout of the hotel makes it ideal for tucking the kids into bed and sitting and chatting in the inviting communal area whilst being able to listen out at the same time. The food everynight was phenomenal and the location is ideal for wanders around the medina with little legs that can't go far.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Mossman, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 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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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 #5 of 21 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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