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“Loved it, but not for everyone” 4 of 5 stars
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Rue Chawki, Safi, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Safi
San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Loved it, but not for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

I'm very fond of the Hotel Atlantide as I lived in Safi in the mid-1980's when I was a Peace Corps volunteer. At that time, it was the best hotel in the city, as Safi has never been a tourist center so offers few options. Now there's a newer hotel located next door to the Atlantide, which offers a spa, and a couple of small riads in the medina that are more comfortable and tourist-oriented. However, the Atlantide is still the best place for an authentic taste of the colonial era in Safi.

The hotel is nearly 100 years old and is showing its age, and it's no longer the center of social events the way it used to be. While the public rooms are still quite beautiful and grand, the bedrooms need an update. They're clean, the beds are comfortable, and the bathrooms have plenty of hot water, but everything is just plain old. The staff freely admits that it doesn't really cater to tourists. It was originally built to host engineers working at the nearby OCP chemical facility, and those people are still the main clientele.

All these comments aside, I still love the place. It's like stepping back in time. The Art Deco hotel was built to resemble a big passenger cruise ship (a nod to Safi's seaside location) and you can easily imagine the Atlantide as a setting for an Agatha Christie mystery, as the public rooms and the hallways resemble one of the sets for a Hercule Poirot TV movie. My friends and I stayed over the Eid el Kebir holiday, when we were practically the only guests, and it reminded us of the hotel in "The Shining."

The rooms have only 2 beds per room, and since there was 3 of us we had to get 2 rooms. We still only paid about USD $65 total, including breakfast. At dawn, we could hear the call to prayer from multiple mosques, so went on our balconies overlooking the pool and back gardens to watch the sun rise over the ocean. The hotel is in on a hill, so you get a great view of the town sloping down to the sea.

The Hotel Atlantide is not for everyone. If you expect luxury or Arabian Nights-Casablanca fantasy decor, this is not the place. However, it's relatively inexpensive, clean, quiet, conveniently located near a few restaurants and cafes in the new part of town, and an easy walk to the old medina. If you love Art Deco architecture and want to stay in a place with an authentic colonial atmosphere, you should like it.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Miami Beach, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

To say that our experience was awful would be to put it mildly. I felt like we had walked into the hotel of a horror movie. We stayed in early January and the hotel appeared to be empty, almost abandoned, This hotel has not be kept up to date at all since the late 80's. The bathrooms were filthy and the tub has not been cleaned in a long time. The bed was uncomfortable and the room had a smell of old. The staff was unfriendly and the front desk refused to accept credit card payment. I would not recommend this to anyone, stay away!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2008

I visited the Atlantide while cycling up the coast in Dec 07. Safi has a dearth of good hotels and I was pleasantly surprised to be shown a comfortable and clean room by the helpful staff. The large balcony overlooked the pleasant grounds and pool, while the en-suite bathroom was clean and reasonably modern. It proved to be a comfortable and enjoyable stay throughout.
N.B. Staying in low season the hotel was very quiet but the dinner menu was limited.

  • Liked — clean, comfortable
  • Disliked — food
  • Stayed December 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Hotel Atlantide

Address: Rue Chawki, Safi, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Doukkala-Abda Region > Safi
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Safi
Number of rooms: 34
Also Known As:
Atlantide Hotel Safi

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